Are cage traps a good option for rats?
Determining a right way to get rid of rats can sometimes be hard. Animal lovers can find themselves in a dilemma over what they should do to remove rats from their home, without having to kill them. Using poison to get rid of rats is not recommended, because of the fact that it is not safe for the environment and health of other beings, both animal and human. On the other hand, choosing not to handle the situation on your own, but hire professional pest removal company, may result in an incomplete removal, simply because these companies can't spend enough time in your home to spot behavior of the rats, their routes, and nests, as well as total rat count. This leaves you with one single method of removal and two possible outcomes.
Since the only solution you have left is to trap rats, you can choose between killing or relocating them from your home. If you use death traps, rats will be killed, and you will be left to simply remove them in a sanitary way. However, if you don't want to kill rats, your only option is to use cage traps. Now. setting up cage traps in a right way and choosing proper baits are the top two tasks for you to do, in order to catch rats successfully. Now, this still does not guarantee that the rats will be trapped in a humane way, or be able to survive. There is few risk involving cage traps. First, if you choose to place them in a location under direct sunlight, like a window, an animal might suffer dehydration or excessive heat. This will cause further suffering to the animal. Also, if you choose the trap that is not the proper size, the animal will not have enough space to move around, and then it will also suffer.
Finally, another shortcoming of using cage traps to trap rats doesn't mean that they will eventually survive. Even if you manage to remove and relocate the live rat from your home, chances are that it will eventually die when introduced to an unfamiliar territory. They are not going to be able to find food, shelter or move around safely in a strange territory. Since rats are only accustomed to living and feed in a particular environment, they are most likely not going to be able to survive one they are relocated.
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