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Went into my loading shed and the rats had made a mess of things. will be the next couple of days cleaning it up. Have tried the following: Cat, rat attacked him had to free the cat, tried mixing sweet powdered sugar with plaster of paris, and putting water close by, this dint work (u.s. govt tried the same thing it dint work for them). tried rat traps, they ate the wood, tried a metal house trap, they woundent go in it. Tried rat posion (decon) they ate the box also, tried anti-freeze, they woundent even go near it. These rats are comming in from out in the woods and have found a couple that the dogs have gotten that are 12inches long from tip of the tail to the nose. The have teeth like a possum. Have considered the 12 ga with fine shot but would like to keep my loading shed and stuff intac. Theres no food or garbarge for them to get into. Any body got a cure short of using Nitro?

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I have heard that a product called "Golden Malorin", a fly bait, when mixed with Dr. Pepper will kill anything. I have also heard of mixing it with peanut butter. Very dangerous. Toxic to everything.
A female former employee was eavesdropping on one of my conversations about shot gunning. She broke in to say she had a shot gun, a 9mm. Everyone laughed. She brought it in the next day. A 9mm smooth bore shotgun. Made for killing rats. Apparently there was quite a fad of rat shooting in the early 1900s. These guns were intended to be shot inside with a minimum of colatteral damage. Cute little gun about 26 inches long. She also had some of the paper shells made for it. I have since seen one listing in one of the ammo magazine of 9 mm shot shells.
 

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Try a dish of soda. Allegedly the rats will drink the soda and can't burp, so it kills them. Don't know if it will work or not but a cheap 2 liter bottle of grocery store soda won't cost much.
 

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My dad used to take a 5 gallon bucket, put enough grain in the bottom to cover about 1" thick, then fill halfway with water, put a plank or stick from the ground to the edge of the bucket and the mice would fall in and drown. not sure if you can adapt the idea to your rats, but the advantage is that it won't kill your cats, dogs, wildlife like poison.
 

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Have you tried using the glue traps? They're the size of a butter tray and covered with very thick sticky glue. We've used them on mice with good luck but haven't tried on rats. The rats around here don't seem as smart (or as big) as the ones you have, traditional rat traps work to catch those beasties.
 

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John, It 's a good thing when the rats eat the rat poison. Most likely they'll die. The traditional rat poisons are a dicumarol product that prevents the blood from clotting. It is a slow kill process that can take 2-3 weeks to kill the rats that ate it. The advantage to this slow kill is that often times the rats die back at their nests. Rats are canibalistic and the surviving rats will eat their dead relatives and in turn ingest the poison and die. Give it time, it will work.. Beware the pets will also eat the poison nad could succumb to a simular fate. Also, I have tried the glue traps and they work also.
 

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If you have electricity in your loading shed, get a pest control sonic device and they won't be able to stand it. I use this for deer, racoons, woodchucks, rates, mice and dogs.

I once got a pair of beavers to move on using a battery powered RADIO!

The trick with most sonic devices is that the pitch is very high, and air soaks up the volume really fast at high frequencies, so you need several for a large area. Your shed sounds like a perfect application for just one.

Your rat problem does remind me of my checkered past, living with a Belly Dancer who performed with an 11 foot pet python on stage. This snake, "Pasha", lived with us in an apartment in our walk in closet on a vertical piece of driftwood. Care and feeding of Pasha was a duty which fell to ME, as she ate large rats, ginea pigs, rabbits and was a threat to small dogs.

These animals had to be fed to her LIVE, or very warm immediately after being dispatched. I started doing the live thing, but most of them complained so loudly that we were threatened with eviction.

This of course, was MY fault, so I had to do the dispatching thing. Sounds simple enough but banging them on the head was an unpeasant, bloody mess, and I had to find another method to preserve my sanity.

Of couse, anything toxic was out, so I tried a few different methods that were equally unpleasant until I hit on an invention - I biult a bread box sized wooden box with a lid and used two sheets of aluminum foil two inches apart to line the bottom. I split an extension cord and wired ons half positive, and one half negative.

I demonstrated my first attempt for my belly dancer in our living room at 6:15 PM on November 22nd, 1977. A large white rat went in, and the lid was closed. I plugged the cord in and there was a great deal of scuffling inside the box, but no audible complaints.

When things quieted down, I opend the box, and out jumped a flaming rat...I mean a 100% conflagration that one would have to see to believe.

This unhappy creature ran directly under the couch, and set IT on fire.

In the movies this belly dancer would have reverted to her feminine sensitivities and screamed or jumped up on the chair or something, but she was one tough customer.

This not being the movies, she grabbed me by the hair and directed me to reach under the couch and retrieve the rat. I figured the burns would be bad enough, but this critter was plenty irritated by this time and elected to let him burn out, and deal with the couch in a few minutes.

The rat did expire, and the couch was extinguished, but alas, this damaged our relationship severely and I moved on to a different life.

All I needed was one more chance...just wet the rate before putting him in the box...
 
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