Help , I've got a rat problem
Just caught one – quite a large beast really
Posted 5 years ago
Congratulations, you have a live rat!
Now what?Posted 5 years ago
I think I’m going to take it for a walkPosted 5 years ago
Insane that anyone would consider going to all the trouble catching a rat, then release it within close distance of where you caught it.
Personally, humane traps make no sense to me. Either get one that snaps its neck or get one that catches them them smack the vermin with a shovel.
Cant think of anything worse than having to listen to a rat ripping the house to bits from the inside.Posted 5 years ago
Congratulations, you have a live rat!
Whenever any of my customers proudly show me a live capture trap I always ask them the same thing. Many of them can’t come up with an answer; and no, it isn’t legal to drown them in the cage.
To the OP my advice would be to consider a mix of poison bait and maybe a couple of break back traps. If there is a decent sized hole try getting hold of some pasta based bait and placing it directly into the hole. Rats absolutely love it in my experience and you should top it up as soon as it gets eaten. When the bait stops being eaten the rats will be dead.And don’t go messing about and buying the smallest tub you can find. Get yourself to a farm suppliers and buy a decent sized tub as you most likely have a burrow near to/ under your shed and you will have many rats to kill.
Any traps you use should be placed against the regular runs along the edge of walls. You can always cover them over with piece of wood or slate to stop the dog taking an interest.Posted 5 years ago
Isn’t it illegal to release them? That’s the case with squirrels.Posted 5 years ago
How far do I need to go before letting it out? I had this trap anyway but didn’t want to risk catching my son or a chicken, didn’t think it would work as too big for rats but this rat is big enough.Posted 5 years ago
^^ they are vermin, who on earth would you let it out somewhere ? 🙄Posted 5 years ago
great pic that mudshark, it seems to be posing for the camera!Posted 5 years ago
How far do I need to go before letting it out?
Depends. Who do you know who wants a rat?Posted 5 years ago
You do know how fast the buggers breed, don’t you? A pair of rats will have thousands of babies before they cark it, and the babies are ready to make more from about 3 months old IIRC. How many of those cages have you got?
Stop fannying about with cages and wipe them out with extreme prejudice, it’s you or them.Posted 5 years ago
I have this killer
Hence why we have meeces in under the shed 😐Posted 5 years ago
Isn’t it illegal to release them? That’s the case with squirrels
It is indeed illegal to release squirrels but not technically illegal to release trapped mice and rats. However, if the release of the rodent into a different area could be seen to be having an impact on its welfare (i.e. to an area where there is no food, a recognisably harsh environment etc) then it could be seen as inhumane.
Far better to shoot captured rats or whack ’em with something lethal (my favoured tool is a mallet). Besides, as said above, they will more than likely find their way back home if not released far enough away.
What you really need is one of these:
I’m trying to justify the cost of buying one at the moment…Posted 5 years ago
Well I released it 30 mins walk from home in a secret location in woods not far from fields so hope it has a good chance of making a new life there. I checked a few times and pretty sure it didn’t follow me back.Posted 5 years ago
Are you sure the rat didn’t recognise your “secret location”? They are very good at bluffing.Posted 5 years ago
Got a small petrol engine handy?Posted 5 years ago
Strimmer, chainsaw etc will do – put a pipe from the exhaust into the rat hole. Start your engine and go get a cup of tea. Petrol fumes sink into the burrows – no more rats.
Did you spin it round three times first?Posted 5 years ago
Mudsharks home later on
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I like the chainsaw idea.Posted 5 years ago
Can borrow my boa constrictor she is due a feed! But more likely to curl up on the couch. Lazy snake.Posted 5 years ago
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