Notices
Like Tree19Likes

RAT on the Lanai!

Old 03-14-2019, 02:11 AM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio (Lake Erie)
Posts: 2,245
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!
Mowfishin likes this.
Walleye Guy is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 03:18 AM
  #2  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: orlando madbeach, fl
Posts: 8,498
Default

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!
signmansez is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 03:26 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,171
Default

The Benjamin 22cal Air Rifle...problem solved.
CurrentSea1 likes this.
superfishal is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 03:32 AM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Eastern NC
Posts: 1,146
Default

Don't think rats are known rabies carriers. Send in the mutt.
Walleye Guy and MercuryMan200 like this.
bluejack is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 03:37 AM
  #5  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Brielle, NJ
Posts: 1,644
Default

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.
JollyMonNJ is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 03:47 AM
  #6  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: orlando madbeach, fl
Posts: 8,498
Default

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
signmansez is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 03:59 AM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Westbrook, CT USA
Posts: 1,348
Default

If you live near the water they are more common than squirrels.

You just dont usually see them....
Unga Bunga likes this.
Bryan A. is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 04:52 AM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio (Lake Erie)
Posts: 2,245
Default

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.
Walleye Guy is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 05:09 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: One bridge south of Clearwater Beach
Posts: 921
Default

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.
Bryan A. likes this.
Diverboy is online now  
Old 03-14-2019, 05:31 AM
  #10  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Florida
Posts: 92
Default

Get yourself an outdoor neighborhood cat, that should solve some problems.
Yamaha1050 is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 05:42 AM
  #11  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: cape coral, fl
Posts: 5,392
Default

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.
bsh102 is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 05:50 AM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Bradenton, FL
Posts: 1,404
Default

If you're going to get a cat, go big:

https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/wa...tio/1770972280
ukadrianj is online now  
Old 03-14-2019, 05:54 AM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Palm Beach County
Posts: 8,378
Default

I have a friend on singer island between the iguanans and rats its a full time job.
WPBTH is online now  
Old 03-14-2019, 06:06 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 750
Default

Get a cat. Problem solved...
MercuryMan200 is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 06:36 AM
  #15  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Belmar, NJ
Posts: 22
Default

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
Feedback
pilotart likes this.
jg109 is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 08:24 AM
  #16  
THT SponsorCaptains Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Wisconsin And Marathon,Fl
Posts: 8,389
Default

Install rat snake
mikeloew is online now  
Old 03-14-2019, 09:23 AM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location:
Posts: 108
Default

I've got a writ for a rat....

Air Rifle is your best bet, unless you can borrow a cat
glenncal1 is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 11:17 AM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ft Lauderdale
Posts: 1,589
Default

https://bertc.com/subfive/recipes/cookingrats.htm
AquaWhaler is online now  
Old 03-14-2019, 11:57 AM
  #19  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 483
Default

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.
Lu 1967 is offline  
Old 03-14-2019, 12:15 PM
  #20  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 29
Default

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.
dwightfarrington is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread