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    Default I have a rat in my garbage can.

    How can I get rid of it. I dont want to release it, I dont want to scare it, I would like to dispose of it quickly and humanely.

    Any suggestions?

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    Poison. Go to a farm supply store and get a poison and a container that prevents cats or dogs from getting to it. There are likely several rats, so catching them can be a long process and it will be hard to tell when you're done.
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    Don't worry about "humane". Rats spread diseases. Worry about that instead.
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    I suggest a multipurpose tool such as a 12 gauge. Great for things like trimming trees and your little critter will never feel any pain. Just kidding

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    Call Animal Control perhaps?
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    poison or a rat trap

    its an animal, not a person.....you cant kill it 'nice'....just kill it
    i wouldnt put up with a rat for a day...if i knew i had one in my garbage id have a trap set same day


    good luck!

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    thanks for replies.

    Last week I went to my storage which is built onto the side of my garage. I saw poop on top of my rubbermaid storage bins and smelled urine. I went to HD right away and bought six spring traps. Loaded them up with a peanut butter bread mixture and caught 2 within an hour. I reset the traps and put back in same locations where I found rodent traffic. Nothing for 3 days. Then on Monday my FIL told me there is a rat in the garbage bin on our back patio off the mud room. OMG its like 40 inches tall, the garbage bin. I went and checked my traps again and found 2 set off but no rats and one set off with a dead rat about a foot away and another that did its job properly. FRACK I hate them rats, but I feel so bad to kill a captive rat. Im thinking Ill get a sticky mouse trap and put it on the end of a stick, lower it in and capture rat and them beer bottle it while its in a plastic bag.

    Thanks for knocking some sense into me!!

    I cant use poison because Ive got a dog and would also hate to find some rotting rats in my storage this springtime.

    I think Ill have to go buy a gallon of DETTOL and spray the heck outa my storage areas.

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    I had one get into the stove a while back and die. It was in the electrical panel trapped or electrocuted in the wires. Boy did it stink I took the stove into the back yard and hosed out the electrical panel (electric stove). I also sprayed it with something to get rid of the smell. I figured I had nothing to loose hosing out the stove because if I ruined it, I'd have to buy a new one, and if I couldn't get the smell out I'd have to get another one. After a few days in the Florida sun the smell went away.

    The poisons are designed so the rat gets thirsty and leaves for water. That doesn't work so well. but the poison does. I put it in areas around the outside of my house where the dogs don't have access to.

    There are also boxes which you put the peanut butter in the back. It triggers a door trapping the mouse but not killing it. That's good for interior applications. I found one at a farm store.

    Here they come from storm drains. I've had two in the last 5 years.

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    I'm normally a humane person, but wild, urban, garbage rats are vile, disease infested vermin. There is no being nice. 1 rat can have 20 babies, give your pets rabies, make your family sick and spread Bubonic plague through the neighborhood ( yeah, I just found out that still exists).

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    Now now Harold. they are cute little things

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