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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Rat in the kitchen!

Argh! Darn thing is the size of a tank (well, OK, about half the size of a fully grown cat). I've been wondering if we had a rodent visitor for a while and thought I might be imagining things but the little toe rag ran across our kitchen floor this morning.

Toby is simply not well enough now to cope with a rat (and in fact, I've placed him in my room for the day with his brekkie to keep him out of harms way)

Any idea on how to remove it? Not all that keen on killing the little blighter if I'm honest but do so called 'humane traps' work? I just want it removed from my home and back outside!

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 08:07 AM
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That sucks! My motto is stay out and I'll wish you no ill will, come in and sorry Charlie but you're meeting your maker. Is the rat living inside? If he's living outside and just coming in to eat you may be able to find his entry hole and plug and patch it with steel wool and chicken wire. The problem with humane traps is that they put you in a legal bind. A lot of places don't allow rerelease of nuisance animals.
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You can buy electronic sound makers that scare off rodents which do actually work. I will have a look at ours when I get home this evening and tell you the make.
Our garage was infested with the things, but since we bought this thing we have none. The noise they make is too high for humans (or cats) to hear, so should be ok for a kitchen.
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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The rat is actually living in my kitchen I think behind the cooker. Shudder.

This thing is HUGE - couldnt believe the size of it.

I think my flatmate is going to look into the electronic sound things. I'd much appreciate the make of the ones you got, Hugh

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lol. Perhaps I should borrow one from London zoo?

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If it's the size of a tank, you need to use appropriate countermeasures!

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post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 11:22 AM
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Ick...I can't handle rodents. We are rat free where I live but we have mice and I can barely tolerate those. I agree with The Divine Miss M...come in my house and you're done! Can you call an exterminator to come deal with the tank size rodent? 

Good luck, hopefully if you get the sound deterrent thingy (lol) he will move out.

Take care, Rachel.
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I sympathize with your sentiment of not wanting to kill little critters... however, remember that rats carry disease. Personally, I would kill it. Whether that be with a trap set myself, or get a professional.
If it's in your kitchen, you do NOT want it spreading germs, bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. all over the place. Good you're concerned for Toby...be concerned for yourself, too!
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Eeek...half the size of a full grown cat? My god that's huge. I mean..no..not Huge..I mean big. I wouldn't know what to do if it were me, probably call an exterminator. Good luck with the sound device though, hope that works!
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