What are some humane ways to
kill a rat?
Rat infestations can be troublesome and quite a
nuisance, but on top of that, they also
represent a health risk to any humans that may
come in contact with them. This is why it is
imperative to properly prepare your household
and consider the best methods of disposing the
rats as soon as possible once you’ve captured
them. After all, they are living beings too, and
should not suffer horrible deaths or anything
that will cause them prolonged pain or agony, so
with that in mind, consider the following humane
methods that can be used to kill a rat.
First on the list would be asphyxiation by CO2.
There are several guidelines to follow in order
to properly execute this method, but when it is
done properly, the animal will not suffer at all
and this is one of the best methods to euthanize
it. You will need baking soda and vinegar, and
by mixing these two, you will create the gas
that will asphyxiate the rodent in the most
pain-free way possible. Prepare a plastic
container where you will put the rat, and
prepare a plastic bag where you will mix the
baking soda with the vinegar and then attach a
hose that connects the container to the bag.
Once everything is connected and you’ve made
sure that there are no leaks in the hose, you
can start to slowly pour the vinegar in the bag
which will start creating carbon-dioxide that
will travel through the short hose and into the
container with the rat, he will start to lose
consciousness from the lack of oxygen and
quickly day after that with almost no pain at
The next method is somewhat more common, this
would include the use of spring traps to quickly
and effectively kill the rodent. Make sure that
the traps are sturdy and powerful enough to
cause a quick death instead of just injuring the
rat, set them in a place that is accessible with
some bait that is fresh. Leave it for some time
and check the trap regularly, also don’t forget
to change the bait to keep it fresh. Once the
rat has been caught and killed, dispose of it in
the safest way possible.
The last method involves relocating the rats to
another environment. This would require you to
capture the rats and then clean up the entire
habitat that they’ve used in your household.
This will render it impossible for them to
consider going back to it once they’ve been
released outside. They are usually unable to
survive longer than 48h outside the environment
that provides them with no food or conditions
similar to the place they’ve infested at first.
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