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Old 04-08-2009, 07:53 AM
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Default Need help with rats in my attic.

I have put poison (ace hardware brand), electric kill trap, and a sound wave repeller up there and they are not working. they will not go in the kill trap. I've tried peanut butter and cheese as bait. they don't touch the poison. the sound wave thing works a little but only to keep them out of a small area.

Does anyone now of a poison that works? or anything else that works?
I dont want to call a pest guy if I dont have to.

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I just repiped a house in lax beach and they had the same problem,the ended up calling Naders.But they also had some serious termite problem's they new nothing about
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I would suggest a poison but who wants a dead rat in their attack that they do not find for a couple of weeks? Try the sticky pads, I have used those with good results before and you do not have one run off and die where you can not see it.
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You could try finding someone with a Jack Russell Terrier and borrow him for a while. Ours kills rats amazingly quick and effectively. You would still have to climb up and clean out the dead ones, but that's better than having them die in the walls from poison.
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You could try finding someone with a Jack Russell Terrier and borrow him for a while. Ours kills rats amazingly quick and effectively. You would still have to climb up and clean out the dead ones, but that's better than having them die in the walls from poison.
That has crossed my mind.
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I just went thru this with squirrells. I would try regular rat traps with peanut butter. If they don't want to come near the traps maybe leave some globs of peanut butter in a few spots so they get used to eating it. Then when you have them traines put the traps back out. My squirrells prefered the chunky style 5-1. I tried the glue traps and they would not stick. I think my attic was to cold and the glue was not effective.
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Y'all must have dumber rats up there. The ones down here are generations past being fooled by traps. I had limited success with new ones, but they were only good for one shot. I never caught a second rat in a trap that had been blooded by the first rat.

If you know someone with a JRT, give it a try. Put him up there for a little while. See what happens. Active hunting instead of passive hoping. They are not like cats. They don't play around with rats as toys. It's all serious business. Worked just fine for hundreds of years on farms in the UK. They still do.
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Few cats...
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Years ago we had some coons in the attic at the camp and couldn't get rid of them. Once we learned where they were getting in/out, I threw a few flea bombs up there and stood outside under their only exit with a pellet gun. Sure enough, after about 5 minutes, they couldn't take the fog anymore and started poking their heads out of the hole, but every time they did, I popped them. After a few more minutes of that, they all piled out of there at once and went running - must have been about 10 of them. They never came back. Man that was fun.
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cut up some hot dogs and let em soak in a bowl with anti-freeze but don't leave it where domestic animals can get to it.
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I'm going to tell you how to get them on the first shot with the traditional snap trap. Put a small blob of benut butter on the tab that triggers the trap. I know this sounds standard and you're right. What usually happens is the rat is so slick that he can lick the PB off without setting off the trap.

Once you put the PB on wrap some plastic wrap around the PB and trigger tab. twist it nice and tight. Then with a tooth pick poke a few holes in the plastic wrap. Set the trap and put where you know they go.

Whats is going to happen now is that the rat is going to spell the PB and try to lick it off. But when he can't get much he is going to bite or claw at it and WHAM!

It took me months to get the sucker I was after until I tried this method. I had him the first night. My neighbor came over with the same problem. I told him what to do and he had the rat in less than 30 mins....in the middle of the day!
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I had the same problem. I used a trap called the T-Rex trapper. I've used peanut butter or tomato pieces as bait. Worked great. Once rats are all gone seal all openings to the attic.
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Ok this will get them everytime and it's very easy....I've got 2 methods....

#1- You must use a "New Rat Trap" on every kill, bait it with a small piece of Slim Jim Stick, and mash it on the trigger piece that he eats hard and firm.......Place it on a good surface near your attic access....check it in daytime the next day, and replace it with a new trap now for his friends that night. You can place as many as you want up there, but I would start with 2 or 3 and check your results near the attic access, say within an arm's reach so it's easy.......This works....

#2- You want to remove any and all animals, racoons, squirrels, rats, possums, etc. from your attic. Open the attic access in the daytime and throw a hand full of regular old "Moth Balls" up there......Their sence of smell is many times stronger than ours. Once that hits them they will leave......

Next you must fix any and all holes that they can enter around your roof and trim, I suggest small gauge wire you can get at any hardware store for a few bucks and cut with snips to size and mount with screws...if they find a hole they will enter it.

I caution you on the moth balls, go few on the first toss and wait, you don't want to many of them up their, that you and your family won't be able to take the smell either, or they'll leave you too....And the roof rats love the slim jim, one stick will last many traps....

Start with the Slim Jim for a few days, once you think you got them all, then the moth balls, then patch all holes...

Let me know how it works for you....

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When I was a kid I worked at a fast food place. They started digging up the whole next block when we got hit with rats like crazy.

Exterminator after exterminator came with little or no results. Being a kid I sold out way to cheap and brought in 2 strays for the boss for $100 bucks.

Problem solved!

The boss only made one mistake. He allowed the cats to sleep in the store overnight, so when corprate came for an inspection and found a cat they wrote him up!

Cats solve the problem every time.
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Great info. thanks guys
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Originally Posted by dkraatz View Post
When I was a kid I worked at a fast food place. They started digging up the whole next block when we got hit with rats like crazy.

Exterminator after exterminator came with little or no results. Being a kid I sold out way to cheap and brought in 2 strays for the boss for $100 bucks.

Problem solved!

The boss only made one mistake. He allowed the cats to sleep in the store overnight, so when corprate came for an inspection and found a cat they wrote him up!

Cats solve the problem every time.
I've been told that rodents can smell the urine from the cats and that alone keeps them away.

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Burn'em out!!!!!
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Originally Posted by pbr streetgang View Post
I've been told that rodents can smell the urine from the cats and that alone keeps them away.

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Not sure who they are but, I'll let you run the test and fill us in on how it works out.

For now I'll stick with the cat! kind of like the dog idea myself but you can't find a Jack Russel on every street corner.
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I can attest to the fact that I do have cats in the house and no rodent problem at all. That's pretty good being that I live in a wooded area (roughly 1000 acres) and there's rodents everywhere. If I don't start my cars for a couple of days the suckers will nest under the hood.

Jack Russel's are nice dogs. You can find breeders in your area on the internet via a Google search

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