RATS!!!

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:57 am


I was downstairs today and I saw a rat. It looked to be about the size of tardarían and it ran away after I flipped out. Is it of danger to them? I just left for university, but I stuck a blanket under the door to the room they are in and locked it.

Any way of getting rid of this annoyance? Are they of danger to my pigs?

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:00 am


If your cage does not have a secure top and you think they would eat the food, perhaps they may be a problem.

You may need at least a temporary layer of hardware cloth, wired to the more open grids, if this is what you are using for a cage.

Other people may have other opinions or advice.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:06 am


What could they do to them? I’m going to put something over the top of the cage and secure it but can they hurt my pigs?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:09 am


Rats can attack pigs, and they carry diseases. You need a rat trap, ASAP.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:18 am


I’m planning on getting a rat trap once I get home, but do you think that the barricade I made will work until then? I saw it downstairs and my bedroom (the one my little ones are In) is across the house from then stairs. I also meant to say Targarian, in the main post, but it autocorrected. I seriously hope they will be okay till then.

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sef1268
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Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:45 am


Ditto what has already been said about rats. They can and do attack small animals. In addition, they can carry any number of diseases. You don't want them around for your own health's sake, either.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:20 pm


I’ll update once I get home and place some traps. I really want this vermin gone especially since he’s going to try to screw with my piggies.

rjespicer

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:09 pm


You need them gone, not just for the piggies safety but for yours as well. Rats carry Leptospirosis which can be fatal. I had to have Antibiotics for it once when i contracted it after falling in to a canal (Alcohol may have been involved ;-) ) If it is untreated it can have dire consequences. Make sure you do not leave anything out that you use for food preparation and always wash your hands before putting them anywhere near your mouth or anything you may put near your mouth.

If you are squeamish about sprung traps you can build a slightly more humane trap yourself out of a bucket, some string and a tin can and capture it to release elsewhere. Or if you put water in the bucket you can drown it but I am not sure that is much more humane.

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lisam

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:34 pm


We use live traps for critters like rats and mice.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:53 pm


Whatever you do, avoid chemical poisons. The risk of your guinea pigs coming in contact with it or rats that have ingested it is not worth the benefit. My advice is to call a rat exterminator to get rid of them. They are experts in solving rat infestations humanely without using poison.

Some things you can do to help get rid of them are; remove all readily available sources of food altogether. Anything they might get into should be secured in a place and in a way where they cannot get into it. Tupperware containers work well. Keep anything they might use for bedding picked up and put where they cannot get to it. They go after just about anything they can chew up for bedding. Basically you need to remove anything that makes your place hospitable.

Another choice and as a last resort is to get a cat. If you go that route, you will need to be extremely careful not to let it get to your guinea pigs. I have to watch things very carefully with mine. I had the cats long before we got the piggies. They have no interest in the piggies, but I don't take any chances. The presence of the cat may drive the rats out.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:56 pm


Closet shelving makes an awesome lid that will keep out any cat. But a cat isn't apt to bother adult pigs. My cat used to hop in the pig cage for a nap with them.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:45 pm


Most house cats don't take a sinister interest in anything as big as a guinea pig. They are well suited to catch rats and mice. I'm not concerned about them trying to kill and eat the piggies. What concerns me is them wanting to play with them and inadvertently injuring the pigs.

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sef1268
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Post   » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:32 pm


I agree with having the rats professionally dealt with. A professional exterminator can also show you the best ways to prevent them from coming back once they have been eradicated.

WICharlie

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:42 am


I would definitely get a rat trap or 3. I guess I would not suggest getting a cat as a solution to taking care of a rat or two. The rats are no doubt a short term problem. Having a cat is a long term commitment. My cat is currently 16 years old and still going. Getting a cat is an expensive and time consuming solution to getting rid of a rat. Think of paying for years for vet bills, cat litter, cat food, flea and tick control, toys, etc., etc. Also, some cats wouldn't catch a rat if it stood in front of them and did a jig. It would be just your luck to get that kind of cat.

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sef1268
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Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:35 pm


My dad's neurotic cat would probably just run and hide from it.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:41 pm


The rat was eradicated. My mum texted me a picture of it, and it was caught in the trap. Crisis averted. We used a trap that killed it, and we also re set all of them in case there was more. I also checked on my piggies and they are all fine. Thanks guys. We are currently looking for how it got in.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:44 pm


Appreciate all the help from y’all. And wow, that’s the most replies I’ve ever gotten from a question before :)

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:22 pm


I guess I would not suggest getting a cat as a solution to taking care of a rat or two.
I think I should clarify that I didn't mean for anyone to get a cat just to take care of a rat or two or as a rent a cat. Cats are great pets just like guinea pigs. Our cats are just as well cared for and loved as our guinea pigs. They live a leisurely life and they come and go as they please. They come inside to eat, sleep, when they just want to be inside and when the weather prohibits them being outside. They're part of a cat community within the neighborhood. They are are neutered and they get regular checkups and shots.

There's a giant field behind our neighborhood that is full of mice and they often find their way into the houses around here. In return for the love and care they get from us, they provide a valuable deterrent to the mice coming into this house. There is seldom just one rat or mouse. If you see one, there most likely a colony of them. Just one cat is all it takes to solve the problem. We saw traces of an old mouse infestation when we moved in 7 years ago but none since because we always have cats. It's a win-win.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:37 pm


You’ve just got to watch ‘em around the guinea pigs. I know it’s unlikley for them to try to eat them but the risk is still there.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:55 pm


They are more likely to injure them trying to play with them than to try killing and eating them. A safe and secure enclosure is a very easy way to mitigate the risk.

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