I'd go with rat traps... poison can kill cats or anything else that may eat those dead rats, including large predatory birds. Also poisoned dead rats tend to put out a big stink if they are in the walls or someplace you can't get to them.
As far as live traps and relocating, is there anyone you hate that much that you would transport rats to their place?
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Posts: 1162 | Location: zone 3 MN | Registered: September 05, 2006
Like James said, rats can carry and spread disease. They can also chew on the wiring in your garage and cause an electrical fire. Plus, if you live in a cold winter climate they could decide to chew their way into your home.
And I agree with pinky, donâ€™t use poison as other unintended animals can take it in. Plus you have no control over where the dead bodies will end up.
I would get some large rat traps and nail them down to an even bigger board or chain them to the garage wall so if a rat isnâ€™t killed right away it wonâ€™t carry off your trap. Bait the trap with peanut butter on the trigger. The peanut butter will stick to the trigger mechanism making it harder for the rats to steal and more likely that they will stick around and get caught. Peanut butter will also give off a scent that will attract the rats. I would put a box over the trap with a hole in it so a neighbors dog doesnâ€™t get trapped if it is drawn to the peanut butter scent also.
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Posts: 2889 | Location: Eastern Washington State, zone 6a. | Registered: December 13, 2004
They're tricky little buggers. Figured out how to take the peanut butter off BF's traps last summer without springing the traps. He set up a camera to tape them doing it so he could foil 'em on the next round. They did eventually move on, he thinks.
Just go to the pound or the newspaper and get a kitten/cat. I think cats arebetter garden/house allies than the popular media would ever let us believe... I am someone who has been preaching the benefits of herbs over pesticides for the last 20 years.... No fleas here. Cats kill things, yes, its true, but when you look/think about life's total picture.. that cat is worth it's weight in gold... ie..pest prevention/elimination.
Posts: 4086 | Location: Zone 6, North East KY, near Ohio River | Registered: July 27, 2005
My dh pointed out a dead RAT in the front yard today. BLECK!! I'm guessing one of our cats caught it and killed it. It was small as far as rats go...they can get as big as a cat...and sooooooooo gross!! They cannot control their bladder or bowel and therefore leave a trail of feces and urine!! How absolutely discusting is that!! So I'm glad for the 4 cats we have, but only one is no hunter at all.
I'm concerned about traps for fear of hurting our cats.
Hopefully they found this rat in one of the nearby fields or pasture and not in our house or unused barn or henhouse.
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Posts: 319 | Location: USDA zone 5 South Central Iowa. | Registered: February 11, 2002
Snap traps! Quick, relatively painless, and far more humane than the traps that go by the name of "humane." The kind of rats that co-habitate with humans are not equipped to survive in "the wild." Relocating them is a slow death sentence for them at best.
You'll have to change the positions and types of bait frequently, though--rats are smart buggers.
Or you could try enticing a large rat snake to your environs. Cats are good for that too. Good luck! Yuck, rats! (And that's from someone who is a fan of rodents as pets--but not rodents as uninvited house/garage guests--ick!).