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Rat attacking Hedgehogs

Evening the last week or so there has been a rat coming in the garden and attacking the hogs and stealing their food.

It looks to be coming from nextdoor, under the fence and into the garden. It keeps digging out the gravel below the board leaving a shallow entrance hole.

Due to the hogs poison isn't an option, so how to go about getting rid of the rat?

Any advice would be welcome.


  • SueAtooSueAtoo Posts: 281
    A wire rat trap over the entrance, but what to do with it then is beyond me.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974
    the only way to stop rats is to stop providing food

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,372
    @SueAtoo good idea...but like you say, what to do with it once captured.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,093
    edited 17 March
    Get a humane trap off amazon, put peanuts/chocolate/whatever on the plate, put the set trap by the hole, cover it with something rainproof. Hopefully catch the rat, take it off to the woods and let it go as soon as possible, because it can die if it's stuck in there too long.
    Move things around in the garden (they don't like change, hence ratty may not fall for the trap immediately) - put bits of wood out between the hole and the food, move pots about, etc.
    Put camphor oil or mothballs, or mint/mint oil around the garden, but check that first to make sure it won't harm or deter the hogs.
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,372
    Thanks @nutcutlet and @Slow-worm

    I will have to try both methods re the trap and the food, hoggies might not be happy but it will be for their benefit.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,093
    Just check the trap for a hog - hopefully they won't be able to get in if it's close enough to the fence, and if they're full of the food you put out they may not even be tempted. 
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,372
    Will do @Slow-worm looking to get a wire trap tomorrow and position it near the hole, will try and get one that is as hogproof as possible.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,093
    I got one of these off amazon, after seeing a rat the size of a labrador caught in one by friends, the husband wouldn't touch it so I did the release bit. 😄
    I didn't catch the rat, next door's Jack Russel did. Poor ratty, but I was glad it had gone 

  • CH1973CH1973 Posts: 56
    edited 18 March
    I won't be feeding birds after this month. Nothing comes onto my table apart from Jackdaws, Collard doves, a mouse and a giant rat that jumped over my shoulder one morning as it was getting light. I'll pass next winter on feeding the birds till I get more shrubs and trees in. Don't want rats. It shot under next doors shed 😕
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