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Old 10-02-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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Does anyone know where to purchase rat trap boxes? I tried Lowes and Home Depot... they only had them for mice.

I'm looking for the boxes. I've seen them around stores and such...they're black, square. Evidently the rat can go in but not get out.

Ugh! I hate rats but have seen them now just in the last few weeks in the back yard.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:58 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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If they are just in the backyard, they are probably tree rats. I wouldn't worry about them unless you get them in the house. Tree rats are very common in central Texas and can be found pretty much anywhere there are pecan trees! Including the very best neighborhoods in Austin!

I do not think that the rat boxes are available to the general public, you might have to get them through a pest control company. But I'd really urge you just to let them be. Hopefully a rat snake will come along and thin them out for you!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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Agree with Centralaustinite on this one. If they aren't in your house what's the worry?
Also, why do you "hate" rats exactly? They're friendly, intelligent creatures and for the most part make great pets.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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They're called bait boxes. Rats go in, eat the poison, and die a day or two later (so you don't have to clean up dead rat carcasses). Our pest control people (we have quarterly bug service) put them around our yard. We had to actually buy the boxes (I think they were like $15 each) and they re-bait them when they do their regular service.

You can try contacting a pest control service to see if they will sell you some. We use J & J Pest Control. I think you can buy just the boxes and bait from them.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:41 PM
 
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Agree with Centralaustinite on this one. If they aren't in your house what's the worry?
Also, why do you "hate" rats exactly? They're friendly, intelligent creatures and for the most part make great pets.
Can't speak for the OP, but we do it because we have had them get in the attic twice, requiring expensive removal services. But we still didn't put out bait boxes, until they started attracting snakes. After we had the 5th rattlesnake removed from our yard, and being told by a snake expert that it was probably because of the rats, we finally broke down and got the boxes. No problems with rats or snakes since.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Get a cat...
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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You might also want to get rid of rat harborages like wood piles, any sort of thing that provides shelter. I saw a rat for the first time in 8 years scurrying for my backyard swing that was covered by a tarp. The tarp provided shelter. I immediately removed the tarp and any coverings will be tight fitting in the future.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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I would be concerned about the predators who might eat the poisoned rats - cats, dogs, owls etc.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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I've found a couple hiding under my deck. HEB carries those exact bait boxes you are talking about for about $9 each. Both of those rats are now dead.
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