Ive got rats in my garden . My next door neighbour died last year and his house and garden were very old and "weathered" to put it mildly . Somebody from malta has bought the house but hasnt done anything with it . I noticed a while ago a rat running through my patio and into the neighbours next door . Ive spoken to them and they said my other neighbour always had rats around his house and they called enciromental health on him before about it . Anyway a month or so ago i put 6 ml ply on my garden border fence so that when i let the ferret out on to the patio he cant jump up the dwarf wall and under the fence and on to the garden to run off . I noticed that their were little tunell holes under the ply .
This is a few of them
This is a picture a bit further to get the idea of the layout . (Vinny the white dog lurking in the backround) . The patio is set down from the lawn. You can see the dog holes bottom right
This is on the inside of the fence on the right adjoining next door fence . So their going under this little fence then under the big fence into next door .
This is on the oposite site of the patio going into the deceased mans garden . You can see the corner where the rats have chewed through to get through . I did block it up apart from a black plastic pipe that ran straight into my live trap but got no joy . Their are a few more holes under the ply on this side of the garden aswell .
Its a bit pic heavy i know and maybe it wont help the way ive described the layout either . But id like some ideas from the good trappers on here what they would do . Ive trapped squirells before which is why i have the traps and that went ok but rats are new to me . At the moment i have 3 live traps set up on hair triggers with raw bacon tied to a string at the back of the trap and little bits on the way in to try and entice them . Ive had zero luck . Is their any other forms of trapping i could try . I didnt like the idea of kill traps as i got 2 dogs roaming the garden (although supervised) and i just know one of them would stick their nose in if it was in view . Any ideas will be great and im not adverse to trying new methods or type of traps if i can make them dog safe .
I was going to feed any rats to the ferret but thought better of it incase any poison has been left out next door .
1 last question .My girlfriend complained to the son of the onwer or the rat house and he says he cant understand how their would be rats there if their is no food source . My argument is they must be on the hunt for food down the street and make their way back their . Thats my thinking anyway , On my patio i have plastic boxes the bins go in and ive never had the bags ripped by rats so their basically using my garden as a passing route i think
Long post i know . Apologies
Edited by Welsh_red, 07 February 2017 - 10:01 pm.