Posted by Tracey on 12:45:15 2/7/2011 from 126.96.36.199:
I'm hoping you can offer additional advice re: elimination of rats that are in my neighborhood. We have had a problem since the summer of 2010 with rats coming to obtain water at our small pond. We trapped (snap traps) and eliminated about 10-15 rats over the summer to fall months. Our neighbor next door (the one without dogs) also placed bait stations in her yard which we know affected at least a couple of rats as we found their bodies on our property. It is now winter and we are seeing tracks going to our pond as we have a heater that keeps a small area of water open (we have fish that remain in the pond year round). We believe the burrow for these critters is two houses down under a wooden deck. Deck is about 8 inches off the ground and at the neighbors back door. She has seen tracks coming from base of deck and leading through neighbors yard (which is between us) and to our yard. We have seen holes in the snow drifts coming into our yard where the rats have likely travelled and seen tracks along our house to get to the pond area. Reading through your posts I see that baiting is the recommended method for eliminating rats. The problem is that we all have large dogs that have free access to our fenced in yards (this includes the neighbor where I believe the nest is located) How should we try to eliminate these rats while also protecting our dogs from poison? The neighbor does plan to have the wooden porch replaced with a concrete deck in the spring but that seems an awful long way away! I'm afraid if we wait too long these rodents will breed unchecked and be even more difficult to eliminate.
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