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Alot more rats this year?

Anyone notice a bigger problem with rats this year compared to other years?

It's the countryside so it would be naive to think they are not there at all.
However.
This year they are out playing in broad daylight !?!

My hens haven't given us eggs in 3 months!
Are the rats and magpies eating them or are the birds just stressed and not laying?

I take the feed in every night.
And I'm currently putting down poison and keeping the chickens locked away from it.

I'm noticing a drop in activity but this is my second time poisoning rats this year.
Never before has it been this bad.

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, October 12th, 2020

Yes it appears to be a severe problem this year.I think alot of rats are getting immune to some poisons which doesn't help the situation.You really need to have a few decent cats on patrol around your yard at all times.I had a great Tom but he got sexy with a few local females and during the time he was having his fun a few rats moved into my turf shed.I reccomend a male and a female and at least that way you should always have one at base camp doing what you feed them to do.Alot of local cats gone missing this year and people are blaming the fox for it.Im not so sure ,also I see people charging up to Ä100 for a mongrel cat which I think is a scandalous practice.Looking at other sites when till recently you could pick up no end of cats for free now because a few gave done it plenty are following and this also is helping the rats gain a foothold.A good Terrier dog will also keep the rats away .

Green Rooster
Monday, October 12th, 2020

It was a great summer for breeding sow rats.weather suited them.these are the times they will start to move in for easy food sources and shelter.i do poison every night for a week if they are eating it and then take a week off and poison again the following week.
Always make sure you tie down the poison blocks so they canít bring them off and store them.i use tying wire they canít chew through.change the brand of poison every time you buy some aswell to keep them interested in it.take away food sources at night aswell.
Traps are good aswell.i use 3-4 traps at a time for them with peanut butter the best bait of all for catching them.

Doctorsroomghost
Monday, October 12th, 2020

Traps set 24/7 365 days of the year I have found is the only way to keep them under control.
Checked daily as part of the routine while feeding and letting birds out so they aren't forgotten with any partially caught rats that are still alive given a sharp tap on the snout with a metal rod will ensure they are dispatched quickly.

nama-man
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The rats here laugh out loud at traps, poison, cats and guns 🙄

CraggKlefor
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

There seems to have been a huge increase in vermin this year and people looking for solutions so as a result we have increased our range of rat and mouse traps.

https://www.maceoinltd.com/vermin-control-traps-snares/

We also are waiting on a large delivery of rodenticides.

The most popular rat trap this year is the black cat rat trap which is the ultimate rat trap and probably the strongest on the market after the mark 4 springer / fenn trap.

https://www.maceoinltd.com/vermin-control-traps-snares/black...

Flock Master
Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Yes read some good feedback about the Black Cat. I have to say, your sale price is very good👍

nedzer
Sunday, October 25th, 2020


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