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I have a wild mice/rat problem. I have an internal storage cupboard with no doors/windows, when i have gone in to get my rabbits food i seen a very large rodent (which i believe to b a rat but it was dark and it moved very quick) run and climb into the wall space were pipes run out of (the cupboard bks onto my kitchen and the pipes run behind my kitchen units) I removed the rabbit food, and have got 2 humane traps, a large metal cage type with a hook to hang food on but the food keeps dissapearing (trap has been set off twice and twice still open but no critter and no bait) the 2nd i have is a plastic one which has succesfully caught a small mouse which has been released outdoors. Any ideas on what food to use to make the metal trap more likely to catch something larger? Ive been using ham which they seem to like but think it may b too easy to pull off the hook.


The mouse that was caught has small droppings, really large ears and a white belly, the other droppings ive found in the cupboard are twice the width so believe i have both rats and mice.
Any other ideas on how to humanely remove a rat if this is what i have? And how i can check where they would be getting in from? I live in a ground floor flat and the only door i have is my front door which is in a block that has a main door.

Thanks in advance and sorry if this has been covered the search function on fone is rubbish x

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(trap has been set off twice and twice still open but no critter and no bait)
Okay. Expand on this, please ^.

A photo / link to a google shot of the trap would help greatly.

The rodent you caught sounds like Apodemus.

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Yes, that sounds like a Woodmouse you've caught there.

Chocolate is very successful at catching rats and mice, maybe if you use something with a soft/chewy centre coated in chocolate it will still to the hook, so the critter has to really pull to get it off??

It's food that attracts them, particularly with rats, so usually if you stop the food supply they will move on. Do any of your neighbours feed birds, because that brings them in and, because it's a reliable food source, they settle and breed?
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If you've got rats I certainly wouldn't worry about removing them humanely.
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Yes, that sounds like a Woodmouse you've caught there.

Chocolate is very successful at catching rats and mice, maybe if you use something with a soft/chewy centre coated in chocolate it will still to the hook, so the critter has to really pull to get it off??

It's food that attracts them, particularly with rats, so usually if you stop the food supply they will move on. Do any of your neighbours feed birds, because that brings them in and, because it's a reliable food source, they settle and breed?
No, tbh theres brambles behind shared garden and a school/big field. Ive removed the rabbit food but im certain they were already here when i moved in as my bro and his gf's patterdale has always zoned in and gone nuts at the bottom of kitchen units and skirting boards along the main exterior walls while my 2 staffs e too flippin lazy to care! Hahaha i will try some choccy, i heard they lovd it but wasnt sure if it cud b used incase it would harm them like dogs etc

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If you've got rats I certainly wouldn't worry about removing them humanely.
I cant hurt any living creature and tbh theyve not done me any harm, its a cupboard for storage they r getting in to, maybe a few chewed wires and some rabbit food no big deal really.

I just want them out so they dnt attack my dogs or rabbit ? (both the dogs and rabbit would probs curl up an go sleep with them if given chance)
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(trap has been set off twice and twice still open but no critter and no bait)
Okay. Expand on this, please ^.

A photo / link to a google shot of the trap would help greatly.

The rodent you caught sounds like Apodemus.

I actually know what I'm talking about.
thank uuuuu!!!
the small plastic trap is what weve caught lil mouse in (poop on 1st pic is small poop off mouse in plastic trap and the big banana poop which is 1cm long (yes ive just measured it yukkkky lol) i believe may b rat poop?

Ive been using bacon/ham for traps so far.
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There were some photos on another UK Forum where a rat came in through an open window and attacked a pet terrapin.

Absolutely no time to be sentimental. They are vermin. Your rabbit and neighbours won't thank you.
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Absolutely no time to be sentimental. They are vermin. Your rabbit and neighbours won't thank you.
fair enuff i understand were ur coming from but my rabbit is in a diff room and the cupboard its getting into has no other way of a rat getting into other rooms, ano i said the pipes lead behind my kitchen cupboards but its all in the cavity walls. Only place it gets into is my storage cupboard, all skirting boards r tight to walls and no gaps and kick boards in kitchen have lino going all way up, we have checked inside all kitchen cupboards and none ot the gaps r big enuff for anythin to get thru even the smallest of mice. Speaking of which ive just caught another mouse
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Okay. Expand on this, please ^.

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The rodent you caught sounds like Apodemus.

I actually know what I'm talking about.
Just caught another! This looks bigger than the last one but only going off pics my mum showed me while i was at work. Looked like large mouse to me but its been yrs since ive had either as pets so cudnt b sure., what do u think it is hun? U seem to have a lot more knowledge than me xx
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