Are cage traps a good option for rats?
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There are plenty of trap options when it comes to getting rid of a rat
infestation, and each of them will come with their fair share of pros
and cons. Cage traps, for example, are a great way to humanely deal with
your rat problem, but there are some disadvantages you will definitely
need to bear in mind before you settle on them as your rat-removal
method of choice.
With cage traps, you won't have a dead rat to deal with, or the disease
threat that often accompanies that. With live rats, you will still need
to find the urine and feces and clean it up, as well as the nesting and
needing material the rat will have made itself comfortable in. You will
also not have the dead rat on your conscious, if that’s something you’d
rather not deal with. Live cage traps, over lethal snap traps, are
generally better for your home if you have kids or other animals
wandering around. The last thing you will want is your cat to catch its
paw in the rat trap, or worse than that, one of your kids!
You will need to check both live cage traps, and lethal snap traps,
regularly to ensure that you aren’t leaving an animal, live or dead,
lying around. A live rat won’t last long in a cage trap, and with the
distress and panic rats often feel when confined in a small space,
they’ll often injure themselves in a desperate bid to break free. Both
live and dead rats will release pheromones that attract other rats also.
In short, this isn’t something you will want lying around your house for
Now that we have looked at the positives for using live cage traps,
however, it’s now time to look at the negatives. When you catch a live
rat using a cage trap, you’ll need to relocate it. If you haven’t sealed
all the holes around your home yet, the rat will be able to get back in.
On top of that, relocated animals, including rats, very rarely make it
when left to their own devices. In a new area / territory, these
relocated rats are left with no way to find their family, no knowledge
or food, water and shelter, and will often die, either of starvation, or
becoming prey to bigger predators.
We know that you will always want to take the most humane possible
approach to wild animal removal, but with rats, the most humane option
isn’t always the nicest one. The best traps to use when you’re trying to
get rid of rats are lethal snap-traps. These are designed to cull the
animal in one snap, no harm caused to anyone involved, and are often
rather cheap to pick up, making them suitably disposable. Although you
will not be relocating the animal, you are still dealing with the
problem humanely. As long as you buy the right traps, set them
correctly, and make sure they are placed in the right position, with the
right bait, the rat will be killed on impact, feeling no pain. Rats are
vermin, and not only do they become someone else’s problem once you
release them back into the wild (or your own again), they will also
reproduce super quickly. This is not a problem you want to return, and
snap traps are the best way to resolve the infestation.
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