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2008\11\11@103916 by apptech

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> This pile was a rat magnet.  He would use a stainless steel pail and
> ladle. first he would crush up glass to small particles and put it in
> the pail.  The add lye ( I think the technical name is sodium hydroxide)
> and water.  When he found a rat hole in the ground he would  put in a
> scoop of the lye and glass mix. then put dirt in the rat hole to close
> it.  the rat would try to dig its way out cut its paws on the glass,
> lick its cuts , ingest the poison and die.  Rat is dead and buried.

<Make myself popular mode = on>

Gas chambers would be more humane.
Lye is a strong alkaline corrosive - effectively the same as strong acid in
its effect on living creatures.
That would be about as inhumane a way of killing something as one could
find.

I won't even start to think about commenting on an operation with 20,000
chickens in one building :-)

<Make ... >


   Russell

2008\11\11@150328 by Vitaliy

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I guess I'll add my cruel rat elimination story to the mix.

I've heard that if you put several rats in a cage, and leave them there for
a while, they will eventually start eating each other. So you wait until
there's only one rat left, and let it loose. Supposedly, it either eats the
other rats it finds, or drives them away.

Personally, I would try to use the quickest and least painful method
available. Of course, if you're a farmer trying to make ends meet, I can
understand how you could be driven to singe the hair off a rat with a
blowtorch, sow its anus shut, or put a mix of crushed glass and poison into
the rathole.

Vitaliy

2008\11\11@174327 by Peter L. Berghold

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Vitaliy wrote:
> I guess I'll add my cruel rat elimination story to the mix.
>


This was a mouse and not a rat, but my favorite one happened when I was
a field service rep for HP.  I got a call from one of my customers that
they were hearing a squeaking noise coming from their disk drive.

I grabbed my crash kit from the kit room and headed out to his site
since he had 4 hour response and was expecting the worst.  The client
greets me and says "the squeaking has stopped!"

I decide since he was coming up soon on a scheduled PM that I could just
do the PM early and get it out of the way since I was already there.  I
powered off the drive and pulled the primary filter.  I felt something
roll off the filter and heard a soft thud inside the cabinet.  I whip
out my pencil flashlight and have a look and there lay the body of a
dead mouse.

I'm not sure what really killed him, what blew my mind was he was
between the primary and secondary filter based on the great fur I
noticed when I replaced the secondary in its intake.




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2008\11\12@143225 by Howard Winter

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Personally I think it's wrong to kill something just because
you don't like where it is, so I evict unwelcome visitors to my
house.  The woods a mile away received the three
"Sylvaticus" mice that I caught in a live catch trap in my
bedroom.  I did have a slight pang of guilt when I heard a
tawny owl hoot in the trees above as I released one, but
that's life!

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2008\11\12@184641 by Andre Abelian

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Howard,

Some times there is no choice for example about termites?
What are you going to do? the house is about to come a in part.

Andre

 

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2008\11\13@043026 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I decide since he was coming up soon on a scheduled PM that I
>could just do the PM early and get it out of the way since I
>was already there.  I powered off the drive and pulled the
>primary filter.  I felt something roll off the filter and
>heard a soft thud inside the cabinet.  I whip out my pencil
>flashlight and have a look and there lay the body of a dead mouse.

Hmm, the company I worked for used to have a customer that was on the edge
of a rural town, behind their premises was a hill covered in gorse. Often
when one went to service the disk drive you also had to replace the
connector panel, as the hole where it fitted was rather large, and became an
ideal entry point for small rodents to go from the cold outside to warm
inside - causing the inevitable urination that such temperature changes
bring about, all over the connector PCB.

2008\11\13@064254 by apptech

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> Hmm, the company I worked for used to have a customer that was on the edge
> of a rural town, behind their premises was a hill covered in gorse. Often
> when one went to service the disk drive you also had to replace the
> connector panel, as the hole where it fitted was rather large, and became
> an
> ideal entry point for small rodents to go from the cold outside to warm
> inside - causing the inevitable urination that such temperature changes
> bring about, all over the connector PCB.

Worst case mouse job I've had was a call to fix a stove for a friend (you
know who you are :-) ).
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Can't remember the electrical fault BUT a mouse (maybe small rat?) had tried
to crawl through a hole in an internal  panel and had wedged tight and died
and somewhat cooked.
Fresh enough that it fell in ultra smelly & messy pieces when attempt was
made to pull it out. With me such events tend to evoke heaving stomachs and
general desire to be sick. Most strange as I've dealt with much worse along
the way and would probably wade though raw sewage if there was enough cause
to do so with only a general sense of disquiet.

For quite some while we had a flat-rat [tm] under our back door mat. I cant
recall how it got there (or if we knew) but it was flat as flat as flat and
mummified to a pure leather consistency. You could hold it by the tail
horizontally and it would stand straight out - strong and stiff. So we left
it there, to show off to the occasional suitably stong stomached visitor.
Over time it got rather the worse for wear and was sent on its way.

What happened to the [meece] co-tag ? :-).


          R




2008\11\13@135337 by BOB

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One of my cute stories is about a neighbor and his wife.  His wife do to
a farm accident could not smell things very well.  The man was having
his breakfast and commented the toast smelled funny.  As it turned out a
small mouse had crawled down into the toaster to eat the bread crumbs
and was in there when she had put the bread in and pushed the lever
tostart the toaster.
For the longest time I would always check the toaster for mice before using.

Bob

2008\11\20@235455 by Jinx

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A little bit of history repeating .......

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10544334

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