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Rainatnight Mon 06-Feb-17 12:36:56

Tiny London back garden. Adopted baby arriving THIS WEEK and a rat has just shown up. Am frrrrrreaking out.

ArriettyClock1 Mon 06-Feb-17 12:37:57

I could lend you my son - he's an expert shot and can get them straight through the temples!

Fluffywallow Mon 06-Feb-17 12:38:16

We have a similar issue so watching with interest. Have you found where they are getting in? I've blocked up a few access holes which seems to have stopped the issue (for now!)

JennyOnAPlate Mon 06-Feb-17 12:38:37

Call the council who come and lay traps (well they do in my area anyway)

Footle Mon 06-Feb-17 12:38:38

Pest Control, asap. Enviroguard is the name of one lot. The rat will not have come alone.
And massive congrats on the baby!

splendide Mon 06-Feb-17 12:38:45

Just ignore it, it really won't get the baby I promise.

Congrats on the new arrival!

Mol1628 Mon 06-Feb-17 12:42:53

I don't think you can do much if they're just in your garden? They're everywhere you just don't see them often.

user1478860582 Mon 06-Feb-17 12:43:04

Depends where it is coming from. If it's in your garden then it's easy enough to get rid of the nest (there will be more than one......they're sociable little chaps!). If it's in another garden then you need to get everyone on board.

Sorting rats out in urban environments is far harder than rural areas! Speak to the council,as they will approach other householders.

gleam Mon 06-Feb-17 12:43:19

Council.

Or, get a cat...

splendide Mon 06-Feb-17 12:44:41

We occasionally see rats in our garden - they've never come in the house. Wouldn't occur to me to worry about it anymore than I would squirrels or foxes or mice or sparrows. Just nature so long as it stays out the house.

DappledThings Mon 06-Feb-17 12:47:16

We got a garden one with a massive trap once. One of the old fashioned snap ones but a big one.

Heard it go about 3am, looked out in the morning to see it dead and decided to deal with it when we got home from work. By the time we got home something, maybe a cat or a fox, had eaten nearly all of it leaving just the head and a spine...

WellErrr Mon 06-Feb-17 12:47:51

You haven't got a rat.

Youve got LOADS of rats. Sorry.

It's v common though. Call the council.

DappledThings Mon 06-Feb-17 12:47:55

We got a garden one with a massive trap once. One of the old fashioned snap ones but a big one.

Heard it go about 3am, looked out in the morning to see it dead and decided to deal with it when we got home from work. By the time we got home something, maybe a cat or a fox, had eaten nearly all of it leaving just the head and a spine...

savagehk Mon 06-Feb-17 12:48:50

Council, I thought.

Rainatnight Mon 06-Feb-17 12:48:53

NEST??!!

user1478860582 Mon 06-Feb-17 12:50:36

Probably only one nest as rats are very territorial.

Chickydoo Mon 06-Feb-17 12:51:09

Get a cat

HecateAntaia Mon 06-Feb-17 12:54:37

Yes if youve seen a rat there's a nest.They aren't solitary creatures. Sorry 😁
You need pest control.

user892 Mon 06-Feb-17 12:57:19

Make sure your bins are secure and let 'im get on with it. Is probably not resident. Poor ratty.

Bluntness100 Mon 06-Feb-17 12:58:09

We had this in a previous house. Saw it walk across the patio. So we called the council and they sent someone out who laid traps and then came and collected them. It resolved the issue. Call your local council and ask.

ArriettyClock1 Mon 06-Feb-17 13:03:39

Yes, despite my son's fondness for assassinating them - rats don't actually bother me at all.

They come onto our bird table but I have never seen one close to the house.

We are very rural, so in addition to rats we get mink, weasels, stoats - all sorts.

FannyWisdom Mon 06-Feb-17 13:07:14

No good if you don't have a gun.

If you shoot one the rest get the hint.
and go under the trampoline in the neighbours garden

DJBaggySmalls Mon 06-Feb-17 13:07:30

Sorry but there are thousands of rats within a square mile of you. You can get live cage traps that wont hurt other wildlife or cats. Cat food makes a good bait, they cant resist it.

KERALA1 Mon 06-Feb-17 13:08:17

Ensure no food source in your garden
Ensure nowhere for them to hide no log store or compost heap etc
Lay lots of poison. Do nothing for a week
After week clear any potential hiding places.
No food or nowhere to hide they move on.
This was advice of pest control man worked for us
Am phobic about rats!

user892 Mon 06-Feb-17 13:12:15

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't put poison down. Our cat was killed by such STUPID behaviour.

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