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#1 User is offline   KiwiAndMango 

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 05:15 AM

Does anyone know of a way to keep rats from climbing up banana trees? They are eating all of my bananas. I'd rather try to keep them off the tree rather than try to catch or kill it. I'm pretty sure it's a rat, I saw one near them a few weeks ago eating berries off a plam tree.
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 06:05 AM

Maybe some rubber snakes, or an owl? You would have to move them around though if they worked, or they would figure out they are fake, if they didn't already figure it out from the get go.
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 06:55 AM

This article gives some advice....

keep rats from fruit tree's
Patty in South Florida
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 07:10 AM

Thanks, lots of good info at that link
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:25 AM

use a cat!
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:49 AM

My cat wouldn't touch a rat with a 10 ft pole. ;)
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:02 AM

In some places they use like a metal sheet around the trunk of the plant, that way the rat cant climb up the tree.
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:52 AM

View Postmalestrom, on Jun 8 2009, 09:25 AM, said:

use a cat!
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Nice idea but unless your cat is feral (and even they have difficulty), it probably won't be able to handle a grown rat. My feral "mama" caught a live rat to train her kittens and paid for it with a pretty bad cut to the leg--she absolutely hates rats now but doesn't go after the grown ones often. Cats are much likelier to go after the babies instead of grown rats.
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 02:50 PM

I'm not suggesting you do this but my nutty father (a psychiatrist) painted the bottoms of trees in the back yard white to keep the rats off. I never understood that. But at one point he decided it would look nicer if he painted them the rest of the way up to the height of the fence then painted the fence white to match!!! :P
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:56 PM

Habanero
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 08:58 PM

View Postlopaka, on Jun 8 2009, 09:56 PM, said:

Habanero
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:P :) :lol:
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:19 PM

You need a bangel cat! Despite the fact that she has a bell on her neck. I let her out at 9am and by 10am, she had caught 2 mice and there was a dead bird in my pool. She had caught the mommy a couple of days before and it was so messed up, all it could do was sommersaults. So we put it in a commercial type freezer in a bucket. Seemed like the only humane way.?????
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:34 PM

I've got rats eating my avocados. A cat wouldn't help at all as the rats are eating the unripe avocados at the top of the tree. When the avocados fall to the ground I see teeth marks on the top of the avocados ... three fell today. Now, when the rats eat the figs, they eat the whole thing ... no evidence. Irene
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  Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:51 AM

Ok, I resorted to a snap trap. I trimmed the tree branches, tried foil around the trunk, and even put a cardboard platform above the bunch. The cardboard worked for a few days until he figured out there was a seam. That tree toppled over from wind, but I've still been trying because I have a another one with bananas starting to get ripe.

The rat's been taking the bait(peanut butter, banana slice, cheese) but not setting off the trap. I've tried putting it under the tab thingy, on top, on top and bottom. I know the trap works, the rain set it off last night. Is there a special trick to this?
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:43 AM

Patience, and a B. B. gun :lol:
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