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They can be, but they rarely are. I used live
exclusion one-way door cages for rats in the early
beginnings of my career, around the time I tackled
with all sorts of methods and approaches. I pretty
quickly discovered that there’s no rules with cage
traps – they sometimes work, and sometimes don’t.
After experimenting a little with different
trapping methods, cage traps weren’t my final
choice, and I don’t personally use them. Here’s
what I can share with you about cage traps:
Cage traps are often too large to deal with rats.
Rats will often use hard-to-reach access points to
get in and out of your home or your business
place. Most of the nooks and crannies where you
can detect rat holes are rather inaccessible
without equipment, and a lot of these holes will
be in a place that’s too small or narrow for a
cage to be installed correctly. Some rat holes are
located in open space areas, and are big and hard
to miss – cage traps could work with these types
of points of entry.
Rats are timid and can be cage-shy. Especially if
they still have other passages to use in order to
get in and out of your home, chances are that the
rats will be too shy and too afraid to push
through the cage door. Again, if proper home
repair is not performed prior to mounting the
trap, there’s little chance the cage will be
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Relocating rats is pointless. If you trap a rat
with a one-way door cage, and don’t leave it there
to die of heatstroke or starvation – which would
be a really unwise thing to do – you’re now left
to deal with a live rat. Killing the rat now is
kind of silly, and most don’t have the stomach for
it. Relocating it away from your property won’t do
the rat any good – it will probably die in some
horrible manner shortly after being released.
Messing around with live rats will also put you at
risk of being bitten or scratched. More so,
handling live rats can be dangerous, as they are
quick and agile, and can escape if you’re not
attentive and know what you’re doing.
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What can you do if a cage trap is not something
you would want to try? If we’re still talking
about live exclusion, the one-way funnel door has
a higher success rate than the cage, but there are
still some issues with this approach, and it won’t
always work. In addition, you’re still left with a
live rat that you now have to dispose of. My
preferred method of eradicating rats from a
client’s property is via lethal snap traps. Learn
more about the deadly snap trap by further
browsing through these pages. You will also be
able to find more about other rat removal tactics,
how they work, or why they don’t work. Whatever
you do, stay away from poisons and glue traps –
they’re unsafe for you, your family, your pets,
the environment, and borderline inhumane towards
the rats. For more information, you may want to
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