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Old 03-11-2021, 08:42 AM   #41
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I hate to say it, but there are times when poison is the only answer. We noticed a surge in the rat population when the dairy farmer 1/4 mile away started a CAFO operation and began storing a vast amount of corn silage for his herd. The farmer puts out bait, BTW -- I've seen it.

This is not a natural rat population, and nature isn't going to take care of it. I'll use every effective tool at hand, which includes poison and traps. Shooting them would be an option if I wanted to buy a night scope and go hunting after dusk -- rats are mostly nocturnal. Of course, gunshots at night might bring out the local constabulary.

I don't mean to suggest we're up to our armpits in the lovable creatures. But we went on an extended trip a few years ago and came home to find a rat had taken up housekeeping in the basement. That was the tipping point. We have four bait boxes along the foundation of the house, just like our farmer friend.
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^^ Use Subsonic .22 ammo, a much quieter pop.
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^^ Use Subsonic .22 ammo, a much quieter pop.
I learned to shoot with .22 shorts when I was a kid. It's my go-to .22 round.
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Old 03-12-2021, 09:56 PM   #44
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I’ve seen videos of a guy with a night scope on a pellet gun taking out rats. Very effective and very quiet.
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Rodents do not like the smell of mint and will avoid the area. Many different plants, besides actual mint, have a wonderful mint oder. Plus if an animal catches a dying rat that has been poisoned, that animal is at risk.
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Get yourself a pellet gun, spring loaded .177 or .22 steel pellets. You can also get models using CO2 if preferred. Pistols reach nearly 900 feet per second, rifle style much greater. Rat has no chance.
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This thread got me thinking of another recent development in my area, which is a surge in the coyote population. I hear them howling many nights. My collie is not amused.
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Many years ago , I worked in a factory in Los Angeles, with many co-workers that were Louisiana transplants.
They referred the the little rodents as "Rates ", or so the bayou pronunciation sounded

Same place, workers were recruited for overnight off clock work with 22 rifle and 22 short rounds for rat elimination. A cat or 2 would have been cheaper.
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Many years ago , I worked in a factory in Los Angeles, with many co-workers that were Louisiana transplants.
They referred the the little rodents as "Rates ", or so the bayou pronunciation sounded

Same place, workers were recruited for overnight off clock work with 22 rifle and 22 short rounds for rat elimination. A cat or 2 would have been cheaper.
I've read about an invasive rodent in Louisiana, the nutria. Looks like a good practice target, with way more than enough supply. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coypu#...fur%20traders.
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