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Old 09-27-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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We had to stop feeding the birds...
due to this guy and his friends. Self explanatory I think.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
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He looks busted!
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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We have the same problem in our (tiny) yard in SF. I was HORRIFIED when I saw a rat sauntering around in the middle of the day. Freaked out and called the pest guy, who says there is a colony (!!!!!!) of rats living in an old stone wall at the bottom of our garden.

Jan, I'll be interested to know how you get rid of your unwanted visitors. I have two kids and a very curious puppy, so am scared of using poison, but I WILL NOT HAVE RATS! (and that's final)
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"COLONY"?
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:02 PM   #5
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We have a problem with the neighbors leaving out dog food which attracts them as well as the bird seed. Best thing you can do is not have any food around outdoors.

I was very unhappy when I first found out we had a few around. We had some kind of vine growing on our wall and we could here them scurrying around in it at night. After DH took down the vine we didn't see or hear them till we fed the birds. DH put out a trap and caught one, but that's it. I think they're pretty smart and I'm not sure you can do anything to rid yourself of them entirely. I told DH if he wants to set traps go ahead, but put them in the bushes so I don't have to see them.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:16 PM   #6
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Ooooohhhhh! Aaaaaagh! Horrors!!!



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aww he's cute!

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Old 09-27-2007, 06:27 PM   #8
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My friend had a rats nest in her car engine.
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We had some sort of varmint chew our spark plug wires on honeymoon in New Mexico. We thought it was rabbit-now I'm wondering if it was rats!
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I'm sure there's probably a colony somewhere around me. My neighbors have fruit trees and the neighbor next to me has the set for Survivor in his backyard corner. My husband had to tell him not to throw his old carpet in the corner of his yard because we didn't want rats. I haven't seen any but then again I'm not out lurking around in the backyard after dark. Maybe I should. I know we have an armadillo and a possum and some racoons it only makes sense that ratus ratus would be there too.
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