Humane Rat Trap
There is growing concern in today's times to be as humane as possible even when trying to remove pests from an area. This is the reason why the idea of the humane rat trap is gaining such wide currency. In olden days, methods such as introducing snakes, especially a rattlesnake, in the fields were implemented. The idea was that the snake would devour the rats and thus rid fields of these rodents. Today there are methods like electric traps (not electronic) which can kill rats instantaneously. Such methods are considered to be inhumane and are severely criticized by many people. If you have a rat problem, there are several humane methods you can use to remove these rodents without killing them. Here we describe some methods of using a humane rat trap.
1. The snap trap is the most common rat trap that is used. This method consists of using a device shaped like a box (with gauze on all sides) with a side door that can snap closed when a particular lever is pressed. You have to use bait. Keep something that the rat would love to eat such as cheese, chocolate or a piece of meat on the place where the lever is. Set the trap in an area where rat activity is known to be present. Let it stay put overnight. The rat will be lured into the trap with the bait and will try to get at it. In the process, it will press the lever and the door will snap closed. You can release the rat in the morning in a place distant from your home.
Though this method is very common, it is not suitable for trapping more than one rat at a time. As such, it is good enough for apartment rats but not more than that.
2. The second method is called as a live catch trap. Here the rat is made to enter a particular area that contains a trap with the lure of bait. As soon as the rat enters the area, the trap trips and a door closes, holding the rat in place. This method can be modified to hold more than one rat. There are live catch traps in which up to fifteen rats can be trapped at once. However, it is inhumane to keep the rats in the trap for more than one day because they might die of fright or starvation. Hence, whatever rats are caught in the trap must be released the next day. Most people do well enough by setting this trap once a week or even once a month, depending on the kind of rat traffic they have.
3. Nowadays, electronic repellers have become quite fashionable too. These devices produce ultrasound that cannot be heard by humans but can be heard by rats. The devices make it unsuitable for rats to continue living in the area and they move out. These devices are found to reduce populations of ants, several of the spider species, mites, roaches and lizards apart from rats, but they are ineffective against woodpeckers and other birds in general that are considered pests. A humane way of controlling woodpecker population would be to set up netting to thwart them.
Humane rat trap has become a very important device in today's times with people becoming acutely aware of animal concerns. This, and the fact that they are effective, makes it quite wise to make use of them.