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Old 03-07-2021, 06:43 AM   #21
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What about a Python Lee Jackson?
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:23 AM   #22
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I believe a 357 Python may be overkill, I like my 10/22 Ruger also.
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:29 AM   #23
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I like my 10/22 Ruger also.
I've found that mine works well on racoons.
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Old 03-07-2021, 07:48 AM   #24
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Thankfully, I’ve never had a rat problem. I’m sure they’re all around but I’ve never seen on. I’m very conscious about making sure they or any critters don’t have food or shelter on my property (one acre). My whole house generator has an engine heater and that thing attracts mice like crazy. Nothing like a heated manifold for a mouse to set up house for the winter. That’s Fat Fire condo living for sure. So I keep a particular eye out on that.

I would hope I’d never have to resort to using poison on any critter (except ants). Keeping the incentives to set up shop is step one, but if I have to deal with anything, I use traps. They work great for mice, but I’m sure it’s harder to get them to work with rats. The thing I like about traps is that you know you got them. Poisoned rats can be ate by other animals or end up in the walls or attic of your house. That can’t be good.

As for shooting them, unfortunately, even on an acre, I’m in the city and they frown on discharging a firearm. If I wanted to go that route, I could use an air rifle. But, hunting requires seeing them so I’d probably save that for something like a ground hog. Though for ground hogs, I’ve had good luck with those smoke bombs. Rabbits and squirrels piss me off at times, eating my flowers or digging in my yard, but at some level, you gotta let nature be nature. If I could shoot anything, it would be the dang deer. We are so overpopulated with deer it’s crazy. Forget having a garden or any plants that they will eat. Some communities will cull the dear, but ours will not.

To the OP, good luck with your quest. One thing is for sure, them rats gotta go.
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Old 03-07-2021, 08:32 AM   #25
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Just my 2Ę worth, but I never use poison anymore. The poisoned mice or rats will be eaten by avian or eaten by a natural predictor of the rat or mice.

I learned very quickly the disruption poison can cause by using it in nature. I have weasels, mink, bull snakes, rattlers, eagles owls, hawks and many other creatures that will find that dead rat and eat it and die. All those creatures I named take care of all the mice issues I have. I literally have not trapped a mouse in 3 or 4 years because of the nature predictors for mice.

In our case application/location is different but just wanted to reinforce what can happen and in my case if I used poison my problem would explode without natures animals that take care of that problem.
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All you need is a Ruger 1022. Took care of my groundhog problem under the deck.
with the current price of ammo this option might be the most expensive. LOL
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Old 03-07-2021, 08:46 AM   #27
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I believe a 357 Python may be overkill, I like my 10/22 Ruger also.
lead poisoning? The group says we should use poison. LOL
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^ LOL!
I'm all for lead poisoning for sure. As long as you don't put to many holes in the house while trying to hit that running rat. Lol
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I hate rats they got into and tunneled under my chicken coop. It's been a battle all winter. I've killed probably 10 but there are more still tunneling and messing up the coop. They avoid the traps, and don't touch the poison bait anymore. I just put down glue boards and I swear they walked around them!! Arrghh!!
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For bait and traps there's a huge price difference depending on where you buy it. Amazon wouldn't even ship bait to us because we needed some sort of certificate. I found the best prices at Tractor Supply Company which sells to farms and ranches.
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with the current price of ammo this option might be the most expensive. LOL
True - I stocked up a few years ago. I've got enough left to take out several hundred more ground hogs if my aim is good. I'm afraid to see what the price is now.
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I hate rats they got into and tunneled under my chicken coop. It's been a battle all winter. I've killed probably 10 but there are more still tunneling and messing up the coop. They avoid the traps, and don't touch the poison bait anymore. I just put down glue boards and I swear they walked around them!! Arrghh!!
If you could get all the chickens out of the coop for 8 hours, how about putting some sort of motor (generator, car) nearby and running a hose from the exhaust into the entrance hole.
Just don't do it with the chickens in the coop.
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This thread reminds me of w*rk.

Rats, snakes, chickens, poison, and firearms. Throw in an ahole VP and it's Megacorp.
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:47 AM   #34
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After writing it all down incorporating overlap on paper I've come down with:
1 TomCat under deck, patch 6 mesh holes, 1 Victor trap box under house, check weekly until permanently empty or 3 weeks .... whichever is longer.

And yes, will get at Concord Feed & Supply.

Wish glock was an option but I'm in city limits
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True - I stocked up a few years ago. I've got enough left to take out several hundred more ground hogs if my aim is good. I'm afraid to see what the price is now.
2 months ago I visited the best priced ammo shop in the area. I walked out with sticker shock. I came home and inventoried my ammo stash. Turns out the returns on my ammo supply was way better than my market returns last year. Forget the ROTH or taxable. I may be a millionaire with just my ammo stash. And it's not as large as you might think.
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I can imagine kids asking Dad what's a brick of .22LR?
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Apparently I have neighbors who use Rat poison because I find dead rats in my yard. Rats don't stay where the poison is necessarily, they look for water. I have a creek behind my yard and plenty of rats live there. They come into my vegetable garden, so I use snap traps to protect my garden. They love tomatoes first, zucchini and greens second. I probably catch 20 every summer. I buy the traps by the dozen from Amazon, because I dont reuse them. I toss the rat and trap.
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I dont reuse them. I toss the rat and trap.
I do the same. Iíve only use mouse traps so far, but itís well worth the cost to know you got them and then just dispose of the whole thing and be done with it. Canít believe at one time I would reuse the trap. Now I just pick it up with some old pliers and dispose of it all.
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I used the oversized sticky traps. But here's a clue; screw it down to a chunk of 2x4 or the rat will carry off the trap if it's a big rat. Once it's stuck, either wait for nature to do it in, or use a grabber tool and a 5 gallon bucket of water to drown the thing in.
I'd not use poison, too many other things could eat the poison or the poisoned rat once it crawls away some place.
Yeah, we had that problem. Another rat came over to help the other one escape. They are smart little critters. The kids wouldn't let me go and whack it. By the next morning it had gotten itself free (minus a good chunk of hair).
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Going with Clarks Pest Control $300 1st time then $100 every other month ◊ 1 yr or longer. Blow that dough
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