Humane rat traps
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Believe it or not, there are so many different types of rat
and mouse trap these days, that the market itself can
actually be a little confusing. With so many different
options being thrown at you, and so many snippets of
information, it can be hard to know what to pick. Should you
use poisons? How about “humane” live cage traps? You once
heard a neighbor talk about using glue traps, what are they?
And do they work?
In fact, let’s start with those …
To start with, it’s safe to say that these glue traps are
NOT humane. They are very sticky strips that are usually
placed along the edge of the floor, where it meets the
walls, and they aim to stop the rat or mouse in its tracks …
The rat or mouse may very well get stuck, even without the
need for bait, but then you have a problem on your hands.
What are you going to do with it now? You have a rodent that
is probably still alive in your hands, and you’ll need to
find a humane way to kill it, and then dispose of the entire
thing. Then you'll need to start all over again, because
very rarely will you have just one rat in your home. You
will almost always find that one rat means an entire colony
of them. They reproduce super fast, and they attract other
rats with the pheromones found in their urine too. Just
making sure that you know that.
Available as a single sticky pad, or in packs of 2 or 4,
they are inexpensive, but they are possibly one of the worst
options. We would highly recommend that you do not buy or
Live Cage Traps
There are quite a few different types of these on the
market, often classed to be a humane way of trapping and
removing animals. In theory, it is a very humane approach.
You do not intend to harm the animal in any way. In
practice, however, things might be a little different.
When a rat is captured, whether it is via a glue strip trap
or a live cage trap, they will struggle, chew, throw
themselves around, and whatever else it takes. This is all
in a desperate bid for freedom. In the case of glue traps,
rats and mice have been known to chew through their own arms
and legs to try and break free, and rats have done some
serious damage to themselves in live cage traps, both big
ones and small ones alike.
On top of this, rats that are relocated / rehomed somewhere
in the wild very rarely survive. There's a good chance
they'll be killed within a few days, either of starvation
because they were unable to find a new source of food, or
because they fell victim to a predator. Dogs are often a
rat's biggest threats, but cats and humans come close behind
That humane approach doesn’t seem quite so humane now, does
In reality, although snap traps will result in the rat’s
death, they are the best approach when you have a rat
infestation. There are disadvantages to using these, of
course, just as there are with any other method of wild
animal removal, but when all of the options are weighed-up,
these traps simply come out best. When the right traps are
used - rat traps for rats, for example, and mouse traps for
mice - they are very effective, killing the critter
instantly, and not making too much of a mess either. You
know where the animal is when it dies, unlike with poison,
and it's also instant, again, unlike with poison. It’s
humane in the sense that the rat doesn't need to suffer, and
it's also the easiest to deal with when you're the one
trying to clean up the mess. With poison, the animal will
often take weeks to die, and in that time they will have
found a nice cosy spot very deep in your home to curl up.
Guess who’s going to need to find that cosy spot. That's
right … You.
There might be a lot of traps to choose from on the market,
but snap traps are the best ones. Give them all a try if you
like, you’ll soon see what we mean …
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