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stt007
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I am guessing the answer is no, but if I set rat traps and catch them, does a dead carcass sitting around for a couple days act as any deterrent to other rats? Don't want to use bait boxes to attract the rats near the area I want to set the traps. I jsut have a feeling I'll be setting traps every day for an rat army led by General Ratton that might be sending soldiers to me on a daily basis. I figure A day or so before the smell sets in might help, but my guess is it makes no difference....just thought I would ask.

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2010 7:26 pm
Linda J
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I think the carcasses might attract other rats - to eat the carcasses. Ugh!!

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Posted : March 23, 2010 8:45 pm
poorthang
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Put the dead rat's head on a post at each corner of the house as a symbol to the...... General...... Do not surrender !....we're all counting on you......it's an old battlefield tactic...... Good luck soldier...(tu).

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Posted : March 23, 2010 10:34 pm
pamela
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Get a cat!

Pamela

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Posted : March 23, 2010 10:40 pm
SkysTheLimit
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3 cats and the only rats we see are dead ones.

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Posted : March 23, 2010 11:03 pm
pamela
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I've got two cats and three dogs and one mouse. Seems they think he/she is supposed to live here. We point the mouse out as he/she scoots out of a corner to the dog food dish and all I see are yawns all around. funny!

Pamela

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Posted : March 23, 2010 11:29 pm
stt007
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had a cat, and also had rats, eating plants. Maybe need a useful cat.

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2010 11:31 pm
kiranio
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Is the rat problem that big down in the VI? I have seen my fair share of rat problems up here in Chicago, and can't imagine it being any worst down there than I've seen here...the only place I could see it being worst is in NYC....I mean we had a major rat problem at our old retail business on the north side of Chicago...The rats were as big as a cat if not bigger. The ones we caught on industrial sized glue traps had heads sized 1.5 times bigger than a cat's, and bodies twice the size of a cat's, and tails that were around 1.5-2 feet long...some of them could have been splinter from the teenage mutant turtle movies...now that is a rat problem...in fact we adopted a cat from the pound to fight off the rats before we realized what kind of rats we were up against, and in a matter of days, we find out that the rats actually ate the cat. Now to some of you, that might seem a little hard to believe, but I swear you, I'm not bullshiting. I want to open up a restaurant/bar in the VI soon, but want to do as much research as possible before to help me make the big decision, and I would like to know what type of pest problem I would be against if I were to open up a restaurant.

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Posted : March 24, 2010 2:30 am
Linda J
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The rats here are wood rats or tree rats. They live outside in the forest, but they are opportunistic like rats everywhere. They come inside if they can. You also see them at the docks and marinas. They are not a huge problem, but they are around.

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Posted : March 24, 2010 10:48 am
speee1dy
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we have dead rats that one of our stray cats brings us once in awhile. i have seen live ones downtown. get a few shelter kitties who like to kill.
poorthang...great idea

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Posted : March 24, 2010 10:56 am
Ms Information
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I am guessing the answer is no, but if I set rat traps and catch them, does a dead carcass sitting around for a couple days act as any deterrent to other rats? Don't want to use bait boxes to attract the rats near the area I want to set the traps. I just have a feeling I'll be setting traps every day for an rat army led by General Ratton that might be sending soldiers to me on a daily basis. I figure A day or so before the smell sets in might help, but my guess is it makes no difference....just thought I would ask.

A few years ago we were living in a condo on the east end of St Croix. A very large rat started visiting us every night. I called the rental company and she sent out a pest control guy. He climbed up to our crawl space and said 'dats a rat for sure" and then left. It was up to us to get rid of the ugly intruder. We went down to Gallows Bay Hardware and bought a large mechanical trap that the rat set off twice and then just ate the bait nightly. We began to call him/her 'moby rat'. I finally resorted to poison...it worked. We also had some trees and bushes cut down that helped Mr Ratty to get in and out. We were warned that poison might bring the smell of a dead body, but that never happened. Good luck in the battle.

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Posted : March 24, 2010 1:52 pm
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