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BANGKOK 21 February 2019 09:43
rockyysdt

Rice Storage Ideas, Isaan Village Kitchens?

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Get yourself a Jack Russel terrier, they will hunt all day until they catch the rat, also very good on keeping snakes under control. Our 2 terriers leave the rat outside the door, much to say look what we caught. Also tend to find the snake in 2 or 3 bits, when they catch them. House have no problems with rats or snakes, even though we have rice, chicken and cow feed stored in bags. 👍

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There seems to be lot more than rice going on at your place?  If it is like the Thai household I've seen you need to completely get the place organized meaning get things off the floor so there isn't a place for them to hide and as noted by another poster for 200-300 baht get basically a garbage tub and put the sack inside with a brick on the lid.

Once you start removing the stuff off the floor get a broom ready you should see where the rats/mice been hiding and sleeping you will find their turds everwhere! Before you check out and pay for the tub get a half dozen rodent glue traps put the rice on the trap start to problem solved?

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2 hours ago, Thingamabob said:

Get a cat or a snake.

Ya don't even need the snake

If there's a reptile park or similar near by then ask them for some snake droppings

Spread them around the place and the rats will bolt

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40 minutes ago, Slugs11 said:

Get yourself a Jack Russel terrier, they will hunt all day until they catch the rat, also very good on keeping snakes under control. Our 2 terriers leave the rat outside the door, much to say look what we caught. Also tend to find the snake in 2 or 3 bits, when they catch them. House have no problems with rats or snakes, even though we have rice, chicken and cow feed stored in bags. 👍

If you are some sort of conservationist & don't like to see the snakes beheaded, don't go down the Jack Russell route. I can vouch for their effectiveness. Great looking little bloke &  more faithful than ya missus.

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3 hours ago, Thingamabob said:

Get a cat or a snake.

 

A cat is OK if you don't have five dogs as we do. They tormented it and chased it away until the cat go so brassed off, it packed its bags and buggered off.

 

A snake is not practical for obvious reasons, especially if you have chickens.

 

I also wonder if it is indeed rats? Thais do use that term and not realize how much it makes Westerners shudder when on many occasions they mean field mice.

 

These are plentiful in rural areas ( field mice  ) and the above tips from TV members such as the big plastic sealable bins should prevent them from getting in.

 

I agree with a previous poster if we had a problem with the big horrid longtail, I would be calling in the Army, Navy and Air force or anybody who could help regardless of the expense. Those things are riddled with disease and downright horrible.

 

If you are unfortunate enough to be plagued by longtails, I would not be hanging around and also you need to stop anything that is attracting them. Obviously if you live near a dumpsite or rubbish tip or even the local abbatoir, you could have problems.

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Lots of poison, get the Bayer version, the blue granules, lovely stuff. And get a few glue traps and put a bit a bit of peanut butter in the middle.

Like the others we have our rice in a plastic trash container. Never a problem.

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My wife tells me that if using the big plastic buckets for food storage then they should be the white ones.

I am unclear as to the reason for this, but the white ones must be more expensive for a reason. We have white bins outside, in the workshop and elsewhere containing rice and dog food, and although we obviously have rats occasionally, they have never bitten into the bins.

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4 minutes ago, cooked said:

My wife tells me that if using the big plastic buckets for food storage then they should be the white ones.

I am unclear as to the reason for this, but the white ones must be more expensive for a reason. We have white bins outside, in the workshop and elsewhere containing rice and dog food, and although we obviously have rats occasionally, they have never bitten into the bins.

Much better to have the white ones than the wong ones !

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The girls that I have met that grew up on farms eat the rats. They say they are good to eat because their diet was rice.

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On 11/7/2018 at 11:21 AM, tweedledee2 said:

 

We grow our own rice and have never had problems with vermin or insects with storage. In the kitchen, we keep our cooking rice in a 20L plastic trash can with a lid. I do keep ARS ant bait in the kitchen and house year round. Another thing I do is spray a 4-6 inch wide area of Chaindrite or ARS termite and ant killer along the floor and wall. The residual effect will last at least 4 weeks. I also spray a pattern around all the wastebaskets. All of this helps control an infestation, but I give most of the credit to my wife for keeping a clean house. We also have a female cat that has access to the kitchen through a pet entrance.

Same here, we somtimes have several thousand kgs of rice, we put those sticky pads all over the place, somtimes catch a couple dozen babies a day.   I also have the meanest house cat you ever saw, hates people, but loves rats. 

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Thanks to all the contributors.

 

I think I'll start with the white bins with lids and work from there.

 

I've already set many baits for the rats.

It was the blue pellets.

 

I'll have to get some ant rid as well.

 

Yes, the family do love their rat.

A worry if they've eaten bait.

 

NB: Where is the best place to buy the white bins in Udon?

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