Live Catch (Catch Alive) mouse and rat traps provide a rodent control solution that’s welfare-friendly and safe to use around children and pets. However, the use of these traps requires the user to be more conscientious over the welbeing of the trapped animal.
If using live catch rat and mouse traps, it’s important that you check them regularly to maintain good animal welfare. PETA advises that these should be checked hourly to ensure that no harm has befallen the captured animal.
Whilst the traps are not in use, they should be stored securely where animals can’t reach them to avoid accidental trapping. You should also avoid placing traps during times when you know you can’t check them frequently.
When you’ve caught an animal in a cage trap, it’s a good idea to first cover the trap with a towel or blanket to help keep the animal calm. Always wear gloves and protective clothing when handling traps with captures inside to prevent bites, scratches and the spread of diseases.
When releasing rats, it’s best to head out late in the evening as their eyes may be sensitive to the sunlight. Release mice in the early morning so they have the day ahead to acclimatize to their new surroundings. They’ll also have time to build or find a nest before nightfall.
Before releasing any captured animal back into the wild, you should seek the advice of your local authority. Observe local laws when releasing wild animals.
Choose an area about 3-5 miles away from your home to relocate the rat or mouse. Release both near a permanent source of water such as a pond, lake or creek so there’ll be insects, fish and worms to feed on. Relocate rats near trees as these will offer additional shelter and black rats can climb up them.
Empty the cage into long grass or undergrowth to provide immediate cover from any nearby predators.
You should take the weather into account when releasing a rat or mouse back into the wild. Release captures during mild weather. If the weather would affect the release of the animal then consider whether it’s the right time for you to trap them.
An alternative to relocation, a veterinarian or local animal shelter will be able to carry out euthanasia.
Between uses, you should always wash cage traps with a bleach solution. This will kill off any residue left by the previous inhabitant and reduce the spread of diseases.
If trapping in an enclosed space, such as a garage, attic, or shed, it’s important that you identify where the rat or mouse has been gaining access. These entry points need to be sealed before the animal is released back into the wild to avoid them from re-entering the space.
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