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Old 03-14-2019, 05:51 PM
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:54 PM
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I've got a rat terrier that will take care of the problem. Had a family of rats in my shed let her loose in there problem solved. Haven't seen a rat since.
Old 03-14-2019, 08:35 PM
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Cats don't work for us because everyone in the neighborhood feeds them! And while we are on this subject, are you sure it was a rat or just a field mouse?
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I live on a canal. Rat traps are on Amazon auto-ship. Part of the "good life" on the water in Florida.
Old 03-14-2019, 09:36 PM
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:34 PM
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That video is confusing, disturbing, and comical all at the same time. I still want to just kill it. I normally have some sort of empathy for animals, but I don't care if a rat screams and suffers as I kill it. Useless f-ers.....
Old 03-14-2019, 11:33 PM
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It is about a 99% chance of being rattus rattus. The palmetto squirrel the other folks have spoken of. The first thing to do is look around the house, usually up high for a hole about 1.50 - 2" in diameter and look hard. Think like a rat, it will be somewhere he can climb and stand to work. Then look for holes in the cage. Again they are usually up high, near a ledge. Plug those holes and watch to see if they get reopened.
Then you next step is to trap the SOB and kill him/her. If they are in the attic, your problems have just started.
BTW a black snake or a rat snake if way better than a cat. They will find the nest, wherever it is and eat all of the babies. Cats are iffy at best. Remember "Towser" the wonder cat killed a million rats (or whatever you believe) but he never ran out of rats to kill.
I have a 7" aluminum kick strip around the base of my screen cage and on every ledge or other place a rat could stand and eat a hole. It is the only way I could stop the bastards. My neighbors insist on feeding them (lots of fruit trees). I am not sure how many I killed but I was worried I was feeding the gators in the river.
ID tip, note the length of the tail relative to the body. Rattus Norvegicus The rat you usually see in the city has a shorter fatter tail. They are also more likely to carry diseases. As nasty as our "tree rat", "roof rat", "fruit rat" or "palmetto squirrel" is they are usually eating the same things as the squirrels and living in pretty much the same environment so they will usually have the same fleas.

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Old 03-15-2019, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Eye8atoad View Post
That was incredible.

Never seen a mink that tame,
Old 03-15-2019, 06:23 AM
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Another valid reason not to move to Florida.
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I'd look around for fruit trees - once I got rid of the trees, the rats started moving down the street to other houses. I get you are just renting but the landlord / management company needs to know if the rats are a problem. As you can tell from some responses, I think some people enjoy the competition for the porch!!
Old 03-15-2019, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Carpe Cerevisi View Post
I'd look around for fruit trees - once I got rid of the trees, the rats started moving down the street to other houses. I get you are just renting but the landlord / management company needs to know if the rats are a problem. As you can tell from some responses, I think some people enjoy the competition for the porch!!

We have no fruit trees...neighbors did and we had the rats. They got rid of their fruit trees and the little rat bastards stayed. They are particularly active this time of year......
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Originally Posted by superfishal View Post
The Benjamin 22cal Air Rifle...problem solved.

Good short term fix, but plays hell with the screen. And neighbors windows if you miss.


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Install rat snake
For long term and permanent fix. I wound up with a family of corn/rat snakes in a banyon tree in my yard, and within a few months, no more rats. Been years now without them. Gotta love natural selection.
Old 03-15-2019, 10:49 AM
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I duked it out with a rat for a month that was having late night snacks on my cars cabin filter. Luckily it didn't chew any wires. After missing him in a glue trap, finally got him the the T Rex snap trap.
We've had black racers around but I don't think they get rats.
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The snakes are effective because they can go anywhere a rat goes and they love baby rats.
Old 03-15-2019, 01:59 PM
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5 gallon bucket filled with 2 gallons of water, a water bottle with a rod through it and some peanut butter will take care of them.
Old 03-15-2019, 03:35 PM
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The rat is gone the best I can tell, or at least not in the lanai. As far as I can tell there is no attic in this house. as far as the tail is concerned, it was as long as the rat and thin.
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Sometimes I prefer the rodents over people
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Sounds like a regular roof rat.
Carefully look around the screen cage for holes. It will be round and about 2" in diameter, usually up and next to some kind of ledge or roof line. If there is no place for a decent home and no food, they might go somewhere else but it really doesn't take much for them to nest in.
Occasionally they can just come in a screen door that didn't close all the way and if nothing attracts them they will gnaw a hole to get out. If you are lucky they stay gone. The problem is they leave a scent trail wherever they go and another rat may come see why the other guy was there.
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I had a visit too. Ended poorly for him.

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