Rat problem in Garden

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  1. stevebb

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    We have a slight issue where we occasionally get rats in the garden. We live in a rural area and the house backs on to a woodland park. We have two cats which doesnt seem to deter them and as summer is coming we intend to keep doors open into the back garden so the kids can play. We have a 6 month old and a 4 year old.

    Basically im after a method to control or deter the rats from the area but done want to harm the kids, cats or other wildlive we see in the garden such as birds etc.

    Ive seen bait boxes which hides posion but am concermed that the cats may be affected if they did happen to catch one of them.

    I dont necesarrily want to to kills the rats anyway as im sure inncoent field mice and voled would take the poison too.

    Does anyone have any advice?

    Thanks
     
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    We live in the country and had rats too.

    It takes really strong poison to kill rats nowadays, which unfortunately won't differentiate between field mice and voles.

    It'll all be down to placement of the poison. We got the council to send the pest control officer round to poison them, as we were concerned about the safety of our dogs too.
     
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    Rats can kill a dog?? :eek:
     
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    Yes they can, esspecially if they don't chew them properly, they can also choke to death on the small bones. :rotfl:
     
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    The most common rat poisons are anticoagulants,and if a dead rat is eaten by a dog,esp a smaller variety,then serious bleeding and sometimes death,can result.
     
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    Call the local council and get their advice, they offer a good range of methods and regular checkups. Sorted my infestation out very quickly :)
     
  7. stevebb

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    Our neighbours have had the council around regularly and maybe they decided to move into our garden now :(

    The rumour is that decking can attract them which i do have and intend to put more in. Does anyone have a view on that?

    I will ask the neighbours who they are dealing with at the council. I will start to starve the cats to make them hunt more ;)

    They have birdscaring collars on BTW which means they havent caught any birds in the 3 years they've had the collars.
     
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    Our neighbours had decking up to our fence.

    They had rats living under their decking which dug under the fence to hang out in our garden !

    Our neighbours didnt even know they had a problem.

    All the bird feed they put out just fell through the gaps in their decking and attracted the rats.

    Council came and sorted it out for free... environmental health issue... (not sure if some councils may charge)

    The pest control guy implied that the rat problem is getting worse with more and more people having decking... it provides a safe, dry environment for them to nest.
     
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    Cats arn't that good at dealing with rats, too big. You need a bull dog.
     
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    Oh right...

    Didn't even know that dogs eat dead rats!
     
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    A .22 pellet rifle does the trick.:D
     
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    My labrador will eat anything with calorific value.

    Even if it hasn't he'll chew it to see if some magically appears.:rolleyes:
     
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    I would agree however for the super rats that are now spawning something a bit more heavy duty is required.

    http://www.accuracyinternational.com/ :devil:

    On a more serious note, deffo call the environmental health.

    Liam
     
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    The newspapers regularly publish adverts for electronic vermin repellants. They work by producing a very high frequency sound which rats and mice can't tolerate but it doesn't affect other animals such as cats, dogs or birds.

    We had a problem with rats in our loft years ago, so I got an indoor version of the repellant, we haven't had any since. So they do work.:clap:
     
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    Mate, if the rats are actually running around your garden don't let your children play there. Many rats carry a disease called Weil's disease which is particularly nasty and has been known to cause death in some cases.
    A lady i used to work with had a cousin who died after catching this disease.
    He was a mechanic for a bus company and at meal/tea break times he would go to the mess room/canteen. What he didn't know was that rats got into the room at night and urinated and crapped on the benches and tables. He obviously touched areas which were soiled/infected and the disease went from his hands to his sandwiches and was ingested.

    Geoff.
     
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    It's because of Weils disease that the SAS are not allowed to eat rats whilst out on survival training.
     
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    Big rats round our way :smashin:
     
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    I got in touch with our local council who have a huge backlog for the pest control dept and it took them nearly 2 months from the phone call to arrive :eek: He put some of the blue poison stuff down, which I believe I could probably get from B&Q anyway.
    The rat(s) in my garden were taking the food off the bird table, so i've limited the amount of stuff I put on the top and put mist of it in hanging feeders that the rats can't get at.
     
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    Thing is though - how can anyone be sure that they dont have rats in their garden if they dont see them?

    The rat I saw does enter from the neighbours side and has has been leaving dog food out for his dog which worsened the problem. I have a bird feeder which i will move TBH as they do go near there.

    Im going to get a sonic device for the house and the garage so that will create a safety perimiter as a start. Ill disinfect the areas with jeyes.

    I will talk to the neigbours re: the council thing and get them to come to our house the next time they are about.

    Ill keep you posted
     

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