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Old 12-12-2020, 02:19 PM   #1
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I have a great barn at the house. 30íx40í enclosed with a 30íx15í overhang on each side. My girls raised broilers and steers and it was always a handy place to store stuff. Have a couple of nice steer pens and a coop for about 20 chickens. The problem is that feed attracts rats....big ole wood rats that look like possums and you could probably saddle for a young child to ride.

The list of things that theyíve torn up is ridiculous and embarrassing to list. Not to mention there is rat crap everywhere and on everything. I donít like rodents. I donít like them at all. I ainít scared of them but my feelings on rats are like some folks feelings on snakes, spiders or hatchet murderers... they give me the hibigibis!

Iíve fought many battles. Iíve used poison, but always scared my dog would get to it. Iíve used peanut butter bait and a pellet gun, but you just canít kill enough. Iíve tried typical rat traps and caught two baby squirrels. Iíve been battling, but after loss after loss and making little headway I decided that I was gonna concentrate my efforts on complete annihilation.

I found an idea on the interweb and made a trip to my local ACE Hardware. Some of the things I already had.

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1-30gal trash can
2- water bottles
1- 1/4Ēx 36Ē all-thread or similar
2- random boards for ramps
1- Jar Creamy Peanut Butter

First I drilled a 5/16Ē hole equidistant apart just below the handles of the trash can.

Next, I drilled a 5/16Ē hole in the center of the bottom and the center of the cap of each bottle.

I took the all-thread and pushed it through from one side of the trash can, through both bottles, staged cap to cap, and through the offside of the trash can.

I put a couple of random boards from the floor to the trash can handles on each side.

Filled the can with about 12Ē of water and coated the cap end of each bottle with peanut butter.

The idea is that the rats will come up the ramp boards going for the peanut butter and when they jump down about 3Ē onto the bottles, the bottles just spin, tossing them in the water where they paddle like hell until they get tired and die like the bastages that they are.






Iíll keep you updated on the death count.
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:21 PM   #2
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It should work well once they get over the newness. I’ve heard they do great in the 5gallon bucket versions
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:25 PM   #3
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I've seen this kind of setup on a smaller scale for mice. It will work!
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:25 PM   #4
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It should work well once they get over the newness. Iíve heard they do great in the 5gallon bucket versions
Those are for mice. The rats Curt is referring to would only be waist deep in a 5 gallon bucket.
Die vermin!
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:27 PM   #5
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Just go to the shelter and get you scrappy lookin cat
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:27 PM   #6
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Drown you little rat bastages!
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:28 PM   #7
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:28 PM   #8
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It should work well once they get over the newness. Iíve heard they do great in the 5gallon bucket versions

I thought about the bucket route, but I canít help but overdo stuff. Itís an illness.


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Old 12-12-2020, 02:31 PM   #9
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Just go to the shelter and get you scrappy lookin cat

Hahahahahah....Iíve been through 5 cats in as many years. Some went missing. One is in Witness Protection. These rats will stand flat footed and screw a full grown tomcat!


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Old 12-12-2020, 02:37 PM   #10
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They can swim/rat paddle for 5 minutes before they give up. How do I know.
Don't forget to check on your trap daily as they will get quite odorous in a short time. You will have such satisfaction that you'll probably start a thread about kill #s.
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:41 PM   #11
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city boy who used to have country. Now I can not use my 12 gauge with 00 buck. (I realize a tad weak on power for a texas ratfink) and having heck with rats in my garage, gardens and wifes city dwelling pest feeders (bird and squirrels). Looks fun. I think it will work?
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:48 PM   #12
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Hahahahahah....Iíve been through 5 cats in as many years. Some went missing. One is in Witness Protection. These rats will stand flat footed and screw a full grown tomcat!


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Thats your problem. "Tom cat" Get you a momma cat with kittens and ill guarantee she'll whack your rat problem.
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:49 PM   #13
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Might as well have some fun with it.

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Old 12-12-2020, 02:53 PM   #14
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This works like a charm. Yours is just a bigger model than mine lol. I use a 5 gallon bucket and have caught 14 in one night. My season total this year so far is 63. I also throw out Tom cat green bars around our barns, house and stuff (out of reach of livestock & other animals). And havenít had any issues with mice getting on the inside anymore.
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Old 12-12-2020, 02:56 PM   #15
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This works like a charm. Yours is just a bigger model than mine lol. I use a 5 gallon bucket and have caught 14 in one night. My season total this year so far is 63. I also throw out Tom cat green bars around our barns, house and stuff (out of reach of livestock & other animals). And havenít had any issues with mice getting on the inside anymore.

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Old 12-12-2020, 02:59 PM   #16
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Personally I think you continue with your previous methods along with the new. My personal favorite is pellet gun/bait routine! Little tip, go get some macrame or hobby jute rope, next critter you kill soak as much blood into that rope as you can, put it in a baggy to freeze. When the rats get ho-hum about the peanut butter tie about 6” or so of that blood soaked rope on, the rats can’t make themselves stay away.
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Old 12-12-2020, 03:01 PM   #17
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Peanut butter mostly. I’ve thrown sweet feed inside of the bucket to float on water as well. Gives off that molasses smell
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Old 12-12-2020, 03:07 PM   #18
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Old 12-12-2020, 03:07 PM   #19
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Henry makes a smooth bore .22, add some pest loads and itís perfect for hunting in a barn.
Itís surprisingly satisfying.
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Old 12-13-2020, 05:19 AM   #20
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Rise and shine. Show us the carnage!
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Old 12-13-2020, 05:34 AM   #21
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Good thread, rats invade barns and mess with wiring on combines and cotton pickers, every year
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Old 12-13-2020, 07:49 AM   #22
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Old 12-13-2020, 08:26 AM   #23
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Without all the details we had to hire an exterminator in one of our previous homes to get rid of these trophy tree rats from the attic. The main thing they used was a tube with sunflower seeds in it for bate. They would put a type of dust in these tubes and what would occur these rats would go inside these tubes to eat, get the dust on their fur. Then when they would leave the attic to go to their nest they would clean their fur and ingest the poison. This Process did work and after they walked up the attic. Best $1200.00 i ever spent and it worked. Sorry for the long write up.
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Old 12-13-2020, 08:36 AM   #24
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I hope this works, if it does I am building one as well. I've tried just about everything mentioned. Short of burning the barn down with them inside.
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Old 12-13-2020, 10:59 AM   #25
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Farnam Just One Bite works incredibly well.
The below link is a gravity feeder dispenser I made for it.

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Old 12-13-2020, 11:21 AM   #26
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My childhood would've been very different if YouTube had existed back then.
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Old 12-13-2020, 05:56 PM   #27
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I have the 5 gal bucket version that has caught a few. Have caught most with two of the old style spring rat traps. I rap a rubber band several times around the bait tray and smear peanut butter all in it.
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Old 12-14-2020, 01:06 PM   #28
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Nice! I have caught regular mice in a bucket trap.

I saw where you can put anti-freeze in the bucket to keep the smell down. Or simply check it frequently.
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Old 12-14-2020, 01:10 PM   #29
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A couple of pet Ferrets will take care of them pretty quick and leave behind no mess except for Ferret poop. Or you can turn loose a couple of 6 foot rat snakes in there. Same result.
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Old 12-14-2020, 01:30 PM   #30
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Ive thought about making something similar to this for the shop. We get them in there every winter. When I was in college, we lived a block away from a feed mill in Stephenville. Moved into the house, and a couple nights later, there was major noise in the attic. I thought it must be coons by the noise. Turned out to be the biggest rats I have ever seen. We had a little cairn terrior, and the rats were not much smaller than she was. I was brushing my teeth one morning and notice something out of the corner of my eye. There was one of the bastages sitting on top of the water heater. When our eyes met, he jumped straight at me. I ducked and the little dog was on him like stink on ****. She made quick work of him and took it to show my wife in bed. She didn't think that was funny. Needless to say, we moved pretty quick after that.
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Old 12-14-2020, 10:05 PM   #31
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I'm not about to admit how many of that guys "Mousetrap Monday" videos I have watched in the last two days....but it's less than 17.
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Old 12-14-2020, 11:16 PM   #32
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Ive thought about making something similar to this for the shop. We get them in there every winter. When I was in college, we lived a block away from a feed mill in Stephenville. Moved into the house, and a couple nights later, there was major noise in the attic. I thought it must be coons by the noise. Turned out to be the biggest rats I have ever seen. We had a little cairn terrior, and the rats were not much smaller than she was. I was brushing my teeth one morning and notice something out of the corner of my eye. There was one of the bastages sitting on top of the water heater. When our eyes met, he jumped straight at me. I ducked and the little dog was on him like stink on ****. She made quick work of him and took it to show my wife in bed. She didn't think that was funny. Needless to say, we moved pretty quick after that.
lol!
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I'm not about to admit how many of that guys "Mousetrap Monday" videos I have watched in the last two days....but it's less than 17.
Me too !

Seems like I have wasted an entire day of billing watching Mousetrap Mondays.....like a drug addict watching.
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Old 12-15-2020, 05:27 PM   #34
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I do this for mice and red squirrels.

I use the large wood base rat traps. Screw them to a small chunk of 4 by 4 so they can't carry the trap off. I then super glue a piece of corn to the catch so they can't steal it. This really works well.
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:31 AM   #35
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I like that idea
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:42 AM   #36
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Ive thought about making something similar to this for the shop. We get them in there every winter. When I was in college, we lived a block away from a feed mill in Stephenville. Moved into the house, and a couple nights later, there was major noise in the attic. I thought it must be coons by the noise. Turned out to be the biggest rats I have ever seen. We had a little cairn terrior, and the rats were not much smaller than she was. I was brushing my teeth one morning and notice something out of the corner of my eye. There was one of the bastages sitting on top of the water heater. When our eyes met, he jumped straight at me. I ducked and the little dog was on him like stink on ****. She made quick work of him and took it to show my wife in bed. She didn't think that was funny. Needless to say, we moved pretty quick after that.
Ha! I bet your wife was real proud of that dog
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:46 AM   #37
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I'm not about to admit how many of that guys "Mousetrap Monday" videos I have watched in the last two days....but it's less than 17.
LOL. I couldn't watch him that long. I might have watch 5 or 6.
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:51 AM   #38
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Old 12-16-2020, 08:07 AM   #39
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This is almost as good as gut shooting hogs.
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Old 12-16-2020, 08:10 AM   #40
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Where are the LDP"s?
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Old 12-16-2020, 08:11 AM   #41
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Ive been watching air gun videos on YouTube. shooting rats with night vision looks like fun. Hope there is never a shortage of compressed air.
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Old 12-16-2020, 11:01 AM   #42
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I second the recommendation for One Bite. I get rats in my garage mostly in the winter time and this takes care of them in one feeding as advertised. The only downside is they sometimes die behind the freezer and I have to find them and take them out.
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Old 12-17-2020, 07:01 AM   #43
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Get some mink... https://youtu.be/GGhkJ9W2vKo
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Old 12-20-2020, 06:46 AM   #44
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Old 12-20-2020, 02:08 PM   #45
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Had some mice in the shed this summer so I rigged up one of these bucket traps with a 5 gallon bucket. Glued some chunks of payday candy bar and slathered peanut butter on the cross bar. Works like a charm. But I forgot all about it for about 2 weeks. When I opened the door the smell just about knocked me over. Bucket had about a dozen dead and decomposing mice. There was also a dead baby snake in there. Really nasty. Now I set a reminder on my phone to check the trap every other day or so.
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Old 12-21-2020, 12:12 PM   #46
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I'm just checking to see if Curt had better luck on this thread than he has on the thread in ATC.
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Old 12-22-2020, 02:46 PM   #47
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Ive thought about making something similar to this for the shop. We get them in there every winter. When I was in college, we lived a block away from a feed mill in Stephenville. Moved into the house, and a couple nights later, there was major noise in the attic. I thought it must be coons by the noise. Turned out to be the biggest rats I have ever seen. We had a little cairn terrior, and the rats were not much smaller than she was. I was brushing my teeth one morning and notice something out of the corner of my eye. There was one of the bastages sitting on top of the water heater. When our eyes met, he jumped straight at me. I ducked and the little dog was on him like stink on ****. She made quick work of him and took it to show my wife in bed. She didn't think that was funny. Needless to say, we moved pretty quick after that.
My grandmothers house was directly across the street from that feedmill. Those rats wore saddles. How do you think Stephenville got the name "cowboy capital".
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Old 12-25-2020, 06:02 PM   #49
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