get a cat or terrier-type dog. clean up any trash. secure any
garbage can lids (& use only metal garbage cans). pick up &
dispose of fruit & nut drops in metal containers. make sure
you don't have a leaky hose or any standing water source. make
sure no bird seed or petfood is left outside.
and make sure any neighbors within a half-mile do the same...
How close can you get to them? For $100, you can get quite a nice pellet
rifle that's quiet, and accurate. Check your local ordinances blah blah
blah, or just be discreet. There are also handguns that use pellets, but you
have to get closer unless you're very good with a handgun.
Not only would I probably receive a citation from the police, but I
don't have enough free time to sit out at the garden shooting rats. I
need something to keep the rats away without my presence being needed.
I favor a pellet rifle too, but we've had an infestation of roof rats
for the last 3 years and the most effective tool for me has been bait
stations. They protect the poison rat bait in them from the elements
and prevent children and pets from getting to the baits. Today's
modern baits are safe and effective. Dogs and cats ignore them and
wouldn't die even if they ate a bait station quantity.
http://www.epestsupply.com/rodent_control.html This is the type I
bought, but the stakes that hold the Ez Klean bait in place are too
large for Tom Cat Baits. (Available at Lowe's) so after I ran out of
the original bait, I tossed the stakes and drove a nail 1/8" diameter
x 3" long (Sorry I don't know the correct nail size.) through the
bottom replacing the original holding stakes.
You already see the rats while you're out there, right? Do you set aside
time to sit there looking for them, or are they there while you're doing
whatever else you do? We both know the answer. The rest of the issue can be
settled by simply asking the next cop you see. Don't say "I wanna use a
rifle". Be specific and say "pellet gun". I may be wrong and they might be
illegal to use except at a gun range. Or, it might be OK.
maybe one of those motion sensing water sprinklers would be sensitive
enough to trigger from a rat sized animal? Or perhaps some type of fox
or weasel urine-type stuff? Or spray the perimeter veggies with bitter
Anything that smells human repels a number of mammals, and it works
reasonably well with deer, mice and rabbit, though I have never tried
it with rats. Next time you see your barber, get a trash bag full of
hair. If applied thickly near seedlings, they repel slugs too, as they
get tangled in the hair.
:) Anything that smells human repels a number of mammals, and it works
:) reasonably well with deer, mice and rabbit, though I have never tried
:) it with rats. Next time you see your barber, get a trash bag full of
:) hair. If applied thickly near seedlings, they repel slugs too, as they
:) get tangled in the hair.
The rats are commensal animals, where they have evolved around humans
for their existance, so will be used to any human smell.
You might try a motion detector device with a sprinkler that throws
water at whatever passes by. It's harmless and can be left on at
night. One such device is called the Scarecrow water sprinkler.
They're kind of expensive, but they work pretty well.
blood meal scattered on the soil usually deters "tree" rats. Ingrid
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-> Anyone have suggestions on ways to deter rats in addition to traps and-> poison, such spraying the ground near my garden with some kind of-> chemical or growing a certain kind of plant. Thanks.
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