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        10-10-2013, 08:39 PM
    Use rat traps with peanut butter.
    Tie traps so injured rats cannot travel with them.
    This forces self mutulation, ensuring cannibalism once back to the den.
    When enough cadavers are observed follow up with Dcon sticks in a feeder.
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        10-11-2013, 12:32 AM
    We have one too. I saw his tail as he scurried away a few weeks ago when I turned the light on. I got excited, I had pet rats as a kid LOL. Then he started chewing into the food bags and plastic buckets, etc. Now when my mom feeds the horses at night she leaves a treat out on the counter. In the morning the treat is gone and the destructive behavior has ceased. And really, any rat clever enough to survive our 14 outdoor "barn" cats deserves a treat!
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        10-11-2013, 12:41 AM
    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    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.
    Could you possibly post of a picture of those instructions in action? I am so interested as I hate livetrapping.
        10-11-2013, 10:15 AM
    Green Broke
    Yes, give me some time and I'll get a set up together today for your viewing pleasure.
        10-11-2013, 12:15 PM
    Right on buddy!
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        10-11-2013, 12:22 PM
    I have been told the Flour works way better than peanutbutter
        10-11-2013, 12:50 PM
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    From my own recent experience
    We had at least two rats as I've now found 2 dead ones!!
    Rats are smart
    The water in a bucket thing did not work
    They avoid traps of any sort no matter what you put in them - and we tried everything
    The sticky pads didn't work however both of our big dogs were found walking around with one stuck to their feet on several occasions - proving that rats are smarter than dogs?
    We eventually put down the granule type of bait with some bran mixed into it. 4 days later two dead rats and so far no sign of any new poops so hopefully that's them gone though I'll now keep poison down all the time, just can't have it anywhere dogs can get too it.
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        10-11-2013, 02:02 PM
    Green Broke
    Here are the pics of the set up. The wood strip is 2" x 20" and the rubber band is 2 1/2" diameter at rest. I usually use a shorter wood strip to keep the bucket close to the shelf, but you get the logistics of the set up. You can see the wood dropping as I sat the dampening bushing out just a little bit to show it's action.




    The vibration bushing I'm using as an example weighs about 4oz. The rubberband is to bring the wood back up out of the reach of the swimming rat/mouse.
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