I smell a Rat!!!

@wolveren (1569)
Cebu, Philippines
March 8, 2010 6:39am CST
Ok so I was trying to find where I could post this one and I couldn't find where it should fit. So I thought it should go into this category. Rat infestation and handling it can be a part of our daily lives at most. A very pesky part of our lives. I have a small rat family infestation at the house. I tried about everything there is to get rid of them. First I tried a cat. Matter of fact there are 11 cats in our lot. But the cats don't quite get the ones that are in the house that are careful and seem to keep away from the cats, and some rats are even as big as our cats. So that didn't work. I tried a cage trap. That worked twice but that was it. The rats are so intelligent that they can't be fooled again. I tried those poison pellets and it worked mostly for the mice. The rats kept away from it. Next I tried those cheap pads where rats can stick to it and don't come off. That worked for smaller ones but still the big ones are at large. Yesterday I tried that tracking powder thing. You scatter it around their habitat hoping it sticks to their fur and feet. Rats and mice clean themselves by lapping their fur and other parts of their bodies. The poison in the powder then gets digested and works it's poison and in a few days it should take effect depending on the dose. So I hope that this one gets them finally. If that doesn't work. I'm screwed bigtime. I can't afford a real pest control company it's too expensive. I'm down and out of options. Can anyone share any rat infestation solutions?
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3 responses
• United States
8 Mar 10
Make sure that any kind of cat food that may be down is up where the rats and mice can not get to it. The vitamin K in pet food counter acts the rat poision. Also try soaking some of the rat poision cubes in apple juice. This makes the posion more appealing. If I had to guess your population is a little larger than what you think and the posion is working but you are just seeing more than what you thought you had. Btw, the cat solution is not going to work if you are feeding the cats. They will only hunt if the natural instinct to find food is necessary. If they have a large bowl of kibbles at their access then there is no reason for them to want to hunt.
• United States
8 Mar 10
Also, try variations of poisions. They make stuff like D-Con which is good for the smaller ones but doesn't work too well on the larger ones and does not work if they have been exposed to it for a period of time. So use the wax block type as well as the smaller pelleted type.
@cream97 (29168)
• United States
9 Apr 11
Hi. wolveren. I am sorry that these rats are giving you trouble. I know that my husband killed up to thirteen rats when we used to live in an old modeled trailer in 2008. I was so glad when we finally moved out of here too. It was so yucky just seeing all of these rats come out at night. They would leave black poop all over the place. It was so disgusting! My husband tried the old trick of the cheese and the mouse trap and it worked pretty well too. I hope that the tracking powder will work well for you this time.
@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
9 Apr 11
Yeah I agree very yucky. I have a very keen sense of smell, I could smell them around the house. We were rid of them a few months back. Then out of nowhere, there's another batch with new tricks. This time they don't take any of the baits like they used to. Seems they've learn something about the powder. I found this new product in the store, it's like a gum, and even smells really good, I hope this one works because not a minute after you place them somewhere in the house, it's already gone. Seems like something new in the menu for them works. Question is how potent will it be and how long for them to realize its poison. Lol. Thanks for the response. Cheers.
@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
27 Jan 12
Yup the gum trap worked. The rats are gone but the now mice are crawling from everywhere. Hehehe.
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
These rats must have attracted to something in your house. So i suggest that you should left most of your food leftovers outside. You should also try to patch holes from your walls, drawers,etc.. Keep all drawers and closets closed at all times. If they cant find a food inside your house that they can feed it, they might look for alternatives.
@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
8 Apr 11
Yeah thanks for that tip. But trying to keep our garbage from rats is also a problem. Being in a big family, we have lots of trash. We can't keep them sealed forever and the city garbage disposal isn't very prompt with their work. So keeping the bags of trash sealed won't keep them rats away for long. And the need for more metal bins is apparently critical because of our trash collection problems our trash bags are overflowing in a corner of the lot. Tsk2x bad city management.