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Old 12-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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I have a small storage building in my back yard that a rat has decided to take over.
I have tried almost every trick I know with a regular old rat trap but he throws them
So the other day I bought me a couple of 110 conibear traps. Built me a little wooden box out of 1x8s that the conibear would fit in with just enough clearance to work and baited it with some dry dog food and set it out


Works better than a regular rat trap and already caught 2 in 3 nights
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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That's a big sucker!!!
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #3
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Mercy! No playing around...I like it
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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he sure looks cute taking a dirt nap there.HaHa
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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What'd that sucker score?
possible B&C rat!
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #6
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That rat b q I smell?
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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I love your resourcefulness. I might have to at least shoulder mount that one.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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Nice. How bout pic of entire setup? Box and all.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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What'd that sucker score?
possible B&C rat!
Tough to tell based on the side view but he would definitely have made P&Y had the OP been lucky enough to have taken him with a bow. Still a nice trophy by anyone's standards
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:27 PM   #10
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Ratzilla!
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:29 PM   #11
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I'd do a euro
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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How would that work on a squirrel in an attic?
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:00 PM   #13
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Nice. How bout pic of entire setup? Box and all.
Might be Wed before I can get one but I will post one on here.

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How would that work on a squirrel in an attic?
Put some pecans in it and I bet it would get him


I don't know how to score a rat but those jaws are 4.5"x 4.5"
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:00 PM   #14
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You are a real killer Brian. I would have never thought about a conibear for rats but really perfect for it. They would be the death on squirrels as well.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:40 PM   #15
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Rats squirrels ferrel cats!! Conibear does not discriminate!!
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:08 PM   #16
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Rats squirrels ferrel cats!! Conibear does not discriminate!!
Yep, no catch and release with a conibear


The bigger ones will break your arm too
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:16 PM   #17
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Reminds me of that scene in Bad Boy II.

This is a special breed of rats....
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:23 AM   #18
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I had a rat under my front porch. It took my wife's intersoles from her tennis shoes that she had washed and set out there to dry.. I started watching for it figured to shoot it with rat shot from .357 but it was too fast crossing the porch so out came the havahart trap. Within two days I caught it. I smeared peanut butter on inside so it took it awhile to get it off.......Andy
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:03 AM   #19
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Incredible the pleasure we get trapping these crafty critters .
Good catch!
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:10 AM   #20
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Well played sir
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:23 AM   #21
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I like the conni idea never thought of that. I have been using a # 2 steel trap peanut butter on a tin foiled trigger lol
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:27 AM   #22
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Is your yard high or low fenced?
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:31 AM   #23
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Rats and mice never really bothered me until recently. I have had my truck in the shop 3 times and needs a 4th due to rats chewing wires. They got my golf cart and most recently our toyota land cruiser. I took it to the shop to get it fixed and got quoted $9,010.00. I still cant believe it. I brought it back home to make sure a little splice job wont fix it before I turn it in on insurance. I got one of them last night but I know there are more. I may go pick up a coniber and a few cats.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:43 AM   #24
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I'd end up catching the neighbor's cat if I used one of those.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:03 AM   #25
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I'd end up catching the neighbor's cat if I used one of those.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:24 AM   #26
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My dad had issues with bigger rats getting ouy of the traps. He took those wooden Victor traps and used 1.12" screws and screwed em into the bottom of the trap just below the trigger. He hasnt lost a trap since!
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:08 PM   #27
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You say that like it's a bad thing.
I love it! I think the law makes provisions for non target animals.
But the TSS method works best
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:07 PM   #28
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Ok, pics I promised. Sorry they are a few days late but 1st chance I have had to get them




Throw some bait(corn, dry dog food, pecans, etc ) in the back of the box and make sure trigger assembly is in bottom 1/3 of trap opening

110 conibear trap

You can secure the trap but on the 2 I caught the trap was not moved enough to worry about it

Slit on top of trap is important to get trap inside box
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:12 PM   #29
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You're like a redneck savant... and I like it.

I sit in my barn and shoot mice with a BB gun on occasion. They've almost got me where they want me, so it's time to up the ante a bit.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:20 PM   #30
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I bought a 110 at BPS the other day after reading this. I like the box idea for the squirrels and rats!

So far I've been too scared to set it.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:25 PM   #31
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I bought a 110 at BPS the other day after reading this. I like the box idea for the squirrels and rats!

So far I've been too scared to set it.
Too funny.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:27 PM   #32
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That rat is HUGE! Nice thinking. I would have never thought of that.

So I would like to use my dumb question of the day up now.

I always here of rats and mice chewing wires. What makes them do this? The smell? The wire being warm? Material to nest with? What?
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:28 PM   #33
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I would not get my finger in it, probably break it if you did

They use the same kind of setup with a square bucket and bigger conibear for coons. I just adapted for smaller trap. Was going to use a piece of 6" PVC but diagonal measurement of trap would not allow
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:29 PM   #34
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Too funny.
Seriously.........The Victor big Rat Traps are scary enough. This thing is just medieval.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:29 PM   #35
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I don't know why rodents chew wires but they seem to love it
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:30 PM   #36
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I would rather mess with the conibear than those big rat traps
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:31 PM   #37
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:37 PM   #38
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You could use anything to make the box, I just had a piece of 1x6 scrap about 4' long
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:40 PM   #39
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My dad used to tell me that they chew on the wires b/c it gives them the same sensation as if they were eating something sweet.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:45 PM   #40
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My dad had issues with bigger rats getting ouy of the traps. He took those wooden Victor traps and used 1.12" screws and screwed em into the bottom of the trap just below the trigger. He hasnt lost a trap since!
Screws pointed up to stab, or down to screw the trap to something?
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:51 PM   #41
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Dang I hate rats. Ate wires on my ranch pickup, then my Polaris, then my wife's old Tahoe. Cost me nearly $2k. One jumped out from behind firewall when in mechanics shop to fix wiring! He chased it into a corner and killed it.

If enemies want secrets, I could handle torture, caning, or most anything. Put me in room with a rat and I'd cave in totally.

Learned from TBH site that keeping hood open helps. Or buy some Rodent-Away spray. Learned about that here in same thread. Also got a tame cat and feed a feral cat now. Also got poison in rat container (so other critters don't find it), Havahart trap, and big plastic throw traps.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:53 PM   #42
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Sure that's not a Cat?
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