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You're justified in killing them the second you notice their existence and suspect it may negatively impact yours.

You'd be equally justified to make pets of them, keep them caged for the remainder of their lives, and give them a higher quality and longer life.

From the point of the rats, which do you think might be a better fate? They're quite bright enough to avoid annoying people; and the ones that aren't should be eliminated for the Greater Good of the Human and Rat species.

If you've got cars with the tasty insulation (a broad and under-acknowledged problem) you prolly better resign yourself to baits and traps in the garage from now on. They'll keep coming back, they can smell that stuff and they want it.

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