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Rat seen in the garden!

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Purplepixie Sun 05-Jul-20 14:28:27

Well, I posted this in this topic as I feel annoyed.

Yesterday I saw a massive rat in the back garden which is only small and I am worried in case in comes into the house. Now all the back windows and doors are shut. I shouted for DH to come and see it but he was busy and it was long gone before he got there. Last night he said that he had looked around the garden and poked everything with a stick. I know where I could shove that stick! He found nothing, not rat holes, poo or anything. Today I sat in the conservatory, windows and doors shut and again this massive rat trotted across the garden as if it owned the place. I said to DH that we need some professionals in to tackle this thing as it looks like a candid for the Grand National! DH’s response: I’ll cut the hedge! Eh? Is he on this planet! I never put bird food out as the stand broke and that never got fixed but our neighbours on both sides have loads of bird feeders. One of my neighbours always puts the remains of the meat out on the lawn to feed the red kites and I think they are feeding rats as well - we don’t speak to that side neighbours - police involvement etc. So they can keep their rats to themselves! I did expect a bigger response from my DH. What would you do if that was you? I suggested calling out the pest control but DH said that they often kill other animals and birds as well. Not sure. Or should I just knit it an outfit and call it Roland? I think I am going mad!

flowersfromheaven Mon 06-Jul-20 18:43:10

Every body seems to have more rats due to the lock down with no food places open they have made their way to the estates , You need to get it sorted because they can get under the house and they climb up cavity walls into lofts. they chew wires and anything they can,

Musicgirl Mon 06-Jul-20 20:03:44

I'm in the call the council brigade. If l have any fear at all it is rats. They might be clean in their habits but they carry many diseases, are doubly incontinent, chew through wires and can give a very nasty bite. The pest control people are experts and knowing that the problem is being dealt with.

Shizam Mon 06-Jul-20 20:57:44

I am rodent phobic. So you have my every sympathy. I would call out a rat catcher agency.

Madmaggie Mon 06-Jul-20 21:37:10

I believe theres been an great upsurge in people seeing rats around, they have become quite fearless. During lockdown footfall was lessened, businesses closed etc and the rats went unchallenged and came closer to houses for their human foodscraps. They do carry disease which can be harmful to humans (leptospirosis) Your neighbours putting out meat is a great big invitation and a real no no. Experts say we are never more than a few feet away from rats, we just dont see them normally. As others have said, check drain covers, air vents etc and dont leave your back door open. We have found mice, dead and alive in our shed & theyve eaten all our seeds and some bulbs. They have managed to find their way into the laundry which is adjoining the kitchen, we bought various traps but theres still one that evades everything and its giving me the creeps. I bleach & clean & clean but we cannot find its entry point - urghh! at the end of my tether with it. Told hubby I want a rescue cat but he refuses. And he will not remember to close the doors. If I close them I can guarantee he'll have left them open again within half an hour.

Buttonjugs Mon 06-Jul-20 21:51:18

I am rodent phobic to the point that when I lived with my mum and stepfather and they got mice, I slept in my car. I once lived in a block of flats and a rat the size of a small cat ran out and in front of my son and I when we returned home one evening, across the area to the back door. I couldn’t sleep properly for weeks listening out for it! Every time I have moved house I haven’t been able to sleep for the first couple of days until satisfied that there are no rodents. I would have to get the pest control people out if I ever suspected that there were any mice or rats around, no question. I would feel guilty but hey, I don’t eat animals. How many of you are upset about wildlife but still eat cows, sheep and pigs?

Hetty58 Mon 06-Jul-20 22:21:56

Buttonjugs, that's really funny (you sleeping in your car) as I have a JRT that's an expert at sniffing out mice. You'd be amazed at how many cars have resident mice!

Hetty58 Mon 06-Jul-20 22:27:58

You are spot on about the hypocrisy, though. I'm vegan, but many carnivorous friends are over the top about animal welfare and kindness to pets!

Cymres1 Tue 07-Jul-20 14:12:28

After decades of keeping poultry, feeding wild birds and owning cats we never saw a rat until last year even though close to the canal and river. This year brought a plague of the beggars. I'll be honest, it was freaking me out. Daytime was not a problem for them, even standing up at my back door. Aaaaaaaagh!
We have moved the bird feeder, cut back fruit bushes, put down citrus bleach, coffee grounds, hot chilli powder, and highly successfully, but surprisingly, talcum powder. 5 traps and a plug in sonic deterrent seems to have won the war. We were getting a real bunch of the little pests and I won't use poison, but they do like peanut butter or chocolate spread. Keeping my fingers crossed that's it but shan't be complacent. Best of luck out there.

Guineagirl Tue 07-Jul-20 14:30:32

Have a look around for any rat holes in the garden. They sound like they are passing through for the food from your neighbour. Touchy subject to approach them about.

Can you ask them if they have seen any?

surely, no one wants rats and where there are rats there will be mice too, only you know if they will stop or not really.

The Council will place rat bait on wires usually within a tunnel entrance and will tell people also to stop putting food out but they can’t actually stop someone unless it is deemed excessive feeding.

Have you a shed at all? We had them going next door for bread and whipping back under our shed same time 3.00 pm every day. We netted the shed off since them with thick wire,

The Council baited our rat holes wasn’t our fault the neighbour kept putting bread out.

When your lounge is at the back like ours you do notice them more.

Rene72 Tue 07-Jul-20 17:39:40

We have rats around our area but unfortunately we also have a lot of foreigners living here and they don’t put their rubbish bags in the bins. The bins are emptied on Monday and on Tuesday the area is overflowing with rubbish and bin bags! They just chuck them at the top of the street. We’ve even seen rats running across the street to get to the bins along with the cats and even seagulls landing on the bins! Because the bins are overflowing they’re all having a picnic every day and night. One of my neighbours saw a rat in her garden and called it her ‘little Stuart’, she put some breadcrumbs out for it, when I say breadcrumbs I really should say lumps of bread then she took photos and put it on Facebook! I went mad at her she thought it was a mouse and said “it hadn’t done anything to her” so thought she’d feed it! God knows what she was thinking! When I told her she was putting her son in danger, telling her, on Facebook, of all the diseases rats and mice carry she soon changed her mind. Loads of people asked her if she was stupid or words to that effect! angry

TheFrugalPiggy Wed 08-Jul-20 12:02:40

To all other posters - please don't put down poison for rats as hedgehogs may eat it too. Rats are sadly a fact life.

Diggingdoris Thu 09-Jul-20 12:46:37

FrugalPiggy the council man assured me that hedgehogs would not be the slightest bit interested in eating the type of bait he uses, and is no risk except to rodents.

Washerwoman Thu 09-Jul-20 13:25:38

'Homeowners may be contributing unwittingly to the decline of British hedgehogs by putting down rat poison.The RSPCA has warned. As research showed presence of anti coagulant- chemicals used to kill rodents by stopping blood clotting in 'significant levels ' in hedgehog corpses.
Hedgehog Street the website giving loads of advice on helping hedgehogs also backs this up.The council man has one agenda to kill rats.The fact that so many people are discouraged from feeding birds responsibly,and helping other wildlife is truly depressing.

SuzannahM Thu 09-Jul-20 14:51:37

We now have rats in our at attic shock sad

Had pest control (not council) out today to put some traps down. Makes me cringe to think of it.

I think a lot of people are now putting rat poison out in their gardens - I've seen two dead rats recently. I've lived here for twenty odd years and never seen rats before.

The pest control man also said his bait won't hurt hedgehogs, but we haven't seen the three hedgehogs that visit us for months now. We have a camera in the back garden to watch them. We've seen a badger and a few foxes but no hedgehogs. We also have red kites near here, and it concerns me that the the dead rats will be eaten by them.

MaggieTulliver Thu 09-Jul-20 17:37:23

The rat looked as if it owned the place did it OP? How dare it trot across your garden! You are massively overreacting. Leave the poor creature alone. It has as much right to be on this earth as you ?

TheFrugalPiggy Thu 09-Jul-20 21:37:42

I have to say that I struggle to believe there is a type of poison which rats would find tempting and hedgehogs wouldn't. I remain to be corrected but that does sound strange.

Washerwoman Thu 09-Jul-20 21:51:20

The RSPB are unequivocal in that rat poisons are harmful to in particular red kites,owls and kestrels who predate rodents ie .secondary poisoning and also if bait found by other wildlife and domestic pets they too can be harmed.

TheFrugalPiggy Fri 10-Jul-20 11:32:01

Thanks for this Washerwoman.

Sgilley Fri 10-Jul-20 16:20:38

Have a word with neighbours. I’m sure they don’t want rats either. You do right to keep doors and windows shut.

dinks13 Tue 14-Jul-20 08:31:59

Unfortunately we had a rat problem, my 91 year old dad has Alzheimer’s & was throwing his food in the garden, the rats eventually moved into the house, every morning i’d Come down & there would be everything strewn about, they’d even managed to open the bread bin, believe you me I absolutely adore ALL animals (am vegan) & tried everything humane but they just got out of control, I HAD to get the “rat man” which I still to this day hate myself for. I also used to feed the birds but have now had to stop, I really feel that feeding the birds encourages the rats, wish people would stop doing it to be honest to save some of the rats. Haven’t seen a rat since & this episode was about 4 years ago now.