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Rats in the garden

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Eddie6363, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Eddie6363

    Eddie6363 Well-Known Member

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    There have been rats in the garden for . knows how long but we have only just found the nest! We have had poison down for a few days, and they are eating it and I have shot a couple but once I shoot one I don't see another that night. I only know of two holes and have hunted for more but it is next a shed and a big hedge which makes it hard to look for them. Is their likely to be more burrows than 2 and why are they still alive?? Is the rat poison not working.

    Also any tips on rat hunting would be appreciated, I have not done much of it.
     
  2. Rabid

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    On all the places I rat shoot, normally one shot they are gone for 10-15 mins, but always back out again, they seem to prefer early evening, especially after a few Wet days, bait up using melted peanut butter (Nutella) mixed with veg oil so its very liquid and pourable, they seem to go mad for it and can't run off like they want to, but stay and lick at it.

    poison can be a slow job, and takes time, we used to use gas tablets back in the day, ( phostoxin) down a hole and block it up, that sorted them out, not sure if its still available now or banned.

    chances are you will have more than two holes.
     
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    when I used wilkos rat poison recently, packet said to place poison where rats can take it and check every day. replacing it when its gone ....until it stops being taken. when poison is still there after 7 days. rats sorted. with mine the poison stopped vanishing after 4 days. HTH
     
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    Bait up mate and get yourself a nice comfortable chair, fit your night scope sit back and enjoy :)
     
  5. critter

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    Some people use a mix peanut butter/chocolate spread so that they have take to lick it giving you a chance to shoot them, I would stick with the poision for at least a week or two. If the poision is still being eaten then you still have just keep putting it down until none has been taken then it should have done its job. They like to crawl along the edge of things where possible ie edge of shed or wall. Hope someone can tell you more detail.
     
  6. smudgerii

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    I put the choc spread/peanut butter onto 2 rounds of white bread, helps silhouette the rats in low light conditions...
     
  7. leecraw66

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    From my experience and I am no expert, Rats tend to stay where there is a good source of easy food. If you can take this away they tend to move on. Throwing titbits out for the birds and open bird tables dont help. As for tips on rat hunting if you are shooting them and its in your own back garden......the stuff of dreams.
     
  8. Accuspell

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    Do your neighbours have chickens? That could be the source of food for them. Either that or garden bird food being spilled. Just keep at them, but make sure the poison is not available for all and sundry, put it under a ridge tile or somethinng, so small birds don't eat it - it doesn't do them any good either.
     
  9. Eddie6363

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    Hi,

    we have chickens but there is no way they could get the feed and also the nest is about 50 meters away from the chickens. Also we have made sure nothing else can get to the poison, thanks anyway.
     
  10. bramley

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    Hi Eddie,

    It would be very funny if you were my neighbours a few doors down that have chickens! We have chickens, and rats. See my recent thread in the hunting forum called 'The rats are laughing at me' there's loads of great tips in there.

    Good luck :)

    P.S. I'm in Churchdown.
     
  11. Eddie6363

    Eddie6363 Well-Known Member

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    Yes that would be very funny :D Unfortunately I don't, I live near Cheltenham. I will read your thread for tips.
     
  12. Clubshot

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    Rat's in residental Gardens - may issues -

    Rat Fluid is Dangerous to man and beat - especially family pets

    Herd many incidents when shots have gone through rats and damaged property even rebound and hit windows

    Most Gardening Centres Sell Rat Cages - Found them Best in domestic Areas - even had cases of trapped Rat's been eaten by others

    Garden Centres Also sell capitive Bait Boxes - Which you throw / burn on Getting Rat's - Idea for pet protection

    BOB/R
     

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