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jumbie75
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Does anyone know where I can get heavy duty mesh for my window screens? I found a rat in my dresser drawer this am in spite of the poison pellets I have everywhere.. I think I need to replace my window screens with something they can't chew through or at least slow them down a little..

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Posted : November 26, 2015 12:11 pm
STXBob
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Try any hardware store. Aluminum screen will slow them down a little vs. fiberglass screen, but some rats can chew through concrete. Heavier wire mesh may help, but installation will be trickier.

It's possible that the rat in your dresser drawer was already poisoned and was just resting somewhere dark and quiet, waiting to die. That's what poisoned rats do, along with walking around sluggishly in broad daylight with people present, and other anomalous behavior.

A good ol' snap trap may be better. Then you don't have to track down the odor of dead rats later to find and dispose of them. They like to hide in hard-to-reach places.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 1:02 pm
jumbie75
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Thank you! I'll try that

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Posted : November 26, 2015 2:37 pm
Alana33
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Poison is a bad idea.
Not only does it kill the rat but whatever may feed on carcasses.
As STX Bob mentioned, you then are left to discover where it died when the odour of decay begins, mostly in inaccessible places.

The only you of screen that will work is the type you install to keep your pets from walking thru regular screening. Not very attractive and really disruptive to a view. You can ask at screen shop and have it attached over regular screening.

I use the catch and release traps when possible.
Peanut butter works well as bait.
Take them for a ride and release away from property.
Good luck!

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Posted : November 26, 2015 2:42 pm
watruw8ing4
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Rats are one thing I don't have, so I haven't tried a Rat Zapper. But even if it doesn't work, at least the article is amusing.

WWLOR -This Means War

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Posted : November 26, 2015 3:20 pm
speee1dy
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A few cats could be a big help.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 6:18 pm
BarefootDays
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I tried the zapper, traps, poison, heavy screens (which I hated, as they were a pain plus blocked both view and breeze), plus the rats eventually chewed through them anyway. One day a cat showed up and adopted me. Haven't seen a live rat since.

--Edited to add the note that the rats eventually got through the "rat-proof" screening.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 10:33 pm
islandjoan
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A cat is the best solution...and there are so many at the shelters needing homes!! Island cats also kill centipedes.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 10:40 pm
stjohnjulie
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I was adopted by two cats about a year ago when they were still kittens. I started to feed them, they came back for more. Finally was able to scoop them up to have them fixed. They hang out in my yard most of the time and I haven't had a mouse or a rat since, despite the fact that they are both crosseyed. (Kris and Kross we call them)
Before they showed up we had a period of time where the rats were coming in the house by chewing through the screens. We used a rat zapper pretty successfully but you had to be around and aware when the thing was on. And the bait we put in it attracted other bugs that we didn't want around.

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Posted : November 27, 2015 8:15 am
stxisbest
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Poison is a bad idea.
Not only does it kill the rat but whatever may feed on carcasses.
As STX Bob mentioned, you then are left to discover where it died when the odour of decay begins, mostly in inaccessible places.

The only you of screen that will work is the type you install to keep your pets from walking thru regular screening. Not very attractive and really disruptive to a view. You can ask at screen shop and have it attached over regular screening.

I use the catch and release traps when possible.
Peanut butter works well as bait.
Take them for a ride and release away from property.
Good luck!

Just why would you want to release disease ridden vermin back into the environment and maybe soon to be found in someones home?

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Posted : November 27, 2015 8:37 pm
Alana33
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I release them into the bush, not near homes.
I'd rather do that than use poison and have another critter ingest carcass and also get poisoned.

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Posted : November 27, 2015 9:24 pm
dougtamjj
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I have to 2nd getting a cat solution. Our kitties take care of all the mice and rats. Unfortunately our kitties love us so much they bring their kills to us, depositing them in such places like my pillow or computer keyboard or my favorite chair as a gift to show their love and to prove what great warrior providers that they are. I make sure that I praise them and their efforts to protect and provide. I am not quite so enthusiastic, however, when they have a lizard or a bird in their mouths and I scream, drop it, drop it drop it!!!! Usually they do and I am able to save the poor little things. I would probably scream for them to drop the rats as well but I think they only catch them at night while I am sleeping. I did see Ginger kitty with a mouse in her mouth once and I yelled for her to drop it. She did, right inside the house.

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Posted : November 28, 2015 1:07 am
Alana33
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I might add that the poison used to kill critters remains in our environment and during heavy rains runs off in our waters and harms sea life and corals so think about that next time you wish to leave poison around. It's a chain reaction of consequences.

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Posted : November 28, 2015 9:24 am
Ca. Dreamers
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I release them into the bush, not near homes.
I'd rather do that than use poison and have another critter ingest carcass and also get poisoned.

I've tried to convince our cats to return the rats they bring in to the wild.

They just don't get it!!!

CD

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Posted : November 28, 2015 11:20 am
pt
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And here I thought you were talking VI politics!
PT

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Posted : November 28, 2015 11:31 am
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