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Way to humanely trap wild rats January 11, 2005 3:25 PM

Hello.  I was wondering if any of you knew some nifty ways to make a humane rat trap.  My barn has became a rat breeding sanctuary and my stepdad is getting ready to resort to inhumane traps.  I hate to see them hurt in any way so I decided to try to capture and relocate.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

                      Kayla

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Building a rat trap January 12, 2005 9:30 AM

I don't know how much this will help, since it looks pretty complicated, but maybe you can revise this idea...

http://www2.gsu.edu/~biojdsx/fowl/fabcops.htm

Good luck! I buy my live traps from Tomahawk Live Trap company. They're the best.

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Hmmm January 12, 2005 1:33 PM

I always wondered whether taking a nice big bucket, then taking a big piece of card and sticking it round in funnel shape would work. then they jump on (for bait?) and slide down the funnelly thing and can't jump back out, because even if they get back out the whole, they'll only slide back down again? Just a brain invention I made up, not tried or tested or anything.

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What a great idea! January 12, 2005 6:11 PM

Catriona - what a great idea! I wonder if that would work with the itty bitty mice I am live-trapping in my house.  [ send green star]
 
cindy January 17, 2005 5:25 AM

for mice I recommend trapping them in a largeish coffee jar baited with something nice - bird seed or cake. I have had a lot of trouble with my young tom cat bringing live mice into the house and found this effective. Trouble is you have to be patient and let them get totally in the jar then pop the lid on quick! I managed to relaese three wood mice this way!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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