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My friend has rats in her garden what to do???

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
She was feeding the birds and I thought a rather odd looking squirrel was feeding I didn't have my glasses on and I called her because there were two rats !!!! what does she do?? who deos she call? she is a pensioner and does not want to pay pest control or is there anything she can do herself? There is a garden next door that is overgrown would they come from there?
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
the bird food is the rat food - dont leave it out
#2
of course we know won't leave it out but that will not make them go away
#3
rat are everywehre not just "overgrown" places they have probably been there for months but are getting bold because its cold and they are hungry, call your local council they chould help
suspended#4
her local council should do it for free i think .... mine do .. we had rats once cos i live with the railway at the bottom of the garden and they made house in my compost bin lol the council sent a guy for free to poison them
#5
Yes last time they told her it would cost £100 in the old days they would come for free that's what I was after. info that might lead to that. Thank you anyway.
#6
nicki3668
her local council should do it for free i think .... mine do .. we had rats once cos i live with the railway at the bottom of the garden and they made house in my compost bin lol the council sent a guy for free to poison them


Do you know which department you called? on their website all they have is a local company.
banned#7
make sure there is no food about, they will soon realise there is no food and won;t come back again, they will go else where to find some x
#8
just been on our local council site and they wont do anything if you have rats in your garden just tell you tips to avoid getting them.....they suggest contacting a local pest control firm.
Also they say that if you believe they are coming from a nextdoor neighbour that they could possibly intervene then.......but...if your friend is putting out food for the birds they may suggest that it is your friend that is encouraging them, sad I know as this is the time of year that birds do need a little help in the food department. :)
#9
bitseylango
just been on our local council site and they wont do anything if you have rats in your garden just tell you tips to avoid getting them.....they suggest contacting a local pest control firm.
Also they say that if you believe they are coming from a nextdoor neighbour that they could possibly intervene then.......but...if your friend is putting out food for the birds they may suggest that it is your friend that is encouraging them, sad I know as this is the time of year that birds do need a little help in the food department. :)


Thanks very much it seems everything these days is charged, in the old days it was all free !!! :x:x
#10
bitseylango
sad I know as this is the time of year that birds do need a little help in the food department. :)


I help the birds in Marks & Sparks food department, I haven't bagged one yet. :-(

Do you need help?
#11
thesaint
I help the birds in Marks & Sparks food department, I haven't bagged one yet. :-(

Do you need help?


awww bless. . . .have you tried lowering your standards a little??!! . . . . maybe nettos!! :p
#12
thesaint
I help the birds in Marks & Sparks food department, I haven't bagged one yet. :-(

Do you need help?


only if you pay for it..........the food that is! :-D hows your xmas been sainty? xx
suspended#13
viper
Do you know which department you called? on their website all they have is a local company.


i rang the local council and i think i asked the person who answered and she said yes and put me through to someone else sorry all i know is i told them about the rats and they where down the next morning ... you might like to say to your council

your mother is on a pension and cant afford to pay and unless they want the whole neighbourhood rithing in rats they need to sort it out ... iv never heard of them charging hunny cos its an environmental health issue

although things might have changed ???
#14
foxymissroxy
awww bless. . . .have you tried lowering your standards a little??!! . . . . maybe nettos!! :p


After 2 years, you best believe my standards are at rock bottom.

bitseylango
only if you pay for it..........the food that is! :-D hows your xmas been sainty? xx


It's been a good one thanks, going London for the day in a while, visiting friends, and taking my son on the Underground. He's never been on it. Although we have been on the NY subway, but that was a few years ago.


SORRY FOR THE THREAD HIJACK. :)
[helper]#15
Rats can be a serious health hazard. As loupom suggests contact your local council. Try asking for Pest control (or environmental health - its probably not their dept but they will know which is the right one).

Mice are fairly harmless but rats are another thing........
#16
Thank you I will try environmental to see how it goes, thanks heres hoping she will get some joy. Appreciate all your help.:santa:
#17
Pest control policies vary from one council to another, our council come out for free but other neighbouring councils charge or send you to a private company. Its worth calling your local council first and if they wont help then contact Age Concern, they should be able to provide a list of local help available for pensioners in your area, hopefully pest control will be covered. :)
#18
If the local council charge even pensioners (which a lot do), the cheapest option is just to use some rat killer. Easily and cheaply obtainable from places like Wilkinsons, or even online:

http://www.google.co.uk/products?hl=en&q=rat+killer&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title
#19
Thanks newbold and kidcat two great ideas, will contact age concern after council and also had no idea Wilkinson sold the stuff, brilliant thank you both.
#20
were all approx 6ft from a rat. They are all around us we just cant see them.

Remove and rubbish or food from your garden, especially shed. ( a rat got in my shed, ate rabbit food and chewed its way through our camping stuff!!)
We cleared it out and put some poison down. No rats since.
#21
Would recommend that if in the future you decide to keep feeding the birds get hold of one of those feeders that hang and only allow birds to get at them.

In America you can buy a bottle of Mountain Lion urine to spray around your garden, collecting that would be the worst job. :?
#22
starsparkle2311
nice:thumbsup: shed>pet cemetary:-D


lol the mad thing was my kids have no fear of rats at all. They used to look through the patio doors to spot the rat! shouting there eddie, ( they names it eddie!)
#23
I had rats in my garden. I live in the country --- what do I expect??? The council wouldn't do anything ("Wait till you have them in the house, then we'll come out"). The rats were pinching all the rabbit's grub. Couldn't stop feeding the rabbit, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get the rabbit's run rat-proof.

I went and bought about £30 worth of industrial strength rat poison (local farmer's shop who advised me what to buy). I collected old baked bean tins and cut both ends off. Put poison inside tins, laid them on their sides around edge of garden and patio and in some of the "rat tunnels" that had been dug around the rabbit hutch. Carried on replacing poison for about three weeks and started to see fewer rats. Bought another lot of rat poison and carried on for about another month. I still have some of the tins down and keep poison at the ready. So far, over a year later, no sign of rats. Worth a try, maybe, and loads cheaper than a pest control professional.

Now, the squrrels in my loft .... that's another matter!! The council have had four useless attempts at exterminating these - has cost me hundreds of pounds!! I am about to buy a trap, catch them and ship them off somewhere. Unless anyone has a better idea??
#24
pcnutta
lol the mad thing was my kids have no fear of rats at all. They used to look through the patio doors to spot the rat! shouting there eddie, ( they names it eddie!)


And then they shouted 'why is eddie sleeping in the shed?' and 'why is mummy putting eddie in a black plastic bag and dropping him in the bin?'. :whistling:
#25
deebdeeb
Now, the squrrels in my loft .... that's another matter!! The council have had four useless attempts at exterminating these - has cost me hundreds of pounds!! I am about to buy a trap, catch them and ship them off somewhere. Unless anyone has a better idea??


Grey Squirrels = EVIL!!!
#26
Ungreat
And then they shouted 'why is eddie sleeping in the shed?' and 'why is mummy putting eddie in a black plastic bag and dropping him in the bin?'. :whistling:


loll or why is mummy bashing eddie over the head with a spade!:whistling:

joke!
#27
starsparkle2311
shoot them:thumbsup:


Second that.

Air Rifle.

"Theres a rat in ma kitchen what am i gonna do...."

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