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Anne writes,

I have rats in my yard and neighborhood, messy neighbors!

I have two dogs that I love dearly, they are very inquisitive. I have been using the wooden Victor traps under a milk crate with a big rock on top of the crate. I think the rats have caught on. Now that I am back to work, I have less time and do not look forward to checking all my traps. What advice can you give me?


Unfortunately, the only real effective options when pets are involved is to use rat stations to protect the snap trap, or bait that you use. The other option is to address why the rats are around, which may be due to the dog food around or other attracting factors. If you eliminate these issues it may take care of your rat problem without setting any traps or using any baits.  If not, then rat snap traps inside a rat station or a bait that is safe to use around pets such as dogs or cats is usually the best and only logical option.

Answer last updated on: 09/19/2010

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