My neighbour has a massive macadamia tree. The tree provides a ready supply of rat food which means a ready supply of rats. The rats nest in my shed, my garden and anywhere else they feel like. At night they make a terrible noise while they eat the fruit and veggies growing in my garden. They have destroyed a lot of stuff and make a lot of stinky mess so they have to go. Removing the main food source (the macadamia tree) is not an option as it does not belong to me. So sadly it is time to set traps and lay baits.
I did not want other animals to eat the baits and I did not want to spend a lot of money on a commercial solution (where is the fun in that) so I designed my own bait holder made of junk.
The idea is to make the bait inaccessible to animals that are not rats, but still make it easy to for me to inspect and change baits.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Screwdriver (ar an electric drill)
- A marking pen
- A pair of scissors
- A craft knife
- 600 mm length of ag pipe (flexible drainage pipe)
- A plastic jar with a screwtop lid (must be wider than the diameter of the pipe)
- A bit of wood longer than the pipe
- 2 screws that are long enough to fix the top of the pipe to the wooden base
- 1 shorter screw to attach the bait to the wooden base