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    Quote Originally Posted by DockShootinJack View Post
    They are very smart. They become trap shy very quickly. Then you have to dream up another way to get them.
    yep , the large older rats rarely get in traps here , we ketch lots of half grown rats , but rarely if ever ketch the whopper ones . I tried to ketch a big one behind the garage in the wood pile for a long time with several different traps and it aint having none of it .....
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    One thing for sure. A chicken coop has all the things a rat holds near and dear for a home. Shelter, food and water. What more could you ask for
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    The teeter totter trap thingies work very well with mice. Rats are a little brighter than that and when they set that foot out there, and the trap is flimsy, they back right off.

    In West Palm Beach I rented a home under two huge mango trees. There were rats everywhere. Huge rats. I dug a hole in the yard and put a five gallon bucket in it. Then filled it halfway with water and layered some dry dog food on top. Each morning I was dumping out about five large rats. They smell the food, gather at the edge and then lean down in to get the food. They fall in and because the water is too deep to stand, and the sides too high and slick to climb, they must swim. Well rats get tired just like us. Once full, the other rats could climb atop their buddies, eat their fill and then jump out. I always felt that those rats would come back, and i suspect they did.

    Tried to get the neighborhood to adapt to killing our rats, but nope they preferred living with rats. It was amazing to see that rats lived in trees, especially palm trees. Anyways the danger with ignoring a rat infestation goes beyond them chewing things. They actually dribble urine as they move around in your garage and this will leave a very distinct smell. Their feces are also bad news in that they will generate bacterial growths that can make you sick from inhalation of spores. I can recognize these smells very easily.

    At some point I will have to set out some poison packs. A varied multi tiered approach is best. The packs are meant to be chewed into and consumed. The poison looks like sprinkles we put on cupcakes. I will set these about once I finish trapping. They are no good for killing large smart rats, but the babies of those rats will fall easy prey. Most times the poisoned rat will attempt to get to a water source as it makes them very thirsty. Sometimes they just curl up in their nest and tough it out until death overcomes them.

    Rats are cannibals and will eat smaller rats if they can catch them. I have seen this and it is enough to make you puke. Man I hate rats. Chicken can make a great enticement for a large intelligent rat.

    When squirrel season rolls around I like to sit out back on the deck with an air rifle and take long shots at the tree rats. I always said shave their tail and you will behold what they truly are. Rats that live in trees. An intact male squirrel is territorial. He will raid the nests and chew the gonads off of any baby male squirrels. They do this to limit competition for does when they grow up. Many times the squirrels we get are males without testes. It is because of this behavior. They inbreed like crazy and suffer from bot fly infestations. Fleas and ticks of course also.

    One of the coolest traps was created for use in the Australian Outback. It uses a CO2 cartridge. A small box design with a hole in the bottom. Inside is some bait. The rat smells the bait, sees the hole, inserts his head to take a peak and WHAMO. The CO2 cartridge drives a striker and smacks him in the head. Then the dead rat falls to the ground leaving the trap free and open, ready to go for the next curious rat to come along. They say they work great but they do cost a bit more than I wish to spend. It would be a possibility for someone’s garage if all else fails. Rats aren’t smart enough to guess the trick to that trap. LOL
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    I have seen those co2 powered traps. They seem very effective
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ketchn View Post
    and mind you this , we dont just ketch rat in the big sticky traps meant for rats , just saying .....
    some of these sure do a tremendous job on sqeaking when you approach is the word

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeCrappie View Post
    My wife would have a stroke if she found this.
    mine wasn't pleased about it for sure
    nothing creeps me out like a big rat , got into it with one when I was 4 years old , me and my cat cornered it in the garage in a turned over dry paint can , it sure didnt end well ,thought I would help the cat ketch it and ended up getting bit bad right thru my thumb ....
    then the party really got going ,dad chased it all over the garage till he killed it and then drove it to A&M to get it tested for rabies,while my nanny who was a nurse had me out in the middle of the yard spinning in circles with my bit hand out like a wing trying to bleed my rat bite out !
    since that time nothing quite creeps me out like a big rat ,just saying
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    so just trust me Micanopy on this subject , you and I might hate them with a vengeance , but in my case it goes beyond that even further after the lil kid gets bit by the big rat episode ......
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    You can use glow in the dark chalk or chalk only visible under a black light to find entry/exit points…ask me how I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DockShootinJack View Post
    One thing for sure. A chicken coop has all the things a rat holds near and dear for a home. Shelter, food and water. What more could you ask for
    sadly all our chickens went to my grandsons place in the country this last weekend , as stated food water and a hide and rats will be there , wife kept saying the chickens were eating some of the eggs , me thinks it wasn't the chickens
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