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Old 06-24-2019, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
Must have been a very small squirrel. Typical squirrels are not bothered by cats as squirrels have some formidable front teeth.
LOL, guess you have pussy cats. Mine kill them all the time and bring the good parts to the front door as a gift.

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:04 AM
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Whatever you do, don't make the mistake a neighbor made and throw moth balls up there. More likely to drive you out before the mice.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:08 AM
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They are probably actually roof rats.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by savage View Post
Whichever way you go, don't let the trapped animal mummify up there.
Check the status at least once a week and get that rotting mess out of your space.
we forgot about a trap until I came home one day and saw black flies in the house. I went up into the attic and gagged. A rat was in the stage of decomposing when it's guts are liquefied and oozing out of it. Putrid is an understatement.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:34 AM
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I heard scratching at 2:30am this morning. It was loud enough to wake me up. It must be a rat or rats. It is a tight space up there so I can't easily get around in the attic. I have a pest control company coming later today. This will not be catch and release.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:40 AM
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Bucket trap. And be done with this
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:42 AM
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One of these took care of my problem:
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by DeepSouth View Post
I just assumed I am hearing mice. Not sure how anything bigger can find its way in.
<br />anywhere birds could get in and build a nest? I had to plug some holes in the eaves over the winter here for that.<br /><br />or might be bats <br />wives especially like that idea 😀
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:50 AM
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RATS love Banana nut muffins, bait a trap with this and you'll have them all in no time.

I was a manager of a Dunkin Donuts years ago. We had a rat problem when I got hired, the baker would stack the racks with fresh product during the midnight hours and when I'd come in to open up at 5 Am the Banana nut muffins were destroyed, nothing else was touched.

We set traps, glue and snap, they both worked well but dealing with live rats in a glue trap isn't a good thing, one nip ain't worth it so go with snap traps. First chance I got I grabbed an ally cat and gave it a home, problem solved. (Until the inspector came along, but that's another story)
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:14 PM
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[QUOTE=DeepSouth;12658160]I heard scratching at 2:30am this morning. It was loud enough to wake me up. It must be a rat or rats. It is a tight space up there so I can't easily get around in the attic. I have a pest control company coming later today. This will not be catch and release.[/QUOTE

Could be flying squirrels. They are nocturnal.

I had a go with a family of them a few years back.
2 traps going off in the middle of the night is much better than a single "snap"
They can get in a hole that you would not think is possible it is so small.
Creamy peanut butter was twice as effective as crunchy. Use rat traps.

They can get in through a hole so small you would not think it is possible.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Capt Odyssea View Post
I hated setting the old wood/metal spring ones, felt like i was handling live land mines.
Plastic snap ones seem less unstable and worked on day one.
Just don’t forget where you place them. I set one in my garage on a shelf near a hole in the ceiling. Eventually evicted the “rats” (actually squirrels, but I didn’t know at the time) by another method and forgot all about the trap.

Fast forward a few months, and I’m reorganizing the shelf. I suddenly remembered about the trap.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
5 gallon pail with an inch of antifreeze to mask smell of death for the other mice. Use 2 screws on each side of bucket to hold wire handle (with plastic roller) - a must vertical.

Peanut butter on one side of plastic handle and position bucket close to rafter just above rim of bucket.

They jump on handle it rolls - quick and down to bottom they go.
Call me a sadist, I don't care. Green antifreeze WORKS the problem is you don't have the bodies, we find them latter. I use that in my mother barn, it's a barn it has smells LOL. We find dead things all the time, birds, gophers, skunks, squirrels you name it they are gone in about a week.

Sticky traps with peanut butter, apples or what ever. I would also have another sticky trap on hand when you look to put on top incase the critter comes loose!!

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I've had roof rats here in FL. Nothing worse then a couple of rats banging it out overhead at 3am.. snap traps baited with peanutbutter did the trick. Need to block access to the attic afterwards
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:36 AM
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If Im targeting rats Ill screw the trap down to some wood so they can't drag the trap away. Set one up by my shed once and the trap disappeared, I don't think it was because some one ratted me out. I also don't like using poison in the house because I don't want anything dying in the wall where I can't get to it.
P.S. whenever I can I set things freeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Belzebub, that's funny only because I've done the same thing! What surprising reminder!
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
I've had roof rats here in FL. Nothing worse then a couple of rats banging it out overhead at 3am.. snap traps baited with peanutbutter did the trick. Need to block access to the attic afterwards

Worth noting, attaching a small cord to each trap and tying off at the attic access makes sure they don't drag it away if not killed and makes removal simple. I ran three traps together until the rats were gone.

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The first thing is to find out how they are getting in. If you don't seal up the holes, it will be a never ending process. Glue traps seem to work better than snap traps for me. I staple two of the large ones to a piece of plywood, bait the center with something like dog food and keep an eye on it. They always die from a load of .22 rat shot it seems.
I also made a live trap that works great. Again .22 rat shot or a swim in a trash can full of water seems to make them shuffle off the mortal coil.
I do not believe cats fix anything. They will never kill all the rats. Remember Towser the wonder cat that killed a million rats (or whatever legend you want to believe) but he never ran out of rats.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:20 AM
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This is probably your rat rattus rattus AKA the black rat, tree rat, fruit rat, roof rat or Florida Palmetto Squirrel if you don't want to scare the tourists. Yeah they have a cute face, unless they are running across your bed.
Note the tail is long and thin, longer than the body. A Norway rat rattus norvegicuss has a shorter fatter tail.

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Old 06-26-2019, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
Must have been a very small squirrel. Typical squirrels are not bothered by cats as squirrels have some formidable front teeth.
I know a cat that often caught and ate squirrel. At the end of the day everything but the front teeth and the tale was consumed.

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Cats won't work....literally. They get fed too well and don't want a smelly rat.
Many if not most cats will kill for fun until they get old and to lazy.
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Old 06-26-2019, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
This is probably your rat rattus rattus AKA the black rat, tree rat, fruit rat, roof rat or Florida Palmetto Squirrel if you don't want to scare the tourists. Yeah they have a cute face, unless they are running across your bed.
Note the tail is long and thin, longer than the body. A Norway rat rattus norvegicuss has a shorter fatter tail.

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would you grill the back straps or stew the hole thing!!
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