Howard E

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This is just one of many such publications that can be found on the Internet. This one happens to be both concise and informative. All have a common theme. Rat control revolves around three things......Sanitation, Exclusion and lastly, Elimination.

Most make the mistake of going straight to elimination. Not going to be effective until you get the first two under control.

So again, the starting place is to limit access to the free food.

https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g9446
 

WindingRoad

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This is just one of many such publications that can be found on the Internet. This one happens to be both concise and informative. All have a common theme. Rat control revolves around three things......Sanitation, Exclusion and lastly, Elimination.

Most make the mistake of going straight to elimination. Not going to be effective until you get the first two under control.

So again, the starting place is to limit access to the free food.

https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g9446
The only elimination is extermination. If they leave they will come back. I have been starving out my rats for over a month and they are still hanging around.
 

WindingRoad

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Thank you!:thumbsup
Let's break this down.

# 1 "Rats can jump up to 8 feet". Why is putting your coop a foot off the ground gonna help?

# 2 For every hole you plug they will dig 2 more. From expeience

#3 Two feral cats patrol my coop on a daily/nightly basis and have not caught/killed one rat. Mostly because my coop is up on pavers. Those two cats can't get under the coop where the rats are. Both are Maine coon cats.

Try again.
 

WindingRoad

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If you have been starving them, what are they living on?
Snow. We have some grass still growing and two Bull Mastiffs next door. I hear rats like dog poop. And I bet those poops are BIG from those dogs.


ETA: And a cushy place to live under the coop. Hopefully we get some more big snow storms so my plow guy can push some big snow banks in strategic spots.
 
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