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Old 08-23-2016, 06:15 PM   #1761
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I thought about other animals and insects, but my electric rat zapper caught 6 up to now. One was a baby rat, and one would expect it to have siblings.

Yes, there were rat droppings, but no fresh ones around the bait area since the last one that was zapped. They might just grab the cracker and ran off to somewhere else to eat. My attic space is a very convoluted space, and by following the AC duct they can go to the 2nd story attic.
Have you thought of hiring an exterminator? I think possibly it was you that posted this graphic, in which case you could probably afford some experts to take care of the problem.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:22 PM   #1762
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If I cannot locate the entrance hole, will have to hire someone more knowledgeable to find it. But the daily checking of infestation has to go on for a while, and it would be expensive, I think. One cannot set any trap, then comes back a few days later to see an animal rotting and stinking in this heat.
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After bringing son's furniture set downstairs, it was picked up by Habitat for Humanity. Then helped him vacuum and clean his room. He is switching to some nice furniture from my parents we kept in storage for years. Thursday his new bed arrives.

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Went for a pontoon boat ride today with six ladies and our driver. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. We went up the Monongahela River, which flows from South to North. It was a beautiful day. Went to lunch afterward, and 1 of the specials was Meatloaf, which I like very much. It came with Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw and Corn. I was stuffed. Came home and napped. I am getting ready to have a bowl of cereal and blueberries for dinner.
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Spent the day reading the printed proof of my novel. Should finish by Friday and have it up on Amazon either over the weekend or early next week.

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Yesterday the concrete for my basement and the piers for the front and back decks was poured. This has been a long time coming. Also a lot of work both for the concrete crew and for me. I also got a siding company lined up to do the siding. It took so long to get the basement ready for concrete that I need to get someone in here to get the siding up before winter sets in.
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Finally got around to setting up an HSA. I'm on a HDHP plan now through our retiree medical and just had been procrastinating about doing it. Since in recent years I've had very few healthcare expenses, it wasn't a priority, but then I realized I was giving up the tax deduction as well as the tax-free growth on the $$ that could stay there. With 6 years to go until Medicare, it really is worth it. Decided to go with SelectAccount.

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Went for my two-mile walk this morning, ate some mint chocolate chip ice cream, cooked six pounds of hamburger into patties that go in the refrigerator and freezer, (and ate one for lunch) got a delivery from Amazon and I'm still waiting for a delivery of two new R/C airplanes. One is very fast ducted fan jet and the other flies at a walking pace. It also has LED lights so I'll try some night flying.
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I thought about other animals and insects, but my electric rat zapper caught 6 up to now. One was a baby rat, and one would expect it to have siblings.

Yes, there were rat droppings, but no fresh ones around the bait area since the last one that was zapped. They might just grab the cracker and ran off to somewhere else to eat. My attic space is a very convoluted space, and by following the AC duct they can go to the 2nd story attic.
Which zapper do you use?
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It's the Victor M240 sold for $37 at Home Depot. See photo linked from Home Depot.

By testing it, I learned how it works (no, I did not use my hand as some guys did on youtube, but with a thin wood stick whose end was wrapped in aluminum foil for conductivity).

This model runs on 4 C batteries, and uses a transistor switching circuit to step up the 6V voltage to several thousand volts. However, it does not turn on until it senses the rat has entered the trap and is well inside it.

The floor of the zapper has 3 separate metal plates between the entrance and the back wall where one puts the bait. When the rat gets between the mid and the back plates, and the electrical conductivity of its feet is sensed between these two plates, that's when the zapper turns on. Even if the rat jumps back, it's still caught between the outer and the mid plates. With my test foil-wrapped stick, I could draw a 1/2" spark between two adjacent plates. It's a lot stronger than the spark in your car spark plug.

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OK. About the WiFi surveillance camera, I captured a lot of activity last night. It's a big mature rat, and I hope it's the same one that made multiple visits to the bait area. This is a smart surviving rat, and perhaps the patriarch of the pack. It wouldn't fall for the trap.

Seeing the rat gave me the strong motivation to get up early to avoid the heat and to go up in the attic early to inspect for the entrance hole. I found one entry way that was most likely and set traps around it.

Will post photos and videos later in a separate trap, er, thread when this saga comes to a fruitful ending.
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One hell of a wildlife adventure you're having, NW-Bound.
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Experimenting today. Attempting to duplicate some pork burnt ends I tried at a commercial BBQ place last month. Man, were they good.

Then once that's complete, I have a wonderful salmon fillet that will get smoked for supper. I really love my Q!
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It's the Victor M240 sold for $37 at Home Depot. See photo linked from Home Depot.
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One hell of a wildlife adventure you're having, NW-Bound.
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OK. About the WiFi surveillance camera, I captured a lot of activity last night. It's a big mature rat, and I hope it's the same one that made multiple visits to the bait area. This is a smart surviving rat, and perhaps the patriarch of the pack. It wouldn't fall for the trap.

Seeing the rat gave me the strong motivation to get up early to avoid the heat and to go up in the attic early to inspect for the entrance hole. I found one entry way that was most likely and set traps around it.

Will post photos and videos later in a separate trap, er, thread when this saga comes to a fruitful ending.
Appreciate the updates, and photos - just as long as there's no photo of the actual end result.
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We had squirrels in our attic .After several attempts to get them to leave I called a company "Trapper John " and he solved the problem for $150 cold cash . Spend some money and get it done .
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Found an error on a credit card bill. We had gone to dinner at Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV in late July and I charged it. The line on the statement was for exactly twice the amount that I had charged, so evidently the waiter (or whoever handled the transaction) charged it twice. I suspect simple error, that place has been around "since rocks were soft" and they don't have a reputation for fraud.

So I wrote the simple letter to the cc company and I expect this to go away with no fuss.
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OK. About the WiFi surveillance camera, I captured a lot of activity last night. It's a big mature rat, and I hope it's the same one that made multiple visits to the bait area. This is a smart surviving rat, and perhaps the patriarch of the pack. It wouldn't fall for the trap.
At least he didn't look into the camera lens, do a little tap dance, then show you one finger to tell you who's "Number One!"

When he does that, you know you've got a challenge on your hands.
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OK. About the WiFi surveillance camera, I captured a lot of activity last night. It's a big mature rat, and I hope it's the same one that made multiple visits to the bait area. This is a smart surviving rat, and perhaps the patriarch of the pack. It wouldn't fall for the trap.
His name is Ben.
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