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Old 08-17-2011, 07:37 AM   #16
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Squirrels get into my basement occasionally, so I have a live trap with an apple, or sometimes peanut butter. If you are feeling industrious you can dump them on the other side of the city, but I just give them swimming lessons.
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #17
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If you hear them scurrying around in the attic, I'd bet on squirrels. I don't think rats scurry like squirrels.

If it is squirrels, I doubt you will catch any in the attic with any kind of trap. When I had my squirrel problem, I read an article by some guy that stated they will not be trapped inside the attic.

I had two live traps, a gopher trap, and a leg trap in the attic for a good while with peanut butter and seeds. They were ignored completely. All mine were caught in the yard or leaving the attic in a matter of several days.

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Billy the Exterminator may have just disproved the atement about squirrels not being caught inside the building. He supposedly trappede one in a lady's attic.
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:31 PM   #18
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I now have 24/7 surveillance going on in my attic now. I borrowed my bro-in-law's deer cam and have set it up facing a piece of cardboard baited with peanut butter stuck with macademia nuts.

Let's see what this turns up.

Hopefully NOTHING.
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Deer cam, night 1. Looks pretty big. Rat or big mouse?
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:44 PM   #20
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Norway rat. Kill them in traps, with poison, whatever you got to do.
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Puts some snakes up there.
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Norway rat. Kill them in traps, with poison, whatever you got to do.
I found at least one opening where I think they are getting in. I closed it up yesterday afternoon. Put some snap traps out using the same bait I used when these pics were snapped and caught nothing last night. Baited them with peanut butter with a macadamia nut on top. Nothing. Rat(s) didn't go near it. Is it possible that it was already out during the day and now can't get in? My dad said to bait with raw bacon which I will try tonight.
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He may have gotten out, but rats are neophobic; that means fear of something new. If they have a food source they may avoid yours for a while. The bacon idea is good-Iíve suggested that to others. Macadamia lure was marketed heavily to us as a sure-fire lure for rats and mice. The hype and marketing has slowed down a lot, probably not as good as they wanted it to be. I would tie the bacon on to the trigger with dental floss or thread. That will require them to pull on it; SNAP! Good Luck.
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He may have gotten out, but rats are neophobic; that means fear of something new. If they have a food source they may avoid yours for a while. The bacon idea is good-I’ve suggested that to others. Macadamia lure was marketed heavily to us as a sure-fire lure for rats and mice. The hype and marketing has slowed down a lot, probably not as good as they wanted it to be. I would tie the bacon on to the trigger with dental floss or thread. That will require them to pull on it; SNAP! Good Luck.
Baited two snap traps with bacon tied to the trigger with dental floss. Nothing. No appearance by the rat(s), the deer cam confirmed it.

Timeline so far:
1. 8/21, 5:00am, deer cam takes 2 pictures of rat near peanut butter topped with macademia nuts on cardboard (no traps), as shown in above post.
2. 8/21 - 5:00pm, I close up a hole on the outside of the house where there was obvious entry. Set two snap traps baited with peanut butter and macademia nuts.
3. 8/22 - 7:00am, check the traps, bait untouched, deer cam confirms no activity. At 7:00pm, I rebait the traps with tied bacon.
4. 8/23 - 7:00am, check the traps, bait untouched, deer cam confirms no activity.

How many more days do I do this before I declare 'success'?

Do I need to rebait with fresh bacon every day, or does that matter?

P.S. - the only reason I used macademia nuts was because we happened to have a bag of them that someone gave us.

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No expert, but from what I've read placement of the traps can make a difference. Rats tend to follow the walls rather than walk across the middle of an area. Place your traps along the wall where they are most likely to travel.
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Sounds like bats to me too. I had issues with them in my attic. A .410 shotgun with bird shot did the trick.
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Sounds like bats to me too. I had issues with them in my attic. A .410 shotgun with bird shot did the trick.
Uhhh, it's not bats. See post #19
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noone: It all sounds good but itís hard to put a time frame onthese guys. We are humans and have to be careful about projecting our logical thinking onto their behavior. blondsense is right about rats traveling along walls-they feel with their whiskers as they run. However, hunger and food can override that behavior. Youíve seen and heard nothing-another day or so and Iíd relax, but stay alert. If the bacon isnít rancid, leave it on.
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noone: It all sounds good but itís hard to put a time frame onthese guys. We are humans and have to be careful about projecting our logical thinking onto their behavior. blondsense is right about rats traveling along walls-they feel with their whiskers as they run. However, hunger and food can override that behavior. Youíve seen and heard nothing-another day or so and Iíd relax, but stay alert. If the bacon isnít rancid, leave it on.
I put the traps in the exact same place as I had left the 'free' bait the night when I caught them with deer cam pics.

I tend to agree that if it/they are now trapped inside, they will be seeking out food with a vengeance and won't be so picky. The fact that the deer cam has spotted 0 activity leads me to think that he has left the premise, but I will try for 4 more nights just to be sure. I don't want to end up with a dead starved rat in my attic.
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Foiled again by this pesky rat!! I didn't check the deer cam until tonight. Bacon bait has been on the snap traps for two days now. When I checked it last night, one of the traps had been tripped and tonight as well. One of the water heaters is about 5 feet away, so I thought that it expanding and contracting (it makes noises when it heats up) might have possibly caused it, but it looks like it is this rat causing it. It's almost as if he smells a trap. I will rebait with some fresh bacon and try again. The trap I am using is a Victor rat trip with the metal trigger. Do I need to buy the one with the plastic pedal? Seems like this guy may be pressing the side of the trap to test it first before going for the gusto! Smart little f'er.

Bro-in-law says to use glue traps......
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