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January 28, 2014



JOE, really? a big tough guy like you---Get with the groove, like Bruce!

I'm telling you, all you need is heavy duty cayenne powder. I have no more mice or rats in my walls, either. The hawk you mentioned that hasn't been back is probably dead because it ate the rat or mouse you poisoned.

BTW, have you ever heard of a cat?


Peter Garrison

There's no problem that can't be fixed with more and better explosives.

To get rid of our rats, I had to get up on the roof and feel along underneath the roof and raingutters to discover a tiny hole. The rats would rummage in the raingutters for treats amd then get into the roof from that hole. After I plugged the hole: no more rats.

You can check under the house and along the sides of the walls as well. Best to plug the holes at night when the rats are out being ratty.


I never said I poisoned anything. I'm using peanut butter and the old fashioned spring-loaded trap.

But no CATS--not gonna happen.

Tom Hornblower

I don't have any rats in the house/attic, but I get them occasionally in the detached garage. I use a "Rat Zapper" with lithium batteries (they're stronger and last longer) and simply place some walnut pieces in it (no peanut butter necessary). It's served me well over the years.


Don't forget those sonar boxes, either. They work really well, no kill, they just repel with a high pitch. I've used one on the roof to keep the racoons away, for about 8 years. It was a bargain.

The cayenne works great in the barely accessible spaces. You just pop open an attic hatch, for example, put down a line of high octane cayenne (available special order at Earthbeam) and blow it around briefly with a blow dryer - use goggles because it stings if it gets in your eyes. Then escape and close the hatch. It works for at least a year.

It also can be put along the edges of a new lawn or inside the perimeter of the foundation where they come in.
Then the birds still have prey that doesn't contain arsenic.


Not sure if someone already posted this: http://www.smcmad.org/rodent_prevention.htm#1
I had rats in my attic, by way of a small hole (1/4") between my foundation and stucco siding. I plugged the hole up with foam insulation. No more rats!
I also tossed a few green rodent bricks in my crawl space for good measure.

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