Posted by KAREN on 15:01:41 1/17/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Rat smell posted by John Fasoldt on 8:15:26 1/8/2010 from 184.108.40.206:
Unfortunately, I can smell a rat a mile away! This means I have learned to do so from bad experience. Any animal will 'learn' about the doom trap if you miss is the first time or if it sat and watched as its friend was carried away. If you think this happened, besides the obvious poison, set up your trap as always, but cover the top and sides with something (that won't effect the drop door). Like a towel of paper or something. Then the rat will not recognize it. Also move it to a slightly different location. Even a foot away will do. They do not like changes and will ecpect a trap to be where it was the last time. Finally, put a different bait the next time so it does not smell the same to the rat. If nothing seems familiar it will NOT associate it with a previous experience. Oh and rats will die wherever they are at the time. If they die in a wall or attic, don't worry, after 3 or so weeks they dry up and the smell does too. Little did I know when I bought this house, the previous owner was crazy and fed everything, even putting sugar on top of ant hills. Every inch of our insulation behind dry wall was covered in seeds and tunnels from mice, squirrels, chipmunks and you name it. $25,000.00 later I am now little noise in the attic. Hope my cat keeps in shape!
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