Dealing With Rats - Introduce an Enemy
As more people garden and store their harvests for Winter months, there will be a rise in the rat and rodent population in urban and suburban settings.
East coast residents are seeing rats in new places. On Cape Cod in Massachusetts, rats have moved from dumpster denizens to household pests. For people like Mike Travers, an exterminator with EcoGeek pest control, this means that business is booming. While no one's counting the rats up and down the east coast, Travers says he's seen a definite uptick in the Cape's population over the past five years. These days, he says his company goes out multiple times a day to address rat problems at peoples' homes. "This is something that's new," he said, checking traps at a home at the home of Janice and Tim Schofield in Barnstable. "I would say probably 80 percent of my rat calls are for residential homes."
While traps and poison bait is an option, one solution may be to reintroduce a real predator to the mix.
Terriers were breed for hunting rats. These small dogs have the speed and the size to go where the rat goes. Here is a link to a group of people who train modern dogs to do what their ancestors did.