I have a rat invasion. Noticed a medium sized brown rat scurrying from a pot of Epiphyllum a couple of weeks ago. Epi leaves had been chewed but I thought it was snails and put out snail bait. Now I put out packets of rat poison but found out soon enough that it was not to their liking, they ignored the poison. Next came a rat trap, like a mouse trap only bigger and stronger, it could break your finger if it snapped full force. They ignored cheese, peanut butter and tuna fish as bait!!! What the h--- do they want? Toro sashimi??
Lastly I tried dry dog food sprinkled around the trigger and got one. That should solve the problem right? I got a rat every night for 7 nights now, how many of the little devils are there?
Talked to an exterminator and he said there are 2 types of rats, the Norvegian rat which is associated with garbage and disease and the smaller 'Ivy' rats who are vegetarians and much more like gophers, they are not attracted to garbage and are usually are not blamed for spreading disease. These are also a little harder to eradicate as they like to munch on greenery and sometimes ignore the bait. They are also common in Beverly Hills and other upscale neighborhoods with large patches of vegetation! Ha ha!!
I guess all I can do is keep putting out the trap until there are no more, what a pain. I prefer critters with 0, 6, 8 or more leg than the 4 legged or even worse 2 legged critters that bother my plants. The 2 and 4 legged critters have larger brains and are a little more difficult to deal with.