Recently I found a small rat in one of the kitchen shelves. I managed to
catch it and remove it while all ladies in the house locked themselves in
the living room, screaming!
I could not work out how the rat could manage to come into our kitchen. With
the door to outside closed all the time, there are practically no 'holes' to
outside that it could pass through. Anyway, this evening we found another
smallish one in our garage again!
I wonder what is the best way to prevent rats from coming in our
house/garage, and when they are in, how to get them out (or 'put down' them)
efficiently. Any advice would be most welcome.
Yep. In addition to that, they will try to find where they are coming
*from* and fix that. There may be a missing, broken or lifted sewer
manhole, broken sewer etc - so that, no matter how many are killed, they
keep arriving. Any little old neighbours not been seen for a while?
If you are surrounded by farms, a neighbour who keeps (badly) chickens
and have a river/railway at the bottom of the garden, then you are going
to get them - practically no matter what. Plus voles, field mice, frogs,
annoyed badgers, lost otters etc.
A standard, low-tech spring-type rat-trap works. Melt chocolate onto the
bait-plate and it will last for months. Put it in an (empty) ice-cream
box with a lid and a small hole made in one corner. Apart from the
safety aspect, a rat tends to thrash around spraying blood everywhere
for the fraction of a second before it realises that it is dead. If you
put a mouse-trap in the same box, it works even better. As well as
catching mice, should you need to, a rat will sometimes trip one and,
constrained by the box, land on the other..
This year, touch wood, my score of dead and dying bodies has been zero.
Helped by the neighbour with the chickens moving to France, perhaps.
Well, one wounded stray cat on the doorstep, that I think had picked a
fight with an otter. Hell of a mess.
My late husband left such things, along with drawing pheasants, gutting
trout, etc to me..."women's work".. His role ended when he took his
boots off. ;)
I note your use of the word *practically*. Either there are holes or there
aren't, and if there are, then that's where they are getting in. They must
be getting through a hole even if you can't find it, unless they sneak in
when the door is open. How about through the roof/ceiling area?
I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. A likely entry point is via
holes around plumbing entry/exit points, e.g. where pipes come in under the
sink, behind units etc. Fill them or any other holes with wire wool packed
tight, from hardware store. External entry points would only have to be
Get the council guy in, I agree. They may lay bait stations under your unit
kickboards - don't buy any poison yourself, they may be immune or die slowly
underfloorboards etc, leaving a nasty smell as they decompose. And that is
assuming they eat it.
Avoid leaving *any* food out in the kitchen (including leaving toasters out,
put them away at night). Do any neighbours have overflowing bins, binliners
etc in yards - or even leave bread out for birds? If the latter, tell them
to pack it in and get a bird feeder, as I had to do to one bloke 3 doors
away - when you tell them about rats they usually stop! A healthy feline
population in the street may help (our cat has killed 2 rats in the last
year, one about 10" long), but not so well as with mice.
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