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  • Help , I've got a rat problem
  • Premier Icon foxman
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    Can anyone help or got any good ideas,
    I have a rat or rats that have got in my bike shed through a hole they have made in the floor, they have caused lots of damage to bike stuff, and other shed stuff.
    I blocked the hole last week and have just found that its chewed another next to it .
    Not sure i want to use poison as i have a dog .
    Any ideas
    thanks

    Premier Icon iolo
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    Leave your dog in the shed.

    Premier Icon foxman
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    Dout that would bode well with the wife

    Premier Icon tomkerton
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    What’s the floor of the shed made of? Pour concrete into the holes if it’s a solid base or screw a thick piece of OSB over the area?

    Find the inlet outside and put spring traps out after dark. Keep the dogs (and your fingers) away form the traps. They are deadly. Use peanut butter as bait.

    Or find a mate with an air rifle and shoot it soon after dusk as it tries to get in.

    Premier Icon project
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    Squirt bleach or vinegar round outide of shed, theyre usually put off by strong smells.

    But theyre lovely, adaptable, intelligent, thinking creatures, so they may well get used to the smell or move elsewhere.

    Premier Icon jota180
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    Dout that would bode well with the wife

    Leave the wife in the shed then

    Premier Icon foxman
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    Thanks jota , my laughing at that got me a wonderful scowl

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Are they in your kitchen as well? Is that why you’re in a bit of a quandary?

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Know anyone with a Jack Russell?, this is toby or tobe’s – his best kill rate/day so far is 33 up at a local chicken farm that had a few disused sheds that were overrun- don’t be fooled by his cute looks, he’s so **** quick when he spots them and one shake of the head – broken neck and thrown over his shoulder then he’s onto the next one.

    I doubt he’d take to kindly to being parcelled up and sent through the post to you though, i imagine he’d get mighty pissed off.

    Premier Icon wysiwyg
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    Dog ftw

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Not sure i want to use poison as i have a dog .

    Poison in a dog-proof case, like Rentokill (et al) do?

    Premier Icon foxman
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    Rats only out in the shed not in the house , I don’t want the dog playing with a poisoned rat

    Premier Icon kilo
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    I was told with mice to block the hole with expanding foam and wire wool, thy eat the wire wool and it shreds their innards, might be worth a shot

    Premier Icon jota180
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    I wouldn’t poison them either – nothing to do with the dog – the stink of dead rats is something else, and under the shed you’d have to put up with it.

    Premier Icon Lazgoat
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    How about a good old smash you over the head rat trap?

    Premier Icon carbonfiend
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    [url=https://flic.kr/p/pvEGee]image[/url] by hlpjones, on Flickr

    Premier Icon wysiwyg
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    Lets not mess about with little nippers big brother, MKIV Fenn Trap ftw

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    I have, or rather had, a rat problem too. http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/rats-nest-in-my-composter

    Kill them with poison.

    Premier Icon suburbanreuben
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    Not my dog. My Fell Terrier is a sensitive soul, caught a rat once and looked guilty for days.
    My Jack Russell though…

    Premier Icon foxman
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    I’ve yet to see the thing in the flesh , just the mess and destruction it leaves

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    If you don’t like the idea of poison get a big trap and blow its brains out of its arse.

    HTH.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Above pic reminds me of something I saw today (zero help for OP, sorry)

    Premier Icon wysiwyg
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    Premier Icon jonahtonto
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    my dad lives in a chapel and we put 4 inches of rockwool between the inside of the walls and the dry lining. rats got in and you could hear them running around.
    it was horrible, you could track them around the room by the noise.
    couldnt use poison due to the stink when they decompose.

    in the end he bought a ferret for £3 from the local paper and left it in the house while he went away for the weekend with water but no food.
    no more rats!
    but god knows where the ferret is now! probably out doing something terrible to the local ecosystem

    Premier Icon wanmankylung
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    I think you need a small axe.

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Few weeks ago the old chap next door told me he’d spotted a rat in his garden, & put poison down.
    Fast forward…I cleaned out our garden shed the other night, with a torch.
    Shook out an old picnic blanket & one of the kids toys dropped on the floor.
    I picked it up.
    Only it wasn’t a toy.


    IMAG4592_1 by pten2106, on Flickr

    Premier Icon Lazgoat
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    Just noticed the OP’s name Be more fox!

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Bearnecessities – my 11 year old loves the Jedi squirrel pic!

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Source

    Premier Icon suburbanreuben
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    dub dub

    Premier Icon suburbanreuben
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    You could use a humane trap…

    Be sure to check the traps hourly! The little animals will be hungry, thirsty, and frightened, and they may die if left in the traps too long. Traps should be disabled when not in use and during cold weather. Release rats within 100 yards of where they were caught. Releasing a rat into a strange area will almost surely result in his or her death.

    Living in Harmony With Rats

    They love grapes, by the way!
    They’ll need a good nosh after a 100 metre yomp.

    Premier Icon RoterStern
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    My FIL has got one of these types of trap. He also had a rats nest in his garage/shed at the end of his garden. He put some really smelly lard in the trap and practically every night he managed to catch one of them and released them a few kilometers away.

    Edit: Oops just read the above post about not releasing them not far away from where they are caught.

    Premier Icon suburbanreuben
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    Edit: Oops just read the above post about not releasing them not far away from where they are caught.

    **** ’em!
    They’re rats, They’ll live!

    Premier Icon Drac
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    They’re rats, They’ll live!

    Yeah and return to where they came from, that’s why you don’t do it.

    The cure.

    They may look cute but they hate rats.

    Premier Icon Capt.Kronos
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    [url=https://flic.kr/p/r286zn]1st February 2015[/url] by Rob Sutherland, on Flickr

    Ed the Cat – Destroyer of Rats and wider eco-systems

    Premier Icon squirrelking
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    Release rats within 100 yards of where they were caught

    Yeah, and watch it go scurrying back to where you caught it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the little buggers (have them as pets) but sod having them in uninvited.

    They’re not stupid, if you leave them somewhere strange they’ll figure it out soon enough.

    Premier Icon mudshark
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    I made a bucket trap this afternoon as got rats down the bottom of my garden – like this
    [video]http://youtu.be/NxwCp7Iskvs[/video]

    Premier Icon griffiths1000
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    Some ideas here LINK

    Premier Icon tonyg2003
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    Two cats (full on British Shorthair genocidal maniacs) and a 1yr old Border Terrier here. No rats in our garden.

    I reckon that cats are actually better for domestic properties at ratting.

    Premier Icon spectraken
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    I think you want one of these 😉

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr6yopBUI-c

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