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Had my first "ratting" session last night. It went really.........

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Jam1e, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Jam1e

    Jam1e Active Member

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    Crap!:(
    I have no idea why??
    To explain the circumstances, the farmer told me he had problems with what he perceived to be a large number of rats in the very large grain bins in one of his barns. He asked if i could sort them out, to which i agreed.
    I said i couldn't do it for a couple of weeks and he was fine with that.
    Since then he has emptied the bins and cleaned the whole concrete barn out and had been putting down a new type of poison, (no idea what)
    Anyhow, i arrived on Saturday night at around 10:40pm. I crept as quietly i could into the barn where the huge grain bins are kept. Just to point out i am having to use a red filter light at the moment as my diy NV is pending, thanks to the help of "Yogi" :D
    Anyhow, i went to my pre-arranged position and sat down in the pitch dark, as quiet as a, eer mouse! :p and waited.
    After around half an hour i heard what sounded like one rat moving about on a gantry above me. Then what sounded like another single rat on a bin lid. I turned on the red filter light and scanned around me including around the roof on the metal framework of the barn. I didn't see a single rat!! I released the pressure switch and decided to stay put for another half and and did the same with the red light. Again no rats seen.:(
    I then decided to climb the short ladder onto the gantry and sat yet again in silence in the dark for another half hour. At this point i could hear scurrying about of what sounded like just one rat. I gave it another ten minutes then scanned round with the red lamp. Only to briefly see one rat dart along the steel roof joist and into a hole in the barn sheeting. I gave it around another half hour and heard nothing. I scanned the area again and saw nothing. At this point i'd had enough and buggered off into the nearby field and bagged a couple of rabbits before going home.
    Now in my daytime visit, there were very little rat turds about and what i did see had been there since cleaning out the barn a week or 2 before.
    Now i'm no rocket scientist but would i be right in thinking that if the place had a real rat problem it would have been littered with rat turds after 2 weeks since the clean out??
    Also, i'm led to believe rats become imune to poison after a while so a new type of poison has to be used, which is what the farmer had done.
    So the question i'm asking myself any anyone else out there who does "ratting", has the rat problem been temporarily sorted with the new poison? And having no food source the remaining rats have buggered off to find food elsewhere???:confused:
     
  2. Accuspell

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    There is your answer. Even rats can't survive on fresh air. How much of the poison he has put down gone? Sometimes in a situation like this you will see "groggy" rats about where the poison is taking its toll but hasn't finished them off yet.

    Some poisons are ineffective in certain situations, the new poisons are deadly though - old style warfarin is virtually neutralised by maize silage. The new generation rat poisons don't suffer this problem. Pasta baits are very good at getting tricky rats, they will often come for the pasta based poisons when all else fails. That won't help you though!
     
  3. kenhawker

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    I have a similar situation, I shoot rats for Lord Staffords farm owners. There are a couple of lads that do a bit of ratting with terriers and beleave me you can tell if they have been ratting. The place seem like where isnt a rat problem at all. The farmer doesnt use poison of any sort because of his wifes cats.
    We have been before where on night the place is crawling as if the is a rat carpet moving along the floor, but you can go the following night an theres nothing or perhaps the odd one or two. So we would leave it a couple of nights and the place is like a rat farm again.
     
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    Nice looking lurcher there, Ken.;)
     
  5. gotta go tactical

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    Sounds like the combination of no food and poison has done a good enough job of moving them along if not killed them...I have same problem but not with poison or lack of food but they just dont seem to be around...Could be that the time I am out (till around just after midnight) is still not always dark enough with the moonlight and the recent rain may have also forced them up to higher ground...Who knows....All I know is my ratty tally is not moving much over the last few weeks...
     
  6. ratman60

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    hello the best solid rat poison is called jaguar in big tubs, not the small blue pellets but are big pinky color, these will kill rats, the blueys are pretty useless. check with farmer? does the grain store have underground venting tunnels? thats where are lot of rats hide, does the barn have a large extraction air system, that could be the way in from out side, once you find the source of entry then your half way there, oh and they will climb up just about anywhere, including gantries and ladders. one thing to watch is pellet flyers off steel sheet or concrete having shot a rat straight through and came back to hit me, lucky my welly!!
     

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