And by rats, I mean rodents. I’ve seen them in almost any city I have spent any time in, so I am not suprised by my rodent encounters, but, living in a house, I have occasionally to deal with them.
When it rains heavily I sometimes find that a rat visits the following nights. Once it has discovered our garden it will visit every night until I catch it. The rat also destroys part of the garden. Unfortunately all I can do it kill it, as it won’t be discouraged.
I have tried poison unsuccessfully – but I don’t like it as it’s inhumane. I have tried sticky paper, and only caught myself. Ordinary traps aren’t humane either, and didn’t work, besides.
Finally I found this trap in a hardware store. It works! But you need to provide the right bait. At first I provided nice food, as it was going to be the rat’s last meal. I didn’t catch anything. In the end I found plain bread works best.
In the morning I find a very morose rat in the trap. Then I simply put the cage into a bucket of water, and soon it’s all over for the rat. I think this is the most humane way.