Anyone know how to get rid of rats in the backyard?

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  1. chris888222
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    Recently, there are MANY rats crawling into my cooking area (which is outside facing my backyard covered by a bamboo chick). There are just so many compared to before.

    I don't have the spare cash to call an exterminator, plus I don't really want to use toxic on them because that'll likely contaminate the veggies in the garden. Is there any other way to get rid of these pests? Thanks.

    Tried cats btw.
     


  2. Lilith Valentine

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    I suggest if you don't want to kill them, you can try to trap them with humane rat traps.
    If that doesn't sound like a good idea, you can always try getting a few cats. They seem to keep my yard free of rats.
     
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    Cats, traps, poison sprays and traps.
     
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    You have any decomposing stuff in the backyard?

    Other then that cats usually seem to work.
    Or any other bigger pet.
     
  5. chris888222
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    I WANT to kill them, the problem is my mom loves to plant at the back of the garden with her organic produce. I don't want to kill those rats with poison as it'll contaminate those plants.

    As for cats, tried it. Didn't work. The cat simply waited for food instead of hunting for rats.


     
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    Weird, most cats just kill for fun. I mean my cats literally just kill the mice for fun, they don't even eat them, they just kill them, tear them to shred and move on.

    How about just more traps? There are non-toxic traps you can use.
     
  7. gloweyjoey

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    I was going to suggest getting a cat or two, but you seem to have tried that. Usually cats will take care of them. Maybe it was just that cat that you had.

    Some dog breeds, like terriers, have been used for rodent control
     
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    I just started just now, hopefully it works!
    Fingers crossed


     
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    Heh, my suggestion is cats as well... it depends on the cat though. One that's been raised as a housecat is way less likely to go hunt small mammals, while one that's used to actually hunting (say, raised with access to outside with a hunting parent) is much more likely to leave you dead bodies as a present. For example my old cats were raised by us from kittens in a townhouse, and while they had access to the outside most of their time was spent inside. They rarely, if ever hunted anything. However their grandma (and their grandma's sister) were cats we adopted when they were about a year old already, and within two months those cats were bringing us dead moles (one of them walked up to me with a mole still wiggling in it's mouth).

    But yeah if you can't borrow a hunting cat, then traps.
     
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    I'm not too sure about hunting cats, but I know exterminators use them + cyanide. The thing is calling exterminators can cost up to hundreds of dollars and they might not do such a good job.

    Guess my best bet is traps. I've set one up and now it's 1AM (over here). I hope when I wake up at around 7 there's at least SOMETHING inside.
     
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    Well, a couple of preventative things would be to always keep your grass cut low -- rats are comfortable in overgrown yards -- and don't compost any types of meat waste. Keep compost away from your house/cooking area, and try to keep it in a secure bin.

    If you're infested, though, you're probably beyond the point of playing nice. You'll likely need some type of professional help.
     
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    If you don't have any other pets or small children running around the house, you could always pull two bare wires ;)
    As long as it's at least 3 A (7 was enough to kill a human, so a mouse should probably be dead with 2 or so) and 100V (dunno this one, but it should be able to at least penetrate the skin of a big ass mouse).
    Mouse tries to cross the wires to get to your house and BAM, fried mouse ;)

    But I don't think it is legal.... and it probably won't work when it's raining....

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    hmm, I don't know how high a mouse can jump..
    You could try to partialy burry a water bucket (so the opening is at ground level).
    Trow in some warm flesh etc. mouse smells food, gets in and can't climb out ?
     
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    You can get these ultrasonic things that plug into your wall sockets which send out a noise that rats and mice and stuff can hear but we and regular pets can't. Drives them mental. Like a never ending Justin Bieber concert to them. Keeps them away. I had the same problem where I used to live because the guy over the fence had a load of crap in his back yard, attracted hundreds of the damn things. And the cat was sod all use because she expected us to finish the dan things off after she dragged them into the house. The ultrasonic plugs kept them out pretty damn well so you might wana give them a try. They're dirt cheap so even if it doesn't work you've not lost much.
     
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    Have you considered the Pied Piper?
     
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    What about a tactical nuclear strike?
     
  16. ZAFDeltaForce

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    Call an exterminator, you can look them up Singapore's yellow pages or do a google search.

    For my house, there used to be rats around. My dad bought this roach-motel-like cage that trapped rats that got suckered in. You could use those traps to set them free but my dad dumps the whole cage with its captive into a container of water.

    Now there's hardly any rats around. My dad usually boasts that he killed the whole family lol
     
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    He can't, it will ruin the vegetables aswell...
     
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    Get a rottweiler. Hunted down more rats than the cats combined in my neighbourhood. True story. Then again, that could just be my neighbour's rottweiler :\
     
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    Dress up as William Wallace and go all Braveheart at them. It probably won't work but it would be a laugh.
     
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    Have you tried poison sting?

    Oh yeah :\