I just heard of another type of rat killing device, it's like a bug
zapper only for rodents; you put it in a piece of sewer pipe. Person
who told me about it said it works really well, but didn't know where
to get one.
Problem is, when you can only catch the dumb ones, it lets the smart
ones breed :(
That sounds like a good idea. You might try the pinch traps for
gophers with a bait that take some work to get (to make sure the trap
is triggered), and put it inside a piece of 4" sewer pipe -- it's
cheap, durable, yet easy to cut (try a heavy old serrated knife, the
kind they advertise as being able to cut frozen stuff and tin cans).
I'm going to have to look in to gopher traps...
The rats have dug a series of tunnels under the rocks in the dog kennel.
:-( I can't really get to them without tearing out the rocks and they
will just all run away.
I could put gopher traps at the entrances of the burrows! <eg> I never
thought of that.
Those are also less likely to catch pigeons if I choose to use them out
in the open.
Alternatively, you could get a couple of ducks. They LOVE tomato hornworms and
will fight each other over hornworms. Other birds will sometimes eat the small
hornworms, but often turn up their noses(beaks?) at large ones, but ducks will
practically kill each other for hornworms, no matter how big the hornworms get.
As mentioned, the dreaded tomato hornworm. They won't kill the plant if
found soon but they sure make it look ugly fast. Look in the area of
the damage and it'll be closeby, usually hanging upside down under a
leaf or along a stem. Cut off the leaf below where the critter is and
dump them both, or pick them off with needle nose pliers. Only problem
there is they usually have a good grip on the stem, so best to cut it.
I've done this for years and not lost a plant yet.
Now for the real question, where oh where do they come from and go to?
PVC is available in just about any size you want. It's what is used for
water lines in most areas, from 1/4-inch to several feet. Decide what
size you want, then contact a plumbing supply store. If you have a United
Pipe & Supply in your area, they will have it for certain.
Another source would be a utilities contractor; perhaps you could get a
scrap or two. Trust me, they have bunches of scraps in various lengths
and diameters (diameter depends on the particular job). You might even
contact your local water department to get some ideas where to find some.
Another use for PVC pipe scraps and joints (tees) is cat climbers though
the tees and wyes in 8-inch or 10-inch size are rather expensive. The
straight pipe isn't too bad for price, but scraps would be better if you
can get them free.
I'll check the local home stores first, then go from there.
This does give me some ideas! The rats are getting seriously out of
hand. :-( Nasty little beasts!
Hee! I have been putting in more cat furniture.
I need to hit some construction sites for scraps.
There is a local govt. contract recycler, and we got some burlap covered
room dividers from him for $5.00 each. Giant scratching posts and
climbers. Those are out on the sun porch and the cats are slowly
destroying them, but it's well worth it for that price. :-)
Non-pest birds, also. LOL
A friend who loves her birds put a very realistic owl in her garden to
keep away pest birds. It was weeks before she realized why her song birds
weren't coming to the feeders. Shortly after she removed the owl, her
song birds returned to the feeders.
Placement is important... :-)
I breed pigeons for meat, so I don't want to scare off my breeding
Owl decoys just go into the garden area, not anywhere near the gourd
bird houses. I've been getting good occupation of those by house wrens,
and those are death on garden bugs!
I like pigeons, they're cool birds. We have a few dove here but no
pigeons. I've thought about starting a colony, at least once I get the
shop building closed off enough that they don't decide to live in
Being lazy, I usually feed my pigeons and chickens (when I have 'em,
none right now) dog food, same as the dogs eat. Aside from really good
eggshells (yes, even tho they are thick, the chicks have no trouble
getting out) the birds get so they won't eat regular bird food unless
they're starving. In fact when I toss 'em grain, they'll get all
excited the way birds do, rush over to the feed -- stop short and look
at me like "What's this crap? What are you trying to push on us??!"
Yeah, they will nest anywhere that provides convenient shelving, and it
can get rather poopy.
That sounds expensive!
Sure won't hurt them tho'.
Chicken and pigeon feed is about $7.00 for 50 lbs.
Dog food is twice that...
Most of my pigeons eat pretty much for free since they fly free, but
they do gather around for the morning scratch feedings in the henyard.
I don't blame them. Dog food is higher in protien!
It already does with just sparrows nesting in there.
But they eat half as much of it, and they do better. My 14 year old
pigeon was like a young bird and was fixin' to break the world record
(18 yrs; lost him cuz one of the dogs got out and got into the cage :(
and I had yard chickens that made it to 12 years old!
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