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  • How to kill rats in feed bins
  • Exlax with rodents

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    01-21-2012, 10:40 AM
  #11
Green Broke
I'm a huge fan of poisoning the buggers out of existence, grew up on a farm and it's amazing how much damage they can do to grain. Some people worry about their other pets and it is a viable concern. My family has never poisoned a family pet but I know people where that has happened.

You can go the trap route if poison is a no go. Traps do a pretty decent job of getting rid of rodents so long as you don't mind disposing of them after being caught.
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    01-21-2012, 12:21 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
first, you need to take the horse breaking in to the feed more seriously, you can kill or permanently lame your horse this way.
Second, galvanized steel trashcans with bungee cord lids are cheep, last and work.
On the bright side sooner or later the snakes will discover the fertile hunting grounds.

Man, I wish. I had a rat snake that showed up from time to time, the neighbor kids tried to kill him but I rescued him before they could. Found him dead in the road, squashed flat and buzzard bait.

We do have a few pairs of red breasted hawks that hang around a lot, but unfortunately, we still have plenty of rats.

Every so often I'll take my .22 revolver loaded with rat shot to the barn with me in an attempt to reduce the population.

I'd get a cat, but I think my dog would probably kill a cat.
     
    01-21-2012, 12:23 PM
  #13
Trained
We had a lot of rat problems until we acquired 6 barn cats. They are all spayed/neutered and up to date on all their shots. The rats pretty much disappeared.

If the feed is not secure from the horses, they can overeat and die. My cousin lost a very nice horse that got into the feed room and ate a bag of feed. He survived the colic. After that, he developed a horrendous case of laminitis and eventually had to be put down.
     
    01-21-2012, 12:44 PM
  #14
Showing
Peppermint Oil

Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place many cotton balls in the area where the rodents frequent. The peppermint smell will sting the rodents' noses and make them leave the area. Seal all holes where rodents are coming in from the outside.

Source: Removing Rats From Your Home
     
    01-21-2012, 12:45 PM
  #15
Trained
I have to vote with the Jack Russell Extermination Team program. You don't need to leave them for days. Just toss a Russell into each container for a few minutes, they'll take care of the current rats and leave a predator smell behind. Then put your feed into galvanized metal trash cans with tight bungee cords and you'll pretty much have solved the problem. Would the barn owner mind if you dropped off a few Guinea Hens? They clean up any spilled grain and keep the area pretty much snake & tick free too.

Between 3 JRT's, 6 feral barn cats (the JRT's have a fenced area they patrol and the cats have figured out that to go into the dog yard is to die immediately) and about 30 guineas, I have no pests. No mice, moles, voles, rats, snakes, ticks and the fly population stays waaaay down. I'm always asked how I keep the flies away from a horse ranch and I just point to the guineas. Oh and they are excellent 'guard dogs', they squawck more and louder than the Russells bark when a stranger appears.
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    01-21-2012, 12:54 PM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
I keep my feed in metal trash cans and use a bungie cord with d rings on each end, attached to the side handles and passed through the handle on the lid to keep the top secure.

Not much money, and the rats, nor the horses can't get into it.
That's what I use as well. I've gone in to the barn a few times to see it on it's side from raccoons trying to get in, but the lid was still tightly fastened.
     
    01-21-2012, 12:54 PM
  #17
Yearling
I actually put my grain in a container that was supposed to put dog food in made by iams.. it is white with a yellow lid.. and omg it is so hard to open at times I need a crowbar, but it does a good job keeping critters out.. most of the multipurpose ones I have seen are easy to open, not this one
     
    01-21-2012, 12:57 PM
  #18
Yearling
I just finished poisoning a large population of them, my horses run in is close to my neighbors barn where they live, they hopped the ditch and came over to eat Spice's feed. I put the poison in 2 1/2 inch pvc pipe so no other animals could get it. One week later no more rats!

Someone told me to use chocolate ex lax to kill them, they swear by it inside, but outside they can get more water and the effect doesn't work I guess?
     
    01-21-2012, 01:56 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I have to vote with the Jack Russell Extermination Team program. You don't need to leave them for days. Just toss a Russell into each container for a few minutes, they'll take care of the current rats and leave a predator smell behind. Then put your feed into galvanized metal trash cans with tight bungee cords and you'll pretty much have solved the problem. Would the barn owner mind if you dropped off a few Guinea Hens? They clean up any spilled grain and keep the area pretty much snake & tick free too.

Between 3 JRT's, 6 feral barn cats (the JRT's have a fenced area they patrol and the cats have figured out that to go into the dog yard is to die immediately) and about 30 guineas, I have no pests. No mice, moles, voles, rats, snakes, ticks and the fly population stays waaaay down. I'm always asked how I keep the flies away from a horse ranch and I just point to the guineas. Oh and they are excellent 'guard dogs', they squawck more and louder than the Russells bark when a stranger appears.
I use free range chickens in the same manner, the horse gets textured feed, enough grain passes through that the chickens scatter the manure everywhere, combined with fly predators I have almost no flies or ticks.
Cats are best for rodent control, I am afraid of poison. Keeping inside a pipe does no good the rats will carry pieces out with them. I am afraid it would end up in my food supply through tthe chicken eggs somehow. Cats and traps, and keep food secure. You wont have any mice or rats.
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    01-21-2012, 01:58 PM
  #20
Trained
I have been told that free range chickens will kill rats themselves. Does anybody know if this is true?
     

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