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We've had some wins and some losses here at the Manor. Of course, every spring, the rats cause us grief.

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Comment by Roger Clark on October 23, 2017 at 8:14

Just a note to show what I do to kill rats at my place.

You can see what they do to my figs above.

Shown above is a 300 mm long PVC tube, blanked off at the far end, with a small hole drilled at either end to allow wire to be threaded through. Wire is threaded through and a couple of rats baits threaded onto the wire and positioned at the back near the blanked off end. You see the dark squares of bait if you look closely, as well as rat droppings in the tube. The 300 long tube allows the baits to be out of the reach of birds, possums, etc, but the rats can access these quite easily. they feed for a few days then bleed to death internally, no sympathy from me I'm afraid. You can see the results of my trap below. I leave these out all the time, as the number of rats will ebb and flow throughout the year.  

Comment by Susan on October 15, 2017 at 8:59

I know we have them but at the moment, their numbers must be fairly lw as we are not seeing any trace of them.  I'll let you know when the first lot of corn comes on, how we are travelling.  With 1 dog and 2 cats in the yard, we have plenty to deter them.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 14, 2017 at 22:25

The native water rats rarely come in contact with people and when found being a bit rare these days are usually close to creeks.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 14, 2017 at 17:33

These aren't natives. Their tales are bald.  They are cute - grey with a white belly, but definitely Europeans.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 14, 2017 at 16:12

I'd be doing a bit of gentle backing too, Cheryl!

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on October 14, 2017 at 11:48

Not sure Elaine, it was quite dark and I backed back into the house fairly quickly when I realized what it was.  I get shudders up and down my spine just thinking about it (same way as I feel about snakes)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 14, 2017 at 10:13

Did the rat have a white tip to its tail? The native water rats do. Sure they are great climbers but not sure if the native ones come around where we are, they usually keep away from people unlike the exotic rats.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on October 14, 2017 at 6:24

Hark, I hear the chimes in my avo tree ringing -  out I go expecting to see a possum to chase - shudder, no possum but one rat.  I didn't know they climbed trees.  My thoughts were, maybe I was mistaken and it was some kind of marsupial that I should be protecting.  On investigation via the internet - no, there is such a thing as tree rats.  Shudders down my spine, I hate rats - hope it has gone back to the creek where it belongs.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 12, 2017 at 20:17

There's a formula about the presence of rats - not sure if it applies equally to mice. Naturally I have forgotten the details but it goes something like this: if you don't see any rats you've probably got around a dozen living around about. If you see one or two then you've got two dozen and so it goes.

I figure there's rats and probably mice around here. One time I left a mature head of Sunflower on the verandah table. Morning showed me someone had helped themselves overnight so I'm now doubly careful about anything edible particularly concentrated protein like seeds or nuts.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 12, 2017 at 16:35

Mary-Ann: I'll stick with my rats rather than the brown snakes! I do have a green tree snake about but I think the rats must be too big for it.
Christa: they tend to stay up high so my boys can't get them.

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