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Rats are my nemesis right now. We have a new neighbor, who bought the 5 acre wooded lot behind us, and they have begun building their house. After they cleared the area for their house, we noticed a huge uptick in rats on our homestead!
When I saw Chelsea’s post from The Green Acre Homestead in our blog hop last week, it caught my eye! I have tried many of the methods she has listed and then some. Some worked well for us and some didn’t.
Rats are smart, and figure things out pretty quickly, so it is a good idea to have a big arsenal of ideas on how to deal with them so you can change things up when one method stops working.
First and foremost, rats carry diseases which can spread to your poultry or livestock. They can also carry lice, mites and other parasites.
Second, they can eat a lot of feed. A LOT of feed, and this will cost you! Do you have extra money to feed a huge rat population? I sure don’t!
Three, if you see one rat, there are at least 10 more there. So if you see 5, there are at least 50! A single rat can have up to six litters a year, with 5-10 babies per litter. This means a pair of rats, left to create their colony with no interception from you, can grow in size to over 1,000 rats in a single year. No thank you!!! Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it!
I wanted to share one tool that has worked great for us, that was not mentioned in Chelsea’s post down below. It is called The Ratinator and it is a wire cage, that traps a bunch of rats at once, as many as 21 they say.
It takes awhile to get the rats used to it for it to be successful, but it works wonderfully. I also love that it catches many rats at once which is awesome. And that it doesn’t use poisons.
So the Ratinator is a must have in my opinion. I think every homestead or farm should have at least one, or more, depending on the size of your operation.
Our featured post this week is from Chelsea at The Green Acre Homestead: Repel Rodents on the Farm: Farm hack’s and How To’s
Thanks so much Chelsea for sharing on our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop!