#1
so a friend of mine has 2 pet rats that escaped in her apartment.

Any suggestions on how to catch them? I'm going over there in a bit to help, all the stores are closed, so no mouse traps of any kind, and they're not tame, they WILL bite.

Ideas?

EDIT: ninja-guy and momentosis get off with a warning, I'm not speaking to the next funny-man for a month.

EDIT: and I'm just kidding about that ^, but serious answer are appreciated.
Last edited by CoreysMonster at May 24, 2010,
#3
Tame them.
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#4
This happened to me alot. Get some food, and sit perfectly still for a very long time and grab them when they come to investigate. Kinda simple.

If they'll bite use rubber gloves or MAN THE **** UP.
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#5
lure them with nachos (actually is a good idea)
but do it classic
cage + cheese
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This happened to me alot. Get some food, and sit perfectly still for a very long time and grab them when they come to investigate. Kinda simple.

If they'll bit euse rubber gloves or MAN THE **** UP.

! gloves!

of course!


good god am I stupid I didn't even think of that.
#8


Lighten up lol

Get some of these, they are cheap cheap cheap, bit of food in the end, leave them over night...


repeat until you get them both.

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#10
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Lighten up lol

Get some of these, they are cheap cheap cheap, bit of food in the end, leave them over night...


repeat until you get them both.

I wasn't serious, lol

They're not MY rats.
#11
Quote by CoreysMonster
! gloves!

of course!


good god am I stupid I didn't even think of that.



Rat catching is a science, bro.
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#12
Go over 9000,
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#13
Find the room they are currently in, go in and close the door. Before going in, make sure you have a bucket or something similar. Put some food in the bucket or don't, depends on if you want them to survive. Corner them as well as you can, throw the bucket/box on them, weigh the container down. Done. Again, if you want them to live, a hole in the container would be beneficial. Leave them there until you can call animal control or something, you'll be fine.
#14
Try luring with food and wear gloves. Also dim the lights.

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#15
Do you even have a general idea where they are?

Leave out some carrots or something, then wait. And watch. Pet rats love carrots (at least the ones I live with do).

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#18
Quote by CoreysMonster
I wasn't serious, lol

They're not MY rats.



I wasn't...




Seriously get some humane traps, easier than trying to lure them out and catch them by hand.

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#19
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Do you even have a general idea where they are?

Leave out some carrots or something, then wait. And watch. Pet rats love carrots (at least the ones I live with do).

apparently they're hiding behind some clothes under a bed.
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Quote by Tom 1.0

Seriously get some humane traps, easier than trying to lure them out and catch them by hand.

that's the problem, I can't, all the stores are closed right now, and this girl is terrified of her own rats, and I have no experience with rodents at all.
#22
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apparently they're hiding behind some clothes under a bed.

Block off the entire area under the bed so nothing gets in or out.
#23
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apparently they're hiding behind some clothes under a bed.

Oh. Well that's simple.

1. Surround the bed with stuff they can't crawl over.
2. Move the clothes.
3. Using something like books, and something to push the books with (broom?), force the rats to go a given direction.
4. Great Success.

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#24
add to their food swarf (iron thingy) and then pull them with magnets.
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#25
Quote by CoreysMonster
that's the problem, I can't, all the stores are closed right now, and this girl is terrified of her own rats, and I have no experience with rodents at all.



I never get why girls get pets they are scared off lol


Well get some good gloves, long sleeve coat, a box you can throw and just get stuck in.

Keep the door closed so they cant leave and prepare for war?

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#26
Quote by Tom 1.0
I never get why girls get pets they are scared off lol


Well get some good gloves, long sleeve coat, a box you can throw and just get stuck in.

Keep the door closed so they cant leave and prepare for war?

yeah, I'm gonna do this.

I have a nice thick pair of skiing gloves, I'll use them to ward off the rodenty malice.

thanks, guys.
#27
Quote by CoreysMonster
so a friend of mine has 2 pet rats that escaped in her apartment.

Any suggestions on how to catch them? I'm going over there in a bit to help, all the stores are closed, so no mouse traps of any kind, and they're not tame, they WILL bite.

Ideas?

EDIT: ninja-guy and momentosis get off with a warning, I'm not speaking to the next funny-man for a month.


I used to catch live rats all the time in the factory that I used to work in.
First, get a large dustbin and put about 6 inches of water in the bottom, place it next to a table of a worktop with a piece of thin cardboard hanging over the side of it, like a diving board (I used to nail the cardboard to my workbench but it would work as well with something weighing it down) then place food on the edge of the cardboard overhanging the bin. This is a bit of a balancing act because the cardboard bends, this means getting the weight of the food just right so that it just balances without falling in.
Leave it in a room with the lights out, the rat comes along, climbs out onto the cardboard to get the food, which cannot take it's weight and bends, dumping the rat into the water, which stops it jumping back out again.

Honestly, it really works.
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I used to catch live rats all the time in the factory that I used to work in.
First, get a large dustbin and put about 6 inches of water in the bottom, place it next to a table of a worktop with a piece of thin cardboard hanging over the side of it, like a diving board (I used to nail the cardboard to my workbench but it would work as well with something weighing it down) then place food on the edge of the cardboard overhanging the bin. This is a bit of a balancing act because the cardboard bends, this means getting the weight of the food just right so that it just balances without falling in.
Leave it in a room with the lights out, the rat comes along, climbs out onto the cardboard to get the food, which cannot take it's weight and bends, dumping the rat into the water, which stops it jumping back out again.

Honestly, it really works.

wait, no, I'm doing this instead

EPIC idea, mate, thanks a billion!!
#29
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I used to catch live rats all the time in the factory that I used to work in.
*brilliance*
Honestly, it really works.

That's really clever. 6in may be a bit much depending on the size of the rat though.

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#30
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6in may be a bit much depending on the size of the rat though.

Context just needs to be thrown right out sometimes.
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#32
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That's really clever. 6in may be a bit much depending on the size of the rat though.

Well it can't be 'too' deep really. The water really just needs to be deep enough to stop the rat touching the bottom of the bin, so that the rat is 'out of it's depth'.
Don't worry about the rat drowning though, I used to set this trap every night, and the next morning I almost always had a rat swimming around in the bin, and not once did one drown because rats can actualy swim for many hours.


An alternative would be to line the bottom of the bin with glue.
#33
so apparently, rats can easily be chased back into their cage by hunting them with deodorant

one rat's down, one to go.
I might not even have to drive over there.
#34
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so apparently, rats can easily be chased back into their cage by hunting them with deodorant



Might have to remember that one.

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#35
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so apparently, rats can easily be chased back into their cage by hunting them with deodorant

one rat's down, one to go.
I might not even have to drive over there.

Sounds like a cat/snake, I suppose
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#36
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Sounds like a cat/snake, I suppose

yeah, and in combination with this joke

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EDIT: whoops accidentally douple posted:

Alright, so the second rat is presumed dead by electrecution due to a strange smell of burning in the room and a lamp suddenly no longer working.

I am no longer needed, though this thread has taught me various ways to catch rodents should the need ever rise again. Thanks alot to all of you.
Last edited by CoreysMonster at May 24, 2010,