Rats-The home invasion-plz help
First, Let me say. If this is the wrong place for this I apoligize. The forums here are quite extensive.
Recently rats have become an issue in our house. To the fact that i've removed 2 with my bb gun. I wouldnt say its an infestation..in both cases my dog has been better then the cats here..she lets me know when they are in the house..and she wont stop till she catches it or i do something about it. Usaully this entails ripping something apart. yesterday i had to remove the dishwasher so i could get under the cabinet to shoot it. The time before, the heater in my kids room. Now, I live in an old house, with a stone foundation. I cant imagine a really effective way of stopping them from getting in for that reason. We believe they are living under the garage were garbage used to be placed to be removed. This however has been changed and they now have no source of food. Cold weather..so on..now moving in the house. I certainly dont have the resources to have them professionally removed, if thats even a possible thing. what im looking for is, other than food...what is it that draws them in...and is there an effective way of trapping them, say, in my basement, from where i believe they are entering my home. I been doin some reading about bucket traps..are they worth the effort..they seem like an inexpensive way of trapping them. Ive read that only young rats, the older "smarter" rat wont fall for it. I appreciate any help in this... Bryan