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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 04 Jan 18 11.03am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Got the little b'stards coming through our back garden. Food sources are all gone (bird feeder and BBQ)but the b'stards still use our garden as a route to get from their nest in neighbours garden to skanky neighbour on the other side of us.
Got an adult rat with poison this morning, which had only been dead for a day or so.(you have to be really careful with poison, that you don't put other life at risk)
Neighbours cat killed two young ones last week.

That means at least one adult is unaccounted for. It could have died somewhere else, as poison has been taken from the bait points.

Have stopped hearing noises from outside in the early hours. I'm hoping we got them all.

I now have to make the garden perimeter as secure as possible, and here comes the crux issue.
I would favour electrified barbed wire and concrete, but the missus is going to want something more aesthetically pleasing, like Sicilian stone, or Roman marble
My neighbour, who has the rats nest in his garden, is a fcking gamekeeper. You'd think he could sort something. Countrysiders,..."putting the 'cvnt' in countryside"

 


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View Mapletree's Profile Mapletree Flag Croydon 04 Jan 18 11.34am Send a Private Message to Mapletree Add Mapletree as a friend

Originally posted by Forest Hillbilly

Got the little b'stards coming through our back garden. Food sources are all gone (bird feeder and BBQ)but the b'stards still use our garden as a route to get from their nest in neighbours garden to skanky neighbour on the other side of us.
Got an adult rat with poison this morning, which had only been dead for a day or so.(you have to be really careful with poison, that you don't put other life at risk)
Neighbours cat killed two young ones last week.

That means at least one adult is unaccounted for. It could have died somewhere else, as poison has been taken from the bait points.

Have stopped hearing noises from outside in the early hours. I'm hoping we got them all.

I now have to make the garden perimeter as secure as possible, and here comes the crux issue.
I would favour electrified barbed wire and concrete, but the missus is going to want something more aesthetically pleasing, like Sicilian stone, or Roman marble
My neighbour, who has the rats nest in his garden, is a fcking gamekeeper. You'd think he could sort something. Countrysiders,..."putting the 'cvnt' in countryside"

Why not use traps. I believe the professionals do. There is only one type that works, a big beggar like a mouse trap on steroids. A Fenn Mark 4, only use genuine ones. Probably stick them in a poly pipe or similar to stop other animals getting at them. If you get a squirrel or two it's an added bonus IMO.

 

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View Lyons550's Profile Lyons550 Flag Shirley 04 Jan 18 11.54am Send a Private Message to Lyons550 Add Lyons550 as a friend

Best thing to get...a Cat!

Seriously...any time I've had an issue when moving into a new home...the cat goes out kills a few and they all disappear!

 


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Yellow Card - User has been warned of conduct on the messageboards View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 04 Jan 18 12.14pm Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by Mapletree

Why not use traps. I believe the professionals do. There is only one type that works, a big beggar like a mouse trap on steroids. A Fenn Mark 4, only use genuine ones. Probably stick them in a poly pipe or similar to stop other animals getting at them. If you get a squirrel or two it's an added bonus IMO.

I can vouch for a Fenn Trap. By law they must be covered though. The simplest way is to build a wooden tunnel (side walls and a roof) using old timber eg floorboards - a simple hammer and nails job. One up from that would be a wooden ‘tube’ - a floor, two side wall and a hinged or removable lid.

 


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chateauferret Flag 04 Jan 18 10.25pm

Originally posted by Lyons550

Best thing to get...a Cat!

Seriously...any time I've had an issue when moving into a new home...the cat goes out kills a few and they all disappear!

And there aren't any solutions more aesthetically pleasing. Well, with certain reservations (mine s***es in the shower). You might even be lucky and get one that's ITK on football stuff.

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View lanzarote ron's Profile lanzarote ron Flag East Grinstead 05 Jan 18 3.22pm Send a Private Message to lanzarote ron Add lanzarote ron as a friend

Get yourself a Jack Russel (no not the wicket keeper) & say goodbye to your rat problems.

 


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Originally posted by chateauferret

And there aren't any solutions more aesthetically pleasing. Well, with certain reservations (mine s***es in the shower). You might even be lucky and get one that's ITK on football stuff.

And yours doesn’t go for chateauferrets?

 


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chateauferret Flag 05 Jan 18 10.13pm

Originally posted by YT

And yours doesn’t go for chateauferrets?

She certainly goes in for a wee nibble from time to time. If she were a tom I'd have called her Suarez.

 


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Pussay Patrol Flag 06 Jan 18 1.08pm

How big are these rats?

 


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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 07 Jan 18 2.30pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

The adult rat we found was the size of a guinea pig, with a tail around the same length again.

I have a wire-haired fox terrier, but don't want her to get bitten by a rat, because rats carry disease, plus there is now poison in the environment, which could impact rat predators.

I don't count cats as predators as such, because they kill for fun, not for food.

Rat V Cat
My dad and I had a telephone discussion last night over whether a rat or cat would win in a fight. I thought cats always win, as there is recent evidence to support this from our neighbours cat.
My Dad thought that if a Rat lunged for a Cat's jugular, it has plenty of teeth to do the job. Teeth which can go through even concrete over time.
I thought that only happened in James Herbert books, and cats were more intelligent, agile, too big and weaponised to be victorious every time.
thoughts anyone ?

 


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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 07 Jan 18 4.13pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Originally posted by YT

I can vouch for a Fenn Trap. By law they must be covered though. The simplest way is to build a wooden tunnel (side walls and a roof) using old timber eg floorboards - a simple hammer and nails job. One up from that would be a wooden ‘tube’ - a floor, two side wall and a hinged or removable lid.

I also had a couple of Fenn traps (covered)and baited with peanut butter. Nearly got the ends of my fingers taken off when I moved and re-set them
My rats seem keen on the poison.

No more night-time scuttling, so gonna spend time securing the garden fence tomorrow and clearing up the mess


Edited by Forest Hillbilly (07 Jan 2018 4.14pm)

 


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View DaWick's Profile DaWick Flag Kingston 07 Jan 18 4.30pm Send a Private Message to DaWick Add DaWick as a friend

What about an electric trap? Runs of batteries and you would juat need to make sure it is kept dry and checked regularly
I used a humane trap. They are annoying as you have to release the b******s somewhere which is a schlep

 

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