What equipment is needed to trap a rat?

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When looking at trapping a rat or rats, there are certain pieces of equipment you will need, and a few you definitely won’t. If you’re looking at using poison, don’t bother. This will prove to be not only a waste of your time, but ineffective and dangerous too. It will affect the local wildlife, even the animals you don’t want to kill, and it can also kill or harm neighborhood pets too. That’s before you even begin to think about what it will do to the rats and mice themselves. For the most part, the rat or mouse will crawl back to a cozy spot after it has consumed the poison, if it even bothers going anywhere near it at all, and then it will die. It won't be a quick death, it will be a long and painful one, and then you’ll be left with a dead rat or mouse that is decomposing and creating quite the smell, somewhere in your home. The only way to get rid of that smell is to then find the dead animal, and that, in itself, can be an impossible task.

Where possible, you will want to avoid rat trapping. You shouldn’t use poisons either. Instead, what you should use are exclusion devices. These are one-way-doors, as such, that allow the rat to get out of a hole, but then can’t get back inside again. The idea behind using these is that you will seal up all of the other holes and cracks that are leaving the animals able to gain entrance, leaving just that one with the one-way-door. Once the last of the rats have left, you are free to seal up the remaining hole, and life can go back to normal again. By using this method - exclusion devices - you are taking a more humane approach to rat and wild animal / pest control. You are also taking the most efficient route, without the need to poison half the animals on the block. As long as you use the right sealing materials to perform the repair works on your home or property, the rats won’t be able to bother you again. While we’re on the subject of repairs, you will need to make sure you are doing the WHOLE job when you have a rat infestation, and this will also mean removing any waste matter the rats have left behind - feces and urine, for example, and also bedding or nesting materials. These things can pose a disease threat, and will also start to present odor and bacterial problems if left. In fact, these are further reasons why trapping and poisoning rats and other rodents is a bad idea - you will come too close to the threat of disease, and that same disease threat applies to your family and household pets also. This is why you should ensure the job is done the right way.

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