I have a neighbor who has been hearing scratching noises in the walls and
They apparently got in through one or more broken vents
Her exterminator suggests two approaches
One is to set out poison. The downside is that the critters will die in the
walls and smell up the house.
The other is to set traps. The downside of this approach is the higher cost
of checking and rebaiting traps.
What is the best way overall of handling this problem?
The problem with cats is they will kill or run off all the rabbits,
pheasants and other beneficial stuff but they will not make a dent in
the rat population. If Towser killed 28000 (who counted them?) they
: >> What is the best way overall of handling this problem?
: > Think cat.
: > http://www.moggies.co.uk/misc/glenturret.html
: Lay off the single malt for a while and describe in careful
detail just how
: you would get the cat into the walls.
CY: Sausage stuffer syringe.
: And then how would you get the cat out?
CY: Shop Vac.
I have well over two hundred customers that I have bait out for rats and
I will maybe get a dozen, probably fewer, calls a year on dead odor. The
rats can die and cause an odor but more times than not it doesn't
happen. As mentioned for customers that insist on snap traps the cost is
more. Most exterminators base their time $100-$125 an hour.
Forget the poison, the rats will indeed die in the wall. They likely use the
wall interiors as nests, and forage at night. Find out where they are
leaving the house, and set and bait with peanut butter, a Havahart trap
(squirrel sized one) against that escape route, if it is near the ground.
Then you might catch successive incoming and outgoing rats. Once the rats
are gone, and no more trap action, cover the entrance to the house. The rats
in my area are extremely wary of conventional spring traps, and avoid them.
On Fri, 10 Aug 2007 20:10:50 -0400, Charlie Bress wrote:
A friend of mine lived in the country and had a similar problem. He baited
them with poison and I guess the poison make them thirsty so they left the
home in search of something to drink then died. Never had any smell in the
Actually that is an old exterminators tale. With rats, they usually are
not nesting in the home but are coming inside at night exploring part of
their territory. The baits take a few days to take effect and when an
animal starts getting sick they usually tend to try to hang out back at
the nest. Mice on the other hand are more likely to be nesting in the
structure itself, so much more of a chance for them to die in a wall,
but they are one of the few animals that can live it's life without ever
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