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Got a rat :(

Down by the chickens and under the food store (which is rat proof).

Noticed the hole yesterday morning and on moving the bin saw a rat!!  

Camp'd out with the .22 this morning but did not see it, so have set a trap today, will see if I get the little so and so tonight.
Woodsmoke

Good luck  mate!

I was inundated with the buggers a couple of years ago...............it got so bad for a while that I was killing them with a stick each time I went to the hen coop

A week or so of setting Fenns, & a few bait blocks soon sorted the filthy things out though  
MrsWW

Spotted a couple round here a few months back - in fact might even have been this time last year.  First one was up the bird feeder eating the bird seed - I took a well aimed swing with a broom handle which sent that one off on a one way ticket.  Next one, the dog caught and dealt with - just leaving me to dispose of the body.  Seen no more or even evidence of them since.
matt the rat

Get some bait down the burrows; I'd recommend a whole wheat formulation rather than blocks (which are too easily relocated by rats).  A desert spoon is ideal for getting the bait right down inside the burrows.

Use the amount recommended on the product label (usually 100 - 150 grams), and rebait each day until bait take stops.

The easy way to protect the bait from non-targets, and see if the burrow is still in use is to plug the burrow each day using a handful of grass.

A few carefully placed traps will pick up any passing rats before they get established around the place.
Woodsmoke

matt the rat wrote:
I'd recommend a whole wheat formulation rather than blocks (which are too easily relocated by rats)


Not if they're wired to boards  
matt the rat

Woodsmoke wrote:
matt the rat wrote:
I'd recommend a whole wheat formulation rather than blocks (which are too easily relocated by rats)


Not if they're wired to boards  


You are right.

Bait blocks should always be secured to prevent them being carried off by rats.

As the OP has said that there is evidence of burrows, I'm recommending burrow baiting, hence the use of grain bait.

It is an acknowledged fact that rats will more readily accept bait placed in their burrows than in bait stations etc, which will result in faster control.
Woodsmoke

Makes sense  

When I was inundated with them, they were throughout a drystone wall next to my coop, so I went with blocks. Must've been a bad infestation too, as I was taking four a night in the Fenns for about a week before it began to ease up  

I reckon I was a bit unlucky in that there was a muck pile barely a quarter mile from the house that had recently been shifted. I reckon this, & the fact that I was daft enough to have hen feed lying around (lesson learned!!!) was what attracted them. I've got spring feeders now, & all the feed is in metal bins. That was a lesson learned the hard way  
hopefullbry

get a pcp air rifle and pulsar n550 night vision sight     and sit  out and wait    (bait up with peanut butter and choc chips )

GREAT sport    

Bry
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Have a PCP, no night sight however :(

Peanut butter???
Will see if the trap works first
Woodsmoke

You can also try a red filter over a standard gunlight such as the Deben Stinger or the like?  
hopefullbry

yep a red filter works also but  not as good as nv lol

ohhhhhhhhhhh how i love shooting rats
donky7

the rats love my NV

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