Is it legal for me to trap a rat?
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Believe it or not, there are actually so many ways in which
you can trap a rat. Well, there are when you get technical
about things. There are lethal snap traps which are Ö well,
lethal, just as the name suggest. These are traps which you
can buy in stores, and are often advised if you have a rat
infestation. Itís certainly a better method than poison,
which we would never recommend. We don't use poisons. Itís
not only inhumane, but usually rather ineffective also.
If you're going to opt for lethal snap traps, make sure you
choose the wooden ones over the plastic ones, which tend to
fail a lot and not do the ďfullĒ job. You will want to place
these traps where you see the most droppings and other signs
of rat activity in your home. This is to give you the
highest chance of catching them. You will find they are most
effective when placed along a wall - rats tend to run along
these, rather than through the center of the room. This is
for obvious reason - it makes them harder to detect and
catch. You will also want to ensure that youíre placing the
trap in areas where your kids, toes, and also pet paws canít
get to it. You want to catch a rat, remember, and not the
beloved family cat.
The bait isnít important, but peanut butter is a simple and
easy one to pick. From there on in, itís simply a matter of
watching and waiting. Check the traps regularly so that you
can replace them where necessary. You don't want to leave
dead rats in traps lying around the home. You may also need
to freshen up the bait from time to time, or even move the
traps if they simply aren't catching anything. Sometimes
itís a case of trial and error.
It is legal to trap a rat, and trapping is the best way to
remove rats. If youíre going to do it, make sure youíre
doing it properly. Otherwise youíll just be wasting your own
time and money.
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