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Do relocated rodents survive?

When rodents are trapped and relocated, they can find it hard to survive in the new place. Most of the time, they do perish when they are moved away of the territories that they came to know. When live traps are set, they should be checked on regular basis since most of the time, they may die because of the hunger, dehydration or exhaustion if the rodents are left within the traps for too long. Choosing to relocate trapped rodent is not good solution for the several reasons. Trapped animal is stressed and will find it difficult to survive in unknown surroundings, especially if this surrounding is wilderness with numerous dangers.



Relocating the rats in the unfavorable weather, they may not survive. The rodents are not able to survive when they are relocated during winter but they will be able to multiply faster if they are relocated during moist and warm period. They will also not survive under the snowy condition since they are made to be natural warm blooded animals.

The rodents are restless and this makes it hard for them to survive if their movement had been restricted. There are some rodents that will only see during the night and they can use the instincts while looking for the foods or shelter. They will only be following one pathway in order to access the colony. You may easily catch the rodents through detecting its movement in the attic, wall or doors. You may come to learn about its pathways through their feces and droppings.

There are rodents that may survive only 24 hours in the caged trap so you will have to relocate them faster as far as you catch them or they may die. The best way that you should relocate the rodent is when it is dark outside.

The age of the rodents during the relocation period may also determine if it will survive or not after the relocation. The rats that have few weeks, they are going to die in few hours after being relocated but older rodents can take time to die and they will survive when they get an alternative home. Presence of the predators also will dictate how long the animal may survive. When animals have already adapted to live near human, it will be hard for them to start to live in the wild and they may not be able to eat the foods that wild rodents eat. Go back to the How to get rid of wildlife home page.

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