Or is that a 'how long is a piece of string' question?
First saw Ratty in the courtyard at the back of our house a month ago. It was completely my fault - put some old scones out for the birds and it attracted some blackbird fledglings, so kept doing it - might has well have put up a big ' Cream Teas For Rats' sign . Put out poison in three different places along the route where he/them seemed to be running. When we had them before (two years ago) I'm sure this worked in about two weeks, but although two bowls are now remaining untouched, one bowl still has a few pellets taken from it every other night or so. I saw Rat every day for four days after we put the poison down, but haven't seen any signs since then.
I guess this just means there are lots of them [yuk] There's nothing else that could be eating it, is there?
Oh and another question - if I keep the kitchen door open during the day, how likely are they to come in? I've been keeping it firmly shut up to now, but am sweltering!
We have guinea pigs in the passageway to the courtyard, which I'm sure is part of the problem, as however much we clean up after them, they always kick a bit of food out of their hutches. So I have to go out to feed them (am making DH clean them out atm though!)
If there is only one rat, he's eaten a ton of poison and still not died
Council pest control told me it took about 8 days for the rats to die - haven't seen a dead one yet, though. We have a similar problem (guinea pigs and all) and did have rats under the shed. Then the rats stopped taking the poison but my neighbour kept seeing them in her garden. The poison was taken last week, but then not again, so we may just have rogue 'fly-by-night' rats slipping in from the back alley for a quick poison snack!
Poison is disgusting you should be ashamed of yourself. You people need to realise rats have feelings. How can you actually live knowing that something is in unimaginable pain for 2 or more days???? You women need to sort your heads out.
MoreBeta, how did you catch them in your cage trap? Where did you put the cage trap? We have had a cage trap out for 2 weeks now, mainly because we are not sure if the "visitor" is a rat or squirrel and it is apparently illegal to poison a squirrel, according to the helpful man from the Council, but we have not caught anything and I am getting desperate.