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Rats

Are any of ye seeing an increase in rats around the place this year after the warm summer.ive a good few got in traps the past fortnight. I don't like the poison on account of the wildlife.are they more plenty

Doctorsroomghost
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

The dog has killed 3 & I found 2 half eaten rats by the doorstep in the last 2 weeks.seems to be a good few around but I havnt caught any in the traps yet.

tfk
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

I do lay 4 traps in the runs the second the birds go to roost and the door is locked. The aldi peanut butter with the red lid is what I use.a smear of that on the trigger and they go mad for it.i take the traps again in the morning so no hens or wild birds get caught. I use the timber Luna traps they have a good Spring to them.theres a picture of 2 cats on them.they are around 3 Euro in local hardware

Doctorsroomghost
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

I can't use them traps cos theres cats that go in & out of the pens during the night,I don't want them to get their legs caught in them,I use the cage traps. Caught a good few rats in them last year but none so far this year,might have more luck one the cold weather sets in & they get hungry.

tfk
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

No harm having a few cats knocking around the place anyway they will surely snig a few for you. I found they are plenty so far this year but I'm gonna be constantly trapping them.

Doctorsroomghost
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

The rain will have rats moving into sheds, hen houses etc, more so than the cold. Traps set inside Wooden tunnels work well, and prevent cats, birds etc, from getting caught.

nedzer
Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Would a breeding pair of wild owls eat a couple of days a night?

How do you entice owls to breed in your garden?

Ash - Cork - Wyandotte
Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Bloody spell check, days should be rats above

Ash - Cork - Wyandotte
Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Provide a bed...they,ll breed like rabbits !

nama-man
Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Iíve seen timber owl houses for sale on the internet.i think I saw one in this months countryman magazine.if you put up one of them you might get some move in or else look them up on google images and see could you make one

Doctorsroomghost
Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Yeah good idea, there's plans online that show how to make one.

I must research what draws them to an area.

North Cork is supposed to have a few living in the area, it would be interesting to know if people who keep birds there have less, more or same problem with rats...

Ash - Cork - Wyandotte
Thursday, December 20th, 2018

I found the best defence against rodents is to get rodent proof feeders.

Adam1
Thursday, December 20th, 2018

I remember years ago, my father kept greyhounds in an old yard, where he converted an old shed into kennels. One winter we had a rat problem, so set some traps. We were catching a rat or two every night, or every other night for a couple of weeks.

One night, as we left we spotted a barn owl land on the edge of the tinned roofed shed and watched him wait there looking for a meal. The father gets an idea. Next night we were down feeding dogs and checking traps. We caught a rat, and my father throws it up on the shed roof. We sat on an old railway beam and waited. Must have been twenty minutes past when the owl appeared. Came down, and off he goes with the rat. A few nights later, same thing. By the third rat, the owl actually appeared literally two minutes after the rat hit the tinned roof. It would be the same routine every night or every other night for weeks, till finally the rat problem was sorted. If only we had camera phones back then eh.

nedzer
Friday, December 21st, 2018

Good to hear that nedzer.

We'll have to watch young chicks and birds with an owl but once there is a protective run until they are big enough, it's a good idea to get a breeding pair of owls attracted to the garden.

Ash - Cork - Wyandotte
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018


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