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reggo75
McNeese State Fan
Iowa, LA
Member since Jan 2016
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Rat in my Shop
I saw a rat a couple of weeks ago in my shop.

I bought an old school Victor Rat trap but I think the smaller field mice that I get in there are probably tripping it without getting caught because the trap is so big. Sometimes the cheese is gone without tripping and sometimes it's just tripped with no dead mouse/rat.

Any other good ideas for Rat killing/trapping?


OldHickory
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Apr 2012
6493 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Poison


Bucktail1
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Member since Feb 2015
2218 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Sticky traps work the best


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VernonPLSUfan
LSU Fan
Leesville, La.
Member since Sep 2007
12016 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Get the green poison you put in the little house that only a rat or mouse can enter. It will give you extra to refill. Had some refill on a shelf and a rat tore into it. Thank me later.


Run up middle
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DeRidder
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Rat in my Shop
Green poison. Had a big one in my shop. Set the box with poison and some other bars in places nothing else could get to. Left home and came back about 30 minutes later, found rat sitting by wall panting and shot him with pellet gun


thedogman
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Dec 2008
2163 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
I had this same problem and found that the smallest dab of peanut butter on the trap set got the job done. This way they have to get on it to get the goods. I also screwed a 2-foot section of 2x4 to the trap so I didn't have to get too close to those dirty bastards when I was disposing of them. I had some huge arse rats in my shop and one of them chewed their way off one of the sticky traps.


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TheBoo
Nicholls St. Fan
South to Louisiana
Member since Aug 2012
2786 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Like others have said, this stuff works.




baldona
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Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Rat in my Shop
If you use sticky traps I put a dab of peanut butter in the middle and then I nail or staple them down because any decent sized rat can definitely get just one or two feet stuck and carry them off. I'm not a fan of sticky traps because they don't kill them, I've caught many still alive in them then you have to kill them. They will crap themselves and chew limbs off, it can get brutal.

Put the traps in the natural places they go, along walls and what not.


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habz007
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New Orleans
Member since Nov 2007
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re: Rat in my Shop
I had a rat at apartment in college almost 20 years ago. We started with glue traps. There would be hair on them in the mornings but the bastard would free himself. We bought a large classic rat trap. We would put peanut butter on it and the next morning the peanut butter would be gone and licked clean. We battled this guy (referred to as Jerry) for at least 2 weeks with tweaks in bait variation hoping the trap would spring.

Finally one day I had idea to mix some bait in a small packet with peanut butter and actually secure and tape it down it down to the lever. It only took 1 night.

Next morning I come out and trap is flipped but I thought it was empty. When I turned on lights I saw the big dead bastard. It was twice the size I thought he’d be. The trap had just barely clamped down over his face and mouth. I let out a wooooo. My roommate ran out his bedroom door to see. I said “we got him!”


Tl,dr: Try to tape down or secure some bait to the lever on large rat trap. When rat tugs it, it’ll hopefully spring. Good luck.



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Macfly
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re: Rat in my Shop
Peanut butter on a large Vic trap worked a few years ago in my shop.


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bluedragon
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Member since May 2020
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re: Rat in my Shop
Snake works .....


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
7033 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Check out u-tube videos on how to make the traps that drown the rats and mice out of a 5 gallon bucket, a water bottle slathered with peanut butter, a piece of wire for the water bottle to spin on and a wood ramp for the rodents to reach the top of the 5 gallon bucket.

Interesting concept and they seem to work well.


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Contender54
LSU Fan
the Enn Oh
Member since Jan 2009
777 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Secure the trap, as others have suggested.

Or try OneBite, the poison.


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shell01
Texas A&M Fan
Marianna, FL
Member since Jul 2014
527 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Poisons have many unintended victims.

n California’s San Diego County, rodenticides showed up in 92 percent of raptors.

In New York, rodenticides were found in 49 percent of 12 species of necropsied raptors. For Great Horned Owls, the figure was 81 percent.

A study by Tufts University found that 88 percent of raptors have rodenticide poisoning.

A simple snap trap, properly set, is the safest most specific solution.


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BottomlandBrew
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2010
21644 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
quote:

Any other good ideas for Rat killing/trapping?


Our rat problem went away once a feral cat showed up and made itself at home in our shop.


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REB BEER
Member since Dec 2010
11997 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Is your shop attached to the house?

My uncle had a few rats in his shop and just cranked the generator in there and closed it up until it ran out of gas. Hasn't seen a rat since.
This post was edited on 9/16 at 8:05 am


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Miketheseventh
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2017
1998 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
quote:

Sticky traps work the best

I’ve tried the old style victor traps with minimal success. I’ve had much better luck with the sticky traps


armsdealer
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2016
952 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Screw a rat. I found a mom with babies in a shed. 11 fricking rat babies. I green poisoned the crap out of that place. The shed sits 20 feet from a canal, it is bound to get rodents, but I don't want rats tearing up my shite.


bullred84
LSU Fan
Da Parish
Member since Mar 2016
185 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
Adopt a cat. One of the most functional, low maintenance animals anyone can own.


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STBTigerr
LSU Fan
Mandeville/New Orleans
Member since Jan 2007
5194 posts

re: Rat in my Shop
I had a rat problem on my patio. Tried sticky traps and old style spring traps for a couple of weeks with no luck. Got one of these electric shock traps and killed it within a few hours.



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