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Rats at Your Feeder? #5985475 10/20/15 02:51 PM
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Anyone else experiencing this?? I have 2 buddies that are being bombarded by big ol' rats - cleaning up their corn. These 2 feeders are about 100 miles apart, as a crow flies.

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Got some big suckers under ours. I can hear them scurry through the prickly pears all day. There are 6 and maybe 7 in this picture.



It's going to keep the rattlesnakes full.

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I always here them eating at the corn feeder before I can see them.. big giant woodrats too

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foxes at my place keep those guys to a min.

I only know of them around cabin,,, never any under feeders (as they probably get eaten )

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Coyotes, hawks and owls keep our rat population pretty small. Never been a real issue for me.


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We have them thick. 1st time we have seen them like this.

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Not that big, but I've seen tons scurrying across Hwy 84 driving from Lubbock to Goldthwaite and back this summer/fall. Bumper crop!


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Exterminator said all the rains this Spring caused the rodent population to explode. I am seeing the same thing with rats at the feeders like never before. I use tamper proof bait stations with Contrac Blox at the cabin and barn to keep them at bay and am having to re-fill them every couple of weeks.

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Better than the freaking rabbits we have around our place. I counted 12 of them in the feed pen in another picture.


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Saw an owl swoop down and snatch one up early one morning. I had no idea one little rat could make so much noise. Sounded like someone sawing off a dog's leg with a dull saw.


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You could put down those sticky peanut butter scented pads might get a few deer with them stuck to their noses and feet though.
I would setup some old rat traps and see how you do just around the feeder. Be careful bubonic plague is still carried in western rats and prairie dogs.


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Our local population of owls and hawks seems to keep them in check.


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One good reason not to harm bull snakes and rat snakes.
Rattlers will settle in where there is a high supply (of food...).

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Leave the windows on your blind down and a few weeks later you will have a family of owls in there that leave those suckers 1/2 eaten all over you stand.

We are in south texas and have big ole rats by the ton.


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Night vision or thermal on a .22, .17, or pellet gun and you could have some fun like the Brits do...'ratting.'


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If attracting owls and hawks would be beneficial you can erect a perch for them. A pole 8 to 10 ft high 3 to 4 ft of 3/4 inch dowel on each side to make a T. They're used all the time on Christmas tree farms up here to control rabbits and rodents.


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If attracting owls and hawks would be beneficial you can erect a perch for them. A pole 8 to 10 ft high 3 to 4 ft of 3/4 inch dowel on each side to make a T. They're used all the time on Christmas tree farms up here to control rabbits and rodents.


that's a cool idea

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Those corn fed rats eat as good as a squirrel you know... don't let your jiminy cricket fool you

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Originally Posted By: HuntnFly67
Got some big suckers under ours. I can hear them scurry through the prickly pears all day. There are 6 and maybe 7 in this picture.



It's going to keep the rattlesnakes full.

I'll see your 4 rats and raise you....


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I have killed two bobcats with my bow when they came to my bow stand to hunt the mice/rats. Keep your eyes peeled.


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They are so bad at my place they eat all the corn before the deer get a chance.


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Owls and foxes keep them in check at our place.

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