Ken Peavey wrote:Sometimes the problems are handled better with technology.
Consider the technology of rat traps. They cost about a buck each. Mousetraps can be had for about a quarter each.
Your garden is under attack. Aggressive and immediate measures are warranted. You don't have to use poison, just a whole bunch of traps to knock down the rat population quickly or suffer the loss of much of your garden.
I use peanut butter for bait. With cheese or solid bait, the beast has a chance of grabbing and running. They have to hang around to lick the peanut butter, better chance of catching the varmints. I place several traps together. If one trap goes off, I might get a critter by the tail or set off another trap from the bounce. It's a kill zone.
Ken Peavey wrote:If you can determine a frequently used path, thats the place to set the traps. A trap here and there wont do it. I'm talking a half dozen or more (more is better) side by side or surrounding some tasty morsel. Give them a reason to walk through the traps or remove the possibility of going around them. How bad do you want them gone will determine how many traps you want. You'll need to check the traps regularly, at least a couple of times/day. You won't get them all overnight, but you can probably get one or two each night.
Anne Allison wrote:Easiest rat trap in the world. Take 5 gallon bucket. Lean it on a fairly steep angle, say 45 degrees. Make it possible for a rat to enter at the top. It could be propped on a hillside, for instance. Put enough water in the bottom to drown a rat. Go away. Come back, find drowned rat(rats) in the bottom. Dispose of rat. Do this again. Rats can't climb back up the slick side.
Chris Gilliam wrote: You don't have a .22 or a pellet rifle?
toan tr wrote:i've had nearly 100% kill with this one,
bait with PB but UNDER THE TRIGGER TAB. to get to pb, they have to push their snout under the tab, lifting and triggering it. geometry is perfect since they can only access from front or side, they are deeply entrenched in digging for food so cannot jump, and necks are squarely placed in kill zone.
sunshine ax wrote:Well, I've tried the bucket with the tin can and they licked the peanut butter off. I adjusted it so that the can was a teeny bit further away from the ramp and they ignored it. Then I moved it to a larger bucket (a plastic tub). That never worked either.
OK, so I have six traps set up in a circle and they sit there day in and day out with no attention. I've even baited the area with turkey bones. No takers.
Nothing so far. I'm still looking for ideas.
Living Wind wrote:Cat on a string, in your garden.