Once you have captured the rodent that is causing destruction to your property, you probably released a sigh of relief knowing that the difficult things are now over. However, you still need to figure out what to do with the rodent inside the trap since you cannot keep it inside forever. A rodent may die from dehydration if you keep them trapped for too long. They may also feel agitated and dealing with them can be more dangerous.
Things to Do After Capturing a Rodent
The success of capturing the rodent will also mean that you must deal with a quite unpleasant task. You may need to dispose or to release the rodent that is trapped inside the cage. Before we start, you should remember that handling rodents using your bare hand is dangerous. They can attack you and they can also carry different diseases. Here are some things that you can do to the trapped rodent.
Releasing the Rodent
Usually, you will only be allowed to release the rodent in the place where you captured it. You are not permitted to release them 10 miles away. Relocating them can greatly reduce their chance to survive. This is because you are introducing them in an unfamiliar environment. The animal will be in panic when they are in an unknown environment. When releasing them, their first instinct is to look for a safe place to hide. You might notice that some of them will be hesitant to leave the cage since this is the most secured place for them. The best place to release the rodent will be within their territory to increase the possibility that they will survive.
Sealing the Entry Holes
Before releasing them outside your house, you need to make sure that all the gaps, holes, and cracks that they can use as an entry point will be sealed. By sealing the holes, you can guarantee that they will stay outside your house. There are different materials that you can use to seal the holes. You may use mortar combined with steel wool. You can also seal it with hardware cloth and wire mesh. Once you notice that there is still a sign of active infestation, then you are not successful in sealing all the holes.
Another possible solution would be to euthanize them. When killing the poor creature, you need to make sure that they will experience the least amount of pain. You may create a homemade gas chamber but be sure to perform the process in an open space. You can also shoot them at the back of their head. Remember that the use of firearm will not be allowed in a heavily populated community. Having a comprehensive control plan will help you determine what to do once you successfully captured the animal. Whether you plan to release them or to euthanize them, be sure that the root of the infestation has been resolved to avoid similar circumstances in the future.
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