For rodents and small mammals, traps are generally preferable to poisons. That’s because these creatures tend to hide when they feel sick—which means they might die in your walls, causing a very bad smell. Live traps can work, but if you capture an animal, make sure to release it at least a quarter of a mile away from your home, in an area with abundant resources, so it won’t find its way back. And remember that if you catch one, others likely remain behind, so be ready to repeat your journey. That’s why you might find fatal traps easier. With this option, look for a trap that kills quickly and efficiently, such as a snap trap.