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joni10-Mar-02 03:58 PM EST 10   
Susan10-Mar-02 08:20 PM EST 6a   
joni10-Mar-02 08:40 PM EST 10   
Susan10-Mar-02 09:39 PM EST 6a   
Joanne11-Mar-02 05:00 PM EST 3a   
Alex11-Mar-02 06:36 PM EST 3a   
Alex11-Mar-02 06:36 PM EST 3a   
joni11-Mar-02 10:23 PM EST 10   
12-Mar-02 08:18 PM EST 5b   
deeb@cogeco.ca16-Mar-02 09:41 AM EST 5a   


Subject: Tree Rats
From: joni
Zone: 10
Date: 10-Mar-02 03:58 PM EST

does anyone know if Tree rats are dangerous? My neighbor has alot of ivy and they love that stuff, last night my husband and I were out with a flashlight taking snails off my plants, AND what the heck do we see A TREE RAT!!!! YUCK,those things are huge with my three minture schnauzer does that rat pose a threat to them and how the heck do you get rid of them? Thanks...joni


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Mar-02 08:20 PM EST

I have no idea if they're dangerous but they certainly sound ugly and unpleasant - I sure hope they aren't inclined to move north! I would think a Schnauzer would think a rat would be just up his (her?) alley - most terrier breeds were originally bred for their vermin-killing abilities....


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: joni
Zone: 10
Date: 10-Mar-02 08:40 PM EST

Susan, you are right, my neighbor has 3 minature schnauzers and I have three, but her's bring them in her house, leave them in the living room and the kitchen, she screams, I don't want any in my house, they are UGLY and BIG......I HATE RATS!!!!joni


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Mar-02 09:39 PM EST

The dogs probably bring them to her as 'love offerings'! Our cats used to bring in dead mice and birds or leave them on the doorstep... I'm sure their intentions are good but there's an unfortunate cross-species gap in understanding...:)


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: Joanne
Zone: 3a
Date: 11-Mar-02 05:00 PM EST

My husband tells me that this has become a real problem in California and Arizona. Apparently, they are attracted to the smaller fruit trees. He saw something in Arizona about a government grant to do something about them because they had gotten so out of line.

So, you can brag about your weather, but I can brag about our rat-free status.

Alberta, where I live, has no rats. We are in the middle of the prairies and have no ports, so they have never been able to establish here. Every once in a while, one gets spotted near the border and out goes the Rat Patrol. I am not making this up.

The first rat I ever saw was about 5 years ago in Florida. We were sitting outside on the deck of our hotel and I noticed an interesting looking animal scurrying along the side of the building. It wasn't until I talked to some of the hotel staff the next day, that I realized it had been a rat.


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: Alex
Zone: 3a
Date: 11-Mar-02 06:36 PM EST

Wow, I've never heard of a "Tree" rat. I grew up in Britain and we have rats over there. Sometimes our Boxer dog would present us with one! I don't know about "Tree" rats - but if it makes you feel better..I've heard that rats are very social beings. When one is disabled they will assist it. The rats I remember never did any harm. They were only a few of them though. Boy, would you jump when one appeared unexpectedly.


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: Alex
Zone: 3a
Date: 11-Mar-02 06:36 PM EST

Wow, I've never heard of a "Tree" rat. I grew up in Britain and we have rats over there. Sometimes our Boxer dog would present us with one! I don't know about "Tree" rats - but if it makes you feel better..I've heard that rats are very social beings. When one is disabled they will assist it. The rats I remember never did any harm. They were only a few of them though. Boy, would you jump when one appeared unexpectedly.


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: joni
Zone: 10
Date: 11-Mar-02 10:23 PM EST

JUMP you are right Alex, that's what I do and I do want my neighbors Dog to bring her home one, one time they did. So I can't see why they won't bring her another one..Joni


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From:
Zone: 5b
Date: 12-Mar-02 08:18 PM EST

Hey Joni... I've never heard of a Tree Rat before. Up here in the great white north a Squirrels' a Tree Rat with a bushy tail! Is it the same as a Citrus Rat? Keep your garbage can lids on tight and you should be good...Good Luck...lisa


Subject: RE: Tree Rats
From: deeb@cogeco.ca
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-Mar-02 09:41 AM EST

Can't resist this thread - I also have never heard of tree rats - do they look like an ordinary rat? How about this trick I read about somewhere. Locate your nearest zoo, one that has a lion house. Ask the keepers if they will provide you with a supply of lion (or tiger) poop. You can either spread it around like regular manure, or make a manure tea, and spray or pour where needed. Apparently small wildlife doesn't like the big cat scent.


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