How to get rats out of the garage

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Your garage is a great place to set up home for a small animal like a rat, mostly because you don't go in there that often, especially when the weather gets cold. There's so much stuff stashed away in there, you'd never see a mouse or a rat hiding in among the rubble and boxes of stuff. It's warm, sheltered, and a great place to rest for a while, or to raise a small furry family.

The chances are you'll spot signs of these creatures, before you see the rats and mice themselves, and this will come in the form of rat / mouse droppings, urine stains, brown, greasy stains, and also nesting / bedding material. You may also see dead or decomposing rats too. Other households often use poison, and this is one classic reason why we cannot endorse this method. Poison doesn't work, it's inhumane, and it almost always causes a much bigger problem. Rat traps are the method that has the most success, and you have two options when it comes to these.

Live Cage Traps

Just as the name suggests, live cage traps keep the rats alive, but will require you to relocate them somewhere else. You will need to check the traps regularly to ensure you don't accidentally starve an animal to death. You will also need to make sure they are well-baited, and in just the right positioning to attract the eye of a passing rodent.

This is a humane way of dealing with a rat problem, but it does come with its disadvantages also. For a start, relocated rats will seldom survive when relocated. They will be away from family and familiarity, not knowing where to find food, water, warmth or shelter.

Snap Traps

Snap traps are lethal traps, designed to kill the animal immediately, and without any pain. You will need to ensure you get the right traps - small mouse traps aren't big enough to kill a rat, and larger rat traps might make it easier for a smaller mouse to evade capture.

This certainly does deal with a rat problem, and although results in the animal dying, does so in the most humane way possible. Poison causes a very long and painful death, whereas snap traps get the whole thing over and done with very quickly.

We know that you might want to release this little critter back into the wild without harming it, but even trapping and relocation has its disadvantages. When you trap the rat, it is likely to throw itself around and injure itself in the cage. It might even gnaw at its own limbs out of stress and frustration. If you do get to the point where you are about to release a caged rat into the wild, you will find that it won’t last for very long out there. It won't have a source of food, shelter, water or warmth, and without even a place for safety, there is a good chance that the animal will become a victim to bigger prey. That humane option you went for doesn’t turn out quite so humane as you first may have thought …

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