Why rat traps are uselss for rats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by silkiechicken, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Here's the little guy I caught in a chipmunk/squirrel trap.

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    Comparing his head to the rat traps I wasted money on, if he put his snout on the bait to set it off, the bar would have slammed down between his eyes and ears. Those rat traps need to be 2x as large to slam down over the neck!!!


    So in the last 24 hours, I have stomped one with my shoe coop cleaning, hit two with the shovel as they tried to escape, and now finally disposed of this big one.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Wow, yeah, traps didn't work here either. I finally resorted to poison since nothing worked for the nasty buggars!
     
  3. EMAW

    EMAW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That thing is huge, rat trap heck you need a .22 to dispose of something that big.

    Know anyone with a hungry Boa.....
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    silkiechicken,
    You are so right about city rats. When I first moved to Seattle I lived downtown for years. Used to see huge rats in the city.

    Imp
     
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It may kina depend on your location we have wharf rats here I use 110 conibear style traps I do not bait them just set where their travel ways are.
     
  6. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It may kina depend on your location we have wharf rats here I use 110 conibear style traps I do not bait them just set where their travel ways are.

    I've killed wharf rats using canned sardines ..... just need a good aim and throwing arm.
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Now you know why I tolerate the yellow rat snakes we have here. LOL, we have relocated a gazbillion this year and still have some stealing eggs. But no rats!

    That's a bigger one, but yeah, wharf rats are scary. They get even bigger (all that hawser haulin'), have nastier attitudes (old salts having sailed the world) and speak several languages (world travelers again).

    I swear, if I find one like that I WILL use a .38 on it. I hate killing any animal, but I won't tolerate a rat!
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Oh, if anyone is interested, I will be more than happy to send you your very own, personalized rat snake for just the cost of shipping. [​IMG]
     
  9. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I wouldn't use poison if you have other animals and children. I got 14 mouse/rat with 1 Victor professional version. There are few left and they do get smarter. I used left over BBQ fat meat and it work just fine. I sure like to get SNAP-E rat trap. By the way, you do need the trap much bigger than the mouse trap.
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I wouldn't use poison if you have other animals and children. I got 14 mouse/rat with 1 Victor professional version. There are few left and they do get smarter. I used left over BBQ fat meat and it work just fine. I sure like to get SNAP-E rat trap. By the way, you do need the trap much bigger than the mouse trap.

    You know, I'd been told that several times and tried to avoid it as long as I could. But when the nasty rats killed and ate a full-sized leghorn hen I said enough is enough. I lost countless numbers of quail, chicks, bantams, and pigeons to the nasty things, and I finally decided that if the dogs were dumb enough to eat the poison then they could die too [​IMG]

    Of course they didn't, and there is such a low amount of poison left in the poisoned rats that a risk of secondary poisoning is very small. Now we are rat-free and still have all the dogs [​IMG]
     

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