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Mocathalon 2012: Category 18# Out of Lego or P.S.A. How to catch a rat in your home.
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The Bricks Strike Back

Mocathalon 2012

Hello everyone, todayís important service announcement revolves around a most reviled animal (at least when itís not the family pet) the common roof rat. The roof rat or Rattus rattus, is a native of the jungles of Southeast Asia but thanks to the ineptitude of men and the ease of access to the holds of ships has been successfully spread throughout the world. These invasive pests can survive on almost any food source but generally prefer fruits, nuts, berries, dry pet foods, garden snails and even bird seed.

Now youíre probably wondering what does this have to do with me? Well, rats can easily enter homes through very small openings. A rat only needs a hole Ĺ an inch in diameter! On top of that these animals can be highly destructive chewing on everything from wood furniture and molding to plastic insulated water pipes or even electrical wiring creating fire hazards.



Thatís why one must remain vigilant and keep an eye out for evidence of their presence. For example, the first thing you will most likely discover is their droppings like those seen here. They generally measure around Ĺ inch in length and are pointed on both ends. Rats have no bladder or bowel control so they will excrete their waste where they are traveling. This is often along walls and other solid surfaces because rats instinctively use this as a guide with their whiskers acting as touch receptors (think the blind man with a cane scenario).



Once you find their evidence, donít go rushing to clean it up. Rats can tell when an area has been changed and then they will hide somewhere else. Instead find out they got in and seal up the hole. You donít need this guy bringing his whole family to move in with you! By now I hope you have also noticed the placement of the trap. If you have only one trap, aim it so that it will snap towards the wall. This way it can kill the rat whether itís coming from the left or the right.



A trap placed this way only has a 50% chance of killing the rat because he might hit it from the wrong side. If it goes off and doesn't kill the rat, it will become "trap shy" and be much harder to catch in any trap.



The next thing to do is set your trap in the location with food on it but DO NOT arm it for at least the first day or two. Let the rat steal the first couple of pieces because they have a mental defense mechanism called neophobia that causes them to be extra cautious around new things in their environment. By letting them get away the food, they overcome their fear and then more readily go into the traps. My personal choices are pieces of dry pet food a.k.a. dog kibble or a hard nut of any kind. Peanut butter and cheese generally donít work well because a nimble rat can slowly nibble off soft food like these and not set off the trigger.



Now that the rat has stolen a couple of free meals he thinks he can get away with it whenever he chooses. Actually though, it's time to arm the trap and set him up for the kill.



As predicted our unwelcome guest has come come back for more easy pickings, or so he thinks!



Now striking the armed pressure plate, the locking bar disengages and the spring loaded bar comes crashing down across the rat's head for an immediate kill shot.



If you have two traps, you can space them at least six or more inches apart so if one goes off it wonít trigger the other.



Another technique is to aim them in opposite directions so you can kill more than one rat coming from either side. This technique also works well along the tops of fences and walls where these rats like to frequently run.



One last thing, after killing the invading vermin, remember to place the trap back in the same location with food on it again.



If there are additional rats present they will follow the path laid by their kin to the same location and meet the same fate.



My personal advice is to leave the trap for at least a week and if you can go that long without the trap being sprung or no new evidence then you have eliminated the rats!



If you have any questions, contact your local environmental health department or pest control company. Thank you and good day.



Rats do come in a variety of colors but among the most common are greyish brown along the back with a white belly.



No rats were hurt in the making of this P.S.A. all stunts were performed by trained ABS professionals.


Yes, this is what I do for a living. Check the poop.



Comments

 I made it 
  June 29, 2013
Thanks for the comments. It's nice to see one of my older builds still draw some attention from time to time.
 I like it 
  June 28, 2013
This is really cool the rat looks great
 I like it 
  November 28, 2012
Excellent Rat! The trap fits his head nicely, lol. :-)
 I like it 
  May 9, 2012
Excellent moc and very informative too!
 I like it 
  May 9, 2012
very accurate built.
 I made it 
  April 24, 2012
Quoting Paula G Excellent!
Thank you, and may I add your rooms are quite stunning in their own right.
 I made it 
  April 24, 2012
Quoting Jon B Brilliant! Nothing more to say =D
...and thank you. Nothing more to reply!
 I like it 
  April 22, 2012
Excellent!
 I like it 
  April 11, 2012
Brilliant! Nothing more to say =D
 I made it 
  April 3, 2012
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD I hope you washed your hands when you were done...gross! =) Awesome work, both builds are spot on.~H
Thanks Hans. It feels great that for once what I do in real life actually inspired me to do something totally outside my normal LEGO range and that it came out as well as it did!
 I like it 
  April 3, 2012
I hope you washed your hands when you were done...gross! =) Awesome work, both builds are spot on.~H
 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
Score=5
 I like it 
  March 28, 2012
Great work, especially the rat!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2012
awesome if u ever get the chance check out my commander Wolffe V5 the newer verison
 I like it 
  March 23, 2012
Your score = 5
 I like it 
  March 23, 2012
Your score = 5
  March 22, 2012
Score = 5
 I made it 
  March 21, 2012
Also, thank you to everyone, judges and fans, who actually enjoyed this build of mine. I wouldn't have guessed that what I do for work would have come across so positively here in brick form! Usually when it comes to rats, most people find the topic disgusting to say the least. I think I might put my little friend on my desk at the office along with the implement of his desmise for everyone there to enjoy.
 I made it 
  March 21, 2012
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Oh Big Kitty that rat is SWEET!!! I can see my Toby cat licking his lips. That trap is perfect replica, you know your stuff. Well done and good luck. I never need to use a mousetrap (to me a mousetrap is a slice of bread with tomato sauce and cheese grilled in the oven) because Toby does not give up if he brings a rat or mouse inside. If it runs under the couch for example, he will wait there for up to 24 hours until it comes out again, and then SNAP!
Careful my vivacious little kitten, words like that make me want to crawl into your lap and purr all night long, not to mention this furball is playful when (my ego at least is) stroked! Good thing Toby is such a skilled mouser. If I had to lie in wait that long my joints would all sieze up! Meow.
 I made it 
  March 20, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens Hahaha, disgusting! But in a good way...
"Well it's a dirty job but someone's got to do it!" Yeah, I maybe a gov't lackey but at least I have health insurance.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
Ha! There have been lots of rat MOCs lately. About time somebody sets a trap! Hehe. Great build!
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
Excellent job! Score= 5
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  March 19, 2012
Spot on! Even the size was a near exact match! But why didn't you do the lettering? HAHA (kidding) Score of 5! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  March 18, 2012
Very detailed and accurate. Score: scraping up a 5
 I like it 
  March 18, 2012
Beautiful job on the design of the rat, and the trap was spot on. A rare 5.
 I like it 
  March 18, 2012
Very nice, personally I prefer a different murder machine, my cat :P although I don't think she'd catch rats
 I like it 
  March 17, 2012
Oh Big Kitty that rat is SWEET!!! I can see my Toby cat licking his lips. That trap is perfect replica, you know your stuff. Well done and good luck. I never need to use a mousetrap (to me a mousetrap is a slice of bread with tomato sauce and cheese grilled in the oven) because Toby does not give up if he brings a rat or mouse inside. If it runs under the couch for example, he will wait there for up to 24 hours until it comes out again, and then SNAP!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2012
The rat is great!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2012
haha! Nice job! Very ingenious! I love the design of both the rat and the trap! --Blast--
 I like it 
  March 17, 2012
Now THERE'S something I didn't expect to see built for this category! Really nice work on this one mate, esp the rat.
 I like it 
  March 17, 2012
Great scat, great rat, great trap! Very informative too! :)
 I like it 
  March 16, 2012
I had to check the calendar to make sure this is the Year of the Dragon and not the Year of the Rat- so many mice and rats turning up in this contest... and good ones, at that. The MOC is wonderful and I think overall some of the best MOCs have come out of this category.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2012
Frakin' awesome, Dude!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2012
Hahaha, disgusting! But in a good way...
 I made it 
  March 16, 2012
Quoting CJ Cutrone Looks nice! This should get a great score!
Let's hope so. We need every point we can get! I'm going to add it to the mocathalon main page.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2012
Looks nice! This should get a great score!
 I made it 
  March 16, 2012
Quoting Deff . Wow, the rat is great! The catcher looks very realistic. Great work.
Thanks. As fas as I can tell everything is working so I'll post it to the main mocathalon page tonight and let the judges score it over the weekend.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2012
Wow, the rat is great! The catcher looks very realistic. Great work.
 
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