& Where to Go
Into the Lair
What Rats Like:Rats prefer to live as close as possible to their food and water sources. Most of their movement is within 150 feet of their home and almost all activity outside of the burrow will occur in the twilight, dark of the night, or very early morning. In choosing a neighborhood to settle into, rats look for the following amenities:
- Overflowing or uncovered dumpsters
- Trash in plastic bags or unsealed cans
- Abandoned cars, furniture or appliances
- Piles of debris or lumber on the ground
Signs of Infestation
- Burrows / rat holes in the ground. Rats usually construct nests in below-ground burrows or at ground level, sometimes chewing directly through walls to find a good spot.
- Rats leave behind easily detectable traces. Gnaw marks on doorways, garages, or on the bottom of a trash can, are obvious clues.
- Rub marks or grease marks can show where rats have rubbed against the wall when entering a building.
Likely Locations to hunt:
- Alleys behind restaurants and near trash and
- Vegetable and fish markets
- City trash collection points
- Poultry sheds
- Cow and horse barns
Hunting at Night
If you are hunting at night, be prepared to explain your actions (bring an article or book), and to meet the police under tense circumstances. If at all possible, try to get the permission of a nearby land owner or property owner.
To Hunt During the Day
. . . you will need to drive the rats from their holes. While some advocate the use of ferrets for this task, you will achieve easier results with smoke bombs, gasoline bombs, or or an oil-smoke spewing gasoline engine with a hose attached to the exhaust manifold. Look for "gopher smoke bombs" in the pest control section of your local hardware store, or purchase smoke bombs prior to July 4th. Make sure such bombs only produce smoke and do not release poison, and be sure to keep your dog back from the smoke which contains carbon monoxide as well as sulphur.
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