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Old 09-10-2007, 10:56 PM
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Default Dead rat in my butt

...my water butt at the end of my garden.

Smells quite a bit and probably been there a while.

How do I dispose of this thing properly? I'm in NW London.

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Old 10-10-2007, 12:10 AM
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I would bag it up and bin it. Either get a big plastic bag scoop it up and turn it inside out and seal or get something to scoop it up and then bag and bin it

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No real advice but this has to be the post title of the month...
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No real advice but this has to be the post title of the month...
Wait until some wag finds a way of linking it to the title of this other thread

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Wait until some wag finds a way of linking it to the title of this other thread

haha- that's what I thought too!!
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Blimey!

I was slightly worried about the water contamination and various diseases associated with rats. Should I be?

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Dead rat in my butt
Well that is a title and a half - it will have everyone looking !
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contact environmental health dept and ask them. They should be listed in your local council's web page.
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Dead rat in my butt

Well that is a title and a half - it will have everyone looking !
This got my attention...... Thank you this has made me smile out loud!
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seriously though I think you should contact the council they will give free advice on what to do and maybe identify if you have a serious pest problem
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Blimey!

I was slightly worried about the water contamination and various diseases associated with rats. Should I be?

Thanks
In all seriousness.... yes

Be very careful around rats. Ask the council as recommended above and I wouldn't advise using the water in the butt
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We had a dead pigeon in ours last weekend, hubby bagged it up and put in normal bin, we then drained all the water out , and the rain yesterday has refilled it, so I'm sure it will be okay to use this water
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seriously though I think you should contact the council they will give free advice on what to do and maybe identify if you have a serious pest problem
Ditto.

Rats do carry disease. You will need to empty the water butt and maybe clean it with something before allowing it to refill.

Contact the council for their advice.
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Really sorry, but my instant response would be..........

No wonder your f*rt's smell.

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We had a dead pigeon in ours last weekend, hubby bagged it up and put in normal bin, we then drained all the water out , and the rain yesterday has refilled it, so I'm sure it will be okay to use this water
Personally i would disinfectant it first after it had been emptied.
But it is not as though it is for human consumption anyway so you should not worry too much
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OK, removed the rat from my butt and drained out all the water.

Huge it was - now bagged and binned.

The council want to come round and put down poison, but isn't that rather dangerous for other animals particularly cats?

Thinking of getting myself a cat anyway.

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Dead rat in my butt

Well that is a title and a half - it will have everyone looking !
I did

Perhaps we can get this for post title of the month?
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I doubt you actually need poison down, after all this was outside at the end of your garden, not in the house!
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OK, removed the rat from my butt and drained out all the water.

Huge it was - now bagged and binned.

The council want to come round and put down poison, but isn't that rather dangerous for other animals particularly cats?

Thinking of getting myself a cat anyway.

Cheers
It won't be dangerous for other animals, as the bait will be put in rodent sized only traps, or pushed down the rat holes he may find.

A cat won't keep rats away, it might help a bit, but it can't be everywhere at once, ten cats might I suppose

Any rough overgrown bits in your garden, clear up and look for rat holes.

And I would say to the last poster, yes it does matter, rats carry disease and constantly wee everywhere, you want your kids to be playing on the grass a rat has played on the night before? Or yourself to be digging in the ground where a rat defecates all the time?

Oh and any food that might be being left out overnight, clean it up, anything that a rat might eat.... which is pretty much anything.

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Old 17-10-2007, 12:13 PM
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Thanks all.

Yes the garden is intentionally wild, maybe too much so, it seems!

Cheers
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