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Rat advice sought!

Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:07 pm

Slightly off topic, but beats the "other" topic!
I am trying to rat proof my shed/ workshop, anyone got an idea how big/ small a hole a rat can fit through?
I know it probably depends on the size of the rat!
The one I have seen is quite big, when food becomes rationed I think it will be worth a few quid!
I have blocked just about everywhere I can find but in a few places I could get my finger in the gaps, surely a rat couldn`t fit through those??
Any ideas welcomed.
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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by In Reverse » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:14 pm

Get a Manchester Terrier and plus its bed in the shed. A great ratter.

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Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:19 pm

Are you trying to keep it out, or in?

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Post by Bearbonesnorm » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:36 pm

A rat can squash down through a very small hole given its size.

Is there anything a rat could eat in the shed. Usually if you remove ALL food sources then they leave quite quickly. All includes moving bird feeders away or placing something under them to catch any falling bits.
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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by ssnowman » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:40 pm

Electronic rat trap with peanut butter bait.

Had a few under my floor recently. Found they had been coming in through a redundant drain. After blocking it up, I now had the problem of trapped rats trying to gnaw their way to freedom. Tried baited normal traps which they just ignored. Electronic one did the trick though!
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Post by Dave Barter » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:41 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:36 pm
A rat can squash down through a very small hole given its size.
This, they are tenacious as hell. In our last house the best solution was to encourage the local fox.
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Post by whitestone » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:56 pm

Don't do what a friend did when he was at college in a flat.

He decided to shoot the rat. So he got an air rifle. Unfortunately he wasn't a good shot, in fact he was an awful shot. The rat would run back and forth whilst he tried to kill it. His shots did find a target: the water pipes behind the plaster board. The flat downstairs got flooded :shock:
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Post by pistonbroke » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:00 pm

the best solution was to encourage the local fox.
I've been trying that for months but MrsPB found out :shock:

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Post by htrider » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:24 pm

Awww, give the poor wee ratty a home!

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Post by Mariner » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:29 pm

remove ALL food sources
And that includes cushions for patio chairs although I suspect mice rather than rats. :o

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Post by FLV » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:43 pm

Mariner wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:29 pm
remove ALL food sources
And that includes cushions for patio chairs although I suspect mice rather than rats. :o
Just had a mouse make a home by munching through the patio cushions. Hes gone now, cute litle chap

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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:52 pm

In Reverse wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:14 pm
Get a Manchester Terrier and plus its bed in the shed. A great ratter.
We`ve got a Lab and all he wants is to play ball!
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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:53 pm

ScotRoutes wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:19 pm
Are you trying to keep it out, or in?
It did cross my mind that if it is still in after my efforts then its not getting out!
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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:55 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:36 pm
A rat can squash down through a very small hole given its size.

Is there anything a rat could eat in the shed. Usually if you remove ALL food sources then they leave quite quickly. All includes moving bird feeders away or placing something under them to catch any falling bits.
No food source at all only tents tarps and tyvek!!
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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:56 pm

ssnowman wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:40 pm
Electronic rat trap with peanut butter bait.

Had a few under my floor recently. Found they had been coming in through a redundant drain. After blocking it up, I now had the problem of trapped rats trying to gnaw their way to freedom. Tried baited normal traps which they just ignored. Electronic one did the trick though!
I didn`t really want to murder the poor creature, if it died under a bench it would stink the place out!
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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:57 pm

Dave Barter wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:41 pm
Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:36 pm
A rat can squash down through a very small hole given its size.
This, they are tenacious as hell. In our last house the best solution was to encourage the local fox.
There was a badger outside the shed last year I left it to go away, wasn`t best pleased with being cornered
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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:59 pm

whitestone wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:56 pm
Don't do what a friend did when he was at college in a flat.

He decided to shoot the rat. So he got an air rifle. Unfortunately he wasn't a good shot, in fact he was an awful shot. The rat would run back and forth whilst he tried to kill it. His shots did find a target: the water pipes behind the plaster board. The flat downstairs got flooded :shock:
If I had a sawn off shotgun I maybe able to hit one from 6 feet!
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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:01 pm

htrider wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:24 pm
Awww, give the poor wee ratty a home!
I do feel a little guilty because I dont think it has done any damage, but the weather is perking up and a dusty shed is no place for a rat in the spring.
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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:02 pm

No food source at all only tents taprs and tyvek!!
Make sure they're well out of the way - they'll happily eat those.
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Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:09 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:02 pm
No food source at all only tents taprs and tyvek!!
Make sure they're well out of the way - they'll happily eat those.
I would hate to lose my Tyvek collection, as a Carpenter I regularly sub contract to a roofing firm, helping repair timber work before a re roof, every time, without exception when the Tyvek roofing felt comes i cut off a 7` length, I`ve got heaps of the stuff!
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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by ssnowman » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:17 pm

Jurassic pusher wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:56 pm
ssnowman wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:40 pm
Electronic rat trap with peanut butter bait.

Had a few under my floor recently. Found they had been coming in through a redundant drain. After blocking it up, I now had the problem of trapped rats trying to gnaw their way to freedom. Tried baited normal traps which they just ignored. Electronic one did the trick though!
I didn`t really want to murder the poor creature, if it died under a bench it would stink the place out!
It will die in the trap, instantly electrocuted!!
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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by frogatthefarriers » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:11 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:02 pm
No food source at all only tents taprs and tyvek!!
Make sure they're well out of the way - they'll happily eat those.
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Post by sean_iow » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:23 pm

frogatthefarriers wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:11 pm
My secret stash is much better hidden. But what if I get “it” and kick the bucket? No one will know where it is. :o I’d better get it spent before it’s too late
Better PM me the details just in case :grin:

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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by macinblack » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:52 pm

Have you tried a "No Rats!" sign?

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Re: Rat advice sought!

Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:56 pm

ssnowman wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:17 pm
Jurassic pusher wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:56 pm
ssnowman wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:40 pm
Electronic rat trap with peanut butter bait.

Had a few under my floor recently. Found they had been coming in through a redundant drain. After blocking it up, I now had the problem of trapped rats trying to gnaw their way to freedom. Tried baited normal traps which they just ignored. Electronic one did the trick though!
I didn`t really want to murder the poor creature, if it died under a bench it would stink the place out!
It will die in the trap, instantly electrocuted!!
Yes, I was a bit slow on the uptake there.
I am rather keen on Peanut butter myself so could be a bit risky!
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