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post #1 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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GRRR we have at least One Rat in the barn!

And it is HUGE I thought at first it was a possum. But it is a rat. First was in the BO's tack room then I cleaned up all the Grain/treats they left and put traps down. We put the "coke" in a shallow dish and the Snap traps.

The darn thing has out smarted both. We have seen him move around the barn to other areas he is not in that tack room any longer.

I got some glue traps yesterday and put down and still nothing :(

We have plenty of barn cats around. I think the Rat is almost as big as a small cat.

Any ideas what else I can try??
We want this Critter GONE

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 12:43 PM
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Rats are extremely smart, and as you can see, will avoid all areas with traps.

I control rodents under the house with poison. In the barn and surrounding buildings, the barn cats and black rat snakes take care of them.
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there are plenty or rat snakes around but with it getting colder they are not going to be here much longer . And like I said there are cats. I don't live in the barn. The pests have no food now but they will eat the horse poo so they just pick it up and take it to a safe place to eat. Stalls are kept Very clean but with 17 horses I can't pick it up continuously.

Looking for other Ideas to try to make sure the problem does not get worse

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5 gallon bucket 1/2 filled with water. Narrow piece of wood about 2" wide running from shelf across top of bucket to the center with a piece of food at the end of wood in center of bucket. Once the rat walks out past the lip of the bucket to get food it falls into bucket and drowns and/or is waiting to be gathered up the next morning.

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Only 1 Rat?

He must be lonely, you need to find him a friend



The few we had long ago thankfully found the traps and are gone

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Roadyy, have you found that works for rats? Mice yes, but rats are cunning. It might work on ONE, but the rest will soon figure out not to try and take the food.

For every rat you see there are at least 5 to 10 you don't. Works the same way for mice, too.

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we've seen the one rat several places. And I say one because there are not many droppings.


Rick that sounds interesting

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Yes, I have found it to work on rats. We have them the size of young coons and I set out 4 buckets, one on each wall and came in 2 mornings later to find 3 buckets with rats in them. I set them up again the next weekend and caught 4 more.
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Yes, I have found it to work on rats. We have them the size of young coons and I set out 4 buckets, one on each wall and came in 2 mornings later to find 3 buckets with rats in them. I set them up again the next weekend and caught 4 more.
them **** Fruit tree Rats down there are HUGE!!!!

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They scare off my squirrels and will do more damage to vehicle's copper wiring than a family of squirrels.

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