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Rats

Anybody seeing an increase in rats since the weather has got colder?
I seem to be catching a lot more now than in other years.

nama-man
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

What do you use?
I have a few ducks in a wooden shed, so I suppose they are a target.
The conventional traps look like they may be hazardous to ducks though unless I placed the traps in in "designer boxes".

The choice of bait must be a problem too, the duck feed is fairly plentiful and is available in every moisture content from dry to coloured liquid when kwackers have been at it.

You are obviously having success, so I would be grateful if you could share your knowledge, before I do my usual and start the wrong way.

kwackers
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

With all the cats my neighbour has there isn't one to be seen near me

roostercroweburn
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Very simple kwackers, fenn traps (MacEoins sell them)
Set in bait boxes, nothing else can gain access to them, small opening either end, trap set in the middle compartment, so rat has to step on the spring plate to access to the feed wheat i use as bait.
Might take a while but once the rats get used to them and you catch one or two, the scent is on them and you are away with the mixer. 👍

nama-man
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Most popular rat traps at present are the Black Cat Rat Traps and the Rat Reaper Tunnel Traps. Both incredible for dead catch traps. The rat Reaper has its own tunnel so very safe.
Hard to beat the old Mark 4 Springer or Fenn traps though they would still be my firm favourite and popular in the older generation.

Huge amount of rats though this year. I seem to say this every year but they seem to keep increasing.

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

Flock Master
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

You, ré not wrong there, never caught as many over the last three weeks.
Thanks for "the older generation" dig Flock master, nice one 😁

nama-man
Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Many thanks,
I never heard of Fenn traps, I used the "Little Nippers" for mice with Aldi ginger biccies as bait with a great deal of success, but a rat sized version is huge and I could imagine the ducks getting maimed by anything not enclosed in a mini "shed".

Dingle isn't a great distance away and Connor Pass looks heavenly on a cold bright morning, I will pay a visit to Eoin.

Many thanks for all the help.

I just hope they go for the bait, I do use food to get the kwackers in at night and even that can be difficult if they have had treats during the day, so the duck shed is resplendent with all kinds of "goodies".

As for cats, I thing I would prefer the rats :-(

kwackers
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Only other thing to add is if you decide on Fenn traps be very careful setting them,they do have a useful safety catch on them and i,m sure the staff at Mc Eoins will show you the best way to set them.Good luck

nama-man
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

No problem give us a call before you drop over and i can arrange to be here and show you how to set the fenn traps.

Flock Master
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

If you are not confident with using spring traps, I would suggest maybe using the traditional wooden rat traps, inside a tunnel, or even those easy set plastic traps. Both traps work well when set properly.

nedzer
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021


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