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Sat 11-Jun-11
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Just seen a rat sitting on our dining room windowsill - outside, thankfully eeek.   I banged on the window, it fell off the sill, then climbed back up the climbing hydrangea that's on the wall beside the window and peered in at me with, I swear (and I was!!! angry), a tongue expression on it's face.  Damn cheek!

We've seen the odd one or two right down the bottom of the garden where the compost heaps, veg plots and waste ground are, but never so close (actually on!!) the cottage before.  There's a pond about 12ft from the dining room window, the thing jumped out of the hydrangea and bounded over to the pond, running around the outside of it before disappearing behind the pond irises.  I know they live near water, and I guess there's plenty of food around for it, we have half a dozen bird feeders in the shrubs near the pond, and our garden borders our neighbour's paddock (she has 2 horses, a large manure heap and storage bins of horse feed). 

I don't mind wildlife in the garden, we have plenty of it besides birds, bees and butterflies......mice and voles down the bottom of the garden, frogs, toads and newts, slow worms in the compost, foxes and badgers visiting at night.  But rats.....eewwww! flaming_noraeeekdalek

Any suggestions? (and not of the 'bung it in a stew' variety, thank you big_laugh).

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Sat 11-Jun-11
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Your local council should be able to advise you on that one Sue.  Personally, I like them - though in small doses.  I doubt that it would try to venture into your home, they are quite wary of humans.

I'll try that again!

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We once had two actually in the house. One we caught in a trap, like an overgrown mouse trap; the other died under the floorboards. Took me ages to work out where the smell was coming from. Hubby thought I was making it up as he couldnt smell it at all surprised

The only way I know of to get rid of rats outside is to call the ratman from the council who will put down warfarin in all the likely places. If you have children and/or livestock, the ratman will be very careful that he lays the stuff where they cant get at it.

Sat 11-Jun-11
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wave You'll probably find that as it is not a required by law council service it has probably been cut or put out to a private contractor. Our council has negotiated a discount rate of £41 with a pest control firm . £41 buys an awful lot of bait  a trip to Mole Valley Farmers for 'TomCat' or ' Neosorexa'  . Make a tunnel about 3ins wide of bricks covered with a tile to place the bait in so that nothing else can get at it .When disposing of bodies wear rubber gloves they carry all sorts of nasties . Don't be tempted by Warfarin most rats are now immune to it .

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Our council does it for free surprised

 

Yes, deffo use gloves; they can carry Weil's disease, which can be fatal.

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Thanks everyone.  Just been on our council website.....they do come out (my mother's council - different area - don't!  They have to get in a private contractor) and lay a baited trap - cost £17.05.  No mention of coming back to inspect the trap and dispose of any bodies eeek

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£17 is not too bad, Nadine. It's £40 in our area.

It's probably worth it in case they start to breed.

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wave  Danny,  I don't think Nadine needs a ratcatcher.  big_laugh  

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Bless him!

I'll try that again!

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big_laughbig_laughroll_eyes

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Total whoosh doh

 

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Toffeeapple said:

Bless him!

Bet that's not what you said yesterday TA.....I know I didn't....aarghaargh

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Ive been confused ever since someone said 'Nadine doesnt want a ratcatcher' confused

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RuthG said:

Ive been confused ever since someone said 'Nadine doesnt want a ratcatcher' confused

Same here, Ruth. That's why I feel whooshed!

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Danny said:

RuthG said:

Ive been confused ever since someone said 'Nadine doesnt want a ratcatcher' confused

Same here, Ruth. That's why I feel whooshed!

 

Welcome to my world........the blonde whooshy world big_laughembarassedbig_laughbig_laugh

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