Some good chat about rats in this thread.Hi all
I am new on here so please go gentle.
We have a small farm of about 300 acres and this year we are over run with rats.
I am looking at getting my ticket to purchase some stronger poison I see LANTRA do a e learning course "Rodent Control on farms" but at the bottom of the page it says "please note this course is not part of a qualification to be a pest controller" but I am not looking at becoming a pest controller just want to thin our rats out and need the certificate.
Could anyone please advise what to do or who to speak to.
Or just don’t use blocks. Rats food source is often loose grain.....so use what they are used to and they will eat it. It’s also harder to carry away.Some good chat about rats in this thread.
If you’re using blocks loose then they’ll carry them away and probably not get eaten. Use a bait box or wire through them to fix them.sometime ago I posted a thread here saying I was in local merchant and the woman serving at counter was telling customer that to buy rat bait from next year a certificate would be needed, I have just been there and the guy at counter was saying the strength of all rat bait is going to be...thefarmingforum.co.uk
We are having a rat epidemic at Mrs Fred's stables. I found the sachets worked quite well at home, but they really loved added peanut butter. We had a lad with a 177 and night scopes and he lowered them but couldn't get them all.
At the main farm, the rats have all disappeared and I have noticed a stoat patrolling round the buildings and I am certain he has lowered them along with the feral dove population in the barn.
We decided to do the online course so I could deal with the stable problem and I found the Mole Valley one for £49 on their website which gives you a Lantra cert. at the end. They do a farm course, or a "Comensal rat" course, which apparently means for rats who live around human habitation. I only asked them about it on Friday, and the lady said do the comensal one as it covers farms as well and is more informitive. I haven't received the email course yet, but will report if it arrives soon.
There’s nothing to stop you doing that, or from buying it from MVF, etc. Expect to pay half as much again for a much smaller pack though, which may well be cheaper than paying for a course if you only have a small place, and/or a few rats?it's a bit galling when my mate from Bournemouth just goes down to BandQ and buys it without any checkups and he lives in a residential street.