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Roof Rat Caught, July 9, 2004 - After a few nights of hearing what sounded like someone trying to break into my house in the wee hours of the morning, I discovered small holes in the vent screens that allow the crawlspace under my house to breathe. I plugged the vent holes, but the next night I discovered a new hold had been gnawed in the weak screen that covered my crawlspace access door.
I left that hole un-patched for a few days while I procured a humane trap and primed it with some loganberry jam on toast. The jam was a special jam designed as bait and smelled so strong it must have been perfumed.
I placed the trap. The next day the jam and bread was gone, but the trap was still primed. Clever rat!
I placed the trap again, and this time I awoke in the night to the sound of rattling metal under the house. The next morning I went out to check, and I found my rat.
I released the rat at the Sunnyvale Baylands. After I released the rat I was surprise how quickly it took off, jumping several feet at a time.
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