Used as per the instructions it's extremely effective, inside, outside, in
The local "scrotes (don't know what that means but I can imagine) can't get
into our back garden. What's more, the local scrotes wouldn't know what it
was so I doubt that they'd nick it. We live in a high crime area and even
though we've left ours in the drive, which is accessible, it hasn't gone. It
doesn't have a price tag on it and scrotes (I'm beginning to get into this
:-) ) aren't all that bright so have no idea of its purpose or worth.
As for sport, well that's fine if you can use a gun on your property. We
It's not messy like the Little Nipper types, there's no blood and you don't
handle the corpse (unless you want to). since there's no physical damage to
the animal it could be used for dissection.
By the way, it also works for mice but hedgehogs can't get in.
You could of course make your own ...
I assume that you have got a Ratzapper - and have had some success with it?
We caught *one* rat with ours last year, but have not managed to temp any
more to come near it - and we know they exist, we have seen them! I am
trying to follow the recommended procedure of putting bait in but not
turning it on until they get used to it - but the bait remains uneaten! I am
using the little round pellets which came with it.
Do you use a different bait - if so, what?
On Sat, 17 Jan 2004 18:28:23 -0000, Set Square wrote:
Have you cleaned the trap thoroughly? Rats have very sensitive
snifters, they may still be able to detect "the smell of death" what
ever that is...
Who often do you check? Leave it well alone, ie keep at least 10' from
it for at least a week, 'cause they'll still be able to smell you on
the trap and may well be avoiding it for just that reason. The other
obvious thing is to do is change the bait because what ever those
pellets are they aren't the rat equivalent of the most yummiest,
scrumptious thing you have very tasted.
Our mice can't resist Nuttella, had some success when we had rats as
well. Though only caught the last inch and half of ones tail, which it
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
Well, I've shaken and brushed it out. You can't really get your hand inside
a Ratzapper anyway. I also try always to use gloves when handling the thing.
I check every couple of days - but using only a mirror to look inside,
rather than picking it up.
I was thinking of trying peanut butter - or somesuch - rather than the
pellets supplied with the Ratzapper, but am concerned it would get smeared
around inside and would be very difficult to clean up. Any comments? Maybe
Nutella or peanut butter spread on a biscuit or something?
Last year we had a rat which would stroll about in the open garden in broad
daylight while we were around.
Rats, like all animals, do nothing invariably.
We assumed that was the one we caught in the zapper because we stopped
seeing it after we caught one.
Look, the point is not just to KILL the rat. You can do that with a .22
or even an air rifle.
We are talking about 'shock and awe' here. We want those rats to feel
THREATENED. Like do you feel lucky today, rat? We want total
obliteration, and rat fallout scattered around 'pour encourager les
autres' et toute cette excrement.
We want rats at no more than 5 yards to 'feel the steel' and walk
through a leaden hail of total annihilation.
I mean, you could try a small anti-personnel mine, but 'happiness is a
warm gun' and all that.
Nice to see someone else shares my approach to pest control. It is never
enough to simply remove the problem. One must prevent future incursions. The
method can best be summarised as "First you will know fear, then you will
know pain, then you will die!".
I'd use a Milan if it didn't mean risking the workshop....
The trouble is a rat is pretty much the same as IMM. Even if death is
staring him in the face, he woukld neither recognise, believe nor
Just shoot it and enjoy the sport. Anything else is a waste of emotional
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