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How do you get rid of rats
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Mike in NC    Posted 05-17-2001 at 17:53:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an infestation of rats. Have set traps and caught several in my storage shed, but don't seem to be getting rid of them. I have thought about the commercial type poison baits, but have dogs and a cat. If the dogs or cat find and eat dead rats ( from the poison ) will they get sick from it? Any suggestions or home remedies greatly appreciated.

Violet    Posted 02-21-2007 at 14:33:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a bad problem with rats. I hdon't wantto use traps or poision. I have a cat but wont catch any in the house but it will outside. I also have 3 children I'm concerned about. Please tell me how to get rid of them safely and effectively?

RENA    Posted 03-05-2007 at 09:36:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tip #1 - AROMATHERAPY. Mice and rats HATE the smell of peppermint. Buy peppermint oil. Close all windows/doors to outside; open all doors between rooms, including closets, cupboards, etc. Drop 1 capful of peppermint oil into a pot of warm water; bring pot w/water to boil. This smell will spread thru house, walls, etc. Fill a spray bottle with a capful of peppermint oil and spray around baseboards and into obvious holes. Every NIGHT put a small bowl with a few drops of peppermint oil and hot water in the bathroom, kitchen and basement. MUST CHANGE THE BOWLS OF WATER EVERY NIGHT. Once a month repeat the boiling water procedure. They will leave.

Tip #2 - ARAMOTHERAPY - Jean Nate Bath Oil works if you run out of peppermint oil (and lasts a bit longer). I found out about this by accident.

Tip #3 - ARAMOTHERAPY - Ferret poop will clear them out of your house in a quick minute but your house will smell like ferret poop. Ferrets eat mice and rats for a living. Get Ferret poop from your local pet store. (Cat poop may work - I don't know.)

I tried all of these ARAMATHERAPY methods and I like them because they don't die in my house. I caution against mothballs - use moth crystals instead. Mothballs can lead to anemia and may be fatal if used over an extended period of time.

Let me know how you make out.

PS: Peppermint incense during the day while you are awake adds to the night routine of peppermint in water. Also peppermint candles are sold in some stores. Check it out. Spread the word.

JJ    Posted 07-31-2007 at 03:08:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only definite way to get rid of a rat short of the use of industrial poison (which is not possible in a family home) is the use of the mother in law's transport...the good old broom. I used everything known to man and the rat just avoided it somehow. I could see it sometimes but the bugger could enter the marathon and win its so fast. In short, close up the area its at... corner it more and more by moving things slowly to one side making sure there are barriers to stop it running to the area where u are moving things to... keep mother in law transportation system at hand... stir things enough to cause the rat to move and run then ... wham... thank you auntie for the weapon of rat destruction. Good sport if you have more than one rat and you can enter the olympics if you have an infestation.

Big Pete    Posted 06-03-2002 at 10:06:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
try this, I think it might work rather well...

Christopher    Posted 03-01-2002 at 17:05:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]

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Carol    Posted 08-10-2002 at 14:01:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have recently had a rat visting our home on a nightly basis who even decided to come and have a look up the stairs!! We have 3 young children so on discovering this set out some bait and he came back and ate the lot two nights running and then disappeared for 5 nights. Then we came down one morning and the smell in our kitchen was unbearable as we have no skirting boards on due to an extension, we discovered it was coming from a hole in the wall, obviously the rotting rat. Please please tell me how we can get rid of this smell or how long it will take to go as I am spending fortunes on air freshening devices but the whole house stinks. I would greatly appreciate your advice. Many Thanks.

Ronnie Caldwell    Posted 10-26-2003 at 13:29:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do I get rid of the smell of rat out of the carpets and seat of the car?

Barbara Andrew    Posted 10-31-2003 at 09:23:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please help. We arrived back in Florida after 4 months and in our florida room rats have been in our desk. I have used d'con and they have eaten it but it seems like there is a family. I set a trap and so far nothing has happened. They are eating my papers in the desk drawers and I sure could use some help. Thank You, Barbara

renee    Posted 11-09-2003 at 12:24:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had a family of rats in our backyard. We got rid of the babies but the mother is VERY SMART. We cant get her. She wont eat any bait. She avoids all the snap traps and glue traps. We tried the coke in a plate (I guess they cant burp and will die from the fizz of the soda). Any ideas??

Robert    Posted 01-20-2002 at 17:31:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear them late at night around 1:00am and then again around 4:30am.So I set a couple of Big traps and then one afternoon one of them went off checked it nothing in it. So the left go for week or so then I heard them agian at night.So then I heard about using Moth balls because they dont like the smell.I am asking for some advice by the way they just in the attic.Please rspond Thanks...

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Mary    Posted 03-26-2002 at 17:25:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wish you luck, I also have attic rats. I've tried bait, traps, so far no luck. An exterminator came out and put new bait, more traps. I bought a pest-a-cator that sends an annoying noise throughout the house, walls & ceilings, it has a guarantee so I'm trying it. The last time I heard them in the attic was 2 nights ago.

Belinda Denley    Posted 09-30-2006 at 19:42:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just found out I have a mouse in the house. If a mouse is here would there be rats everywhere? I haven't heard anything but my daughter and granddaughter saw a mouse on two occasions. What can I do to get rid of it and why would it be around? I have a dog maybe I need a cat.

Jina    Posted 04-04-2002 at 07:10:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did the pest-a-cator work? It's one of those ultrasound frequencies that only the pest can hear right? Do you know if it will hurt dogs or cats?

Where can I get one?

Alicia Wilkins    Posted 11-04-2003 at 13:38:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I purchased a cat...haven't seen or heard from a Rat since...that's been 3 months ago. Soooo, if they're around, I don't see them nor do I hear them. I've left bread on my counter (something I could not THINK of doing 3 months ago!!) also and it's all intact when I get up in the morning. So hopefully my CAT is living up to the stereotype of, "Rats/mice hate cats"!! We'll see.

Carrie    Posted 04-17-2008 at 16:09:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a rat infestation....I own 6 cats, and 7 dogs...One of the dogs will kill the rats on sight, and the Female cat has gotten one rat so far...but the rest of them just watch as the rats go by! Any Terrier breed is great at Rat killing, and I have heard Female cats are more likely to go after Mice and Rats than males...seems to be true in my case! I am going to try Peppermint oil, and another suggestion I got recently was to mix quickcrete powder with instant potato flakes and leave it out for them to eat. Then when they drink, they get 'Stoned' if you will pardon the pun. It sounds horribly cruel, but they have done so much damage to my home...I now have no power in one bathroom, and my new dishwasher is useless due to them chewing the insulation and wires out of underneath it. Someone else said A&W Rootbeer will kill them, but I think that is a myth...I will try it as well however! Ammonia is supposed to run them out, but would probably run ALL of us out! If I find any of these things work I will let you know!

jolene    Posted 08-26-2008 at 22:04:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Carrie, Did you ever get rid of the damn rats. Oh my God I am very frustrated. We tried alot and no success so far. I am going to try the ultrasonic next and coca-cola but wanted to ask if you ever found something tha t worded. SO FRUSTRATED!!!!

Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-22-2001 at 08:38:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Mike - are you not confusing the difference between RATS and POLITICIANS? I know that here in NYC we have a major infestation of RATS. I say the solution to the RAT problem is to vote them out!

steve    Posted 11-01-2003 at 06:04:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pest a cator has an FTC complaint against them! The complaints say their isn't scientific evidence for their claims.

David    Posted 05-20-2001 at 15:05:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try a Coke! Get a big jug of Coke, pour it in pie-tins, come back in the morning with a bucket & shovel. My buddy had seen a coupla rats in his garage, set out the Coke & scooped up about 30. Rats can't burp, and they suffacate on the expanding fizz. Really!

Arnold Parks    Posted 04-23-2008 at 08:13:39       [Reply]  [Send Email] house has been built where a field once been! The whole area as a matter of fact! And now I have a major, HUGE, rat problem...They're livin in the funiture, bed, attic; I got three holes behind my washer and dryer! Two of them are filled with a soda can! I got another one behind my stove! And another in the corner of the livin room! I just found another in my bed room! It's CRAZY! The smell in my house is awful! It smells like RAT MESS! Ugh! I need help! What can i do? Especially to the many rat holes outside in my yard!

Dee    Posted 12-05-2006 at 07:01:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just spent over $800 for a contractor to critter free my home because I heard something scurrying in my wall. In addition, 17 traps were setup in my attic on 11/11/06, in hopes of catching the critter. On 12/03/06, I was told that there are not rats nor squirrels in my attic because the food set was not touched or traps triggered. Unfortunately, each night between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. the critter wakes me as if it is knawing on something between my bedroom wall. How do I get rid of the thing? The dog food and peanut butter remains in my attic, however, it has not touched the stuff. HELP!!!

Mike    Posted 11-08-2006 at 08:46:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey does this work on mice as well?

Rob Wilson    Posted 08-04-2007 at 05:03:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tried it last night and found a dead field mouse in the garage this morning. Step-daughter said she saw a rat in there yesterday. Put out glue traps, too, but I guess the cola was more attractive. No live critter stuck to trap to deal with was also a plus.

krys9320    Posted 01-02-2002 at 19:58:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
just wanted to let ya know that i tried the coke and it really does work. After about 15 minutes we saw a rat just sitting there suffocating.WOW!

Mike Taylor    Posted 05-21-2001 at 17:14:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wonder what would happen if you ground up an Alka Seltzer tablet and mixed it with dry cheese?

Louie    Posted 09-11-2003 at 10:51:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please can you tell me any more ways to get rid of rats because we saw one jump out from our rabbit hutch and dont want them exploding around them.....please we really need your help!!!!!

P.s. do you know any websites that tell you how to get rid of them!!!!!


SCOTTY    Posted 06-28-2005 at 08:04:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Norm    Posted 05-20-2001 at 04:27:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

We use bull snakes.

Dreamweaver    Posted 05-20-2001 at 04:55:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Norm, are you serious? I am trying to picture this. Do you people actually put black snakes in your own basements, and bull snakes Lord knows where? I used to help my ex feed cattle for a man, and we would go to the sack up the grain, and I would be tippy-toing around scared stiff I would see a little mouse, much less a rat. Now I ain't really a sissy, I bate my own hook, gut fish, smack spiders and pick off tobacco worms, but I cannot see myself saying hello to a bull snake in my grain bins! My hats off to ya, SIR.

JOHN-N-FLA    Posted 05-19-2001 at 09:31:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]

LazyHorse    Posted 05-18-2001 at 05:16:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a kid I used to have lots of fun & target practice shooting rats at the dump. An old trick is to put a pan full of chocolate milk near a grain bin, or corn crib. Wait for the rats to show up and start shooting them with .22, the rats are so engrossed with eating they don't notice their buddies getting killed, and they just keep coming. Once you are done shooting I reccomend burning the carcasses, since rats and the parasites on them are big disease carriers.

Mary    Posted 05-13-2006 at 23:27:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had just decided that shooting them was the only way to kill rats and nothng else when I read your post. I know how to shoot, but we don't have a .22 and I don't want to buy one just for this. Do you think a stun gun would work? Or would I have to get too close. I've never intentionally killed anything other than roaches and ants, but these rats are driving me crazy. I think they're living off of my rabbit's poop because we don't leave any other food out anywhere. They are also destructive and chew up everything from wood to bicycle tires. At night I see them crawling around on the outside of the rabbit hutch which makes me sick. Please let me know what you think about a stun gun or a bb gun. Thanks and hurry!

Johnny    Posted 12-27-2003 at 06:02:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yea, I do the same as a hobby but with a 22 caliber RWS airgun, I like to throw a can of Mace tear gas into a sewer pipe than puncture it with a shot from my rifle, they start coming out blind in all directions. Real fun.

Go to: WWW.Ratkill.Com for more stories on shooting rats.

Best Regards,

Dreamweaver    Posted 05-18-2001 at 05:02:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Mike in NC - Where abouts? I'm in Wake Co. I know a Mike from Maggie Valley. I'm sure you are not he.... heehee....

magpie    Posted 05-17-2001 at 21:51:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kinda gettin off the subject a bit Mike, but thought you might get a kick out of this little story. Years ago you could mail order away for a sure fire way to get rid of termites. The "kit" that you recieved consisted of 2 little blocks of wood, one had a black dot on it. The instructions were-- place termite on black dot then strike with other block.

Don S.    Posted 05-17-2001 at 19:48:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to rig up a hose from a garden tractor exhaust and stick the hose into the suspected rat hole and then shoot em with 22 cal buckshot when they emerged. The ones that didn't or couldn't come out died from the carbon monoxide. Worked really well.

Jerry Conway    Posted 05-17-2001 at 19:01:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I once filled a barrel half way full of water and put a couple half sized concrete blocks in the bottom. The water level was about 3" over the top block. I then rigged up a teter board on top about 3' long with a hinge so when a rat would get to the end, it would tip down. Baited the end of the board with peanut butter. Placed the barrel in the corn bin so that rats could get to the end of the board. After several days, the barrel had about 50 rats in it; most of which had drowned. When rats in the barrel started squealing, more would come. Fitting end to the nasty buggers.

jenny    Posted 08-10-2004 at 18:02:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm at the library, trying to suppress giggles as I read this. I'm going to try it. However, 50!!!!!!!!!!! rats???? Where do you live??

jenny    Posted 08-10-2004 at 18:02:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

Julie Foreman    Posted 10-06-2007 at 23:16:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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mugsy3    Posted 05-17-2001 at 21:25:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds effective, but gross! What did you do with all the rats afterwards? How do you safely dispose of 50 dead rats?!

Joe Stutzman    Posted 09-20-2002 at 11:32:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The best device for getting rid of rats and mice is the electronic Rat Zapper 2000 made by Agrizap. I sell this product on my web site If you want a product that really works the Rat Zapper 2000 is your answer.

Hickboy    Posted 01-06-2002 at 18:05:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had a bbq to get rid of em!

Angelo Reid    Posted 10-07-2007 at 04:51:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Hogman    Posted 05-20-2001 at 19:30:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
At one of the rifle clubs I belonged to We had a rat problem. One of the members worked on an experimental farm and was able to get a 5 gallon bucket of poison crystals which He place in Our tool shed.
A short while later We held a work party and one of the things to do was putting out poison. When We went to the shed for tools and poison We found Mamma rat had dug out a hollow int the crystals,built a nest and had a fine litter of wee ones. So much for pizin!
YEAH, bein a bunch of them hard hearted onry gun toten scummys Sarah likes ta yak about We left Her be......

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