This is for Zelda.

It took three nights, but my buddy in the woodpile finally fell for it.

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The rat ignored the trap the first night.

The second night I found the trap tripped and the bread but not the peanut butter gone. I suspect a bird.

By the third night, my traumatized friend was relaxing and/or getting hungry.
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Okay, technically I don’t know that it’s the same rat. They don’t wear nametags and it’s not like there’s a shortage. But I can dream. Phase 3 complete.

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11 Responses to This is for Zelda.

  1. Rhonda Burnaman says:

    One down!!

  2. DT says:

    2 million and 9 to go!!

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, if you only count the ones in the immediate yard…

  4. Kentucky says:

    Yeah, Phase 3, Part 1 complete. I’m guessing there will be Parts 2 thru Infinity to come.

    (unsolicited suggestion omitted in the interest of peace and harmony)

    😉

  5. ZtZ says:

    What a happy sight!!!! Joel you are The Man. Applause. Cheers. Wooohooooo. There are fewer horrible nasty disease organisms lurking in your woodshed and around your property. And you’ve lowered the potential population increase. And once you get your perimeter of 500 traps set up, baited and you have your Jeep ride (because the rats aren’t eating the Jeep parts) daily trap check schedule you should have enough pelts for a hat and coat pretty quick. And money in the bank. Wow!!! Go Joel! Kill those rats!! You can do it!!
    I’m looking for something you can put in the peanut butter that will make them infertile.

  6. terrapod says:

    That is one very clean and healthy looking rat. Food must be plentiful in the area and there are surely more to trap. Do you need more traps?.

  7. Joel says:

    Yeah, I have to completely replenish my traps because the rats really will become more of a bother as the weather gets cold. That’s the only decent one I have, the only one the local hardware currently sells, and I don’t like the non-removable bait cup at all. I’ll get more (and better) if I ever go back to the town with the Home Depot.

  8. C-90 says:

    If it’s female, Hillary, male so many choices: Harvey, Kevin, William……..

  9. Paul Joat says:

    Does the 5 gallon bucket trap work with pack rats?

  10. Joel says:

    Paul, it really doesn’t seem to. My neighbors D&L set one up, killed many mice and not one pack rat.

  11. ZtZ says:

    Dead mice are good too. The only good rodent is a dead rodent.
    Here’s the answer to your rat and mouse problem.
    https://senestech.com/contrapest/
    They signed a distribution agreement with Target so look for the product there. Looking for more places where it is sold.

To the stake with the heretic!