How to Control Rodents Humanely
The best method of rodent control is prevention. Rodents tend to set up camp in our homes when food and space are made available to them.
Remove potential rodent homes like yard debris, trash, construction waste, etc.
Eliminate food sources. Keep bulk food, seed, and dry pet food in metal cans with secure lids. Pick up fallen fruit. Take birdfeeders inside at night.
Exclude rodents from your home. Seal openings 1/2 inch or larger around the outside of your house with metal, concrete, or Stuf-fit Copper Mesh Wool, which can be found online or at hardware stores. If you would like humane, professional assistance with rodent exclusion, contact WildCare's Wildlife Solutions service.
Include natural rodent predators in your solution. A family of five owls can consume up to 3000 rodents in breeding season. Placing a nest box to encourage a family of owls to make your property home can be a great alternative to commercial pest control methods. Please visit www.hungryowl.org/ for more information.
Use catch-and-release traps as a safe, sanitary, and humane solution. Catch-and-release traps will allow you to remove rodents from inside your home, but you must prevent their return by sealing entrance and exit holes and removing attractants (see above). If you are uncomfortable catching and releasing rodents on your own, or if you would like help sealing entrance points, contact Wildlife Solutions for assistance.
If you exhaust all the above efforts and as a last resort decide to kill the rodents, please consider purchasing a rat zapper or snap traps.
Humane alternatives to an inhumane product
Our campaign is solely targeted to ending the sale and use of glue traps. We support and understand the need to control rodent problems. Below is a table detailing the pros and cons of rodent control options available on the market.
Please note WildCare does not advocate the killing of any creatures, but we know that it is sometimes deemed necessary. If extermination is necessary, we want to offer people the least toxic and most humane options.