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How to use one-way exclusion funnels to remove rats without trapping them

Removing rats from a home, in general, is a complicated issue because of the way rats manage to get into a home, and particularly because they procreate really fast. To those who do not want to kill these animals, but remove them in a humane way, the issue becomes even more complicated. The reason why the rats are so hard to remove from a home, is that they are intelligent animals that learn fast, and they are naturally equipped with tools to get where they want easily. Not only that rats are amongst most intelligent animals, they can also move through the toughest of environments because their immune system allows them to survive in the toughest conditions, but their bodies, legs and teeth are also designed so that they can chew through almost everything and climb almost anywhere.

Beyond any doubt, removing rats without killing or trapping them is going to be difficult. One of the ways animal lovers choose to do it is with using one-way exclusion funnels. Exclusion funnels are constructed with mesh wire, and the purpose of them is to allow the rat to leave the space but not allow it to go back inside. If designed and installed properly, these tools will help in removing rats from a home in a humane way. However, these installations often fail in their purpose, and reasons for that are various.

In order to install a one-way exclusion funnel properly, you will need to make sure that you’ve identified and closed all the holes and gaps that rats might use to get inside your home, but one. Use this hole to install an exclusion funnel. Ideally, this tool will allow all the rats present in your home to leave the house, but not to go back inside. In order for these to work, the mash wire will going to have to be firm enough so that rats can’t chew through it, and the hole of the funnel is going to have to be just big enough for rats to pass through, with no extra space. A general idea behind exclusion funnels is to wait long enough to make sure that all the rats have left the home before closing the last gap. However, this type of exclusion comes with certain risks, the greatest amongst them being that female rats might leave baby rats behind. If something like this happens, you will be at risk of rats remaining to die and decay in your home. For this reason, extreme caution is needed in order to exclude rats using exclusion funnels effectively.

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