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What should I do with a rodent after I catch it?

If you have been able to capture a rodent in your house, then you probably want to take steps to get it out as quickly as possible. It does not matter whether you are talking about a smaller sized rodent, like a rat or squirrel, or one that is large, like a raccoon or possum, you want to do what you can to get them out quickly before they propose any kind of major risk to your home.

The fact is that these animals pose a serious risk to the health of you, your family, and your pets. It is not a matter of it simply being that they make messes in your home. These animals bring a lot of pathogens and parasites into your home that can be very dangerous to your health. You do not want to risk having them in your home, and this is why you have gone to the step of capturing the animal.

Now your question is what you will do with it now that it is caught. You clearly cannot leave it in your home. That is just not safe, but what do you do with it now?

If you are talking about small rodents, like rats or mice, then the challenge is a little different. You don’t want to let them go outside of your home, because they may find their way right back into your home. Even if you put them out in the street you can’t be sure that this will work. You have to take them a long way away from your home, but you should be aware that the chances that they will survive are minimal. They will not know the area and predators will have a great chance of killing them.

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With other animals, like racoons and possums, the answer to your problem is a lot different. If you go about making sure that they cannot get right back in, by closing entryways that they may have used to gain access in the first place, then you don’t have to worry about them getting back in. However, that does not mean that they won’t try to get right back in. Just because you have closed off their entryway doesn’t mean that they will not try to regain access through it. This is why moving them to a separate location a little further away from your home may be the place to go.

To resolve this, one of the best options that you may choose would be to take these critters to some kind of park or forest area and let them go. Because they are normally used this kind of environment, it makes for the ideal situation for them. Their chance of survival in these areas are good, plus you have the added benefit of them being far away from your home. That is what makes them such an ideal choice to take these rodents so that you resolve your problem and feel good that they have a good chance at living.

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