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#1 paddyboo

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:41 PM

What can we do? There is a studio there, a ramshackle shed and a slab for a house. No one lives there and we have seen anyone there for well over a year. We eventually got the council to do something and tge grass received a rather pathetic attempt at a cut. DH just saw a rat run down the fence on our side..Ewww! What can we do? The front fence is dilapidated so other animals could get in the yard which means no baits. I hate rats!!! Suggestions please.

#2 Escapin

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

There's rats everywhere. I once read that in suburbia, you're never more than 5 metres from one. So, my (not very useful) advice would be to ignore them!

#3 wildflowers

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:51 PM

Get a cat, or get some rat/mouse baits, they can be hidden away from children.  We had a mouse problem when we moved into our house put down baits and that fixed the problem.

#4 lozoodle

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:55 PM

I think you will find there are rats everywhere wink.gif

Seal your property so there are no entry points. In particular behind your oven and dishwasher - there are usually holes in the walls where the wiring goes in and they can get in via that. Rats can fit through the space the size of a 5c piece.

Keep your place clean, and seal up gaps. If there is food, and they can get in they will come.
Also, ratsak is your friend

#5 la di dah

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

I don't think baits are particularly good for anything that might eat the rat, though, falcons and so on. Sort of kills off the rat's natural environmental checks along with the rat.

Cats for me have worked at keeping mice/rats out of the house even when neighbours had them badly... but I don't see how they would sort out rats that stay in the vacant lot next door unless you're letting the cat out to wander? Which is not good for the cat or for any of the other native wildlife they will eat in addition to or instead of the rats.

If they aren't in my house I really don't care much if there are rats off being the base of the food chain in a vacant property that isn't mine.

Edited by la di dah, 11 April 2012 - 08:59 PM.


#6 Veryclucky

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:58 PM

What PP said plus some councils have Rodent and Pest control teams that will come out and inspect. I think they will lay traps etc and bill the owners

#7 blackcat20

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

We've got a couple in the roof at the moment, driving me batty at night! I've baited in the roof because I just can't stand it. Lots of my neighbours have chooks so rats are a given.

#8 gina70

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:06 AM

PP are right, there are rats everywhere.  Cats are made for catching rats.  Otherwise there are baits that kill the rat but not a secondary animal that might eat the rat.

#9 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:13 AM

Gina70 - do you know what brand that would be? I really need to put down some mouse bait but I'm worried about the dog eating the dead mice.

#10 paddyboo

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:19 AM

We don't live in the city, we live in a rural town. Field mice I am used to, but rats! ewwww! We have a cat. DH says she was sitting there meowing at him and the rat rand down right beside her!! Silly thing. They definitely can't get in the house, but they get in the roof. Unfortunately we can't access the roof because it is an old house and the roof cavity is like 20cm. There are snakes there in the summer too. I hate it! people should have to maintain their blocks!

Might look at the baits PP suggested that don't hurt other animals. Blech!

#11 Xiola

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

If you must get rid of them then trap them don't bait them.  If you bait them you're sure to find dead rotting ones which is even grosser than finding live ones.  Have you tried ringing the council?

#12 lozoodle

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

I live in the suburbs - bush rats galore!

Just make sure your house is sealed up and they can't get in and you'll be fine. You can borrow my cat if you like original.gif

#13 paddyboo

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:14 AM

Maybe I will get DH to get the ladder out and try and find where they are getting into the roof. It is driving me batty!


#14 CountryFeral

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:21 AM

Find some one with a pet snake and get yourself some snake poo.

That will keep them out of the cupboards!

I'd chuck some baits up in your roof too.



#15 shelbysmum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:25 AM

Please don't bait them, it is one of the cruelest, inhumane ways to rid yourself of rats and mice. Baited vermin pose a serious risk to all other animals who may eat them also. Perhaps get another cat if yours is not keen to catch them, or you could get a Jack russell - they were originally bred as ratters and are very effective at keeping the rats and mice at bay.

#16 Therese

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

I hate rats and mice and would prefer to think of a world that had neither, which isnt very realistic I know.

I have nothing helpful to add but to also say to try not to bait them as I would hate another animal to eat a baited rat or to eat the bait.




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