Now that I know the sons a' bitches are out there I couldn't give up. At first I was depressed for a few days because I felt I was going to lose. This weekend I got a new vigor for the war and went to OSH and bought a bunch of big rat snap traps. I admit, I've never used a snap trap before. I couldn't figure out how to even set the damn thing. I turned to You Tube to figure it out. This guy has a great video on how to bait a trap and what to use.
Basically, don't use peanut butter. They are smart little buggers and know to just lick off the peanut butter from afar. Also, you need to use rubber gloves, they will not come near anything that has human scent. Use bacon. Wrap the bacon around the bait stick with twine or steel wire so that they cannot pull it off. Good idea. I followed his advice to the letter. Make sure you bait where they run. For some reason the buggers are running on the side of my fence, not the top. So I put two traps on the top and one on the side. I screwed the traps into the fence so they couldn't just knock them off.
Set them at 5 o'clock and back from dinner at 9 o'clock and had success. Two down, G-d knows how many to go. I'm using Tomcat snap traps. Don't try those stupid black jaw like traps. Those don't work. You know the old adage, "build a better mouse trap"? That's BS. There is only one trap that has worked since the beginning. The old fashioned snap trap!