Bucket trap - then what?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by fatcatx, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. fatcatx

    fatcatx Songster

    Wondering for those who use a homemade bucket trap for catching rats... How do you dispatch the rats? I got my supplies to make one this weekend but then figured I better have an end game planned if I'm greeted Sunday morning to a bucket of rats.
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  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Toss them in the woods.....
  3. fatcatx

    fatcatx Songster

    I wish I had woods to toss them into! (Preferably the kind with witches and trolls :-D)
    We are in a metro area in CA. It would be a long drive before I'd be anywhere someone wouldn't care if I was dumping rats.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2019
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  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Um.... put them in a bag and dump them in the garbage at a gas station.
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  5. Eggscaping

    Eggscaping Enjoying Life!

    Dec 4, 2018
    Portland, Oregon
    Some people who use a bucket type of trap put enough water in the bucket to drown the mouse or rat. Other than that, I would not recommend dumping live animals anywhere. A rat isn't evil, it's just being a rat. While drowning is not quick either, it's either that or something more direct and stomach-churning, like dumping them into a sack and whacking the sack with a shovel until it stops moving. :oops: I, myself like tame rats very much and have raised them, but the wild ones have to go. I suppose the 'water in the bucket' method is the best way for the person who has to deal with the captured rat.
  6. The Dapper Duck

    The Dapper Duck Songster

    Apr 9, 2019
    Coastal Humboldt, CA
    Same as @Eggscaping . Just add water to the bucket and throw the bodies in the garbage can. Clean the water out after each dead rat.
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  7. fatcatx

    fatcatx Songster

    Ugh - this is looking less and less appealing. I've kept rats as pets too. Other than being short-lived, they are awesome. (WAY better than a hamster - just saying ) I'm trying to be as humane as possible and drowning sounded awful. If quick-= more humane then that leaves me emptying them into a pillow case and thumping the bejesus out of them on the pavement.:sick
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  8. fatcatx

    fatcatx Songster

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  9. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

    Jan 21, 2018
    North Notts, UK
    My Coop
    If you use a bucket trap you will need to fill it with water. If you don't like the idea of drowning them you can get large snap traps for rats so long as they put there head directly in it, it will be instant.
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  10. Anime2lover

    Anime2lover Songster

    Apr 17, 2019
    Gruesome. But it does seem the most merciful.
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