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   Old Thread  #67 30 Sept 2011 at 7.48pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Worth a read guys, we all know about it but keep it in your mind
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   Old Thread  #66 21 Sept 2011 at 11.03am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi all. I have fished some rat holes and never had a problem. I am conscious about them and keep a tidy swim but i think me taking the dog with me keeps them away, the rats must smell him and steer clear. I believe this as on many occasions my fishing mate next door has had problems. He's good for keeping most night time visitors at bay to think of it
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   Old Thread  #65 21 Sept 2011 at 8.25am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
i always carry some haqnd cleaner from blacks, it is a tiny bottle that evaporates really quick off your hands so you dont need water.
A small splodge abouth the size of an M&M sweet is more than enough.
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   Old Thread  #64 11 Sept 2011 at 12.18pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same as that, get em in boots or medical shops, only a quid or two, gives you piece of mind
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   Old Thread  #63 11 Sept 2011 at 11.08am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I always have a bottle of hand sanitiser (like the stuff used in hospitals) in my kit and use it before eating or drinking.

http://www.justhygiene.co.uk/products/alcohol-based-hand-gels-2/?gclid=CMa4v4D5lKsCFeomtAodHFNRvQ
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   Old Thread  #62 11 Sept 2011 at 9.30am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I heard the advice about tetanus. Is there an antibacterial handwash which is a good health protection against nasty lakeside infections such as Weills?
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   Old Thread  #61 4 Sept 2011 at 12.32pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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With reference to people shooting the furry beggars,its definitely legal to AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE LANDOWNERS PERMISSION TO. It is not legal to discharge a weapon in a public place.
The best thing I found was a big bag of 8-10mm steel ball bearings and a black widow type catapult,the sort with a wrist support! I usually place a tin of corn at the front of the bivvy when it gets dark and sit with the red light on my head torch,then blast them at point blank range,hours of fun and provides a service to both fishery owner and angler!
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   Old Thread  #60 28 Aug 2011 at 12.03pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had wells disease once and it is easy to catch. Years ago i was stupid enough to clean my plates and cutlery in the lake i once fished. I believe i caught the disease this way and i was bad for a few days and i think if i had not had a upto date tetanus injection then symptoms would of been alot worse. I had severe headaches and severe dizzy spells and terribly sick for days. Believe me this is not nice, also when making cups of tea never leave spoons on the grass and keep all food in your bag of the floor. I keep my cups and spoons and all food in my bag away from the ground and when cleaning my plates and cutlery i always boil the kettle and wash in this. Also i keep baby wipes on me to clean them after. When eating food just quickly wipe your hands with baby wipes before eating a sandwich or a dozen biscuits with your tea.
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   Old Thread  #59 25 Aug 2011 at 5.28pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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after reading all of this has made me even more aware this is something i can not really catch higher risk to me possibly due to the fact i have no spleen which is my imune system that helps to fight infections. Glad i found this and thanks to ken for the link
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   Old Thread  #58 22 Aug 2011 at 7.47pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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2.2 airifle did the trick for me haha
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   Old Thread  #57 22 Aug 2011 at 6.10pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i hate rats
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   Old Thread  #56 16 Jul 2011 at 1.35pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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is it legal to have an airweapon in a public place then?
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   Old Thread  #54 7 Jul 2011 at 7.22pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Kills 99.999% of harmful bacteria inc E.Coli, Listeria MRSA, Salmonella and Weil's disease.....






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   Old Thread  #53 7 Jul 2011 at 1.12pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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>>Please note not all antibacterial wipes are proof against Weil's disease
I work in our rivers as part of my job and we have always been issued with alcohol smelling 'antibacterial' wipes.
These were withdrawn recently, the reason given was that they were not proof against Weil's disease.
We now have Gorilla Wipes which are effective against Weil's disease. They also stink terribly so I suspect that they contain something stronger than the normal antibacterial ones.
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   Old Thread  #52 5 Jul 2011 at 2.17pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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After reading this thread I will be sticking an anti-bacterial hand wash in my tackle box for sure! Ive been meaning to do it anyway if not just for removing the taste of bloodworm boiles from my hands before i tuck into my food!

Trying to be the devils advocate here a bit I would say that where ever we are we are surrounded by rats...just because you cant see them doesnt mean they are not there...it wasn't until we got a cat recently that i knew how many were around our garden (normal house in brum suberbs)...massive things as well! I think you tend to notice them more when fishing as you are generally sat still and silent as it gets dark. If you sit still and silently almost anywhere at night outside you will see a rat before too long.

The point im making is there is the potential for Wiels to be spread virtually anywhere...say a kids toy left outside on a hot summers night gets rat's pee on, kid picks it up next morning and then sticks their hand in their mouth...

I agree take sensible precautions where ever you can (as i said i will be leaving handwash in my kitbag from now on) but try not to panic when you see a rat as they are part and parcel of our daily lives. I would also say my point goes both ways..not only should you not sit there panicking while fishing that you might die any second (obviously take sensible precautions) but also you should be more aware of rats living, feeding, peeing around, and quite possibly IN your house and garden.

Doing an overnighter last August i was barely able to get to sleep...i could hear undreds of rats and they seemed to be fighting non stop (horrible loud screaching sounds) and you could here them swimming back and forth from "rat" island! My fishing buddy thought i was a little OTT cause i wouldnt stop talking about them...looking at my bivvy in the head torch from his swim all you could see was hundreds of pairs of shiny eyes, it was pretty immense lol. Next morning we looked for our bait and could see it either floating off in the water (couple whole loves of bread for surface fishing) or it was simply gone! My mate had a tin of luncheon meat which he was gonna chuck so he stuck it on the ground between his 2 feet, with the intention of splatting any attacking rats...was gone within a couple of minutes and we didnt even see the culprit!
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