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Old 05-31-2013, 10:20 PM
 
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We live on a pond. Empty lots around us with lots of growth by the water. We saw a big ole rat -- I think it was a rat...didn't see the tail....in the growth in the empty lot beside us. Husband thought he saw a rat about a year ago. I had the exterminating company put a contraption that is suppose to give the rat poison -- he takes it back to his family and share. He also told us to get rid of all bird feeders. Any food is food for a rat. AAACCCK.

He then said -- honestly -- they are all around. He lives on Isle of Palm and says it just is a way of life. You just don't want them near your home so you don't provide them with food. No more bird feeders EVER for me.

Still have never seen a snake here. ......but I am very aware right now -- looking hard.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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totally normal, except they are almost a month behind schedule

the rush of them waking hungry will soon be over and they'll resume to their normal hiding spots, which many times happens to be on the edges of paths etc so they can attack their real prey - not you...

I usually see them all over and very active during turkey seasons, mid march through april, but they were no where to be found... yet... they're just running in a late pattern

coyotes are being seen where they never were before too, and bears in Walterboro today... the animals are starting to encroach on us! as it was written...
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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I have a pellet gun for sale that will rid you of your rat problem and is real fun to shoot too...
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:42 AM
 
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Not about snakes, but about rat poison and dogs - sorry to go a little off topic -

Please, please, if you have dogs, if your neighbors have dogs, do NOT use rat poison. If the dog get hold of a dead/dying rat that has been poisoned, it can kill the dog. Rat poison is usually warfarin, a blood thinner that is given in lethal doses for the rats. It is also extremely lethal for dogs.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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We do have dogs. We've lived here for two year and this is the first time we have seen rats and happened to see two within a week. We have a drainage pond not far from our back yard so I suspect that is where they are coming from. They didn't touch the dead one but the 1/2 dead one had them all wound up but I don't think they made physical contact. I had to bring them in until it could be taken care of.

I don't have bird feeders but my neighbors do. I worry about diseased rats.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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Not about snakes, but about rat poison and dogs - sorry to go a little off topic -

Please, please, if you have dogs, if your neighbors have dogs, do NOT use rat poison. If the dog get hold of a dead/dying rat that has been poisoned, it can kill the dog. Rat poison is usually warfarin, a blood thinner that is given in lethal doses for the rats. It is also extremely lethal for dogs.

That's why I use this: Bell Laboratories - Products
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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Really kind of hit or miss ...

I'm a Survey Crew Chief for a local civil engineering/land planning company so I'm out in the woods ... A LOT.

I also have a wooded HOA common area behind my house in my neighborhood so as you can guess, between the two I'm not shocked to find snakes here and there.

Well ... last year, from the end of February into March I saw THREE copperheads and one 'black racer' in my back yard.

At the same time, we started work over on Wescott Park (which is coming along NICELY btw) ... anyway ... the whole time I've worked, and continue to work there, I've seen exactly ZERO snakes. From the time it was still completely wooded to now. NONE. A few of the contractors have seen a couple of rattlesnakes and one crew even killed two in one day.

I think it's just a matter of timing and happenstance.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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Here is the solution to any snake problem. Isn't he cute
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Daniel Island SC
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Here is the solution to any snake problem. Isn't he cute
Downright adorable! I'll take a pack of them!
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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No dog can get to my stuff for the rats....

Neighbor's bird feeder will do it according to my pest guy. I wanted to move my feeders away from the house and he suggested not to have any.

Since getting rid of the feeders, we have seen our little friend (not sure it is the same one) in the greenery by the pond on the lot next to us -- but not around our house. The pest guy says he can see them eating the stuff he has put out. I may suggest we move it a little further away from the house -- down by the water.
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