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Catching rats

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mister Paul, 4 Feb 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Yes, they're everywhere. And occasionally we get the council rat man out to put down his pretty-coloured beads of death to deal with them.

    I'd quite like a go at sorting them out myself. Unfortuately I sold my air rifle to a cousin in a fit of poorness a long time ago.

    After hearing of a friend's exploits while living in Cambodia with these -


    -I thought I might give them ago.

    Anyone got any experience, or more interesting suggestions?
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I've used them a couple of times when we had some problems with the little blighters and they worked fine. As they say the results are not always pretty to look at in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. I ran one over last night - in my c*r. Does that count?
  4. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    1. Invite Fnaar round
    2. Ask him to build a compost heap in your back garden
    3. While the compost composts, make a brew and cue up RATM's Bombtrack, but don't put on yet.
    4. If he hasn't brought his "kit" with him, go and get an aerosol deodorant from the bedroom, preferably Mandate, and a lighter.
    5. After 3 hours, the heap should be rat city. Fnaar will be getting more and more agitated and excited. Walk over to the stereo and start Bombtrack.
    6. Follow Fnaar out to the heap, and just as the immortal words "Burn BURN yes you're gonna BURN" come blasting through, ignite flamethrower and watch those F**k*rs burn.
    7. Once all vermin has been torched, hi-5 Fnaar, tell him to GET OUT, and go and put your feet up with a nice cup of tea and a slice of Genoa Cake.
  5. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    1. Buy humane catcher from garden centre.
    2. Go to neighbour and announce that you will have huge numbers of rates to release.
    3. Ask where your neighbour would like them released in his garden.
    4. Observe reaction.
  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    5. Practice running first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    buy a cat.
  8. Ranger

    Ranger New Member

    Fife borders
    Can I just ask, please don't use those sticky boards. Once you get a rat (or passing cat, hedgehog, bird etc) stuck to it, what are you going to do then? The board doesn't kill them, and the trapped animal makes a hell of a row until the animal is finished off.

    If you want to deal with rats yourself, buy a poison baiting station (B&Q do them) and and a box of poison far more humane and a cheaper, long term treatment, just keep topping it up and rat problem controlled, not eradicated as you will never manage it
  9. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    I know that you've disposed of your air rifle but the consensus among shooting folk is that shooting rats in an urban area is not a good idea as it tends to be reported to the police as "there's a gunman round the back of the houses."
  10. andygates

    andygates New Member

    +1. Mine's a mouse-a-day hunter until she runs out of meeces. Cats are ace. And you get the entertainment of watching the hunt!

    And look at the root cause. Something somewhere is filthy or overgrown or cluttered - tidy it up if you can, find out whose it is and give them your dead rats if you can't.

    Guns + urban = dumb.
  11. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

  12. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Generally I don't like the idea of poisoning animals, but with rats I justified it to myself... all gone now. Most unpleasant bit was digging the dead'uns out of the compost... :tongue:
  13. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    York, UK

    Yes, those sticky traps look horrible to me. I'd rather they were finished off quickly in some sort of spring trap, assuming you can get them for rats...
  14. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member


    I thought the same. Even if you are inspecting them regularly, the animal is going to be terribly stressed for quite a long time. Do they try to knaw their feet off to escape?
  15. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    OK if Fnaar isn't going to help you, how about some sort of device that forces them into a maze? Then, if they're clever enough, they may escape and be wiser for it, and the dirty stupid ones will perish. You could even keep the clever ones and train them to pickpocket for you, or attack enemies.