horizon wrote:Look at it from the rat's point of view. He's hungry. So why is he in your kitchen and from where is he getting his food? We had two infestations of mice. In the first instance we cleared every source of food and used non-killing traps (the mice were released into the local woods). In the second instance I couldn't be bothered with the traps and we simply removed any source of food. They went. Of course rat poison exists - it is a money-making product solution to your problem. It is also lazy and stupid IMV - (no offence to anyone here). The local authority will also use poison as they are very "professional" and must follow current societal beliefs - poison is a must. Rentokil BTW will also sort out your dry rot problems by poisoning and semi-demolishing your entire house. That doesn't auger well for their intelligence when it comes to rat catching. By all means use a trap (they are quite big!) but mainly change the conditions by which the rat lives.
PS Society solves traffic problems by building more roads. It is no saner in its approach to pest control.
That is one point of view. Not one I share mind.