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Started by Agaliarept on Jun 30, 2021 12:50:59 PM
Taking on a Rat....what do I need to know?

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Agaliarept - 30 Jun 2021 12:51:30 (#1 of 243)

So we’re in the middle of rebuilding our house and we’re just getting ready to knock down the old extension on the back of the house.

We had a toilet on the outside of the house that the extension covered (making it an indoor toilet). About 6 moths ago we stopped using the toilet and started using the little room as storage for our building materials.

We removed the toilet but (lesson learned now) didn’t block up the hole in the floor.

Fast forward to yesterday and Mrs Agaliarept went into the room to fetch some tool or another and found Rat droppings and noticed a roll of insulation had been shredded. She isn’t sure if Roland is still in there, but I’ve been volunteered to clean the room out tonight.

So what am I facing? If said Rat is still in the room he’s going to have to be dispatched.

  • Will I need protective clothing?
  • What weapon would you choose?
  • Are they fighters?
  • Should I be borrowing a dog for this task?


I'm scared. Sometimes I hate being the man.

Cordelia - 30 Jun 2021 12:52:33 (#2 of 243)

You need a pipe. The rat will follow you then.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 12:53:00 (#3 of 243)

It'll be in the drains and just popping up through the hole to eat insulation. Rats live in sewers. They may also live in outhouses. But probably in this case the rat or rats are in the sewers.

I would cap the drain. With concrete. Should sort your problem.

FrankieTeardrop - 30 Jun 2021 12:53:57 (#4 of 243)

You need a medieval troubadour to lure it back if it goes missing

Agaliarept - 30 Jun 2021 12:55:14 (#5 of 243)

It'll be in the drains and just popping up through the hole to eat insulation.

That's what I'm hoping.

I would cap the drain. With concrete. Should sort your problem.

It will soon be the floor of our new kitchen so hopefully will be fixed permanently by then.

I can play Three Blind Mice on the recorder, will that do?

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 12:55:31 (#6 of 243)

They're also very wary of humans. So if the area is used regularly, probably not nesting there. Wouldn't worry. Just cap the open drain and you'll be fine. You need a heavy duty cap, though, as now they know the way they'll chew through anything they can.

OldLefty - 30 Jun 2021 12:57:28 (#7 of 243)

If you do see one of the buggers, make sure you don't corner it. As Hatters says, block the hole permanently.

Agaliarept - 30 Jun 2021 12:57:39 (#8 of 243)

You need a heavy duty cap, though

We're moving the drain so I'll throw some brick down the hole and concrete it all in.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 12:57:47 (#9 of 243)

The other thing is that now they have found their way up through your pipes, they'll probably swim through you u-bend and start popping up through your indoor loo too. They usually do this while you are peacefully reclined on said household furniture. So do keep an eye out.

Agaliarept - 30 Jun 2021 12:58:20 (#10 of 243)

If you do see one of the buggers, make sure you don't corner it.

Well here's my worry. Because of the room size if we meet each other we'll both be cornered.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 12:58:55 (#11 of 243)

Also keep your bathroom door shut at all times, as sometimes they arrive in their hundreds. You open your bathroom door and the floor is writhing with literally hundreds of brown rats. Can happen.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 12:59:54 (#12 of 243)

Do you have children? Sometimes a whole gang of them will take a child back down into the sewers with them and raise it as their own.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 13:00:19 (#13 of 243)

I may have not been entirely serious with my last three posts.

Agaliarept - 30 Jun 2021 13:00:20 (#14 of 243)

Sometimes a whole gang of them will take a child back down into the sewers with them and raise it as their own.

Can this be arranged? I've a few too many.

solomongursky - 30 Jun 2021 13:00:32 (#15 of 243)

Now you've tipped them off by blabbing your plan on here. Muppet.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 13:01:21 (#16 of 243)

Frankly I'd probably just sell-up and move out.

Cordelia - 30 Jun 2021 13:03:18 (#17 of 243)

I say you take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

OldLefty - 30 Jun 2021 13:03:30 (#18 of 243)

Make plenty of noise before opening the door, which will hopefully make them go back down the hole.

If in doubt, I'd be inclined to call the professionals in. Preferably a local firm rather than Rentokil and the like.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Jun 2021 13:05:19 (#19 of 243)

Bodie and Doyle? Seems a bit dramatic.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Jun 2021 13:05:48 (#20 of 243)

Do not bother with rat poison. They have to eat a ton of it to have any real effect because of the safety issues, and it's a very unpleasant death for what are intelligent and inquisitive animals. Poison put down by professional exterminators is stronger but will still take a long time to work, if it ever does. In your case the rat will just be visiting now and then to see what's up. You want to be careful with the concrete as you could end up concreting up your drains, which would cost a fortune to fix, so make sure you know where it's all going before you start pouring it in. It's a pretty route-1 fix though.

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