A rat in the neighborhood

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by iheartmaddy, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. iheartmaddy

    iheartmaddy In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    Fort Worth
    There is a rat who is causing me stress. I want to kill him, but don't know how to without harming any other animals. I live in a suburban neighborhood with neighbors with outside cats and dogs. What is a good trap that only a rat can get into and won't get out? I really don't want to be the neighbor who killed their neighbors pets. Thank you!

  2. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Songster

    Oct 3, 2010
    Probably just a regular mouse trap with some sort of food that rats like would work. If you do it, keep me posted! [​IMG]
  3. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Songster

    Feb 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    A rat can carry off a mouse trap. You need a rat trap and you may need to chain it to something.
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:Yup - mouse trap will do nothing to an adult rat. A rat trap and tie or chain it down.

    A small live trap might work - but I am not sure.
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Either a small live trap or a rat snap trap will work. I use a milk crate over my rat snap traps to keep dogs, birds and small daughters out of it while still allowing rodents to gain access to it.

    Good luck. I hate rats.
  6. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Or a pellet gun.
  7. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Songster

    Oct 3, 2010
    well sor-ry. [​IMG] It was just a guess.

  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:I second the milk crate idea.
  9. banks

    banks Songster

    You can build a trap easy enough.
    you tube "Bucket mouse trap in action"

    Get a 5 gallon bucket
    Rod with soda can through the top and bottom
    Attache rod to center of bucket
    Put peanut butter on can
    lean a board from ground to top of bucket
    Fill bucket 3/4 full of water
    rat will walk up ramp and try to get to peanunt butter
    when crossing the rod to get on the can he will
    then fall off the spinning can into the water.
  10. banks

    banks Songster

    Here is the link I was lookin for.

    Simple & cheep to make

    Last edited: Oct 5, 2010

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