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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:36 pm 
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The footprints on the glue trap suggest the rat is not suspicious of this type of trap, so it might be your best bet. These traps usually work very well. Sounds like the glue on yours may have hardened because old or because of current chilly weather. Try buying from a different store. One or two hardware stored on Wellington Street, close to the mid-Levels escalator, Sheung Wan side, sell them. Suggest varying their location and may be weighting them in place with a couple of bricks on the side of the tray, to prevent travel when the rat struggles to get free.

Remember that the rat will also need water as well as solid food and will usually find this where water drains out of your shower (look for droppings). Try dripping some Kao bleach (non-chlorine smelling) there. If the rat drinks it out of desperation it will probably have a very negative impact. It probably wouldn't kill outright but might make the rat slow and disoriented and easier to trap. The bleach is sold in characteristic yellow plastic bottles, marked "Kao colour bleach".

Good luck. This can be a very unpleasant situation with the rat peeing on your precious book collection and furnishings etc., only worsening the health threat detailed by another poster here.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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Get a dog. That is what people in Bali and Indonesia do.

Success!


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:04 am 
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Some useful advice here Kalistofa. I have returned to Lamma after a week or two away, and find that the pesky vermin is still in residence. A friendly neighbor kept an eye on the place and reported no success with the traps, although there were signs that it had stumbled upon and escaped from one of the glue traps, getting glue over a rather nice silk rug in the process. Just to stick up a finger to the pursuers, the rat showed signs that it is still capable of working mischief with this gnawed up sponge in the sink. I have now given up all thoughts of trap and release. If it does fall into my clutches, it will be summarily deaded.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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So what's going on here? Seems to me the sponge may be to line a nest, or the rat just likes the taste. They often gnaw through electrical cable and other plastic items because they like the taste, as I understand it. If your Internet connection is cabled don't be surprised if you're offline one day, courtesy of this verminous visitor.

Does the sponge mean the rat is now desperate for food? Unlikely.

There are poisons, traditionally warfarin, although the mechanism sounds so gruesome in print in a polite forum I'm not going to go into it. The problem with poisons is that if the rat slinks off to die in some crevice, or inside a fridge (the motor housing etc.), it could be impossible to retrieve the corpse and the horrendous smell of the decomposing body will be with you for a few weeks.

Surprised the rat escaped from a glue trap. They are usually very effective. I have no idea what would dissolve the glue from the silk, though I suggest you try some WD40 on a test patch. But I assume that silk is very delicate chemically. Might be worth getting some professional advice.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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Here's an alternative to "Getting rid of Ratty": Raise their babies!

Pam Bovitz writes on Facebook:

"27 September near Yung Shue Wan:

I've not had the best week. And, it just got a whole lot worse. Check this out. Took the plants down to water them. Out flies momma rat. Tala, my rat-obsessed dog, catches her mid air. Eats her. Not the first time she's done this.
Baby number one falls out of nest. After screaming and freaking out, I find baby number two and three. I can't just let them die. This is my life."


After 36 comments with many warnings and extermination advice, but also offers of help and support, Pam stands firm:

"The rats have no disease. Trust me. Yes, I have snakes. Some are venomous. Some are not. They are more scared of me and slither away so quickly. The space around my house is thick jungle. There are loads of rats and frogs that the snakes feed on. There is no way I could eradicate all of the rats, frogs, or snakes. I don't want to!
The dogs have learned to leave the snakes alone. I love living amongst all of them. Seriously, I love it! I do not like that my dog eats live rats, but when she catches them, there is nothing I can do about it. Except raise her babies!

We raised a nest of babies a few years ago. They are very sweet animals. Contrary to common belief, they are extremely clean animals. They only carry disease if living in disease ridden areas. My house and yard are just jungle. Quite pristine jungle. No disease here.

We are rearing the babies. End of story."



A true Lammaite! Go, Pam, go!


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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"The rats have no disease. Trust me.


Good luck with that - a modern day St Francis. My concern would be the potential for disease of rats from the wild that do not necessarily show any symptoms - see this article on hantavirus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantavirus


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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Zep, are you trying to start a rumour about Hanta virus on Lamma? :twisted:

We've got more than enough other viruses circulating in HK and Lamma, no need to add such a rare one!
{*Sniffle!*} {*trumpeting noise into my handkerchief*} :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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no need to add such a rare one!


Hantavirus infection in Hong Kong
18. In Hong Kong, hantavirus infection has been made notifiable since 14 July 2008. A total of 42 sporadic cases of hantavirus infection were reported to the Department of Health from 1995 to 2009. The number of cases reported per year ranges from 0 to 9. Majority (86%) were local cases while six cases (14%) were suspected to have contracted the infection from outside Hong Kong, including five from Mainland and one from Macao (Figure 1).

From the CHP report:

http://www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/review_ ... kong_r.pdf

just sayin'


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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0 to 9 cases per year? Very rare indeed!

My chances of winning Mark 6 first prize (if I'd be playing) would be much higher, as there are several dozen winners per year.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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Good luck with the mark 6 (chances of winning the big one are a LOT smaller).

Just so no one can say they are not aware of potential health issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ratty
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Great news from Pam! It seems to be very difficult to raise baby rats, according to people who've tried and failed:

"Rats are thriving! Drinking formula on their own and eating solids.
Keren and I will take and post pictures soon!"

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 Post subject: Rodent Problem?
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Over the last couple of days I've seen evidence of a visitor to my kitchen of the rodent variety.

Anyone got any ideas or thoughts on dealing with it humanely?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Problem?
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I had a problem around a year ago - I got a lot of helpful advice here:

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Problem?
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Thanks for the advice - amazingly, managed to catch it with one of those sticky trap things in the end with some dried fruit as bait.


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