Best way to get rid of rats?

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Found 16th May 2008
Afternoon all,

Myself and my neighbour have seen a rat or two scurrying around the back garden. Apparently last year there were quite a few rats in the area (we only moved here recently) and my neighbour says it's best to act fast due to how quickly they breed.

I'm wondering what the best method is to get rid of them? Anyone have any experience with this?

Cheers
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Buy a tiger or large leopard and leave it in the garden unfed
Contact your council, they should come round very quickly and will get rid of them - but your neighbour's right - do it quickly!
Get onto the council.. Pest extermination man comes out to poison them.
If I come and sit in your garden I will scare them away
How about getting a cat ?
kill them!
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snowtiger;2110522

If I come and sit in your garden I will scare them away :)How about … If I come and sit in your garden I will scare them away :)How about getting a cat ?



Had a cat, just can't have dogs/cats here due to certain people's allergies and long-term plans.

What kinda fees are we looking at for going through the council to get a rat catcher, if any?!

Thanks for suggestions
numptyj;2110523

kill them!



lol my neighbour did that with an air rifle ha ha
you are never more than 10 feet away from a rat - or so they say :)agreed we had a problem a few years ago in out last home and we rang the couldil they were very good, I actually had a huge rat come up to my patio window and stare at me and I had a cat! ugh
I had the same problem when i moved in a few years ago. Saw one in the back. There was a pile of rubbish that had been dumped in the entry though which I thought had atteacted them. took 3 months for the council to finally remove it. Was passed from department to department, called them everyday asking for progress. I would say call them and do it right away and keep calling them if its not sorted soon.
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They were talking about rat problems on the radio the other week... I forget the exact number increase since 2000 but it was massive!

At Tesco the other day I saw quite a few rats in the carpark while parked up. As soon as they saw ANY movement they'd be right under the hedges again, sneaky little @"$ers!
TGB;2110536

Had a cat, just can't have dogs/cats here due to certain people's … Had a cat, just can't have dogs/cats here due to certain people's allergies and long-term plans. :)What kinda fees are we looking at for going through the council to get a rat catcher, if any?!Thanks for suggestions



Think it's free.. Won't hurt to phone them to check.
Noise. Rats hate noise so play loud music, but this might p-off your neighbours so instead you can buy some gizmo thing that emits high-pitched sounds. Ask around your local pet store, they should know where you can buy one from.
Tried calling The Pied Piper of Hamelin?
TGB;2110536

Had a cat, just can't have dogs/cats here due to certain people's … Had a cat, just can't have dogs/cats here due to certain people's allergies and long-term plans. :)What kinda fees are we looking at for going through the council to get a rat catcher, if any?!Thanks for suggestions


It's usually free!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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octobergirl;2110540

you are never more than 10 feet away from a rat - or so they say … you are never more than 10 feet away from a rat - or so they say :)agreed we had a problem a few years ago in out last home and we rang the couldil they were very good, I actually had a huge rate come up to my patio window and stare at me and I had a cat! ugh



Lol, heard the 10ft thing said too. The one I saw a couple of days ago was friggin huge... I couldn't believe it.

I've kept domestic rats as pets in the past, but christ these sewer rats don't mess about.

Edit: and thanks for the council suggestion, gonna get onto them later.
john_mac83;2110546

I had the same problem when i moved in a few years ago. Saw one in the … I had the same problem when i moved in a few years ago. Saw one in the back. There was a pile of rubbish that had been dumped in the entry though which I thought had atteacted them. took 3 months for the council to finally remove it. Was passed from department to department, called them everyday asking for progress. I would say call them and do it right away and keep calling them if its not sorted soon.


When I saw in rat in next door's yard, the council came the same day!
Yeah, the council are free and usually very quick, but call them now or they may not come out till Monday!
We had problems last year with rats in garden - they were living under neighbours decking. Council got rid of them.
I'll hire you out my cats - special offer - 2 for 1 @ £50 an hour!

They always bring me ratty gifts!

Get on to the council - they'll sort if for you
SpankMeTiger;2110643

I'll hire you out my cats - special offer - 2 for 1 @ £50 an hour! They … I'll hire you out my cats - special offer - 2 for 1 @ £50 an hour! They always bring me ratty gifts!Get on to the council - they'll sort if for you


welcome to HUKD
wow thats a great name you have there !
have you seen mine ? :w00t:
I saw a rat running around the bread aisle in my local tescos,reported it to customer services and they were so slack they just said "oh yeah were having a few problems" needless to say I reported it to the local environmental health dept

to this day I still wont buy a french stick in an open ended packet from there lol

We have rats at the stables and theyre huge,despite keeping all horse feeds in secure lidded bins etc rentokil came and left poison but the rats were ignoring it,so the problem continues :o(
What's wrong with the old fashioned method? Get a sheet of a4 paper, a marker pen, bait, one case of beer, two airsoft guns, get a mate round, and let the tournament begn. And when you run out of rodents, move on to neighbourhood cats. Should be a fun way to spend a saturday.
king261;2110537

lol my neighbour did that with an air rifle ha ha



haha lmao that would be soooo fun!
octobergirl;2110540

you are never more than 10 feet away from a rat



i've never understood that- I live on the 16th floor of a new block, there's no way there is a rat within 150ft of me!

A story I heard back in Salford- they knocked down some derelict houses opposite Salford Reds rugby club. The rats came scuttling over to the houses, and started appearing up toilets etc. The guy who owned the houses offered the tenants a rent reduction to £25 a week (from £40) and a hammer to kill the rats with. Many of the tenants happily accepted the offer!
snowtiger;2110522

If I come and sit in your garden I will scare them away :)How about … If I come and sit in your garden I will scare them away :)How about getting a cat ?



not sure a cat would help. A rat killed my mums cat years ago.
ye id say buy an air pistol, they make less noise than air rifles, ud get rid of the rats and have fun at the same time!
and u cud probably make money at the same time...just pop to ur local kfc and or chinese shop, im sure they will buy them off u, nothing like a nice rat boneless bucket :P
bellabonkers;2111242

not sure a cat would help. A rat killed my mums cat years ago.


That's really sad!:cry::cry::cry:
gun...
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Spoke to the council, they want £55 (incl VAT) for the 'whole treatment' that should get rid of them.

Will speak to the landlord later.
Where are you? I thought all councils did it for free-really shortsighted if they don't, as the problem will just get worse for everyone!
Get your neighbour to call the council as well, if they think its an "epidemic" they may waive the fee, or if your neighbour is elderly/on benefits, again they will likely waive any charge. Although most other councils do not charge for this, as chrysha says its very shortsighted not to.
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chrysha;2111685

Where are you? I thought all councils did it for free-really shortsighted … Where are you? I thought all councils did it for free-really shortsighted if they don't, as the problem will just get worse for everyone!



Tunbridge Wells. As far as I know council-stuff is notoriously expensive over here :x
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kidcat;2111711

Get your neighbour to call the council as well, if they think its an … Get your neighbour to call the council as well, if they think its an "epidemic" they may waive the fee, or if your neighbour is elderly/on benefits, again they will likely waive any charge. Although most other councils do not charge for this, as chrysha says its very shortsighted not to.



Good idea mate, will hit the neighbour up when he's home later.
TGB;2111712

Tunbridge Wells. As far as I know council-stuff is notoriously expensive … Tunbridge Wells. As far as I know council-stuff is notoriously expensive over here :x



Yeh they think everyone in London and South East are mega rich,thats what we pay council tax for should we need services like this...surprised council here don't charge for it if in domestic dwelling it says,they charge for almost everything else.
I've look at a variety of council websites - most rat services are free - couldn't find a London one that charged - South Norfolk charge £10 so £55 is steep. Tunbridge Wells Council does say;
Low Income Concession
In situations where people are on certain means-tested benefits, rodent treatments will be provided free of charge. This is to ensure that people who are in genuine need are able to have infestations treated. The means-tested benefits which apply are:

Job Seeker’s Allowance
Income Support
Pensions Credit
Housing Benefit
Council Tax Benefit

So if you are on any of these, it should be free, if not, see if your neighbour is. If neither of you are, and you can't get your landlord to sort it,share the cost with your neighbour.
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Mum2Connor&Cerys;2111742

Yeh they think everyone in London and South East are mega rich,thats what … Yeh they think everyone in London and South East are mega rich,thats what we pay council tax for should we need services like this...surprised council here don't charge for it if in domestic dwelling it says,they charge for almost everything else.



Yeah, would have thought that keeping the town clean would come right under council tax assigned stuff.

We're only renting so if it does cost it'll come outta the landlords pocket which is ok at least.

I love this town but it sure seems a few coins more expensive than certain places a 30 min drive away. *thinks of whining about petrol, decides it's Friday and it's more of a Monday subject*

Where are you from outta interest?
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Tun Wells pest control prices btw:

RatsDomestic properties: £55 per treatmentMiceDomestic properties: £65 p … RatsDomestic properties: £55 per treatmentMiceDomestic properties: £65 per treatmentRats and Mice joint visit: £105WaspsTreatment of one nest: £48Additional nests treated at the same time: £20.95BeesSwarms of Bees are referred to local BeekeepersFleasTreatment of domestic properties: £125**For larger properties a quote will be given prior to commencement of treatment. As a guide, additional refills will be charged at £18.50 eachAnts and other insectsTreatment of domestic properties: £90Cost of additional fumers (if used) for insect treatments: £15Note this does not including flying antsSquirrels (indoors only) £120Moles (residential garden only) £70OtherAdvice only visits: £30



Well thank god we don't have rat-mouse hybrids! And how can squirrels cost more than rats? They have cute bushy tails. Sewer rats don't have anything redeeming. Those scammers!
buy an owl, but then you might have problems with owls, so buy a dog to scare the owls, but then you might have a promlem with dogs so get a lion, but then you might have a problem with lions so should get a bear but then you would have a bear problem.

Best to not do anything
Looked on the web

Its £80 for an Air Rifle, with Telescopic sight and 500Pellets :thumbsup:
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