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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:38 am 
Bearcat

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Peanut butter works great for me. For wooden victor traps put peanut butter inside the metal bait tube and cover the outside of it also, for the plastic traps fill the bait tub and cover the trip pan with a thin layer, works for mice and chipmunks.


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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:08 am 
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Peanut butter is a great attractant.
However,, it also attracts ants & other unwanted stuff. Slugs also go to it.
And,, all too often, mice & rats just lick the stuff off w/o tripping the trap. An animal must be forced to work the trip trigger to be caught.

Just last week, I set 16 traps in a yard of a law office for gray squirrels. I used a mix of pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds as my bait. Well, the lawyer came out that same day, and smeared peanut butter in every trap,, trying to "help" me. Well, the slugs got into the bait cans, and the ants went to work as well. BIG mess for me to clean out. I told him; "I don't practice law,, and you should allow me to trap animals." I've had to work extra just to try & fix his issues.

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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:04 pm 
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I trapped two wood rats in my garage, using big wooden snap traps and crunchy peanut butter (be sure to get chunks under the tab on the trigger). My dachshund mix killed two more in the yard, and I haven't seen any more rats (or mice in my house).

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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:06 am 
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I got him, went into the garage to look around. Looked over by the lawn mower and (smelled) seen him. He was pretty good sized, put him in a bag & into the trash can. Had to be the poison from the Tomcat trap that got him. Never tripped the wood traps or touched the glue trap. Nineteen years here & never seen a single rodent. Tons of lizards but they don't bother me. Thanks everyone for all the input- Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:43 am 
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Rooster Cogburn serving papers on a rat :mrgreen:

A rat writ, writ for a rat.

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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:18 am 
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JohnBoy wrote:
Rooster Cogburn serving papers on a rat :mrgreen:

A rat writ, writ for a rat.

That was back when the logs of a house could contain a bullet. Of course you nearest human neighbor was a mile away!
gramps, who has used a pellet gun in the house

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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:43 pm 
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I still think a good mouser is the best solution. If you get lucky you'll get a meat hunter like mine and not have to do the cleanup.

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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:07 pm 
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go find an alley, find a stray cat in the alley, catch it.

put it in the garage, let them get the rats!

just kidding.

I'd make a 7 gallon bucket rat trap.

the one with the spinning wheel on the top they fall into the antifreeze and die.

Would have to be big enough the rats can't jump out of.


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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:20 pm 
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As a kid I worked at an egg farm. We had troubke with rats getting into the grain stores and even killing some of the younger hens. My boss set up a 55 gallon drum filled 2/3 with water than covered with grain. He had a 2x6 board acting as a ramp to the top of the barrel. The rats and mice would climb the ramp and jump into the grain and eventually drown. Pretty effective. One of my jobs was to recover the dead rats and sprinkle the top of the water with more grain... They paid me $1.10 an hour for my labors...... Time flies.....

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 Post subject: Re: Need rat advice
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:37 pm 
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pete44ru wrote:
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Rodents can easily remove soft bait (like peanut butter) from a trap w/o springing it, so use a more solid bait (like bacon) that can be hooked into the trap's trigger.

When denying rodents access to a building, keep in mind that they can/will squeeze through very tiny openings, so long as their skulls will pass through.

Don't use steel wool to fill/block openings, as rodents will eat it - instead use a solid filler block (wood or metal).

You can also use a leash to let your cat overnight in the garage, near your scoot.

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the trick to using peanut butter is to put it under the trigger plate. that why the have to stick their noses under the plate and lift it up setting off the trap.

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