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Any rat-friendly homes open for the holidays?

I am looking for a place to board my two pet rats, in the Boston area, from December 23rd to December 27th. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor on Dec 3, 2016 - 5 answers

two turtle doves, and a raaaat in a christmas tree

we live in the woods in northern california and want to decorate a large pine tree for christmas which currently lives about 15 feet from our front door. it will be staying where it is; we want to add some natural-ish decorations which could maybe feed the several species of birds that live around us. how festive. however, this being the country, we also have wood rats aplenty. the last thing i want to see on christmas morning is our tree filled with rats. is there a way to feed the birds without encouraging rats? or should we just dress the rats as soldiers and recreate the nutcracker suite in our front yard?
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Should I do something about my rat's dead toe?

We have an elderly (3+ year old) rat. A few days ago, he got a toe caught in a baby blanket in his cage, and the frayed end wrapped so tightly around one of his toes that I had to cut it off. There was a little bit of the string left there afterwards, and when I went to check on him last night, I realized that the entire toe now looks dead and skeletal. Should I do anything? I [more inside]
posted by missrachael on May 10, 2016 - 7 answers

RIP Primulas

Help me make my balcony feel like a welcoming outdoor space without any live plants. [more inside]
posted by burntflowers on Apr 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Identify the rodent I caught in my basement (in a trap)

Had a rodent in our basement last winter but it never got caught in any traps. Last night I went down there and saw this guy scurry away; set a mouse/rat trap last night and turned up with him today (WARNING, don't click this if you don't want to see a dead rodent): [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Dec 7, 2015 - 15 answers

How to block dead rat stench from coming up through my vents?

Our downstairs neighbours are using poison to combat a rat problem. Our bathroom already smells putrid from a dead rat somewhere in the vicinity of the relevant air duct. While the rats rot downstairs, can I block off the vents in my apartment to try to reduce the odour? If so, how can I do this safely, cheaply, and effectively? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me get over my rat/vermin phobia.

There are rats in the garbage shed behind my house. My landlord has been contacted and I have no evidence of them being in my house, but I am completely terrified to be there at night now. I know about all of the logical things I can do, but I am filled with terror and don't want to sleep at home knowing they're outside and knowing that they could get in. [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez on Aug 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Possible dead rat in walls / housefly infestation, landlord is gone

My landlord is currently out of the country until the end of the month. I've emailed her, but haven't heard back yet, and am not sure what steps I need to take if I suspect a dead rat is in my walls. There are dozens of flies in my apartment and a bad smell that I can't pinpoint. [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses on Aug 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Rats avoiding poison and traps; what now?

I've got rats in my walls. They are avoiding both the poison bait (two types) and the traps that I set in the crawlspace. What do I do now? Getting a cat is not an option. I have a terrier, but the rats don't seem to come out during the day, so he never catches them. [more inside]
posted by djedery on Oct 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Outside entertainment for Kitties but No bird feeders allowed

My little indoor cat used to LOVE watching the birds visit the bird feeder in the garden at our old house. We recently moved house and unfortunately the same bird feeder has become an issue... we have a green belt behind our new place and the bird feeder, well, it's attracting rats! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on May 21, 2014 - 20 answers

What made a nest on our balcony?

My husband and I live in an apartment in Seattle, with a third floor balcony. We had a circular clay pot that previously held a rosemary plant on the balcony - the rosemary died before summer of 2013, but we just left it in a corner and never did anything with it. In time, the pot got sort of hidden by other plants. Today we were cleaning the balcony, and realized that something had made a nest in the pot! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on May 18, 2014 - 3 answers

I have found 2 dead mice in my apartment. How? Why?

In August I found a recently dead mouse in my house that I'm not often at. Today I found a very old dead mouse under the couch. Help me make sense of this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 14 answers

NYC neighborhood with no pigeons?

Im looking for a neighborhood to move to with no lots of pigeons around the subway stations. All borough including Jersey City are considered, but I'm really trying to stay in affordable ones. I find all lower Brooklyn are ridden by the rats with wings, especially D train Ft.Hamilton pkwy and all stops follows, all lower part of N trains especially Bay Pkwy. I also found lots of pigeons at grove st stop of PATH in Jersey city. Queens seems hae more rodent problems. Please help give some advice about really clean and affordable neighborhood in NYC. I caught Lyme disease in one dirty residence. I am sick with rats and rats with wings in NYC.
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Is this some kind of crapmunk?

Heya, people. I live in an apartment in a rural area and I have a question about what appears to be giant mouse poop, but perhaps the reality is truly more monstrous. My cat is alert and caught a couple of mice in the past and I assumed that he had it under control. However, this showed up in his bowl today, and I'm wondering WTF kind of animal left this. I found something similar earlier this year, and it felt like mud and smelled like mud, so I dismissed it as a fluke....now I ask: what the f kind of animal could this be from? I don't want to utter the R-word, but brutal honesty and trapping techniques welcome.
posted by lakersfan1222 on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Who you gonna call?

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 - 8 answers

Help us kill rats without collateral damage

How to kill rats that don't live in my property without killing squirrels, pets, children or neighbors? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Nov 8, 2012 - 40 answers

Was the roofer required to install vent screens?

Was the roofer required to install vent screens? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Jan 23, 2012 - 16 answers

The Shutter Island rat scene

Is the rat scene in Shutter Island realistic? Inside has total spoilers for the film. [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator on Jan 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Dog seeks rats

Is it an insane idea to get my pet dog a pet rat? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Sep 16, 2011 - 36 answers


Advice needed on trapping a rat. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Sep 2, 2011 - 13 answers

I'm too susceptible to children begging.

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 - 33 answers

Mousetraps are working, so how do I get the smell of dead rodents out of my sink cabinet

Dead rodents in every mousetrap in an area with water damage = how to get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on May 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Sci-Fi Stumper: Post-apocalytic future; evil evolved rats?

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 - 7 answers

Tactical nuclear strike is the NEXT option

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 - 9 answers

Why do I keep finding severed rat's heads and tails outside my apartment?

Why do I keep finding severed rat heads and tails outside my apartment? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Oct 17, 2010 - 24 answers

How to get rid of the backyard rats without getting rid of the squirrels?

Is there a way to eliminate rats from our back yard without eliminating squirrels? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 16, 2010 - 18 answers

I blue myself

Dyeing oneself blue by ingesting Brilliant Blue G? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Aug 11, 2010 - 19 answers

"A strangely hasty, agitated meal."

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 - 11 answers


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 - 14 answers

How to end the rat war!

How to quickly end war with local rats? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis on Feb 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Will my rat regain her equilibrium?

My rat got a balance disorder from a cat attack. Is there a chance she will recover? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Feb 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Rats! They're in the walls!

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 - 3 answers

I need to kill one pest while protecting another.

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 - 11 answers

There's a rat in the drain!

[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 - 2 answers

Is there a rat in my kitchen?

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? picture here No human in the house has done this!
posted by razzman on Aug 13, 2009 - 13 answers

I've killed 15 rats and now need to clean and disinfect my garage. Please help!

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 - 3 answers

Should I get pet rats?

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 - 10 answers

Aww Rats!

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 - 18 answers

Need advice on a cage for 2 pet rats

Need advice on a cage for 2 pet rats [more inside]
posted by wretched_rhapsody on Jan 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Napalm is right out.

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 - 16 answers

How do I properly tattoo a rat’s tail?

How do I properly tattoo a rat’s tail? [more inside]
posted by demon666 on Nov 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Frozen ratsicles, anyone?

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 - 38 answers

There are rats in the kitchen, what am I gonna do?

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 - 13 answers

rats in my roses?

Is there anything I can do to prevent rats from nesting under my rose bush? [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom on Apr 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Photo cleaning, not Photoshopping

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 - 10 answers


Rats!? Found some droppings at home, freaked out. Now what? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Jan 7, 2008 - 17 answers


Anyone know what a 'neuroscore' or neurological status score is based on (in rat studies)? [more inside]
posted by wumpus on Mar 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Rats in the car!

Twice in 2 months rats have chewed the transmission cable in my girlfriend's car, how do we get them to stop! [more inside]
posted by zaphod on Mar 5, 2007 - 14 answers


Will minor cat allergies translate to rat allergies? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; on Nov 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Mouse in the House

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 - 14 answers

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