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Rats living the dream

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lucozade, Jul 17, 2019.

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  1. Lucozade

    Lucozade Hatching

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    Greetings fellow chicken heads!

    A quick question if I may, nothing unusual but seeking advice for a speedy solution.

    We have an infestation formed under our wooden decking in the garden, as you can imagine they are rapidly expanding and it's getting out of hand.

    We are in the UK, have taken a quote regarding extermination of the nest however the firm are unable to guarantee the garden will be 'rat proof.' (Which is understandable.)

    Therefore leads me to believe some DIY is in order.

    Does anyone know of SOMETHING which can be tossed under the decking to perhaps kill the pesky critters?

    They've got access to food, water and shelter and are running riot now can they be stopped?
     
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  3. Folly's place

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    Welcome! Rats are not nice to have out there, and need to be eliminated soonest. Traps won't get them all, ever, it takes poisoned bait.
    It's important to have the bait in 'bait stations' so that only rodents can access the stuff, and not drag it out of the station. Most rodents will return to their burrows to die, which may work well, or require you to remove bodies under your deck (if they smell!).
    Usually you find very few bodies above ground, and they must go in the garbage so no other critter eats them.
    It's all yucky!
    You may need to use one bait for a while, and then switch to a different one to finish eliminating them.
    Eliminate any other animal feed out there!
    Mary
     
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  4. Lucozade

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    Cheers for this Zark my only concern is that the unwanted visitors have access to the finest pellets and tend to ignore whatever traps/poison is placed down.

    The blocks look good and would need to be placed under the decking free from other innocent animals, you can also see whether 'Roland' and his friends have indulged :)
     
  5. Lucozade

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    Hi Mary

    Thanks for taking the time to get back to me on this - All you have stated makes sense.

    All I would say is the poison in the bait stations (I have one out there already) gets avoided due to the constant access of an array of foods across the floor of the garden.


    Seems getting on-top of removing the food supply is he only way!

    Thanks again

    Luke
     
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  6. CCUK

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    You need to remove any other source of food. I have mine in plastic bins that the lid locks down on. Rats could chew through these but I don't have them so far as I know! You may need steel ones to prevent this. The bait stations work so long as they are placed on the 'rat runs' so they pass through them. The blocks will work as does the dressed corn. If you can see where they are coming from then you could dig the hole up then back fill it with quick-crete. But watch out for rats running out, you could also use a terrier!
     
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  7. Lucozade

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    Many thanks for this, we can't can't a terrier as we have a cat!

    The plastic bins you use are to store the food at night i'm assuming and then only place out the amount required?

    The holes will be under the decking I believe but good idea.

    Thank you :)
     
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  8. CCUK

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    I use the bins for storage. I have hanging feeders in the run. They seem to create less spillage than the ones you put on the floor. You may need to remove the feeders at night so the rats can't get any feed. DSC_0133.JPG DSC_0134.JPG
     
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  9. Lucozade

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    Hello again
    I get the concept and assume it's the same with the water..

    Nice selection of birds you've got there ;-)
     
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  10. CCUK

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    Yes. Remove everything that the rats can get to and clean up any spillages. Obviously you need to leave them out in the day for the hens! So remove them in the evening and only leave the bait stations with the bait blocks or seed. You can also get large snap traps that can kill rats but I had one for mice and it got its tail caught and ran off with the trap attached to it! It took me a while to find it.
     

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