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Rats
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Walt    Posted 12-17-2001 at 08:40:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all of the advice on controlling rats, where can you get "carbonate of soda"?


Walt    Posted 12-18-2001 at 04:17:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Found the soda at the local mill, slightly over $2 for 10 pds, mixed it up with the flour and sugar, put it out last night at three locations in the barn. I assume it kills the rats by blowing them up, is this true?


IHank    Posted 12-18-2001 at 04:38:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Walt- Yes, the theory is that rodents die because they can't fart of belch, so intestinal gas builds up in 'em and kills 'em. The gas is produced when the ingested soda comes in contact with their stomach acid.

If you want a little demo of what happens go out in the back yard. Put a teaspoon of soda powder in a 2 liter plastic soda pop bottle. Dump in some vinegar and super dooper quick like screw on the bottle cap and heave the bottle way out in the yard. Get ready for a possible visit from your local cops, because there's likely gonna be quite a blast...

To make the mixture attractive to rats and mice I include equal part peanut butter. Dump peanut butter, flour, sugar, and soda powder, into a zip lock bag. Knead the bag contents 'till they're no longer sticky and are well mixed. I've been putting it out in jar lids.

Something has been taking it but I've not seen any dead bodies laying around. But, I've not yet had the cold weather that drives 'em inside to stay and we don't yet have any snow cover. They're still sneaking in for snacks and going back outside to their normal homes. I suspect predators and natural processes are getting rid of the dead.

All that try this procedure please post your findings, IHank in Iowa


korona    Posted 05-17-2005 at 11:48:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i own a rat and she drinks soda all the time so do my mice so i just dont believe that


Spade    Posted 12-17-2001 at 17:16:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Walt, if you try that flour, soda and sugar mix, please let us know your results.

These people that live in rat infested neighborhoods in the city should know about this.


IHank    Posted 12-17-2001 at 08:57:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Walt- Check your kitchen cupboard for plain old baking soda. Arm & Hammer is a very big and well known brand. There are many store brands also. The stuff in the box is generic sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). It sells for around 39 cents per pound box here in Central Iowa.

A similar product is baking powder. It contains mostly baking soda, but also contains other stuff and works a little differently in cooking and baking recipies. IHank


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