We’re growing Glass Gem popping corn this year, but we may not get to see the results because we’ve got rats again. They’re more aggressive than ever this year, probably because we gave them an in.
In dealing with the corn worms that burrowed into each ear, we went digging for each one, found them, and destroyed them. But that left behind an opening: loose husks to entice rats. By pulling open each ear, we undid nature’s protection and exposed our corn to attack. The results are scary…
Even though we returned the husks to their upright condition, rats found their way in. They devoured most of the ears on the sides they were able to expose. Some, entire ears. Flames are shooting out of my own ears at the moment.
We set traps. For now, we only have snap traps. So far, we caught one rat with this method this season, but the rest of the traps are tripped without a catch.
But we’re stepping up our game here. Electronic traps are in the mail. Research shows that electronic traps are intended for indoor use and tend to fail after exposure to sprinklers or heavy dew. The trick, so we’re heard, is to place the trap inside a bucket on its side to keep the device dry. We’ll employ that trick and report back our findings. Stay tuned.
What’s your favorite bait to use in rat traps. (No poisons, please. Poisons kill wild animals who then eat the rats.) List your favorite baits below. We’ll experiment and post our results.