My rat range.
This time of year the rats are out. My bird feeders are on my target paver pad to help keep seed starts out of the lawn. The rats know this and have been helping themselves to droppings.
So I picked up some inexpensive motion detectors and put one where they come from the neighbors garden. That's my first warning they're out there.
They then run behind some rubber pavers where I've supplied sunflower seeds. I've got a couple munching in there.
From there I've put a 5 gallon bucket with another sensor Velcroed to the inside of the lid. So If they found a short cut I'd still get a warning chime.
The monitor can go anywhere. I set it in the garage if I'm out there or on top of the fridge. Forgot to turn it off last night. Guess I sleep better than my wife. Got the "that thing was going off all last night" this morning. 🤣
I bought two of the detectors for the front and back of the house but me thinks the ol’ Lady is getting tired of them.
You have a better idea...
If the alarm goes off and then again right after I know I'm wasting my time to grab the garage gun. The rat has made a rapid run in and run out. But, if there isn't a second chime I know it's hiding behind the rubber pavers. I got one about 10:30 at night with a light mounted on the gun. Kind of a deer in the headlights thing. I just hip shot it low. It was looking at the light because the face was gone. I finally put a gap between the rubber pavers so could hopefully get a shot in between while they hide in there. Who knew there was so much strategy in ratting? 🤣
My son had me working on modifying a trailer he has so I was in the garage a lot today. Turned on the motion detector and forgot about it. Heard it chime later and got out just as the rat went under the fence. Put a Hatsan Vectis on the garbage can so it would be ready if opportunity chimed again.
Wasn't but a few minutes later it went off when this corn fed big boy stuck it's head out of the grass. It's all the Hatsan needed.