Catching Rats is like Fishing, Right?

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  1. Mr. NiceGuy

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    It's the hunt. It's the challenge. It's the kill. Right?

    I have a good looking, healthy, alert, and VERY intelligent rat who moved into my house as an uninvited guest.

    I have set 10 snap traps in the run areas or areas of evidence where I see poop or have caught a glimmer of a glimpse of a shadow of movement from the corner of my eye. They are baited with either peanut butter, and more recently some with traditional Chinese sausage. Tonight I was standing still like a stone, watching this RAT walk AROUND the two traps I set next to my bird cage with no interest whatsoever in fresh peanut butter ready for the kill.

    FOUR times, this RAT has emptied my bowl of Jalapeño and Serrano peppers that I pick from my garden and have next to my stove for chopping into my morning scrambled eggs with cheese. So now I have loaded a "catch'em alive" "Havahart" type cage trap with fresh peppers near my bowl of fresh produce from my garden.

    He/She/It or whatever pronoun I should be using has also shredded a bowl of pomegranates that I was letting ripen on my kitchen table for sweetness. I added a chunk of pomegranate to the back of my cage trap.

    Our cat-and-mouse game has been going on now for over a month and it's driving me crazy. I now keep a loaded pellet air rifle near the door so if I walk in, turn on the light, and see this elusive rat across the room eating from my cockatiel's food bowl, I can try to shoot him the old fashioned way, center mass.

    What's a Mother to do?

    I need ideas from the awesome body of amazing combined knowledge of my fishing friends here.
     
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    Ok.. from solid, long time experience.. knotted string baited with peanut butter... Set the traps out, baited, without setting the traps. Wait till they get robbed a few times.. then set the traps and kill em... Use smears of peanut butter along every major pathway, and keep them baited.. if the peanut butter stops producing, scatter dog or cat food and hot glue a couple pieces onto the bait plate.. when that stops, switch back to peanut butter, just keep baiting the area...
     
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    That sounds good. Will do.

    ..... but what do I do with the knotted string after it's slathered in peanut butter? (EDIT: Nevermind. It stays on the trap better and more likely to trigger the release, duh. Got it.)

    I have also read that Coca-Cola works for killing rats. Something about the inability of a rat to burp. However, other people claim that rats can fart, so it's not a matter of releasing gas. Snopes is inconclusive about this claim. Another guy said Coca-Cola won't kill the rat, but it will clean the rust of his bumper.

    However, if we can get the RAT to eat a Mentos after he drinks DIET Coca-Cola, we may be onto something.

    330px-ShimadaK2007Sept09-MentosGeyser_DSC_3294%2B%2B.jpg

    From left to right: action of five Mentos candies (per bottle) with Perrier, Classic Coke, Sprite, and Diet Coke.
     
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    Human and pet-friendly rat poison: 1/3 baking soda, 1/3 flour, 1/3 sugar - the baking soda gives them gas, which kills them. I found that they don’t seem to like the recipe as much as werf’s peanut-butter-on-a-trap suggestion, which has killed about ten.
     
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    The glue trap lol jk
     
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    No PM option for you.. HMU if you need more info...
     
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    I'm pretty illiterate about social media. I think your meaning is you can not send me a private message? I had no idea what they might be, so I checked my account settings. I think everything is turned on now. Sorry. HMU? I'm learning new vocabulary as we speak. Please be patient as I come up to speed and get the knobs adjusted. This is not my forte (for-tay) :)
     
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    Look mouse trap Monday on YouTube. Been watching him for years.
     
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    Werf’s suggestions are solid. Especially getting the critter used to the bait on a trap that’s not set. The rats in Imperial Valley don’t like peanut butter but they go nuts over cooked bacon or chunks of dates.
     
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    The only difference between catching fish and catching rats is eating them after catching. Eating the fish....not the rats.
    I've used peanut butter with good success - not perfect. Kept wondering how is the peanut butter gone but the trap not released? I set up a go-pro on time lapse and used a red light for illumination. Found the rats basically nibble the peanut butter off the trap instead of taking a bite or pulling it off. This is using the Victor traps. Only once have I used the plastic easy-set traps that look like a dinosaur's mouth - and it worked to catch the rat - but only by the nose - so it tried to escape for a long time before I decided to go outside and deal with it.

    I've notice our grapefruit have been chewed on while still in the tree - I may need to set up the camera again to see what is going on in the tree. Rat? Raccoon?? Eve?
     
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    Location is everything. Try some of his favorites in an area away from people. Also, there is likely more than one.
     
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    Holes in the citrus are a sure sign of a rat infestation.
     
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    I've heard that if you use poison that they will die outside looking for water. Just what I have heard.
    If you use poison you wouldn't want a dead rat rotting somewhere inside of your house where you can't reach it.
    Ditch the pellet gun and go for the sawed off snake shotgun. LOL
     
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    Shawn Woods is awesome I watch all of his videos very entertaining.
     
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    Since catching rats is like fishing I’m curious if anyone has tried a trot line with #18 salmon egg hooks? Baited with salmon eggs?
     
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    .22 birdshot works better.

    Most rat poison sold for home use are anti-coagulants. The rats hemorrhage internally and are very thirsty. If you use the poison be sure your pets don’t eat it or eat a dead rat. Look for bloodshot eyes as a sign your pet has been poisoned and head to the vet. One good method is to place the poison inside a foot long piece of 2” pvc pipe to keep the pets from getting it.
     
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    Mine look like the letter “C,” with the skin gone only enough to allow the rat’s head access to the flesh. The scary part is that two years ago: no rats; now: lots of rats. And back then I had more fruit, and a lot of feed out for geese, ducks, chickens, and rabbits, cats, and dogs. It has gotten bad fast.
     
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