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 Post subject: Damn RATS
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My daughter has had a problem with rats for a few years. She lives in a terrace of 5 fairly new build, 15 yrs? Some of her neighbours won't do anything which annoys her.

Over the last few months her electrics have been tripping, but she said she could live without, last weekend the trip would not reset. I went round on Monday to have a look, after talking with her, we knew the problem would be above her porch. Her jack Russel would bark at the wall and ceiling.
You should see the dog if she sees a rat (or cat) in the garden.
Found the fault was on her downstairs light circuit, between the 1st light and consumer unit.
Made fist sized holes in the ceiling using a hole saw and could feel the damaged cable, hoped I could pull a new cable through not possible so repaired the cable using crimps and heatshrink.

That wasn't the biggest problem, the consumer is set in the cavity wall held in by sky hooks, hope and gravity not one solid fixing anywhere, no grommets fitted to the metal back box.
Got to go back and fix it somehow. Drives me mad. :angryfire:
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cut the grommets or use flexible grommet strip, hope the rats are not in the cavity - time to put some bait boxes down or call in the council (if they still do that sort of thing)


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Hi,

Good luck in sorting the problem out.

Years ago we suffered a rat running across the bedroom ceiling whilst we were in bed around 2am; if we made a noise we could hear the rat run across the ceiling and down through the wall cavity; to add insult to injury this rat must have been wearing four hob nailed boots; it terrified Bron. We got the council out who baited traps to catch the rat; eventually I found its carcase under the bungalow floor. I think at the time it cost about £60. Horrible things. ::b

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:dunno: EJJ.. never had a problem with Rats.. We have had mice in the loft every winter though, constant baiting didn't help..

Eventually bought one of those ultra sonic jobbies and installed in the loft (socket via sfcu off the light circuit)

Mice moved out PDQ (About a week) and never came back..

Might be worth a try ?

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:dunno: EJJ.. never had a problem with Rats.. We have had mice in the loft every winter though, constant baiting didn't help..

Eventually bought one of those ultra sonic jobbies and installed in the loft (socket via sfcu off the light circuit)

Mice moved out PDQ (About a week) and never came back..

Might be worth a try ?


I tried one of those ultra sonic units in the garage here.
Despite my initial scepticism it works. Rodents relocated!
Also I notice that the rabbits, in the (admittedly rather rural) drive apparently don't come up to the garage door any longer, as their poop follows a curve with the unit inside at the centre. So they obviously prefer to poop in peace!


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There bloody annoying I have very good hearing and can hear some of the sounds, along with phone chargers and some gas meters lol

Rats love bacon - mice go for chocolate

our cats earn there keep occasionally too (no birds)


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We saw 'evidence' of rats can tell rat poo from mice poo. Her dog has caught one or two, one neighbour has cleared his loft of everything including insulation.
Her council won't do anything, her Uncle on Exmoor was a rat & mole catcher he gave her some good stuff to get rid, but unless her neighbours do the same they'll never get rid.
One buries her head in the sand, the others place is like a tip and not concerned.
I'll block all the holes I see with wire wool as apparently they don't like that. Time will tell.

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In a previous job I had a few alarm call outs that I suspected was rats and managed to get one in a spring trap, anyway this thing was a big critter and the trap didn't break his neck and it started running away with the trap on its head. :wtf: until my colleague managed to apply the coup de grace with a big stick. :boxing:

Horrible things.


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Bird feeders and rats go hand in glove.

Be careful with bait I think they change the laws for using it recently.


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Have a big problem with mice here in rural France, even though its a new build not finished yet but I thought it was sealed, if I dont get to the traps quick enough, then the white toothed shrews start to eat the mice, they tend to start with the brain :puke:


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We saw 'evidence' of rats can tell rat poo from mice poo. Her dog has caught one or two, one neighbour has cleared his loft of everything including insulation.
Her council won't do anything, her Uncle on Exmoor was a rat & mole catcher he gave her some good stuff to get rid, but unless her neighbours do the same they'll never get rid.
One buries her head in the sand, the others place is like a tip and not concerned.
I'll block all the holes I see with wire wool as apparently they don't like that. Time will tell.



And there is your source - you should be able to see their runs easily

contact environmental health as its a health risk


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There has been a significant increase in rat numbers due to the increase in people feeding birds etc. Rats will go to the food source. My dads the worlds worst, he buys those 15kg bags of birdseed and wonders why the rats are back.

I've spent many an enjoyable night shooting rats from the bedroom window using my night sight. A couple of years ago I shot them in double figures.


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Argyll wrote:
There has been a significant increase in rat numbers due to the increase in people feeding birds etc. Rats will go to the food source. My dads the worlds worst, he buys those 15kg bags of birdseed and wonders why the rats are back.

I've spent many an enjoyable night shooting rats from the bedroom window using my night sight. A couple of years ago I shot them in double figures.



Got any decent Rat recipes ?

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A fen trap is a marvellous way of catching them but you'll need to build a wee cage around it to stop it catching cats etc.

They're about to be banned so hurry.


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wine~o wrote:
Argyll wrote:
There has been a significant increase in rat numbers due to the increase in people feeding birds etc. Rats will go to the food source. My dads the worlds worst, he buys those 15kg bags of birdseed and wonders why the rats are back.

I've spent many an enjoyable night shooting rats from the bedroom window using my night sight. A couple of years ago I shot them in double figures.



Got any decent Rat recipes ?


Hate the things. I use those gripper things to pick them up and they go straight in the garden incinerator.


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