We just bought a house where we suspect rat poison was used in the yard. We have two dogs who love getting into stupid mischief. We want to hire someone who will go through the yard with a fine-toothed comb before we move in and find any rat poison that might be there, and remove it. What would this person or business be called? [more inside]
posted by town of cats
on Apr 11, 2013 -
In a moment of weakness, I agreed to adopt 2 baby rats. What do I need to know that a google search doesn't tell me? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999
on Jul 18, 2011 -
Help me identify this book: It's science-fiction; it's set in some kind of post-apocalyptic or generally bleak future; and most memorably it features evolved rats that can do people-type stuff and may have been the "bad guys" of this book. I read it in 1980 at the latest. I suspect it was pulpy. And I most clearly remember a dramatic chase/action scene where either a human protagonist or one of the rats jumped in a big truck and, although it started, the tires began disintegrating because of its age (so the entire book couldn't have taken place more than a decade or two after something bad happened).
posted by bassomatic
on Feb 10, 2011 -
I hear the pitter-patter of little feet. No, there's no BabyCres on the way. Rather, we have mice, or some sort of animal, in our ceiling. Halp. [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Jan 27, 2011 -
PatrickO'BrianFilter: Please help me to understand a passage in H.M.S Surprise
regarding Maturin, thieving midshipmen, madder, and rats. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss
on Jun 6, 2010 -
I came home from work this afternoon to find a dead rat lying in the spot where my cat likes to leave his 'catch of the day' for my approval. Usually he catches small squirrels, moles and birds, and this is the first (wild) rat I've ever seen in my life, alive or dead. I am super grossed out and horrified, and now I'm worried that there are rats around that could get in my house! (Although, I am a bit less worried than I would be if I didn't have a cat that can catch them!) [more inside]
posted by cottonswab
on May 19, 2010 -
Our entire townhouse community is infested with rodents and we have some in the walls. The HOA is going to put poison baits around. Complication: we have two cats. [more inside]
posted by xenophile
on Feb 9, 2010 -
We have spiders and pill bugs in our basement. I want to spray for them, but I also have pet rats that I like to let wander around on occasion, and don't want them to get sick. Is there a natural bug spray that is rodent safe? (I know, our basement sounds like a fun place) [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Oct 15, 2009 -
[Book/Story-filter] Trying to place a book or maybe short story from my youth (child of the late 70s-80s). The only thing I can remember is a guy going swimming at the Y. He thinks he sees a towel stuck in the drain at the bottom of the pool, but once he gets down there he realizes it is a rat coming out of the drain.
It could be a really popular book for all I know. I just know that it scared the crap out of me and still freaks me out to this day a bit. Any ideas?
posted by speeb
on Oct 5, 2009 -
Something strange is going on in the kitchen...What has done this to the label on top of my recycle bin? Went to the recycle bin under the sink. in the picture you can see the lid with the label on it. Is it a mouse, a rat....something else?
No human in the house has done this!
posted by razzman
on Aug 13, 2009 -
My garage has been a rat motel for the past year. Now that the rats are gone how do I clean it and make it usable again? [more inside]
posted by phixed
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Should I get pet rats? Will they pee all over and eat all my wires and crawl into my walls? [more inside]
posted by greendress
on Jan 24, 2009 -
I'm considering getting a pair of rats. My AskMe and internet searches didn't have answers to my two questions regarding cats and vacations. [more inside]
posted by deborah
on Jan 22, 2009 -
What do I do about the rats living in my roof? Without leaving decomposing rat corpses above my ceiling? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper
on Jan 13, 2009 -
I've been searching Metafilter for humane solutions to our rat problem and, while a couple sound promising (hmmm...so lighter fluid is really ether??), I haven't seen one possibility mentioned: sticking the little bastards in the freezer. I've tried it, and it works great. For some reason, though, my wife isn't too thrilled at the prospect of Brother Rat nestling, even briefly, next to the frozen peas. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Olden_Bittermann
on Nov 8, 2008 -
Several questions about rat infestations, including this one: If I use poison on the giant rats who are suddenly infesting my house, what are the chances of a poisoned rat deciding to die where my dogs can get it and then, if they do get it, will they die too? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry
on Jul 3, 2008 -
What is the safest (my health comes first, preserving the photos comes second) way to clean photographs contaminated with cockroach eggs and rat droppings? [more inside]
posted by Cog
on Mar 12, 2008 -
Anyone know what a 'neuroscore' or neurological status score is based on (in rat studies)? [more inside]
posted by wumpus
on Mar 11, 2007 -
Twice in 2 months rats have chewed the transmission cable in my girlfriend's car, how do we get them to stop!
posted by zaphod
on Mar 5, 2007 -
We definitely have mice in our garage. I'm worried they may be in our attic or our house interior and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks
on Oct 22, 2006 -
OK, so I'm sitting here with one of my buddies, talking about his research, and we realized that we know the word for "of or relating to mice" (murine), and the word for "of and related to cow" (bovine), but have no clue what the word for "of or related to rat" is. And after what we thought of as a pretty comprehensive web search (including this very good Google Answer
), we're no closer to an answer. Anyone know what the word we're looking for is?
posted by delfuego
on Sep 16, 2006 -
Rats/mice. I seem to have a new friend living in my flat. It's small, brown and furry and I'd like to dispose of it (them?) quickly and effectively. I have absolutely no intention of giving it the humane treatment as I simply don't have any way of removing a living creature from my flat in london to somewhere else (no car etc.). How can I kill it? Kill it up good. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy
on Jul 25, 2006 -
All diplomatic efforts at a peaceful solution have failed. I have no choice but to invade and depose the ty-rat
-ical government in my roof. But I don't want to injure the canine civilians. Can I do this myself or do I need to bring in the elite forces?
posted by zaebiz
on May 14, 2006 -
I just picked up a pair of rats and have some general rat-based questions as well as rat&cat co-habitation questions. [more inside]
posted by Imperfect
on Oct 17, 2005 -
Do Ultrasonic Pest Control
devices really work for mice and rats?
When we moved into our current house there apparently was a bad problem with rats that we only found out about by one dying in the walls. We have since gotten rid of them but I have this fear that they will find a way back in. So, if I set a couple of these devices up in our crawlspace and attic would that work to deter them? And will they really not bother my dogs?
posted by GrumpyMonkey
on Oct 7, 2005 -
One of my rats is suddenly very lethargic. Normally she is very excitable, but now she moves slowly and falls asleep when I hold her. She is 18 months old. What can I do? Should I call a vet? I am very worried.
posted by malpractice
on May 28, 2004 -