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Roland has come to visit my garden, operation ratimus killimus.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by brettguise, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. brettguise

    brettguise Busy Member

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    Well I was cleaning my chickens yesterday and the dog started marking behind a propped up slab to the side of the coop. I moved it to reveal a mound of dirt that had been dug. My garden steps up and behind the coop is two stacked gravel boards in concrete posts that line the garden and over the top is the higher ground. Underneath the gravel board a tunnel had been dug up into the higher dirt.

    I instantly got the peanut butter out and spread some on a rock inside the coop at about 6:00pm. By 8:00 it had been devoured. This confirmed that there was something eating my bait and as the run on the side of the coop is enclosed it was getting in from a small gap it had dug behind the run. I popes in to get the gun and a little more peanut butter. After loading up getting a chair and moving outside I walked back up to the coop to rebait. That's when I saw the beast with my bare eyes. It ducked under te gap ran along the back behind the slab and up the chute it has dug under the gravel board.

    Ok I'd been spotted but I baited anyway. After sitting outside for an hour and a half I could tell he wouldn't show with the light or knowing I was close by. He lived another night. Now I'm deciding my next plan of action. I'm either going to bait for one or two nights leaving the red lamp on so he gets used to it ready for another night or sometime today I'm going to block up the hole and dig him out the other side for the terrier to polish him off.

    Lets decide the fate of Rolannd!
     
  2. steevie dan

    steevie dan Pro Poster

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    and his family.
     
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    Yh shooting would prob take to long a good dig should solve it.
     
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    Had the same problem myself this winter. It seems the more my dogs and I kill, the more come in. They're getting bigger too.
     
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    keep doing the peanut butter at 6pm for a few nights, leave the light on. rattus rattus will son come back regular for a free meal...
     
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    Just do the job quickly as possible set the terrier in if hes been used for it before
     
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    Haven't used the terrier before she's still a pup really but she keeps marking I'm sure she will have it. After another two hours of no show and even more dirt being dug out from under gravel board my mates coming round Wednesday afternoon to assist with the digging. Two shovels and a jack should do the trick! I'll report what we get.
     
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    Why is Roland still breathing?
     
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    Have you got a smokey petrol engine chainsaw / lawn mower that you could fix a bit of pipe to it's exhaust . Pipe down the hole rats flush have a beer no digging. No more Roland and his mates.
     
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    There's only one hole it seems would they definately have more than one? I can't find it at all. I'd like to try smoking them but haven't had time with work to look for some pipe to attach to exhaust. Im off Wednesday so this will get sorted!
     
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    Ive got the same problem mate, the whole estate has them.
    My peanut butter has a blue additive aswell. And they have normal food aswell, followed buy a lead flavoured crosman premier.

    ken
     
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    If its just one hole this can often be a bolt hole away from the main nest. You often get the single holes in pheasant pens they dig the hole in the pen so if disturbed while feeding they have an escape. Your rats main nest could be somewhere else.
     
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    The one hole runs along the back wall and under the pen into the food. When I caught the rat he ran along the back and into the hole. There may be more holes along the underside I just haven't noticed any. Ill have a good feel tomorrow along the bottom of the gravel boards and see if any holes are present. There's a lot of dirt been extracted from this one hole a good two buckets or more full. Literally took them a day to move in and the terrier was all over the hole.

    Lets hope its not just a bolt hole or ill be digging for nothing. I have a trap down after last nights failed attempt at shooting it.
     
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    Rat trap is the answer, no digging, no messing around with exhaust pipes, no sitting there wasting your time for hour and a half. Bait it up put it by the hole Ratty put his head in and it comes down and smashes his head in in job done reset for the next one.
     
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    Oh yeh forgot about this. Rolands long gone! Dug him out with the aid of a friend and my trusty jack. Shes only 12 months old and has never been ratting she worked really well. Behind the gravels boards was the dirt that separated the two sections of the garden and on the higher bit was stones on a membrane sheet to stop the weeds.

    We had to dig where the stones was so raked them back and pulled the membrane back revealing one or two holes underneath. The dog started sniffing and we took to the hole it sniffed. Plunging the spade in revealed that the ground was hollow and a few tunnels were present. After the dog started marking we followed her nose.

    I saw the little blighter run up to the one hole see us lot digging away and go back under. Wrong move for roland. Within 5 minutes we had uncovered a buried 2x2 slab. It had dug underneath it and made a little hidey hole. The dog started growling. We cleared the slab and loosened it with the spade. Under the slab goes my Jack with Roland firm in its mouth. A few shakes and he was dead. We continued digging a little more but it was clear there was nothing else. The dog stopped marking and we filled the hole back in. It was odd to find one but im sure there will be more somewhere else but we have started moving the food inside at night and a few traps are down.
     

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