Some of the responses I've had to the rat/mice problem. Looking forward to trying some out if/when they come back with the warmer weather.
An interesting comment in one of the sites:
"Best to wear gloves when setting up the trap to avoid transferring human odours onto the trap."
I have heard that rats hate the smell of burnt rosemary. Dunno if it works for mice though. My mum use to always say that mice wont cross a line of peppermint oil, but have never tried it.
Hi gus - apparently napthalene and/or camphor flakes ok too? I have too much space to cover...just about everyone in town is having a problem - the keep pulling up n eating my seedlings - very frustrating! grrr
Hi Amanda,don't know if this is any good but think they have a moneyback guarantee- check out mouse and rat repellents at www.birdguard.com.au
Good luck, I think mice and rats are up there with cockroaches as those who will inherit the world.
Just wondering were you are? Look at www.gettrapped.com for mouse and rat traps
John Mc says...
Aren’t they frustrating?
I buy those wax baits AFTER I lose a pot of seeds. Last night they ate my Jujube seeds I got from Beautanicals and those seeds are quite small. I've lost some expensive stuff lately including 20 Saffron bulbs. The rats don't seem to eat the seeds or bulbs after germination. I've heard of the bucket of water trap similar to the one uploaded. I suppose you put a counter weight on the bottom of the tin so it rights itself after the first catch. Do you put a long sock up the outside of the bucket for them to climb up? I remember something like that anyway. Would you be kind enough to explain the greasy pipe trap?
Josephs "Rat Cakes":
.... equal parts baking soda, sugar and flour mixed with enough water to make patties.
The digestive system of rodents cannot expel gas and the idea is that bicarb produces CO2 when it comes into contact with acid (in this case stomach acid).
The gas causes the stomach to expand, resulting in either an implosion or suffocation - by pressing up against the lungs.
Have a look at this site, they have smaller models as well. I'm having trouble with bandicoots at the moment, this should fix em.
Below is a homemade water trap someone made.
We've had a mouse plague in western QLD for the last six months, where I work we have tried all the different traps and baits and there is only one trap which catches bulk amounts of mice!
similar to the bucket idea above, all you need is a stick about 2 metres long and tape a beer bottle to the end with the neck pointing away from the stick. Place the bottle above the bucket so the mice can run up the stick to the top of the bucket and onto the bottle. Grease up the bottle with some margarine and put a blob of peanut butter in the bottle opening.
The mice run up the stick and slip off the bottle into the bucket full of water.
We've had up to 40 mice a night caught in these traps just inside the office... but down to about 15 a night now!
We use a homemade water trap like this (but with a lemonade bottle) smeared with peanut butter. As long as the mice can reach the top of the bin, they tightrope walk along the fencing wire, the bottle/can spins and they fall into the water and drown. Catches many in a night! My father also used this and caught too many to count in one night. Just make sure the water is deep enough to drown them, but not high enough for them to get purchase to get out.
Someone on a forum I visit had success with this.
He used it in a shed, as the mice were eating the horse's food (I think - a while ago).
Merryl and Ted swear by Turps to deter them. Ted leaves out a bowl with a plastic cover with holes in it. Apparently the smell puts the rats off.
I was part of a group that visited a Persimmon farm last week. The owner/grower Heinz uses many interesting methods of farming but also makes a biodynamic Peppering Spray for pests.
I know virtually nothing about biodynamics and from the little I have read the phases of the planets plays a big part for true devotees.
Heinz keeps it all simple - he captures the pest, turns it into ash (at a time to suit him) and then dilutes this in water and sprays in the area where the pest is inhabiting.
He has used this method with birds, rats and insects often with great success.
I thought it might be a good way to cope with rats myself and now wish I had kept the last dead rat to try this out. Would like to try it with insects too.
If you google "peppering" quite a bit of info turns up - some of it quite complicated.
Jan has given us a link to these doozie traps which give the offending animal a jolt of electricity - no poisons lying around.
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