The Most Humane Methods for Removing Rats and Mice from Your Home


To be an animal lover and to live in a place where pest control has become necessary can create an odd conflict. You certainly don't want to share your living space with these creatures, and yet the thought of some of the methods used to dispatch them might make you uncomfortable. It's all a matter of personal choice, and while you might not have any reservations about the deaths of some annoying insects, the deaths of rats and mice might not be something that you want to deal with, even though these rats and mice have become invasive pests. It's generally easier to utilise the services of a professional pest control company, but you might need to look around to find one that can get rid of rats and mice in a humane way. But what exactly will this humane way entail?

Traps, Not Poison

It depends on the severity of the situation, but your chosen pest control company might opt to use a selection of traps. The choice and placement of the traps can vary, but this method is generally more humane that poisoning the rats and mice. So how are these traps more humane?

An Immediate Solution

A snap trap is configured and baited so that a rat or mouse will need to put its entire head into the trap area which is then triggered. It might not sound pleasant, but the animal's neck is then broken, causing an immediate death. This is perhaps preferable to the lingering death than can occur when poisons are used.

Catching the Creatures

A live trap involves the rat or mouse entering the baited trap, which then seals shut behind it. These traps will need to be checked and emptied several times a day (as the animal will not have access to food inside the trap, beyond what was used as bait). The trapped animals can then be released at a suitable location, or euthanised by the pest control company.


As a part of their humane pest disposal, you should ask that the pest control company also performs a thorough inspection of your home, identifying the likely points of entry and then taking the necessary steps to minimise the recurrence of rats and mice inside your home.

Sometimes you might need to take the necessary action to remove rats and mice from your home, and it's good to know that it's possible to do this in a way that is as humane as possible.


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