Rats vs rats

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Fri, 03 Sep 2004 19:36:48 PDT
Diane's comments on the use of peanut butter as bait reminded me of some
things from my experience as a rodent killer. Peanut butter works well
here, too. So does vanilla. Has anyone else noticed how much harder it is
to trap rats than it is to trap mice? Rats are a lot more wary. 

Each fall our house is invaded by two types of mice: house mice and deer
mice. Both of these are easily trapped. 

Rats got into the house once, and it was a nightmare. Warfarin finally got
them, but they died in the house and the carcases reeked of a uniquely
nauseating vinegar-like odor. And then there was the plague of flies which
feasted on the dead bodies in the walls or wherever they were. 

Does anyone out there grow valerian - and if so, have they tried it for rat

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where we run a
live-and-let-live   garden for the most part - but draw the line at rats
and yellow jackets. 

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