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When I was little I used to sit with my great aunt looking for pictures in the glowing embers of a fire. There was a cow - here was a face - there a woman in a long dress. Making patterns out of changes in textures, colours, brightness. I looked out of my window just now and there among the drifting clouds was the face of an enormous meerkat.

Are meerkats rodents? I haven't any idea. But my personal army of rodents is increasing. There are five now - of the rat family -and their acrobatic tricks - the latest is running like spidermen up my vertical wooden fencing - never cease to amaze. But what should I do to get rid of them? I wondered about getting a cat - but feral cats wander through the garden already - and cats these days seem to cost an arm and a leg in food, damaged furniture and vet's fees. Besides they would doubtless chase the birds, too. I suppose what I could do with would be some sort of kite or harrier that would swoop down and carry the poor rats away. Or at least cause them to lie inert in their burrows.

Maybe Camilla could lend me Patchcockle for a weekend and doubtless he would clear the garden of both rats and feral cats, though I might have a mess to clear up afterwards. But now I remember Lion Dung, which you can buy at Homebase, and which is supposed to scare away all sorts of ground based wildlife. It doesn't specifically say it will deter rats but the experiment should be interesting. If that fails I might have to buy a mongoose or ferret. Shades of the dread Shredni Vashtar.

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Posted at 4th Aug 2017 - 03:17PM   Posted by Fennie   Rats and Cats Comments: 7

KitKatCot's Avatar Please go to your local agricultural merchant and ask about rat bait. They may or may not (given the current regulations about rat bait) be able to help you.

Otherwise contact your local council who will be able to put you in contact with someone who can help.

If I didn't live about 300 miles away I would send Himself round to deal with your rat problem. He is qualified (as you have to be) to deal with such matters.

Posted by: KitKatCot on 4th Aug 2017 at 05:42PM

Withy Brook's Avatar If we get rats back, KKC, I will remember and give you an sos!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Aug 2017 at 09:11PM

Fennie's Avatar Thanks KKC. I suppose the solution is to stop feeding the birds as that is what brings in the rats. We are an urban island in a sea of countryside. Within 100 yards you are in open fields. That is the difficulty. But at least they are agreeable countryside rats. Get rid of these ones (and they are not malevolent with their tricks and washing behind their ears etc) and new ones will just roll up to eat the grain and peanuts for the birds. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 4th Aug 2017 at 09:24PM

Inthemud's Avatar Yes, stop feeding birds and get rat bait andbait boxes. Now only allowed to buy small amount unless you get certified. We were inundated couple of years ago, rats were everywhere. First lot of bait didn't work, eventually swapped to the other coloured bait and that did trick. Not had a problem since

Posted by: Inthemud on 4th Aug 2017 at 09:56PM

Camilla's Avatar Sorry to hear about the Rats Fennie no rats here although we found a couple of dead ones at the bottom of our garage to our other house when we moved. Perhaps Mr Ratty has a family gang of them hiding somewhere in you garden. Not sure what is best certainly loathe to think of poison being out down a terribly awful way to go and suffering for hours too most likely.

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Aug 2017 at 01:38PM

Fennie's Avatar I suspect longer than hours, Camilla, depending on how much they eat. Strychnine poisoning is not nice - which is why I am not inclined to inflict that fate even on rats.

Posted by: Fennie on 5th Aug 2017 at 05:46PM

Camilla's Avatar No not nice is it the horrid poison for the rats they breed like rabbits of course and are vermin and carry germs but if they have to got rid of prefer the most humane way.

Posted by: Camilla on 6th Aug 2017 at 11:30AM

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