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Subject: getting rid of rats
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: fritzie-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 27 Jun 2002 16:10 PDT
Expires: 27 Jul 2002 16:10 PDT
Question ID: 34273
We have a very old house near woods.  Rats are often a problem and we
would like to get rid of them without poison because we have two dogs
and a cat.  We tried poison last year; our cat must have come upon our
success because she became sick and almost died. Can you suggest a
bait that would not impact on our pets?  Traps occasionally catch
some, but in general don't work.  Thank you
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Subject: Re: getting rid of rats
Answered By: cobrien-ga on 11 Jul 2002 07:26 PDT
 
Hi there, fritzie-ga!

Most sites that I have visited warn against using poison, due to the
risk to other pets, as you mentioned. However, most believe that traps
are the best way to go.

Although you said you don’t want to use them, this Website claims
traps are the best method for getting rid of the rodents. It also
gives some good tips for preventative measures to stop the rats from
coming back. The recommended bait is peanut butter mixed with oats and
cheese, or dried fruit.
http://www.hlth.gov.bc.ca/hlthfile/hfile37.html

This person had a similar problem with poison, and this site
recommends setting the traps while wearing gloves, as the smell of
humans could put the rats off the trap.
http://detnews.com/2002/homeimprovement/0203/25/homestyle-427157.htm


However, there are one or two other options. The use of an ultrasonic
device is another method of getting rid of rats. It emits a
high-pitched noise only the rodents can hear, so it is safe to use
with other pets around, as long as they are not ‘rodent-type’ pets. It
costs about $40 and has a 60-day moneyback guarantee.
http://www.global-instruments.com/pest-a-cator.html
http://www.colehardware.com/hotline/2002/01/pestcatr.htm
http://www2.yardiac.com/details.asp?item_id=1959

The Transonic IX-L is another of these devices; it costs 75.95.
However, it also repels birds and squirrels.
http://www.izola.co.uk/birds/products/trans.html

The Rodar II will get rid of what the product’s manufacturers describe
as ‘pests’ – they include squirrels in this group, but do not
specifically mention birds. This costs $89.95
http://www.microncorp.com/rodar/rodar.html


However, not everyone is convinced of the effectiveness of these
devices. This Website doesn’t believe that the ultrasonic devices work
in the long-term.
http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/pests/pests.html

This discussion group came up with a couple of ways to exterminate
rats – some are slightly bizarre, others are just downright cruel
(which I wouldn’t recommend). One suggests using Coca Cola – although
this will kill the rats.
http://www.kountrylife.com/cgi-bin/topic.cgi?bd=forum&th=3250

This webiste recommends taking away their food, water and shelter,
wlthough I understand that this is not always possible.
http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/doh/html/pest/ratwork.html

A combination of methods might help. 

I hope this helps!

cobrien-ga
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