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  1. I switched over to these for the last 3 years. Easier and more effective than the variety of snap traps, magnetic walk the planks, etc. But no matter what you use, some rats learn very quickly to steer clear. But many others don't. I've trapped both small, young and large, old. I don't know why, but sometimes you catch a lot and other times.... wala for awhile. Maybe other available food, maybe some are more circumspect at times due to other factors. I like cage traps now because its easy to drown them and chuck the corpses into the wetland with the use of a charcoal tongs. These relatively cheap cage/live traps are only available in my city at the old public market on Sundays, since our Unitop and Novo don't carry them. They do rust out over time. Sometimes the welds crack or springs break, and the stiff wire which is the bait holder and trigger set weaken, but you usually get your money's worth of use out of them and they can be easily repaired.... usually easier to just replace @ P250/500 Sm/Lg if you don't want to mess w/repairs when needed. I used to use dried fish on the bait hook, but easier to just insert your post dinner chicken leg bone in the flexible J hook. Other traps I had I baited with expensive peanut butter or dried fish.
    4 points
  2. Yes mate dealt with by one of these two if needed Just put them (it) baited inside the Loft Hatch Available at Tops, Unitop or Novo Stores & other Stores I would imagine Very successful anywhere you use them
    4 points
  3. The problem with the traps is, what do you do with the trapped rat? What ever method you use, after you get rid of them, you need to make sure the roof cavity and the house is tightly sealed, or they will be back. If you have those louvered vents, they need to have wire mesh in them. We had a cat and he caught a few ground mice. Not sure how he would have helped with the big rats that get in the attic.
    3 points
  4. I would assume that in time here the situation will resolve itself in that many establishments will either offer discounts to the vaccinated (Greenwich Pizza store are doing this in my city already) or simply not let those in who are not vaccinated. It's not the best way to get things done but I hope they don't go down the road of giving money to get the vaccines out there as this will simply reinforce the wrong message.
    3 points
  5. I have doubts about that myself, even the more educated members of the family are somewhat vaccine hesitant and the less educated ones are downright anti-vax. I know that's not definitive of anything other than my family and I know that supplies are still low so vaccines that are available are being used mostly but I worry that as vaccine supplies increase in coming months that vaccine take up will start to taper off.
    3 points
  6. I respect people's right to be vaccinated or not, but if the Philippines is going to recover it has to achieve the elusive herd immunity and that requires say 80% of the population to be jabbed. The UK is more open to vaccinations but are now reaching the tipping point where almost all who want vaccinated have been and it's the doubters who remain. Alternatively, we wait until the virus burns itself out - that's an if rather than a when though. Will we ever get there in the Philippines, and if so, when?
    3 points
  7. Random idea... but if you've never been to Zion National Park area (Utah)... only 2 hours North of Las Vegas.... safe, reasonable prices, beautiful area, and won't be crowded after August... especially after later September... the while state of Utah is great for exploring.
    3 points
  8. It is a class 1 domestic airport with a single main runway but it only moves about 600,000 passengers a year, by comparison Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao), which is the third busiest in the Philippines after Manila and Cebu moves about 4.4 million passengers per year (way less than Cebu at around 12 million and Manila at around 47 million). And there are four other busy class 1 domestic airports that all move between 2 million and 3 million passengers per year... being Clark, IloIlo, Puerto Princesa and Cagayan De Oro (and that's without considering another 5 that move between 1 million and 2 million passengers per year). * It seems an unusual choice for an international airport upgrade but then I'm not an airport planner... just an ex (private) pilot. * Clark is called Clark International airport but is still listed as class 1 domestic
    2 points
  9. I think for my relatives getting vaccinated isn’t even a consideration, unless they take the vaccine into the barangays and set up shop in like a basketball court they won’t bother. Maybe another round of payments with the stipulation that those who want to receive the 5k peso must get vaccinated.
    2 points
  10. Another pipe dream, Just like the proposed New International airport supposed to be built in a third class town (Bacong)
    2 points
  11. Thanks for various replies. Yes I have been vaccinated and I have the SRRV so returning here is no problem at all. US is a good possibility as I have had many road trips in US, Blue Ridge mountains, around the Lakes and California to Montana etc previously.......easy place to hang out for a while away from here and return refreshed to the Land of More Fun. Cambodia at moment is shut or being shut as cases rising , and have been there 4 or 5 times, and Borneo and Sabah are both excellent too, have been many times but Malaysia having big covid problems. I particularly used to like Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, next to Borneo in the good old days before hordes of our Chinese friends descended on everywhere cool in Asia.
    2 points
  12. I am curious what you who live in or near Dumaguete think of this? Good or bad for the community? https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1460636/dumaguete-mayor-seeks-public-support-for-reclamation-project DUMAGUETE CITY—Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Remollo is asking the public to support the proposed 174-hectare reclamation project which has drawn criticisms from different groups that raised its devastating impact on the marine environment and the coastal communities relying on fisheries for food and livelihood. Remollo said those who opposed the project were “not properly informed.” “We may differ in opinion but please give me an alternative to uplift the lives of the poor. I envision a free hospital, housing, education, medicine, water and electricity. That can happen if the city has money,” he said at a press briefing here on Wednesday. Remollo was supposed to sign an agreement with E.M. Cuerpo Inc., the developer of the reclamation project, on July 12, but the event was postponed. ‘Smart City’ The mayor explained that he requested the city council to revise the resolution, which authorized him to sign the joint venture agreement (JVA) with the developer, to add a paragraph that would render the JVA as having no legal effect should the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) turn down the project with finality. He also asked that some provisions be added to strengthen the environmental clauses in the proposal. Based on a copy of the JVA, 51 percent of the reclaimed island will belong to Dumaguete and the PRA, while 49 percent will be the share of the developer. The P23-billion project, dubbed Smart City, was envisioned to be a mixed-use commercial and residential area, featuring malls, condominiums, hospitals, business hubs and a docking port for a planned yacht club, among others. Several groups, including environmental advocates, opposed the reclamation project which they said was deliberated hastily and would destroy marine life in the city and displace fisherfolks. Remollo said it would now be up to the DENR and the PRA to decide on the project’s fate. “You (people who oppose the project) have said your part. (Now let me) present this to the authorities, and let them decide. I am not a poor loser. I will accept what could happen to this plan,” he said.
    1 point
  13. We used to have them but now have three cats (all neutered or spayed). No problem now.
    1 point
  14. Sounds like they want to fill in some of the ocean. It would not be the first time someone did that. The Sibulan airport runway is built on reclaimed land. However, when certain government authorities applied to the DENR to extend the runway further, they were denied. So if this current proposal succeeds then someone must be getting their pockets filled, IMHO. Is it good for the community? Well growth is at a standstill now so probably good. But a longer runway would have been good too.
    1 point
  15. It seems you have forgotten Indonesia, the country you suggest the Philippines follows. All of us can name countries where the virus took off and overwhelmed the country's medical facilities. We can also name a country that got lucky. Yet many are not willing to admit that the area they are in has (so far) been lucky or that the disease could erupt like it did in other places. Human nature I guess.
    1 point
  16. I'm not going to get into another extended debate since it's clear I'm not going to convince you and you're not going to convice me. Better that we just agree to disagree eh?
    1 point
  17. As per other topics, just be aware that not all vaccines are recognised everywhere so best check in advance.
    1 point
  18. Joking apart (even if you weren't actually joking) It is a serious issue that might haunt many of us for a long time. Whilst being vaccinated with the "non-approved" vaccines will work for life in the Philippines, it may not if we wanted to go outside. But, what to do - I'll still choose Sinovac if that's what I'm offered.
    1 point
  19. There's plenty of studies that confirm that Ivermectin has been very effective against Covid-19, as well as "exceedingly cheap". To me, that's exactly what an emerging economy like Indonesia and the Philippines need to invest on. Always better than shelling out billions to fatten up big pharma budgets...
    1 point
  20. L prefers native chicken because she has allergies to all kinds of things...native chicken seems safer for her. I enjoy it, but agree that it tends to be a bit dry and overcooked and not as tasty as commercial chicken... All that being said, I would always prefer native chicken for the lack of hormones and other artificial "improvements." I would rather eat two or three native chickens than one plump, carcinogen, hormone stuffed foreign bird...
    1 point
  21. Thanks to everyone for the replies to my rat problem with the cars,. Both cars were taken to a reliable mechanic, where wiring was replaced and the engine bays cleaned where the rats were making home. I did a bit of research and discovered that rats don’t like the smell of mothballs, napthalene,so the GF is going to get some small netting bags fill them with mothballs, get some Zip ties and hang them in the engine bays, maybe off the firewall somewhere.
    1 point
  22. This stuff is working really well. Within just a couple days we started to see dead roaches. It is a thick gel so you an squeeze it into places that are kind of out of site and where the pets won't get to it. Highly recommended. Active ingredient is "Imidacloprid" Below is what I found about the chemical, so properly handled should be fine to use around the house. <snip> Imidacloprid is a neonicotinoid insecticide belonging to the chloronicotinyl nitroguanidine chemical family. It acts on the nervous system through an acetylcholine receptor blockade and is considered nontoxic to humans based on the available literature. <end snip>
    1 point
  23. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/07/golf/yuka-saso-us-womens-open-victory-spt-intl/index.html Sitting beside the famous Harton S. Semple trophy, Yuka Saso asks: "Do I get this trophy at home or do I get a different one?" The answer is yes. The 19-year-old Filipino gets to keep the trophy for a year before it's replaced by a replica after she won the US Women's Open on Sunday, beating Japan's Nasa Hataoka in a dramatic sudden death playoff. As she rolled in her 10-foot birdie putt to clinch the momentous victory on the playoff's third hole, Saso became the first Filipino to win a major in men's and women's golf. When she was a 13-year-old, Saso used to watch clips on YouTube of Rory McIlroy winning his first major at the US Open in 2011. It has proven to be time went well spent. "Watching him made me feel like: 'Oh, he's a very cool guy, he's got a very nice swing,'" she told CNN Sport's Coy Wire. "So I said to myself: 'Why not try copy it?' And that's where it all started." Saso says she modeled her swing on the four-time major winner and the similarities in technique has been clear to see at The Olympic Club over the last few days. She's also being mentioned by McIlroy on social media, something she describes as a "dream come true." On Saturday, McIlroy encouraged Saso to "get that trophy" in a post on Instagram. After her victory on Sunday, he posted a congratulatory message on Twitter. "Everyone's going to be watching Yuka Saso swing videos on YouTube now. Congratulations!" he wrote. Saso says she can't wait to meet the Northern (some nationality) if she gets the chance. "I hope to meet him in person and say hi or get a signature or get a picture or whatever," she said.
    1 point
  24. I just wanted to make a note that, at least here in Davao, there are a LOT of improvement projects ongoing. There are new water mains being installed, new and HUGE sewer and runoff pipes going under roads, lots of new asphalt surfacing too. New fresh-water wells are being developed and new, increased water reservoir tanks are also being constructed. New high-tension power lines and towers have been going up too. It can be argued - and successfully, I believe - that many or all of these improvements are long overdue, but nevertheless, it is good to see the work. The affected roadways, although virtually impassable recently and currently, end up generally in much better condition after the work is completed. Those are the good points. The current bad points are the major traffic disruptions because of the improvements. Yes, I understand and agree that they are way overdue and one of the prices to pay is the major, current, inconvenience factor. But it is good to see the work and, where already completed, the roads are wider, smoother and even new lane markers and crosswalk markers are going in. My perspective seems to be that virtually every major and many minor streets are being fixed up. Of course, not all will be affected and there are, and will continue to be, some major problems around the area, but at least I see steps being made in the right direction... Good for Davaowenos!
    1 point
  25. Well, not quite like the U.S.! In Olongapo, they seem to be on a 4 year plan. In almost all areas, the storm drains are underneath the concrete sidewalks. Year 1. Block the road, dig it up using manual, slow, labor, and install new concrete in the storm drain canal. Cover the drain with prefab concrete slabs that form a sidewalk. All with cheap concrete. Year 2. Drains are overflowing in heavy rain due to trash in the canal. Remove sidewalk slabs, scoop out trash with mini-excavator, driving on sidewalk and damaging sidewalk slabs. Year 3. Repeat step two. Sidewalks are now unsafe and unwalkable. Pedestrians walk in the street, blocking traffic. Year 4. Rinse and repeat. Big party at the mayor's BIL house to celebrate getting a big contract.
    1 point
  26. That was close Graham.
    1 point
  27. We live between Metro Manila and the provincial areas of Cavite and Laguna, so almost all North South traffic goes by our area in some way. So far in the last 4 years they have replaced all the main sewer and water lines (naturally located under main roads ), There is an LRT between Cavite and metro manila being constructed. Not sure what they are but I see what I believe to be new fiber optic cables going in all over. The only thing is as soon as the Traffic in one are clears up it seems they start a new project around the corner. Progress is great,,,I just wish it wasnt so painful
    1 point
  28. Reminds me of when i went register at immigration in Manila. I was told i needed an xray before leaving the UK which had to be put onto a disk. The Doctor apologised to me as they were still running wndows xp and their software couldnt read the disk !
    1 point
  29. I hope the Philippines does not turn into an India. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1460653/ph-logs-first-local-delta-cases-1-dies-10-recover
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  30. The area where our house is back under lockdown SWMBO said yesterday which is in line with the linked article (it's in a subdivision in a suburb on the outskirts of Cagayan De Oro). She also said that the vaccine was now available there but was worried about getting it... I've been gently encouraging her but it's not easy when I'm still stuck in Australia with no sign of when I'll be able to go back home.
    0 points
  31. I haven't seen dogs or cats eating rat bait. I have seen them eating nearly dead rats who ate the poison. And then the dogs or cats get sick for a week then die. Its a horrible way for them to die.
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