Emerson White wrote:
A terrier is the correct animal for rat control...
Marianne McCoy wrote:I just read that vitamin D (plus D2 and D3) could help w/ controlling rats. Oh, could it be as simple as dropping Vit D tablets near their homes???
One approach to consider is a bait made of plaster of paris, oats, and vanilla. It solidifies in the guts of squirrels, mice, or rats and kills them.
jamie Hatfield wrote:I finally resorted to the snap traps. These kill quickly and effectively. Using three traps, I have probably killed over 20 rats.
There seems to be an endless supply of them. I don't want to resort to poison, but I want to get rid of them. Anyone else have any good ideas?
Fortunately the rats will not eat your veggies, because rats eat what people eat, and americans don't eat veggies.
Tim Fikse wrote:
Oh, that his statement were true! Roof rats are decimating my garden in Tacoma, Washington this summer. First, they ate the beets and carrots out from under the tops. Then they climbed the pea vines ant ate the small pea seeds out of the pods. Next, my precious plot of 20 tomato plants had every tomato eaten as it approached the light green stage. They also ate every apple off of my espaliered Jonagold. They're eating the Blue Lake beans now and also gnawing the tassels off the corn stalks. So far, they've left the pumpkins, cukes, garlic, and onions alone.
How do I know they're roof rats, you say? I see them scurrying along the top rails of the fence. They leave their droppings halfway up the corn stalks and pea vines, on the leaves. I've caught a few on sticky traps in the garden.
Since I've retired, my vegetable garden is my primary avocation, and I'm so disappointed and frustrated. I even paid a pest control firm over $400 to stop the problem. That made zero impact. If the rats were just a nuisance I could accept them getting their share, but they take it all.
Can ANYBODY out there give me a glimmer of hope?
Burt Harrison wrote: I'll dig the barrel out and get some peanut butter to smear around the inside (although I fear that I may find some of our works head first in the barrel!!! ).
Or you could just watch the video:
Anderson gave himself the promotion. So I gave myself this tiny ad:
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