The New Secret Weapon
We have a new secret weapon!
It isn't merely a rat trap, but a rat trap baited with...ALMOND BUTTER!!!
Well, you see, we ran out of peanut butter and I have switched over to almond butter because it is supposed to be better for you. So, when frustrated by the new rat tunnels in the chicken compound, I decided to set all of the traps I could find. I loaded them all up with lumps of almond butter and set them all around the little nursery house we have outside for the mama's raising their chicks. I wanted to make sure that Mama Elba, and babies Mimi and Tyner would be safe from the rats.
I also put the traps out in sets of two, putting them about 1-2 inches apart. I figured if they got out of one maybe the next trap would catch them. IT WORKED!!!
We nailed FOUR rats!!! The most we have ever gotten at one time was...one. We have, since October, trapped and killed 3 rats and 3 birds, and Farmer Jeff has shot 3 rats. This is just amazing for us!!!
Farmer Jeff wanted to buy a case of almond butter, but I know that the rats will realize that death comes when the smell of almond butter is in the air. I have heard that next we will need to switch to something else. We have heard they can't resist Jarlsburg cheese. We live in Sonoma county and I guess gone are the days we could catch them with scraps of white bread!