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San Diego rat tales

I've heard that rats love LaJolla because of their landscaping. They love to live in all that ivy. Mankind has been battling rats since there have been rats and humans. Nothing is going to change that. However you can make your abode inhospitable to rats, mice and other rodents. Like don't make food accessible. My parents have a rat that is getting into their "pantry." The pantry being the closet in the guest room. Well, duh. Do they clear out all of that tempting larder? No, they just put out traps. They don't even place them properly or bait them correctly. Then they wonder why they aren't catching the rat. They won't use bait because they don't want it dying in the walls and smelling. But I guess they are OK with a Mommy rat raising a litter of babies so they can all feast in the closet, er, pantry. Rats and mice have awful eyesight. They use their whiskers to rub against the wall for navigation. So you position the traps along the walls of their routes, not in the middle of the room or hallway. Rodents eat a variety of things so you'll need to figure out what yours prefers. Could be bread or fruit or even meat. Sometimes pepperoni works. What doesn't is cheese so don't bother. Forget some of the new fangled trap designs too. There is a reason there are classic trap designs. They work. Rats do have common predators. Coyotes, Bobcats, probably our red-tailed hawks. Perhaps we should look at making our open spaces hospitable to them so they can take care of the rat population. You may not like Coyotes being around but they are worth their weight in dead (and eaten) rats for you to keep your cat or Yorkie in the house (where they belong.) I had a dog that hated anything in his territory. He would kill pigeons if he caught them in his food dish and would regularly kill mice. My previous dog was the same. After he died some feral cats moved and I didn't care for them but they did totally eliminate any mice or rats in the yard. When I got my current dog the feral cats moved out but rodents aren't back yet. She's still a puppy, a big black 84lb puppy, but I haven't seen anything come back, neither rodent or cat. So there are ways to discourage habitation. Eliminate their food sources. They can eat through a cardboard cereal box easily. Also Tupperware. But they have a hard time with a glass jar with a metal lid. So look at how you are storing things. There's plenty you don't need to store. Instead of buying in bulk or food hoarding shop more often. At least until you have eliminated the problem. Eliminate entrance and residency. Take a look at your yard and do some clean up. If they don't have a place to live they are less likely to take up abode. If they are they type to take up residence you may need a professional to evict them. If you can find their means of entry eliminate it but good luck. I have no idea if a black light would help to determine an entrance point and territory but they're cheap and it wouldn't hurt.
— September 1, 2019 12:26 p.m.
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