Where should I relocate a trapped rodent?
After the difficult battle of encountering a rodent in your home, finally capturing it may feel like the ultimate victory. On the other hand, what must one do with the captured animal? This post will give you tips on how to relocate it, and help you make your house more secure and rodent proof for the future.
As much as they may appear cute and pet-worth, rodents carry with them a series of infectious diseases that can harm people to serious degrees. Therefore, the best idea may be to relocate them.
The most common rodents that are captured in this humane way (meaning that the animal is not harmed or killed in any way) are rats and house mice. On the other hand, these animals are highly intelligent. One important thing to take into account, is that if you choose to release them back into the wild, you’ll have to do two to three miles away from your house. Otherwise, they will indeed find a way back into your home. In fact, they may even return with more of their kind.
However, you may not want to celebrate capturing the animal just yet. Before releasing the rat (or even before trapping it), do deep and thorough exploration of your house, and seal off any of the possible entry points. This is a crucial step to make, in order to prevent any future rodent encounters, or even to avoid the same rat from re-entering your house.
To rodent-proof your house, to may consider investing in a number of different things. Placing mouse or rat repellant around the corners of your house, doors and basement is a good way to keep them away. A friendly repellant can be mint or bay leaves and sprays.
Make it a habit to close your doors and windows to discourage any mice from entering. Also, don’t forget to seal off any cracks, holes, vents, cable and drain outlets with cement or screens, at it is very easy for mice to slide and pass through small spaces.
When relocating the rodent, make sure to protect yourself with gloves and thick clothing to avoid getting bit or catching any diseases. Rodents, particularly rats, are nocturnal animals. Because of this, it is very important to release them during the night, when it is dark out. Their vision is not that good during the day, so releasing them at night will increase their chances for survival.
These animals are also warm blooded, so ensure that their new relocation is warmer than 4 degrees Celsius, and that it is dry. In fact, if you find yourself having to release it during the winter, you can leave rearrange its cage into a shelter covered with blankets and hay, so that the rat can return to is during the day time for its protection. You may also consider placing the rat in its trap close to the outdoors a day before it is released, to accustom it to outdoor weather.
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