Register with us or sign in
in Problem solving
Oh my goodness, do you really think taking a mouse 200 feet away will get rid of a mouse. It will be back in the time it takes to run home.
Please don't complain of vermin unless you are asking about a humane way to kill it. Otherwise it's pointless!
I don't think they do rat-sized ones, but I have a couple of electric mouse traps, the mouse goes inside (it can't get back out as it has baffles in there), as soon as it steps on the metal bit to get the bait, pfzzzzz, mouse is dead, and triggers a red flashing light to let you know the deed has been done. Pick up with a carrier bag, invert trap and flip the lid open, the corpse will drop into the bag. knot the bag, put it in another bag, and it can go into household waste.
I have to do this, my husband is too big a wuss to do it. I don't like the ordinary spring traps, if they don't snap over the mouse's head, they can get a leg and then it's a slow death - unless you draw the short straw and use a housebrick to put it out of it's misery (speaking from horrible experience there). Yes, they are pricey, but well worth it as they're humane, clean and can be used with dogs and kids (I have both, and from time to time a mouse problem as I live in a house that's near a farm, the farmer is none to fastidious in his habits (that's a long story that involves environmental health, a pig ban and a chap that lives in the village that does aerial photography for a living!!)
I suppose you can always google electric rat traps to see if they exist, otherwise I'd use the specially designed pre-baited rat boxes, they're sealed so dogs and kids can't get at them. Was told by the Rentokil man that mice and rats won't share a house, so I suppose I get the lesser of two evils. I'm sure the farmer at the back has rats and worse.
i have rats visting one bin at the moment . and they make a great job of turning the compost for me . time for them to move on now . i take out the carpet and plastic sack . which they like to sit on . and leave the lid off and make sure no fruit goes goes in the bin for a while
Get a cat?
Archipem, you seem very relaxed about your rats. They all carry leptospirosis aka Weils Disease, so do take care when handling your compost.
My newly acquired Jack Russell has scared away the rats that apparently used to live under the concrete slab under the oil tank. They now live in a neighbour's garden; he shoots them with an air rifle as they walk along the fence.
When it comes to rats you need to get the big guns in....either local pest control or rentokil...based on a friends experience...she had rats which chewed through the concrete of her kitchen wall to access her bags of rice in her kitchen cupboards....after weeks of faffing around with traps, poison, my ace mouser Isobel (cat) etc rentokil turned up and the rats soon met their maker....never to return