Removing Unwanted Visitors

cabin If you have ever had a house in the remote countryside, it’s not difficult to imagine the wildlife trying to find shelter in a storm. From the regular stray cats and dogs to the more exotic animals, they will hide themselves away until the storm has passed and then move on, back into the wild. But what happens when they don’t carry themselves back into the wild? It becomes a human problem and one that needs to be dealt with. Sometimes you should a company like chicago rat removal. Even though the animal is viewed as a “nuisance ” it is the human’s job to deal with them in a fashion that is kind, compassionate and humane. In larger cities, it’s not always “wild animals” that we encounter. Someone buys their child a rat or a mouse for a nice birthday present. The child loves the pet but one day the cage gets left open and it gets out and runs away never to be seen again. The animal that was a pet is now free to procreate at an alarming rate becoming an problem that needs to be quickly remedied before the animals become overly invasive. So how do we humanely deal with these situations? The answer is simple. Humanly.

What does humanly really mean? Some people would define it as putting an end to an animal’s suffering, but most people would define it as relocating an animal to a more comfortable and natural environment. We will be investigating our options for the latter concept of human removal and relocation. We will start with looking at invasive problems for the urban home. That child who lost his pet rat, that rat has found it’s way into your home. Since you have no way to tell it was once a pet, it is assumed that the rat is wild and film of disease ready to spread it to your family as soon as you see the tell-tale signs of chewed papers in a drawer or rat droppings in a cabinet full of food.

ratYour mind races. “A rat! What do I do!?! Should I call an exterminator? Put out traps? I don’t want to hurt it though! It’s just not supposed to be here!” There is the humane option. It will take time and patience but you can sleep at night knowing that you have done your best to help a creature find a better place instead of simply killing it to be rid of it. A live trap will be the best option for the humane rat removal. You can purchase a live trap at your local hardware store, pet shop, or even from an online outlet. While a rat will chew on paper and wood to keep their teeth sharp, they eat will almost always end up in OUR food supply. From grain (the loaf of bread on your counter) to the fresh fruit you just bought at the grocery store, if a rat is hungry you should be realize they will eat everything in sight. In order to really convince a rat, which is a very smart animal, to get into alive trap you’ll have to first get prepared.

That means cleaning the area that the animal most often frequents. Take all the stuff out of the cabinets that they are eating. They will not want to get in a trap, baited or not, if there are plenty of dining options all around the little cage. So clean out the area you’re setting really good before you set the trap or it will be far less likely to work.
Baiting a live trap will be as easy as figuring out which of your foods is most often chewed upon by our friendly hungry rodent. Once you have figured out what you want to feed it, putting the live trap in the most common area the rodent invades is the next step. It won’t do any good to put a rat trap in the the middle of the living room floor. Even in the dark and quiet if the night the rodent won’t risk trying to get to it.

You know where you hear the scratching sound most often? That’s probably where it is working on building a nest. It’s also the best place to place the baited live-trap. Once the trap has been placed, it’s time to hurry up and wait. This, of course, is the hardest step. It may take more than one or two nights to bait the animal into the trap. Be patient. It will eventually wonder what the trap is and check it out. You’ll need to check the trap daily until the joyful moment you have finally caught it.

releasing rat back to nature Once you have caught it, it is time to decide where you want to relocate it. It will do you no good to take it outside just beyond your backyard. The rat will be back inside within just a few days. They do remember where they found their last meal. If you live in an urban area, no matter where you release the big-to the beast, it will end up in SOMEone’s house if you simply drive a few blocks and let it out. So instead, take it out to a nice field, maybe a ranch on the edge of town. This part will probably be the easiest. You will simply take the trap into a nice grassy spot, open the door of the cage and watch the rat scurry away into freedom. Your home is now rat free and you can be happy knowing you didn’t take a life, no matter how small.