June 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm #524854
That is funny BlueWren. The only success we had was, at different times, was with a cat and at another time a Jack Russel. It was amazing, the cat moved in and the rats moved out almost immediately. Guess they new their time was up. The Jack Russel was also amazing, he would dig tunnels to get to the nests and since he is gone, we now have a mouse issue that we did not have before.June 14, 2012 at 3:36 am #524855
……I’m afraid the presence of our cat has made no real difference to the total population , but he must have helped! For people whose circumstances permit ,having a Jack Russel I reckon would help a lot.June 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm #524856
I am patiently waiting for a miniature jack russel litter to happen in my area to get one as a ratter for the property. Until then I have had to resort to bait when all other methods failed. Feral cats do the job but create other problems such as eating all your native frogs, lizards, birds and just about every animal it can sink its claws and teeth into. So ferals get shot out my way by half the farmers and the other half let them breed up as they prefer the rat control over native wildlife.
I’ve set up people who ask me with special green laser flashlights which they mount to their air rifles to light up rat eyes in the dark like headlights on a car and they plink them with the pellets to get rid of them in their chicken yards. I don’t own any air rifles myself as I don’t have a problem with them in the chook yard. Mine infest the walls and subfloors in the house and then eat all the veggies growing in the garden hence wanting a little jack running around the garden. Just worry that the jack would go the chooks if given half the chance — was enough trouble teaching my border collie to not kill them and lost a few chooks in the process but thankfully he now has fallen back to herding instead of killing.June 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm #524857
Just thinking, if I lock all the chooks up in their houses at night & threw a cat in their yard overnight it may fix our rat problem. Then I’d have a cat problem though… I wouldn’t want the cat catching anything but rats. Would a cat in the chook yard disturb the chooks too much? I don’t think it would get out of the yard very easily because it’s electric wired 6ft high.June 20, 2012 at 2:02 am #524858
These rats are driving me crazy. I am getting over run with them. They haven’t made their way into the coop yet, but every time I turn the lights on in the back yard I see one. Grrrrrr
Anyone have any suggestions? They just aren’t taking the baits. My father in law suggested treated grain you can get from some produce stores?June 20, 2012 at 4:10 am #524859
BV ……I don’t really think using a cat that way would be very effective.
Russellau …have you tried Racumin baits? I have placed them in four different places here, in the yard and under the house and they are always taken.The bait is a paste in little sachets like tea bags and you just keep putting them out in the same place until they stop disappearing.In the open I put them under a plastic ice cream container with a small archway cut into opposite sides.Obviously it’s best to put them in places you know are rat runs.Little flattened pathways on the dirt give them away in the yard , or mud carried by little feet up posts or pipes.
I wish now that I hadn’t resisted using baits for so long, although I still regret that it came to that.My only comfort is that the dead rats I have found or which have been presented to me by my cat have all been grey ones , I think what folk call “bush rats” but I don’t think they are the true native rattus tullyie which is good really , but the natives are vegetarians, so time will tell.The rats also stole and ate eggs from under my broody chooks and that really riled me up!!Or perhaps that was snakes , but the rats brought the snakes, and that was becoming really dangerous.
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