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Locating rats!!!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by ian_baptiste, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. ian_baptiste

    ian_baptiste Engaging Member

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    i live in a quiet estate, which is surrounded by fields!!!
    a lot of people have got garden sheds, and corners of their garden with rubble piled up there, which is deep, and nicley shaded. so, i am wondering, would there be rats living in areas like this!?

    i would think it would be a pretty "safe" area for them to live, but if i leave bait out, i cant say for certain that it was actually a rat that took it! (save sitting there all day watching it!)

    any ideas how to locate them!?

  2. Rockabilly

    Rockabilly Big Poster

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    northeast gods country.
    put the bait on top of some really fine sand and check for footprints;)
  3. AA Anonymous

    AA Anonymous Well-Known Member

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    south wales
    Good thinking rockabilly i'll put some in front of my fridge to see which one of my kids is nicking my sweets:D
  4. topcat

    topcat Posting Addict

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    i top tips rockabilly you wont learn that at ft or hft top hunters secrets time to write a book me thinks
  5. Feral

    Feral Active Member

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    Make the bait sloppy or stodgey as well so the rats can't nab it and make a run for it. I tend to smear peanut butter around.
  6. andyhawkx3

    andyhawkx3 Major Poster

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    Black Country, West Midlands
    Please see Rats in this section, using pellet tin & Sunday joint fat.
  7. ratpellet

    ratpellet Member

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    it could as easily be cats so id suggest maybe to buy or borrow a cage trap and set it you'll know for sure otherwise wait for the culprit to show up
  8. colinb

    colinb Well-Known Member

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    if you have a rat run you will know because the soil will be worn smooth and shiny.
    this is because rats pee as they scuttle about and cause the ground to smear smooth as thier belly and tail rub the ground.
    once they feel safe they will use the same run time and time again wearing it even further.
    look for thier droppings (yuk) !!!

    put some bait in a box near where you think the run is, but make the entrance hole in the box to small for a cat.
    rats can get through some pretty small holes.

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