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Rats #7773305
01/15/23 10:20 PM
01/15/23 10:20 PM
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dustytinner Online content OP
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Can you use a small bodygrip or round bodygrip to catch them? Will they go through it?


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Re: Rats [Re: dustytinner] #7773491
01/16/23 07:59 AM
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Dusty, I've caught some in the little RBG traps. Perfect size for those corn cribs, silos, old buildings ....small dirt holes tunneling down.

Re: Rats [Re: dustytinner] #7773617
01/16/23 10:56 AM
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You can catch rats with several traps until they get smart. Then you can throw the kitchen sink at them and they will avoid it all. A forced trapping situation on a den(s) or frequent trail makes things easier. When they run free in a large multi floored home they can move freely and chew into wherever they feel they want to go for access.

I just finished a rat job in the last month after a single male rat that avoided every device and situation I could think up. Snares, snap traps, footholds buried in large planter boxes, RBG small conibears, glue boards etc. Needless to say it was the most challenging rat problem I have encountered in my lifetime.

I had to resort to using tracking powder to kill it. I had trail cams all through this house and could see how this thing was super wary and cautious of everything new. Even snares he refused to go thru. The client had two large dogs in the house which made the situation more challenging.

Normally they come fairly easy but not this time.

The home owner had used snap traps and a havahart cage trap that the rat escaped from twice before calling for help. Sometimes that is all it takes to get a smart one to challenge your skill.

That rat did significant chewing damage before it came to an end.

Re: Rats [Re: dustytinner] #7774689
01/17/23 02:06 PM
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I'm going thru the same thing right now, little $%^*9 scutters moved into the house last fall, and before I noticed it I had a full scale infestation! I'm using glue boards, rat traps, AND poison pellets, I've had great success with The "Tomcat" brand green blocks, but there's none to be had around here. I just caught what I hope is the last adult on a glue board that had a juvenile stuck on it, and I left it there overnight because they seem to draw others to them. If you hear a trap snap and immediately clear and reset, I would catch another almost right away. you catch one on a glue board and it draws another, The adult was eating the baby one, and got stuck too. I've caught at least 15 so far, and really getting whizzed about the remainders!! They are extremely destructive.


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Re: Rats [Re: dustytinner] #7775433
01/18/23 10:13 AM
01/18/23 10:13 AM
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New York
Our guys have had great success with rats using our small swing panel live traps, 3x5 and 5x5. Just hid them in the straw or on runways. One trapper mounted one vertically on a wall after the rats started avoiding the T-rex. He caught 8 more, which I believe was all of them. The vertical trap seemed not to intimidate them.

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