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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 21 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

this is the poshest peanut butter in the world etc

well, nicer than sun pat

at the mo it has bacon butty bits

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 21 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the bacon butty bits had gone

using a long victorian turn screw, the trap was moved over and in front of more bacon

it is big, clever is a definite if it got big

not quite moby trout that got personal, it won

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 21 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i have calmed down a bit now, it is not hurt locker territory but having been bitten by a fenn once i am shy of the things

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 21 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

charcuterie is popular

the serving suggestion has left a puzzle for the last slice of dry sausage

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 21 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dear rat, you might have been evicted by the builders like many before you, here is not home, it is hostile and dangeroos

off you toddle, a hose is merely flirting with your composure


gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 21 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Your domain does seem rat attractive, unfortunately 😕

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 21 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the strobes and pressure washer are less welcoming than the bates motel

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 21 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

re rat attractive, in some ways, i probably notice them more than most folk.

over the last few years there have been 3 big refurbishments with demolition etc, several serious domestic ones, the hotel and pub have both been shut and refurbed, so do they do not have a regular rat-catcher but have had their colonies evicted, there is little general control from the drain or street peeps, 2 week bin collections, low food supply in the city centre due to covid, etc.

the urban foxes are doing ok, im not sure if they can keep up with the rats though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 21 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i wonder if you like cheddar cheese?

fortunately the sammisons think cheese is horrible stinky stuff even worse than charcuterie

fingers and hooves crossed for no bycatch, i do worry about it, although it has not happened yet.
accidents via H and S failings on my part mostly involving drownings in slug traps and maybe an accidental"that was supper, not 2 stage baited for the little owl to pounce on"incident

it is rather tense to protect the sammisons when murdering their slightly larger cousins without any blue on blue tragedies

if the sammis migrate for a bit it is much easier

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 21 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps i still find handling fenns rather scary

better than some things, they do have some amusing habits and a wicked sense of humour if you fail to maintain discipline.

i have seen set them in hands, no thanks
a big turnscrew and a 3 x 5 x 40 cm bit of hardwood seem to be the tools for the job.

open it, squash it get the safety on and still don't trust it, set it very carefully, getting a set one into position is loads of fun taking the safety off is best done with a turnscrew or other pokey thing

on a bench or whatever in the videos is not in the field

they are good anti rat kit if used with care

they may be dinner harvest options as well as vermin control, there are bigger ones than the number 4 rat size

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 21 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Came across a slightly different trap a few weeks ago that is less dangerous for the operator. Called Goodnature, they operate using compressed gas. https://goodnaturetraps.co.uk/humane-rat-traps/ We were looking at their squirrel traps. They are expensive, but do seem to be reasonably effective and by releasing and resetting, mean they don't have to be checked on a daily basis. If you can find a suitable bait, the rat may be interested whereas the Sammisons won't be.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 21 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

they look good, for that job list, as a farm trap i can see how that could be made to work rather well, for my situation i will think about it

the rat specific cinnamon bait is interesting, i will see what the sammisons think of cinnamon

thanks

ps the engineering is classic semi auto blowback

how that works when covered in dried rat brains would need experiment


Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 21 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think they continue to work quite well. The gas cylinder needs changing about every 20 operations, which is the only downside apart from the price to me, so inspection and cleaning could take place then. They sound a lot less scary than Karnia trap and has the advantage of releasing the body so don't need checking every day.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 21 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

easy cheesy is a start

behind the fenn was a step too far

cinnamon added, interesting test in a complex system

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 21 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cinnamon, cheese and minced beef seem popular

i need to adjust the sear for more sensitive but not sammison sensitive

it may have been ratty scoffed it, it is quiet, it might not have been ratty

the fog of war is just cover for the first casualty, which was the plan

rat in a bag and a nice breakfast was the plan

not a breakfast rat, the two are separate concepts

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