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#1 Mauser3006

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:10 PM

I've got rats in my shed where I keep most of my food.  So far they haven't found their way in to any of my boxes, but have made a howling mess of the place spilling grass seed everywhere and crapping all over everything!  Infuriatingly they aren't taking any of the poison that I have laid (off the shelf stuff from B+Q - probably rubbish). Does anyone have any first hand experience of getting rid of the blighters? 


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:11 PM

I've got rats in my shed where I keep most of my food.  So far they haven't found their way in to any of my boxes, but have made a howling mess of the place spilling grass seed everywhere and crapping all over everything!  Infuriatingly they aren't taking any of the poison that I have laid (off the shelf stuff from B+Q - probably rubbish). Does anyone have any first hand experience of getting rid of the blighters? 

.308 , its the only way :)



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:13 PM

I've got rats in my shed where I keep most of my food.  So far they haven't found their way in to any of my boxes, but have made a howling mess of the place spilling grass seed everywhere and crapping all over everything!  Infuriatingly they aren't taking any of the poison that I have laid (off the shelf stuff from B+Q - probably rubbish). Does anyone have any first hand experience of getting rid of the blighters? 

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.308 , its the only way :)

Seriously keep baiting them or get in there with a JRT , block off any holes that you can , also lock your cat in there if possible.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:30 PM

Sounds like a job for a Jack Russell

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 10:06 PM

Move out the source of their interest albeit temporary and trap.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 11:12 PM

.308 , its the only way :)


That is so not true....... I find the 22/250 works well too!

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 12:13 AM

I've  had  some  success  with  fenn  traps  in  confined  areas, though  mind  your  fingers if  your  new  to  using  them. Our  tabby  cat  makes  short  work  of  any  hard  core rats  that  I've  missed  with  the  nv/air  around  the  chicken  run. 



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 12:29 AM

Buy 6 traps. Leave them in the shed for a few days, near the perimeter.

Then bait them with peanut butter, but do not set them.

Then set them all one night.

 

Other option is a dustbin (with optional water in the bottom) & a tipping platform, baited at the end. Use a small magnet to add a sudden (not progressive) tip.



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 03:46 AM

Another vote for traps and peanut butter. And some good airgun sport with NV/thermal :)



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 08:39 AM

First of all you will need to remove their food source, then get some bait down. Once the bait been eaten keep replenishing it until they have stopped feeding on it. (this is vital to do)
All off the shelf bait will work its just takes time as rats and mice will need to feed on the bait several times to build up a lethal dose of the active ingredient.
If you decide to use fenn or any other trap make an artifical tunnel around the inside perimeter of the shed to place the trap in, rats like to explore.
Rats have whats called Neophobia which makes them wary of anything new so it could take a while to get rid of them with traps.
Once they've gone then you will obviously need to find their entry point and make it good because you can bet your life others will find your shed.
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Posted 20 February 2017 - 08:56 AM

Night vision and air rifles.



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:04 AM

if you can't remove all sources of food from the area then forget baiting



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 10:36 AM

Reload shotgun cartridges with long grain rice instead of lead shot and get in amongst them, you girl!

 

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 02:04 PM

I, send my wife round she will scare them away she scares the s%t out of me lol ive put traps down  for rats in my wood store as above be patient and let them feed on bait  then set the trap it works every time



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 04:41 PM

Chocolate spread on fenn trap, no need to cover if shed is secure, otherwise make a wooden tunnel



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 10:07 PM

Great advice. 308 and rice loaded shotgun it is then!
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Posted 23 February 2017 - 08:06 PM

Buy 6 traps. Leave them in the shed for a few days, near the perimeter.

Then bait them with peanut butter, but do not set them.

Then set them all one night.

 

Other option is a dustbin (with optional water in the bottom) & a tipping platform, baited at the end. Use a small magnet to add a sudden (not progressive) tip.

I like this idea , i seen recently a YooTube vid on a scissor trap , it is pretty ruthless but needs to be done properly and ideally set in a way theres only 1 way to the bait . A few of these set up would work very well id think . Atb


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:00 AM

I used to work on a 24,000 bird poulty farm. As you can imagine we had a few rats. Bait is useless unless all other food is removed, bait only ever went after feed troughs were empty. fenn traps or nipper type work but leaving them unset but baited as already said is the way to go.

What hasn't been mentioned but if still available is Tracking dust, a powdered poison. Rats are not the filthy animals most people think, they spend alot of time grooming. Which is where the Tracking dust works, you sprinkle it on the runs the rats ingest it by cleaning themselves. 


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 02:37 PM

See if you can get DRAT poison from your supplier.  Its an  oil so that you can mix it with whatever they are currently feeding on rather than introduce a different food source that they might not find palatable.  Its very good stuff, I used to make it for a living lol

 

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 04:52 PM

Thanks Mark. 


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