Bloody rats!

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MrsBiscuit wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:27 am
If you remove the food source (I know someone who has rats because they feed the birds and there is spilt food which is a feast for pigeons and rats alike) will rats actually move away? I was wondering if they had become used to the food, and set up home giving birth to more rats, would they move on?
Yes, they will - ultimately. Trouble is they are very persistent and inventive (like mice.) I guess it may be different in a rural setting with a long way between properties and stores of feed - around here they could easily move on to where there are better opportunities just up the street. One problem I have noticed is that although mice leave clues to their raids (like poos in the feeder and generally in places they hang out) rats dont seem to leave evidence like that - except, of course, enormous excavations but if that is under the neighbours shed then you dont get to see it and might not notice the feed going down faster for quite some time.
The only real way of knowing that they have left is to put out the trail camera. I think that our rats have been pushed by shortage of food to go for the neighbours poison. There seems no sign of them lately but I bet, if I put the camera out I'll get a surprise!
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Thanks for the response Rick! At the moment we will just have to wait and see what happens. I get very nervous around poison and pets, no matter how well you think you have hidden it/put it under something heavy. I guess a bait trap might be the way to go. Just this week we heard a continual racket from upstairs and upon investigation I found the cat playing with a small (live) snake. What disturbs me more than that actual sentence is the fact that the cat presumably caught it and brought it in, whilst we sat, oblivious on the sofa! Yesterday afternoon I found a baby gecko in the bedroom which I removed for its own safety. This morning when I got up there was a lot of unusual miaowing, investigation showed the cat had moved his litter tray (no small feat) to deal with something (blood traces), knocked over bottles in the shower, and then the poor prey creature had dived under a bureau. I expected it to be dead, but no, it was still a hale and hearty field mouse. So, after a couple of minutes of comedy chasing, a la Benny Hill, I managed to corner it and scoop it up, and took it up the road to release it into a different place.
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Its interesting that the only reason that the rats would be tempted by the poison is when they were getting desperate through lack of food, To their credit, the council has signs by the bridge (a place where people dump piles of bread for the ducks and pigeons) saying not to feed them there as they are not putting out poison to control the rodent problem due to the risks to wildlife.
I have seen one rat this morning. I think it is down to one smart survivor now, eking out a living on the margin. Its when it gets out of hand due to lots of food that it's worrying.
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