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    Breeding / Keeping Woodirs Rat issue

    Anyone else breeding or keeping woodies had issues with rats trying to get into there tubs?

    Found this the other day on one of my tubs the other tub only has a fly screen mesh opening which they have been chewing through a few days before hand

    I keep them in my garage. I set up a couple of traps after seeing that they had been chewing through the fly screen but have no luck trapping any

    Can't bait as I have dogs and also wild snakes on the odd occasion.

    Any advise will be much appreciated, was thinking of making up some 3mm allow tubs, I have the tubs so 2 speak already just need 2 do some mods for it 2 work.

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    Oh wow, they are chewing through the plastic Todd .At first I thought you were talking about the mesh, and I was going to say use aluminium mesh, (I replaced my nylon mesh years ago).
    Are you using the old mouse trap types or the cage type traps? I bought 1 from bummings and caught a few rats stealing seed from my chooks.But you can't use them too often or they get smart.
    Here's an idea, try brushing fibreglass resin over your tubs to toughen them up ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Oh wow, they are chewing through the plastic Todd .At first I thought you were talking about the mesh, and I was going to say use aluminium mesh, (I replaced my nylon mesh years ago).
    Are you using the old mouse trap types or the cage type traps? I bought 1 from bummings and caught a few rats stealing seed from my chooks.But you can't use them too often or they get smart.
    Here's an idea, try brushing fibreglass resin over your tubs to toughen them up ??

    Cage type traps, 1 smaller one for mouse and one larger for rats, I have caught a few smaller mouse before this happened so guessing they have smartened up

    I think I might modify the alloy tubs, just wasn't 2 sure if they would retain heat more than the plastic tubs and in summer they get warm enough just in the plastic tubs

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    And yes they are chewing through the nylon mesh on one of the other tubs, this one has ally mesh so can't chew through so going through the plastic instead!

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    They will chew through aluminum mesh like it is nothing. A mate put old queen excluders from his bee hives over his tubs to stop them. Cant chew through steel. I haven't had any holes chewed in a few years now. All my tubs have aluminum mesh.
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    Getting back to the cage traps, clean them with bleach then rinse thoroughly, leave in the sun for a few days. This should get rid of the rat smell.
    Use peanut butter or bird seed or both on bread for bait.
    BTW do you need any more egg cartons?
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    I know a chap who was living in SA in a grain growing area. Mice were chewing through his plastic tubs. Couldn't do anything to stop them. He was looking at a shipping container but has now moved to NSW.

    Todd I would try only feeding a small amount of food so they eat it in one day. Nothing then for a couple of days and feed again. Also try Non Toxic water crystals for moisture rather than carrot etc. i only give moisture once a week, sometimes twice a week in the heat and not on tap 24/7. I used to find Black Soldier fly would lay eggs in the tubs and any carrot left after a day would get maggots on them. I see plenty of BSF near the tubs but no maggots or any other beasties attracted to the food now. The idea is to remove the source of attraction for the mice / rats

    I use Eden Water Crystals from Bunnings. Before 60 kg of carrots per month @ around $84 . Now 1kg of cyrstals $20 has lasted over 6 months and still going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Getting back to the cage traps, clean them with bleach then rinse thoroughly, leave in the sun for a few days. This should get rid of the rat smell.
    Use peanut butter or bird seed or both on bread for bait.
    BTW do you need any more egg cartons?
    Cheers Rick, pretty good for egg cartoons at the moment, Got a heap of a lady down the road not that long ago, pretty sure she is a manager of a mc donalds store, she said if I need more 2 let her know.
    Thanks for the other anyway

    Speaking of egg cartoons, I had a stack of cartoons sitting on a shelf above the woodie tubs and this arvo found a few of those had been chewed few

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    Any cafe, bakery or fast food outlet would be happy to part with egg trays. Any Egg companies nearby might part with some too. I rang The Big Egg company here in Southport and asked for a few. She said would 400 be ok. I said thank you very much. I got over 400 which is great.
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    Brian what mix ratio do you use per tub, 1 teaspoon per 500mls of water? do you just sit it on something or just leave directly in the tub?

    I bought some today so will give it ago

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