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 thatís something youíd 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 arenít leaving an animal, live or dead, lying around. A live rat wonít last long in a cage trap, and with the distress and panic rats often feel when confined in a small space, theyíll 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 isnít something you will want lying around your house for very long.

Now that we have looked at the positives for using live cage traps, however, itís now time to look at the negatives. When you catch a live rat using a cage trap, youíll need to relocate it. If you havenít 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 isnít always the nicest one. The best traps to use when youíre 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 elseís 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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