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What is it

Hi there

I have over the last 2 days noticed a large amount of soil being excavated from the side of my small garden pond ( about a large compost bag full) The hole is about 3" diameter. I set a rat trap last night which went off only due to more soil being pushed out and on closer inspection there was a large apple wedged in the hole. I think the animal is nocturnal as have not noticed any soil being moved during the day. I'm thinking its a rat but unsure. Any help advice would be most appreciated.

M&E
hopefullbry

Yep sounds like Mr ratty to me, Put the trap close but not too close as the soil its digging is blocking the trap.

Sometimes rats take a while to get used to a trap being there, if its a breakback trap make sure its covered and only ratty can get in.
Bait the trap up and set it. Other holes will appear in time  

You haven't said what type of trap you are using ??????
bodger

If you're using a Fenn or a breakback trap, you'll need to have it under cover so that birds don't get in it.
I don't know what Bry thinks, but I'd be tempted to put some wax rat poison blocks in the hole and block the hole.
M&E

hopefullbry wrote:
Yep sounds like Mr ratty to me, Put the trap close but not too close as the soil its digging is blocking the trap.

Sometimes rats take a while to get used to a trap being there, if its a breakback trap make sure its covered and only ratty can get in.
Bait the trap up and set it. Other holes will appear in time  

You haven't said what type of trap you are using ??????


Hi its a selfset fly arm type with teeth in the bottom of the trap. www.selfset.co.uk.  I wasn't going to use poison but if it is a rat I will bait it up.

Thanks
hopefullbry

Firstly  you need to ID what it is, if it is Mr Ratty Yip as Bodger says but i would put wax blox on a wire and push down  hole as far as poss then block up.

Keep an eye on said blocked up hole for reopening, and any bait dragged out.

For the trap sounds like a modern break back ( which needs to be in a tunnel/box etc )  for the safety of NON TARGET SPECIES
matt the rat

Rats, almost certainly.

I personally wouldn't use wax blocks; they aren't as palatable as whole wheat.

Get a small tub of whole wheat bait, with either Difenacoum or Bromadialone as the active ingredient, and put the right amount (read the label, but 100g is a good guide) of bait as far down the hole as you can get it.  Block the hole up with stones or a brick and check it each day.  Rebait at least every other day until the hole isn't reopened, and keep an eye open for dead rats on the surface.

You can safely expect the problem to go on for a week at least as the bait will not kill the rat instantly.

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