Rats have been around with humanity from the start of time. We’re told that nobody is further away from a rat than six feet, at any given time. I do not believe that’s necessarily true, however there are a great deal of rats around.
Apparently there are 60 species of rats in the world.
Rats are not your”easy” little creature, they’re very intelligent. This is proofed by the fact they’re utilized to sniff out gunpowder and are very clever at solving puzzles and can find they way round mazes.
17 species of rat are known to transmit fatal diseases to mankind: weal’s disease, plague, viral hemorrhagic fever and Q fever. Rats do not sleep a lot and almost all of their activity occurs during the hours of darkness.
Apart from me, rats enemies are many; cats, foxes, snakes, dogs, large birds such as falcons, hawks, kites, Wildlife Removal Round Rock, and, of course, the owl.
I don’t have any experience of catching rats in a house, because, so far as I know I’ve never lived in a house with rats. But my sister, who lives in Washington, had a neighbour who kept a python lose in the house that lived on rats. You could try that if you prefer, I’d rather not since it could well eat you one day.
My serious rat hunting days began three years ago (2017) when rats consume all of my beetroot and apples plants down in my allotment. I knew they were about because I used to see them running around on events. I thought nothing of it, just a few rats.
2018 I caught 53
1 night in 2019 I captured two young ones in one trap ( cleaver are they? ) . I also caught a very large slug.
This year, 2020, I’ve just caught two so far. The reason, I think, is that my allotment has been flooded for almost two months at the beginning of the year and they have been drowned or transferred away for the time being, however I did see one the other day. So they are back, but so am I.
So, how do I catch them. Well, first off, I don’t use any form of poison. I think that is not secure and the rat takes a few days to die. When you poison a rat it’ll hide somewhere and die, then there is a potential that something will come along and eat it and that animal will also perish. So by using poison you lose control of what happens and you might be liable for two or three very painful deaths.
I utilize rat traps, the wooded ones, not the plastic ones because they will break up in the sun. The bait I use is peanut butter, I find this best because the rat has to spend some time below the spring licking the bait off. I wear gloves when I handle the traps, the reason is to keep my scent off the snare.
Rats, like us, are very much on the ball but also like us, they are creatures of habit. I take advantage of the fact in the following manner.
I have five traps and lure them everyday, but I do not set the trap. What I need is the rat to come get used to taking the bait. So, every third day, I set one of those traps and always catch a rat.
Although, it is interesting, because it shows up another animal behaviour.
As I said, I always wear gloves so when I have a have a rat to eliminate, I put my gloves on and take the rat in the trap to an open pice of ground on my plot and fall the rat on the ground and go and have a cup of java to wait what happens next.
This takes place between four and four-thirty from the day: while I am sitting in my seat, a red kite appears in the sky, glades round and then swoops down, picks up the dead rat and flies over the neighboring trees. This has been going on for the past couple of years, summer and winter.
So to catch rats, you need: rat traps, peanut butter, gloves, patience and a routine.