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how do you get rid of tree rats? Answered

I'm a rubbish shot and they keep escaping from my havahart trap. They are nocturnal, like peanut butter, and eat our carob beans.I'm very annoyed and want REVENGE!

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Re-designBest Answer (author)2009-09-05
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ElGnomeVato (author)2010-05-11

Not sure about the laws where you live but if you want to kill them smear peanut butter in an out of reach place if you have other animals like dogs and mix the peanut butter with some sort of poison.

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DiamondBack (author)2009-10-06

Burn down the tree? seandogue has a point though - don't plant what they prefer to eat. http://www.ci.cerritos.ca.us/comnews/rats.html Personally, I'd use this all as an excuse to get myself a squirrel gun, and take post on the porch. Bad shot or not, eventually you'll start picking them off

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flamesami (author)Kiteman2009-09-06

how do I catch the amo tho? they escape my traps, after feasting on the bait

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Kiteman (author)flamesami2009-09-06

Its an education thing - plant the catapult between the beans, they eventually come to associate free food with airborne terror, and leave it alone.

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flamesami (author)Kiteman2009-09-06

the "beans" grow on trees, and the rats stay off the bigger branches

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Kiteman (author)flamesami2009-09-06

Hmmm, maybe reward local children who sit among the trees with pellet guns...?

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kevinhannan (author)Kiteman2009-09-05

Yay, Kitman!

A Squirrel Catapult - now there's a great 'ible!

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orksecurity (author)2009-09-06

If there's a "agricultural extension agency" in your area, give them a call. They're perfectly willing to talk to home gardeners as well as commercial growers, and one near you is likely to have lots of experience with these beasties and can tell you what works and what doesn't in their experience.

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seandogue (author)2009-09-05

tree rats? you mean squirrels? Well, you could always screen your garden in. Squirrels are an important part of the ecosystem. I mean really....you plant foods they like, then expect them not to try to eat it? I've learned to accept that squirrels will eat my cherries unless I protect the cherries from being eaten by the squirrels, just as when I plant peanuts. not hanging out seeking revenge against them for doing their job. You like hardwood forests? thank the squirrels. chicken wire tents do a good job of keeping them out of the "beans", and bird net does a pretty good job of keeping them off the Cherries. It's par tof the bargain in not living in a world devoid of nature. I suppose you could move to a concrete jungle instead...

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flamesami (author)seandogue2009-09-06

no, I mean rats that can climb trees. the carob trees are too big to rat-proof and as far as I can see, these rats are only improving the world by providing food and entertainment for cats.

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kevinhannan (author)2009-09-05

Have you squirrelled away some Poison? Or do you get to be a better shot? Chop the trees down or move? Or introduce its natural predator (assuming the predator is less of a nuisance than the tree-rats?) Or sit down on ya porch wi' some Bourbon and a blues geetar and sing a song of how things used to be so much better? Good luck! ;-)

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