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Kelly her rats
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Ron/PA    Posted 06-27-2004 at 05:59:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, sorry to hear about your rodent problem. The bad part is that you have just discovered the tip of the iceburg.
Between our own farm, and having traveled the entire east coast managing commercial poultry farms I've fought this problem for most of my life.
Chicken houses like yours are a haven for rats, chickens waste alot of feed, even if you don't see it, the rats will. If you have a dirt floor it's even better for them, they will tunnel 'til they honeycomb your floor. Chicken droppings are actually a food source for the rats! Your hav a hart trap will be much like spitting against the wind. Rats are pretty smart animals, you catch one in the trap and the rest will learn real quick. It's going to take a combination of sanitation, poison, and traps.
First clean up any food source you can, get them hungry, then start eliminating them with poison and traps. There are ways to poison them without making it available to your pets.
PA's cooperative extension service has a great program, unfortunately I can't find it online and I'll have to do some serious digging to find the hard copies that we got at some of the seminars.
Here's a site, that might help a bit, I don't mean the for sale products, but the information that is offered is a fair start.
By the way, rats have a 10 to 1 ratio, for every one you see, you can assume that there are at least 10 you don't see.
Good luck

KellyGa    Posted 06-27-2004 at 10:17:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks to all for good info, I will try everything!!! THANKS!!!!

JDK    Posted 06-27-2004 at 11:37:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many yrs back,I happened to wind up livin in a ancient old shack in the river bottoms.Rats were a real problem til I met"Rags",a tiny lil terrier from the animal shelter.Rags was a lil fuzzball dog of about twice rat size and was absolutely a rat's worst nightmare.Took Rags about 3 weeks to clear the property and never even saw a rat after that in 6 mo.

Clod    Posted 06-27-2004 at 06:29:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think I read this in Backwoods Home Mag about ten years ago.A rat trap that works great. You get 5 gallon plastic buckets and remove the lids. then you get brown paper like the stores have on wide rolls. you cut a piece big enough to cover the top of the bucket and fold down the side a ways.then tie with tape or rubber bands or whatever to make it a sort of lid of paper. you use a razor to cut a slice in the center of the paper.maybe an X slice is best. you put bacon grease in the center of the X.Then you fix the bucket with a board so the rat can get up there to investigate the smell.he walks out near the center and falls into the bucket which I forgot to say ishalf full of water. So I am told .This is the best way to dispose of rats in your area. Howdy Ron Pa! Just thinking of cleaning my house and dishes.I think of this a lot....But delay.

deadcarp    Posted 06-27-2004 at 08:33:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
The bucket thing works on mice too. We have a dome that only has insulation inside, and the mice decided it was wonderful quarters one winter. So i made a plastic bucket setup - wood ramp, tin teeter-totter with peanut butter for bait - and drowned quarts of them. Now they're eagle snacks. :)

Betty Sue    Posted 07-26-2006 at 06:58:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a problem all of a sudden with Rats.I have always had mice.I have read all the things on this sight since I logged on a few min ago.Will try the bucket idea-But what is the teeter totter you mentioned? Thanks !!!

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