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Old 09-27-2013, 02:30 AM   #16
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I have a few stray cats that like to chill out under my deck - I'd be glad to ship them to you!!!
lol. If I have to choose, I'd rather have a few tiny roof rats than feral cats living my backyard.

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Old 09-27-2013, 06:44 AM   #17
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They are imposable to get rid of completely. Two years ago they were eating my small plants and tomatoes. I cleaned out under the porch and left nothing but the Dirt and a wheelbarrow. Last year no problems, no eating of the tomatoes. This year no problems until the neighbor across the street moved and took his dogs with him. Now the rats are eating the tomatoes. All you can do is try to control them.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:43 AM   #18
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Living in the woods, I have an inexpensive .410 shotgun exclusively for pest control. With the right load (I use No. 7-1/2 shot) it would make short work of your rats. You don't have to be as accurate as with a pellet rifle, and the shot will not penetrate your fence.

Do not underestimate the power of today's air guns. The are NOT the Red Ryder BB guns of the 1950s. Many will launch a .177 or .22 caliber pellet faster than the bullet from a .22 rifle. If you are skilled at arms, a Gamo Whisper or something similar would be a good choice.

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:50 AM   #19
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I have a few stray cats that like to chill out under my deck - I'd be glad to ship them to you!!!
None in my neck of the woods, but there is a huge feral cat problem in this area. Believe it or not, there is a local Feral Cat Society that tries to protect and save the miserable things. They'd better not show up at my door asking for donations.
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None in my neck of the woods, but there is a huge feral cat problem in this area. Believe it or not, there is a local Feral Cat Society that tries to protect and save the miserable things. They'd better not show up at my door asking for donations.
Save them?? Heaven's to Betsy...why??

I live in the 'burbs, so these cats belong to someone around here. But as typical with far too many cat owners, they have no problem letting them roam the neighborhood. They (the cats...not my neigbors ) use my front landscaping as their litterbox, or they lay on top of and crush some of my decorative plants, and they like to hang out under my deck or in my driveway and pee and poop.

Drives me nuts, because I'm allergic to cats and last year when I was redoing my deck I could smell the cat urine and it would trigger my allergies. And when I pull weeds in my landscaping, I always step in cat poop or smell the urine, which again triggers my allergies.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #21
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Save them?? Heaven's to Betsy...why??
Whiny libtard freak transplants from MD and VA. It's the curse of my part of WV (Eastern Panhandle).
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #22
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  • These particular mites can bite humans and cause irritation, but cannot complete their life cycle without rats.
  • Follow the steps above as strictly as you can in order to treat the rats effectively.
  • The mites may have come from other rats at a pet store, or from Infested bedding. It can be difficult to isolate the source, though, so Focus instead of getting rid of the mites.
  • Mites are closely related to ticks and may have the appearance of a tick to you.
  • Remove any wild rodents and bird nests from your home as these may be a source of reinfection.However, they do not burrow under the skin as ticks do, and any Reactions to their bites can be treated with anti-histamine or hydrocortisone cream. If you get red raised pimples from the bites, expect them to take about 3 weeks to go down after treating the infestation
  • See your doctor if you experience a bad reaction to the mite bites.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:59 AM   #23
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Well, my situation is that the rats are up in my tomato vines in the trellis, 4-5 ft from the ground. I can use a stick to poke them sometimes but can't even do any harm on them.

And I'm not sure whether I can do the stomping part. lol. that's a bit too extreme for my stomach to bear.
Bring a shovel. Poke to knock 'em down and then WHAM with the spade end.

Otherwise baits and traps. The tube idea is a good one. I had a battery operated trap that would electrocute them. Worked great. Worked so well that it managed to dispatch three squirrels that were dumb enough to dig through to it while it was stored inside my shed, up on shelving. Such is the power of left-over peanut butter on the trigger arm.
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Update: My .177 Air Rifle arrived. But the darn thing is so loud even with 3 pumps (minimum requirement to shoot pellets) that I can't really use it in my backyard in the middle of the night. So I threw $50 into the toilet.

Over the past 3 weeks, 2 rats were trapped but now the others got very smart and began pushing my traps off the fence every night. The battle is still on-going.

Right now, I can't eat any of my tomatoes 'cause these darn rat probably lick most of them already.

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Being you don't have a fishing dip net to catch them, google bucket trap for at least a dozen ideas.

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