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I feed the birds in my garden. This has attracted wild wood mice who are very cute. But when I saw a rat running around the garden and digging holes, well enough is enough. Not wishing to poison them or harm them, I bought a humane rat trap. This catches them alive in the cage, fighting fit I soon found !
After baiting the trap, and placing it overnight along one of the rat runs, early the next morning the peanut butter and brazil nuts had gone. The trap door had been sprung. I baited it again and watched. Then along came a cute wood mouse and starting to eat the bait inside the trap, quite nonchalantly! It then slipped out between the bars with a small peanut!!
I baited it again, adding some porridge oats and firmly tied the bait to the food platform, (which if moved, springs the door closed), with thin wire. The next thing that happened was that a blackbird entered the trap, ate some food and sprung the door closed! Out I go to release it, unharmed just a little indignant as it flew away! Reset the trap and soon afterwards, no less than a robin inside setting the trap door closed. Wont use porridge oats again! Out I go again and take the trap away. Unless you are there to release non intended wildlife captured, Its obvious that these humane traps should only be baited and left out after dark. Otherwise your garden birds could get trapped inside all day. If you are out all day, they could well suffer in the heat of the day.
Set the trap up again, baited it with a fig, peanut butter and a little piece of kipper and set it up in the dark. Checked before I went to bed. All quiet. Next morning out I go to see no bait left, with a hedgehog sleeping in the trap, full and satisfied after its hearty meal. It was released none the worse for its slight inconvenience!
Later that night, I finally caught the ‘guest’ that the trap was designed for…..a rat!!
If anything, this was so anxious to escape that I feel the carrying handle should be made a little longer as it tried to gnaw its way through the metal cage, just inches from my hand! They always seem larger when they are desperately trying to chew their way out ! It was released onto farmland not too far from where I live. I was determined not to kill it or use poison. It was an interesting exercise to do and made me realise that other creatures could easily be trapped, unharmed and alive in these humane traps. Fine if you are there to release them. The lesson I learnt? Use them at night only. Check them regularly, particularly dawn and dusk times. If you have other wildlife in the garden try to bait them with nothing that would attract birds or other non target species.
For other humane traps manufactured in the UK visit…..http://www.trapman.co.uk/rat-traps.htm