Rats In My Yard?

I was lying in my hammock this afternoon, and just gotten comfortable when I heard a rustling sound above me. I thought it was birds, and I looked up just in time to see a big rat run across the patio cover and down a tree! How can I get rid of rats? I have dogs that use the yard, too, and I can't do anything that will poison them.


Linda from San Diego

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June 12, 20050 found this helpful

I saw one in a tree at the corner of my yard, too, but blue jays scared it away. I doubt they will hang around if you have dogs.

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June 12, 20052 found this helpful

I have a rubbermaid container, with a hole in the bottom corner that is just big enough for the mice or rats to get into but small enough that my cat and my two dogs cannot get into. I put rat poison inside it in a glass casserole dish... keeps the poison in one spot and not all over the bottom of the rubbermaid container...or out the hole. The poison is the kind that has warferin in it, thins their blood and as they eat the poison their blood gets thinner and thinner. No smell to them after and I have never had the dogs do anything with the dead rat/mouse. I have mine in the garage.


You could put yours near or under your patio and no one but you would know what is in the container. The rubbermaid container has a lid, easy for you to get off and refill the poison and also the rain cannot get the poison wet. Mice and rats love to crawl into things/holes and here at my acreage the container works great.


Yes, even if you have dogs, you can still have mice and/or rats.

You can also tell if the mice or rats are eating the poison...just make a mound of poison in the container and check when you open the container to see if the mound has been disturbed.

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June 24, 20170 found this helpful

What kind of rat poison did you use i have 2 big dogs and a weiner dog. I want to try this idea there is like a major infestation a neighbor on corner behind us left trash out and im assuming left the house trashed because we didn't have this problem till they started moving out.


I smoke outside and see them running around in our yard everyones yards. My dogs go crazy.

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

Where and which poison works well

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By sandy (Guest Post)
June 13, 20051 found this helpful

i live in a condo. i have been told that rats feast on dog feces. it is the law and common sense to pick up the poop, but i know for myself, as i am handicapped) it doesnt always happen. but they doo like doo. so that is one thing you can doo is to pick it up.

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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

Great idea! I too, live in a condo. At first I assumed rats were suddenly appearing because leftover dog treAts/food were casually being left in back yard. I shall now focus more so on removing the poop. Thanks for the advive

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