I am completely and utterly horrified. My son has just been down to our basement to retrieve a suitcase and found a rat.
Our basement is completely free of damp, has a secure garage door and two internal doors linking it to the rest of the house. There is no food stuff stored there. We have the central heating tank, machines and oil store, washing machine, wood, and usual junk like old furniture, Xmas decorations, suitcases etc. I have a tiny one-eyed cat who I do not want to put against a rat and a dog so poison is completely out of the question.
Any suggestions as to how I can humanely get rid of the rats?
Message posted by JohnandHilary (Reborn) on 06 July 2011 at 9:49pm - IP Logged
I have a large brown rat eating all my new grown Cucumbers and Tomatoes and I stand vigil every evening at 'going out time' with my air rifle. You can put down the blue tablet poison that dehydrates them or shoot them. Either or ...no subtle way I'm afraid.
Message posted by red zorba on 06 July 2011 at 9:59pm - IP Logged
Lavinia on 13 August 2010 at 1:30am (Living the Dream)...
‘Surely the way to go is to learn to live with them, after all they have probably lived here on Corfu as long as we have (or in some cases a lot longer). I am not some furry, green, huggy person but I have learnt to adapt my life so that the natural habitat around me is as little disturbed as possible. Best advice, get a cat which is a hunting cat. And before you all start shrieking about the nuisance they cause, think about the nuisance we humans cause by moving into their natural environment. They haven't erected pylons which provide the wires down which they scamper. They haven't felled trees in which they live. They don't force us further and further up into the hills because of our demand to clear the land. Just learn to live with them and get a cat...’
Message posted by Denis O on 06 July 2011 at 11:38pm - IP Logged
Horrible for you Lavinia- I had them in the house once, living in an old loo cistern...very different to the furry dormice and other rodents that live around the land.
Get a trap- or as I am rat free at the moment have mine. My son caught one last year with the sticky trap sold in supermarkets, but you then have to dispose of a creature stuck to the strip...not pleasant
Had one sitting by our apartment door one evening when we returned from a night out a couple of years ago! The scream I let out sent it scurrying, along with some Italian neighbours complete with mop chasing it! Apartments and resort will remain nameless!!!
Yikes, Lavinia, I am sorry to read this. How upsetting! I wish I had a workable suggestion. After being disappointed by several humane traps, I found the "Tin Cat" which caught an entire family of mice in one night. We released them in a park. But unless your rat is quite small, I don't think he'd fit into the Tin Cat. Nor do I know if the Tin Cat is available in Greece.
Could you lure him out by leaving food near a basement door or window?
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