What should I do with a rat after I catch it?

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What you should do with a rat after you trap it very much depends on the state of the rat, without sounding too crude. If you have caught a rat using a lethal snap-trap, there is a very good chance that the rat will be dead. At this stage, you could either destroy the entire thing - rat, trap, and all, and then buy news ones. Alternatively, you could remove the rat from the trap, clean it, and re-bait it. Rat traps are usually quite cheap to buy these days, so it might be worth throwing the entire thing out if you’d rather not get your hands dirty.

If you have caught a live rat, on the other hand, you have a bigger problem on your hands, because now you need to work out what you can do with it. Releasing it is obviously the most straight-forward option, but there are other problems associated with this. If you don’t relocate the rat far enough away from your home - ten miles or more - you may find that it comes back. When you combine that with the fact that you won’t have sealed up all the holes that allowed the rat (or rats) to gain entrance in the first place, the problem will just return, over and over again.

There are many important stages when it comes to safely and effectively evicting rats from your home, and just one of those stages is identifying all the holes that are currently present. These will need to be sealed up, preferably before you set the traps down. If you don't seal them up, the rats will just keep coming back. This is even more so the case if you don't clean up after the rat. The urine it leaves behind works as a marker, and those pheromones will start to attract other rodents too. Chemical deodorization and sanitization is important to ensure you get rid of the entire problem, almost as important as sealing up those holes. Catching the rat, and working out what to do with it, is just a small part of a much larger problem.

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