No, actually, there is some really good stuff at Home Club that I am not sure what is called but is something the rats/mice eat and then die. It suppost to dry the carcass off and no odor of the dead rodent is left behind.
Just make sure to spread it on concealed areas where your dogs/pets don't get to them!
Or you can go through petfinder.com and enquire about a really good cat hunter.
***Edited By: alldogslover! on 12/22/2005 4:26:51 PM*** Reason: .
Honestly, PLEASE, use a live trap and release him far away.
Snap traps can be a horrible way to die if the snap doesn't catch them correctly. (I have seen a mouse chew its own leg off to get away when the snap trap only got its leg. ) Also, with a snap trap, alot of mice and rats will break their necks or backs but not die and so they die a slow and very painful death.
Rat poisons are a HORRIBLE thing, they can be very toxic and fatal to other animals, and not only if the animal eats the toxin but if the animal eats the mouse or rat that has eaten the poison. Many people have told stories of puppies and kittens that have died horrible deaths from eating rat poison, it is no different for the rat, you just don't usually watch it. They die a very painful death from poison. PLEASE do not use it.
Live traps are made so you never have to touch the animal, but can release it somewhere else. PLEASE listen to this.
Babu, yes they are. You can use them forever. Plus, you do not hurt the rat at all. I know that many people consider them a nuisance but they are still animals. And they deserve to live as much as any other animal.
I heard about this device that sends off some sort of vibration or inaudible sound (I really don't know what it is) that repels the rats. I would call Home Depot or a store like that and ask about it. It is a humane method of getting rid of the little suckers.
Don't know where you live but look up the local feed and grain store (horse feed etc.) in the phone book. There are many products out there but make sure you get one that causes internal bleeding. This will make them seek a sourse of water and die there, not in your walls.
You must get it in hand as quickly as possible. Mice and rats can have a litter every 21 days and new borns can breed at 3 months old. Do the math.
I had the same problem lol. I bought a pet mice and it got away and I think it started breeding. We used snap traps, sticky traps, and live traps. Few weeks ago I saw another one, but now I don't see any. I would recommend snap traps, but if you think that's too cruel use a sticky trap. Or you can adopt a rat terrier or a rat snake. I prefer the mice alive, but my parents says that rats and mice can track their way back to your house miles away. If you don't want to take a long trip you have to exterminate them.