Relocated animals often don’t know where to find
food, thus they may do everything possible to
return to their former place, and for this
reason, you must relocate a rat outside of your
home and make sure you search and seal off its
entry points before it makes a plan to return.
Killing rats will only force them to relocate to
somewhere else and the fact that they reproduce
fast and establish colonies in large numbers
simply means relocation is better than
displacing them or killing them.
It is ideal to catch as many rats as possible at
your home before relocating them in groups, and
you must be aware of the serious health risks
posed by rats especially when they live in large
numbers – they can infest food and even trigger
allergies in humans and animals. In order to
relocate a trapped rat effectively, you must
perform the following;
- Device a plan by thinking about how, when
and where you want to relocate the rat,
- Understand the reason why the rat was
found there, how it got there and what keeps
- Make sure the rat is relocated far from
where it can easily find food sources,
- Secure a comfortable shelter for the
- Make sure you wear protective gloves and
clothing when relocating a rat because of
high risks of contracting diseases.
- Consider your trapping options,
because the process of relocating a rat
starts with the type of trap you use in
catching it. The trap must have sufficiently
large housing that will facilitate the rat’s
relocation from your home.
- Rats must be released late in the
evening, because they have poor vision and
will find it hard to return to your home. A
rat vision may be poor at night but it is
quite great in the evening, thus they should
be released when it is somewhat dark but not
in the morning or afternoon.
- Rats are warm-blooded in nature,
thus the temperature of the relocation
environment must not be less than 4 degree
Celsius. Make sure it is not raining or
snowy when relocating the animal. Rats form
their colonies usually under the ground and
may find it extremely difficult to dig
through wet surfaces.
- Make sure you release a rat where it can
easily find shelter, the reason being that a
rat may not survive for a long time when
exposed to extreme cold temperatures.
- move a rat closer to the outdoor , just a
day before you relocate it ( closer to the
window or a door is preferred), this will
help the animal adjust easily. Try as much
as possible to add plenty mud and paper in
its shelter, and make sure there is a shade
to protect the animal from the sun if it is
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