Posted by Kevin A on 20:48:58 9/27/2008 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Trap for rat (etc.) posted by John Fasoldt on 15:05:26 9/25/2008 from 126.96.36.199:
Just an update. This is my focus right now! ;-)
This morning I put out three basic wooden snap rat traps, baited with a smudge of peanut butter (smooth, so I could detect activity) but not set, and dusted with some pancake flour. I also set out one Tomcat T-Rex rat trap baited with a piece of dog kibble in the bait pan. This one was set.
When I checked again, four hours later, one snap trap was licked clean, one showed signs of use, and the kibble was stolen from the T-Rex -- but it did not spring. The pancake flour was disturbed, but I couldn't get any clear footprints.
The good news -- on the trap that was licked clean I had two droppings (finally). They were about 1/4 inch long (one just shorter and one just longer). The droppings were tapered at both ends. They looked like mouse droppings that I saw during an earlier incident (I periodically get mice in my attic) but they're bigger. But they also seem small for a rat. And the fact that it could steal the bait from the T-Rex without tripping it suggests it's small for a rat.
But it seems to have little trouble with rat-sized glue traps.
Anyway, I put out the baited, but un-set, traps again. If the animal(s) continues to show no fear I will set them for real tomorrow, but I'm concerned that if it is a mouse (mice) the rat traps will be too big and miss them.
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