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Old 03-14-2019, 02:11 AM
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Default RAT on the Lanai!

Down in Cape Coral (Yacht Club area) for the month renting a house.

Sitting out last night and we saw something moving out on the other side of the pool. Went over there to investigate and it was a GD RAT! The little SOB ran back and forth along the screen so I couldn't beat him into submission with my cane. Going to call the property manager this morning to get this SOB out of here or I'm going to breakout my S&W and take care of it the old fashion way (not really).

Our Yorkie mix is with us and I think they are mousers but I'm concerned the bustard may be rabid being were almost in spring. Going to have to keep her on a leash this morning until the problem is taken care of.

If the property manager won't call someone to take care of it I will, as an upstanding THT'er, BURN THE HOUSE DOWN!
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We call them ''Palm Squirrels'' and they are part of living life on the water in Florida.

Have tried every trap, trick and poison bait to rid them from our hood. To no avail. They get wise. You can ''control'' them with constant bait traps but you will never be rid of our furry little friends. They will be here long after the Apocalypse has taken the life from this planet.

Enjoy your stay!
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The Benjamin 22cal Air Rifle...problem solved.
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Don't think rats are known rabies carriers. Send in the mutt.
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My buddy in Jupiter has an outside shower. Noticed the soap would go missing from time to time. Turned out, rats like to eat the soap he was using. I think he trapped a dozen or so using the old school rat trap (looks like a big mouse trap) and the soap for bait!
Said they showed up in force after a significant rainfall.
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Originally Posted by JollyMonNJ View Post
My buddy in Jupiter has an outside shower. Noticed the soap would go missing from time to time. Turned out, rats like to eat the soap he was using. I think he trapped a dozen or so using the old school rat trap (looks like a big mouse trap) and the soap for bait!
Said they showed up in force after a significant rainfall.
Proves they are a clean rodent
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If you live near the water they are more common than squirrels.

You just dont usually see them....
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Its light out now. Went all around the lanai and rattled every possible hiding place with my cane that he could be. No sign of him now. Standing down for now.
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Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
Its light out now. Went all around the lanai and rattled every possible hiding place with my cane that he could be. No sign of him now. Standing down for now.

That's probably because he's hiding out in the attic......it's a constant battle.
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Get yourself an outdoor neighborhood cat, that should solve some problems.
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Welcome to living in paradise. We call them canal squirrels around here. If you live on the water it’s a constant battle to keep them out of your attic. They will find the smallest hole and in they come. However they don’t leave till they die in your attic. Keeping trees away from the house structure is step one to avoid the problem.
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If you're going to get a cat, go big:

https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/wa...tio/1770972280
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I have a friend on singer island between the iguanans and rats its a full time job.
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Get a cat. Problem solved...
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A little good news!

Small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans.Jul 5, 2017

CDC - Other Wild Animals - Rabies


https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/other.html
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Install rat snake
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I've got a writ for a rat....

Air Rifle is your best bet, unless you can borrow a cat
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https://bertc.com/subfive/recipes/cookingrats.htm
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I'd rather a single rat running around than a outdoor house cat,running around killing everything good and bad and doing it just for the hell of it.
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I keep one of those fake owls with a rotating head overlooking the pool area. Keeps the birds at bay (had ducks landing in the pool every morning) and also tends to keep the rats and other rodents on the move.

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