portland/cement and peanut butter?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by slightlyscrambled, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read on here that using plaster of paris and PB mixed into a ball is a good "remedy" for rats, would portland and PB work as well. I have wondered for some time if we had rats in the barn b/c feed had gone missing and we had found the back end remains of a rat in the drive this summer left over from the cats ... anyhoo I saw one tonight scurry across the floor in the coop when I did head count and locked up. Now I need to know how to get rid of it. Thanks in advance
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    If the plaster of Paris works, I don't see any reason that Portland cement would work just as well. The Portland cement will also have a high lime content. The lime will cause caustic burns. If my Berber dog was still alive, I would just bring her over, and she would take care of things very quickly. She was the best rater I have ever known. I would really suggest rat bait, as the most effective option.
     
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    I would recommend snap traps or in the least place your bait in a jar that only rats/mice can get into. To many animals like the peanut butter. The cement might harden faster than the plaster.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I tried this last summer. What I didn't know is that apparently POP (plaster) has always been a target of rodents whether it has PB in it or not. Consequently, a chemical was added to it to make it unpalatable to rodents. I couldn't figure out why nothing was touching the PB/POP balls I had placed all over the place. I didn't end up killing a single thing because nothing would eat the balls. I am not sure if cement would work although theoretically it should. I used snap traps and a .22 this year. They were much more effective.

    Good luck.
     

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