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In many parts of the world, the cold winter weather drives certain types of wildlife to seek a warm refuge in people’s houses, sheds, and garages. Don’t feel like sharing your space with some cute, furry little rodents? There are easy and cruelty-free ways to deal with rats and mice in your home. Here are some ideas on how to humanely keep rodents out of your house, courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):
Humane rodent control focuses on repellents, deterrents, and exclusion. Stay away from glue traps and poisons and try some humane options instead.
Eliminate access to potential food sources in all areas in and around the house. This includes access to pet food, trash, birdseed, and fallen fruits in the garden.
Check your house for potential entry points like holes and cracks, and repel rats and mice with cotton balls soaked in ammonia. When you’re sure there are no rodents indoors, seal up all holes and cracks.
Humane traps, also referred to as live traps, like the popular Havahart brand, are a good option, provided you remember to check all traps for animals often. Rodents left in a trap for too long can die of dehydration or stress.
Take the trapped animals out to around 100 yards away from the house. Ideally, they should remain in their familiar territory and not be released too far away.
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