Rat, Rat Babies, Needy, Cute, Nager

Rats have been around with mankind from the start of time. We are told that nobody is further away from a rat than six feet, at any given time. I do not believe that’s necessarily true, however there are a great deal of rats around.

Apparently there are 60 species of rats on the planet. The lowest one is about four inches long and the biggest one is called a Bosavi woolly rat which weights in, at over three pounds, about the size of a cat.

Rats are not your”easy” little animal, they are extremely intelligent. This is proofed by the fact that they are used to sniff out gunpowder and are very clever at solving puzzles and can find they way around mazes.

17 species of rat are known to transmit deadly diseases to mankind: weal’s disease, plague, viral hemorrhagic fever and Q fever. Rats don’t sleep a lot and almost all of their activity occurs during the hours of darkness.

Apart from me, rats enemies are many; cats, foxes, snakes, dogs, large birds such as falcons, hawks, kites, Wildlife Removal Round Rock, and, of course, the owl.

I have no experience of catching rats in a home, because, so far as I know I have never lived in a house with rats. However, my sister, who resides in Washington, had a neighbour who kept a python drop in the house that lived on rats. You could try that if you like, I would rather not because it might well eat you one day.

My serious rat hunting days began three decades ago (2017) when rats eat all my beetroot and apples crops down on my allotment. I knew they were around because I used to see them running around on occasions. I thought nothing of it, only a couple rats. How wrong I was:

2018 I caught 53

2019 I caught 84

1 night in 2019 I caught two young ones in one snare ( cleaver are they? ) . I also caught a huge slug.

This year, 2020, I’ve just caught two so far. The reason, I think, is that my allotment has been flooded for almost two months at the start of the year and they’ve been drowned or moved away for the time being, however I did see one the other day. So they’re back, but so am I.

Well, first off, I do not use any form of poison. I believe that’s not secure and the rat takes three to four days to die. If you poison a rat it’ll hide somewhere and die, then there is a potential that something will come along and eat it and that creature will also die. So by using poison you lose control of what happens and you might be responsible for two or three very painful deaths.

I use rat traps, the wooded ones, not the plastic ones because they will break up in sunlight. The bait I use is peanut butter, I find this best because the rat must spend some time under the spring licking off the bait. I always wear gloves when I manage the traps, the reason is to keep my scent off the snare.

Rats, like us, are very much on the ball however also like us, they are creatures of habit. I take advantage of the fact in the following way.

I have five traps and bait them everyday, but I do not set the trap. So, every third day, I place one of those traps and constantly catch a rat.

People always what to know what I do with the dead rat, why I do not know. Although, it is interesting, since it shows up another animal behavior.

As I said, I wear gloves so when I have a have a rat to get rid of, I put my gloves on and take the rat in the trap to an open pice of floor on my plot and fall the rat on the ground and go and have a cup of java to await what happens next.

This takes place between four and four-thirty from the afternoon: while I’m sitting in my chair, a red kite appears in the skies, glades round and then swoops down, picks up the dead rat and flies over the neighboring trees. This has been happening for the past couple of years, summer and winter.

So to catch rats, you need: rat traps, peanut butter, gloves, patience and a routine.

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