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#157220 - 01/31/07 06:52 PM Totally OT - Varmints in the attic....
RickF Offline
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Anybody have any good suggestions to get varmints out of the attic? I had originally thought it was a squirrel (or two) but now I'm wondering if it is maybe a rat after shining my flashlight yesterday and catching a glimpse of what I *thought* looked more like a rat.

The problem is that in the part of the attic where it (they) is located is scissor trusses and there's no way I can ever get there. I've set up a Have-A-Heart trap as far as I could but to no avail...

Any other suggestions?
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#157221 - 01/31/07 06:57 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: RickF]
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Throw a big ass cat up there, that should do the trick.
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#157222 - 01/31/07 07:02 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: Wid]
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I was just going to say the same thing
We were having a problem with mice, two weeks ago we adopted a Snowshoe Siamese as an indoor cat, the cat camped in the kitchen the first night, in the morning we saw what looked like spots of blood on the kitchen floor, haven't seen a mouse since.
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#157223 - 01/31/07 07:05 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: Wid]
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Rick, we have has a 'big ass cat' but I'm thinking she's a little too big and way too domesticated for this little adventure.

A fellow worker was telling me about a trap that uses a couple or three 'C' or 'D' cell batteries that will electrocute the little troublemaker but I haven't been able to find one anywhere.
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#157224 - 01/31/07 07:11 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: RickF]
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How about using some of the stuff you guys put down for the rats in the cane fields. That should do it.
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#157225 - 01/31/07 07:14 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: RickF]
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How about throwing your EP600 up there and cranking it til his insides turn to jelly.
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#157226 - 01/31/07 07:16 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: Wid]
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I've thought about that also but man if that little critter up and died on me way back in the scissor trusses where I won't be able to remove 'em the smell might not be good for the home team in a few days.
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#157227 - 01/31/07 07:16 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: snakeyes]
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Quote:

How about throwing your EP600 up there and cranking it til his insides turn to jelly.




That would certainly kill something, better yet someone, trying to lift that beast that high.
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#157228 - 01/31/07 07:21 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: RickF]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Rat traps? Rat poison? Call your local animal control office? A professional exterminator?

The house I grew up in used to occasionally get racoons in the attic. Talk about loud! My father used to set out these buckets of this amonia gel stuff, and that would frequently keep them out for long periods of time. I have no idea if such a thing would work for squirrels or rats.

I've heard of other people having luck calling their local animal control office.


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#157229 - 01/31/07 07:21 PM Re: Totally OT - Varmints in the attic.... [Re: snakeyes]
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Jake, I'm wondering if the thing is actually liking the 600 ... first we started hearing it in the front part of our house but now it has moved to the room adjoining the media room, exactly where the no-crawl space scissor trusses are located.
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