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Posted on 12/12/2007 4:38:04 AM PST by Global2010
I have a serious question.
We live on a bay on the Oregon Coast and this time of year the rats want in really bad.
I can D Con in the Garage because I can hide it behind the tool bench where they follow along the wall.
I cannot D Con around the house because we have 3 Labs and sometimes the other Labs in the area sneak away and come visit our home ( I don't encourage them).
So I am looking at these plug in the wall sonar rat repellants.
Do they work? Can I plug them inside next to the doors and have them be effective?
The suckers come every year when it gets cold and if I don't kill them they knaw at the door frame.
I had one come up one year in the day and as my Lab was standing over his bone barking to the nieghbor Lab up the way the dirty rat came up under him and stole his bone. I kid you not. Brazen lil' sucker.
I hate rats.
They have been known to get into homes here while folks are gone for the winter and literally destroying the interior.
But I am asking about the rodents type not the liberal kind.
Sounds to me like what you need is a fierce CAT!
No they don’t work, at least not in my experience.
How about traps? Nice warm cozy ones. Too small for the dogs. Put the poison in the traps. (I’m presuming dogs won’t eat dead rats, though I’ve seen stranger things go into dogs.)
Well, if they are using them in Congress then they are miserable failures.
I quit keeping cats years ago due to the cross street down the hill is an old highway route and the young roughnecks drive their rigs at excessive speeds turning cats crossing the road to get to the fishing gear shed into road kill.
That and when it is cold they pee in the garage instead of going out to do their business.
Have had so many cats in the past years as pest control I can’t name them all.
Can’t leave cat food out either.
I even keep the garage immaculant so the rats are not attracted to things to cart off for bedding or food other than the d con.
I keep d con blocks under the hood of my van because the dirty rats crawl up and chew on the hood lining.
It is just a common issue here on the coast.
My neighbors lil dog got into some D Con in his fifth wheel that he was not aware was there due to loaning it out.
Broke his heart.
Like Rat Hotels?
I have decking all the way around the house and thought about putting those under the deck.
I can’t set rat traps as in the snap the neck kind due to a back injury I can’t bend over.
But the hotels I could use my handy grabbers to put under the deck and fetch them up when occupied.
And they are spendy too.
They don’t work.
You need to get a cat.
Or put the D Con inside a trap but be sure to put other tasty stuff along with it.
Even if the trap doesn’t work, it will still keep the D Con away from dogs.
IIRC I have seen you post about your fishing/living off the SE Coast.
So you would know about ocean/bay dock rats.
Thanks I will go search some out on the internet shopping mode.
Our local Grocery store does not carry the rat hotels, just the d con.
There are electronic rat zappers available and they work as long as you keep the batteries fresh and the mechanism clean. Here’s the one I bought :
It works very well (just put a nugget of dogfood in the end of it to “bait” it and you’ll soon have an electrocuted rat).
I use a Victor electronic mouse trap (battery powered). It works great for killing mice and, once, a larger vole. I bait it with a piece of peanut. It should be too small for any decent sized rat but then I don’t know how decent are your rats.
Get cats or Jack Russell terriers.
Those are the best way in my opinion. You bait them, they throw the rat into the enclosed area. Dog can’t get to the bait and no poison needed. Only bad part is killing the disgusting creatures.
I haven’t much experience with rats but I do know they’re smarter than squirrels, and I’ve had those. I had squirrels that somehow thwarted traps, stole the food and got out, or knocked over the trap and picked the food out from between the bars.
Still, if you make a trap cozy you should be able to catch a rat. Get somebody else to do the bending. There are always folks happy to oblige, you only need to ask.
My squirrels, by the way, didn’t go for peanut butter as expected. They fell for it when I put in pieces of newspapers and a pizza crust! LOL, I think it was the dinosaur media that drew them in.
This is what I was thinking about, as you suggested.
Rat bait box, rat poison baiting station, simple and inexpensive rat bait box
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I had one come up and peer in the window (my perch/sitting place is right up at the window for the bay view) a couple of weeks ago.
And a big fat a** rat came up on the deck last week but quickly relized dogs were looking out the door back at it.
I can handle spiders and snakes but ya’ll I get the willies and have nightmares when it comes to rats.
Drives the Cold Nose Crew of Labs nuts in the winter because they don’t get the door cracked open to go in and out.
I dont know if a cat is a solution, I have 5, one might be a good mouser, heck he’s a good squireller too. I still have to put out mouse traps
The best thing for any rodents is a cranky cat. If that is not a choice try a professional. They bring stuff you can’t get. I have tried electronics for about every kind of pest and have not found one that works.
Oh yes, the JR terriers are very good, but lively. Maybe someone with a back problem won’t get along with them! Terriers in general are excellent rat killers, can be ferocious.
Another supposed vermin repellent, though I’ve never tried it, is wolf urine. You’d have to google that for sources.
i had one and it caused a house fire....I guess it works, if you want to burn them up, along with all of your belongings.
I know they’ve been proven to NOT work, but the funny thing is, ever since my wife plugged one into one of our kitchen outlets near the garage, we haven’t had any mice. We used to get two or three every fall/winter, but for the past four or five years, none.
Even though I know the thing doesn’t keep the mice away, there’s no way my wife is removing it from the wall. No way.
$40 for 1 hmmm kinda spendy but if I could put it under the deck back here where they like to pop up.
Also supplies bobcat, coyote, mt. lion pee. Nazdrovya!
Sorry, should have pinged you to #28.
Yeah up a few posts the disposable ones seem the way to go.
I don’t mind killing rats as long as I don’t have to view them dead or alive.
I have feed store in town that we do business with I will make it a point to pick some up.
My grandfather once told me that rats are good because they scare the mice away. Notice that you don’t have a mouse problem so the rats are obviously doing their jobs..........
We can't point out that even Hillary's shrill tones can't run the 'rats off?
I have the ultrasonic gizmos. Mom bought them, and I haven’t felt the need to ditch them. I haven’t seen a sign of a rodent in the residence — no droppings, no scratching in the walls. There are droppings in the basement, but I hven’t seen a live one.
Of course, I never saw rodents before the ultrasonic gizmos, so they might be like elephant repellent.
You could try laying a trail of dog or cat food (whichever your rats prefer) from your place to the neighbors house after dark. Once the rats eat their way over to the neighbor’s they won’t be able to find their way back to your house........
Yeah the rats love to shred the heck out of anything they can so I could enjoy making a rat hotel nice and cozy with a bit of d con and snacks inside.
I have a landscape/property care guy come out twice a month and he would help.
Have known him and his wife in the community for 20 yrs good at lending a hand.
I used to have a roommate who left out cat food for neighborhood strays. I finally talked him into stopping that practice after the one pre-dawn morning I went out to the porch and almost stepped on a possum who’d come to the buffet.
I’m tempted to plant a flower bed with catnip. I’d like the neighborhood strays to keep the squirrels at bay, but I don’t want to attract them with food, because I want them hungry.
I am starting to feel a bit nauseous.
Like I could barf.
Hmmm. I could put that in plastic zip lock bags and post them every 10 ft around the deck. : )
Good Lord I have to search for the Maalox emergency kit now.
We have had 10 JRT’s in the last 16 years, half of those we have taken in because they needed homes. We have 3 now. A couple have been hyper but most have not been. Our favorites are the rough and broken coats (long haired) ones that you don’t see as many of. If you want a JRT you need to meet the parents.
When I was having the problem (back in the fall when the weather first started getting cold here) I visited dozen of websites, and people post what works/doesn't (that where I learned of bobcat pee)...but there was one funny story (had been in the news) on many sites. A man found a nest in his yard (he had been battling mice for years). He douses the nest w/lighter fluid, tosses a match and enflamed (literally and figuratively) mice run from the nest...and follow their usual route into HIS home (into crawl spaces, walls) so by the time the FD arrived the house was gone. But on the upside...NO MORE MICE :)
She is definitely versastile.
‘So you would know about ocean/bay dock rats.”
I know there was one picked up in the bay by a local radio host. It was swimming in the middle of the bay (couple miles from shore) and she thought it was a dog. She took it to the vet for a checkup where she learned it was a rat. A BIG one.
Other than that I know they will chew thru the tile roofs, walls, and such. Don’t know how to stop them though.
I lived on the Pacific coast. I used one of these, and the next morning there was a submarine in my front yard.
I tried them once, when we had liberal house guests, but they didn’t seem to notice.
I like the sqirrels, bunnies and deer that lurk around.
The labs have been taught not to go ape crazy with the bunnies and squirrels that hang out in the brush/lawn.
We live on the bay but in the low coast range rain forrest.
We have up the way a few acres the bigger predators and on my park area away from the house where my angels are some skunks have been using the area as a potty.
Big ugley boomers up in the forrest here too.
Global, another problem using dogs to kill rats is that most rats can climb. One night in Louisiana, the dogs started raising a ruckus and I turned on the light in the courtyard and saw 5 rats lined up like Rockettes about 5 feet up a brick wall. That's when the pellet rifle came out.
Don’t poison them. They crawl into your house (where you can’t find them) and die. They you have the smell.
Use traps where your dogs can’t reach and seal up the entrances to your crawl spaces and such with screening.
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