Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Halte aux rats!! Stop RATS !!!

A lifetime since i live in port louis, but never have i seen before sooo many rats, in the roads of port louis , in the roads of chinatown, of plaine-verte .. near champs de mars and the areas below Signal Mountain ! Rats Elimination Campaigns are being made in Curepipe .. But Why NOT Port Louis ?? The usual frontpage of the island for tourists and businessmen !!

This has become an unbearable problem, rats can now be seen in hospitals and dispensaries in port louis , this has become a huge problem which no one talks.
And this can't continue.

Reasons why rats should be exterminated :

  • Rats leak urine since they dont have sphincter muscles, thus they contaminate more than they eat.
  • Rats can proliferate very very quickly, a rat can have around 20 kidos very quickly..
  • Rats are big carriers of all sorts of viruses and bacteries !!

FACTS ABOUT RATS:
  • An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter.
  • Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.
  • Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinderblock, wire, aluminum and lead.
Types of Rats :

Norway Rat : This rat tends to be more agressive to animals and humans than Roof rats !!
If you got an agressive rat, it is surely a norway rat. BEWARE : IT CAN BITE
Roof Rat : It's name says it all, this rat is more commonly found strolling about on the roof and they live off the ground. Roof Rats are excellent climbers and they usually live in spaces on the tops of buildings, on roofs or in attics. They also live in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, under floors, in wood heaps and in thick grass.

PREVENTION:
  • Rats like to eat, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out.
  • Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
  • Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
  • Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.
EXTERMINATION :

  • Best way to kill rats, is to use rat traps which are widely available. put a bait on it, fish, potato, fruit..
  • Use rat glues.. paste it on a board.. put some fruit on the board.. or if you know the path the rat follows usually.. jus put the board with the glue in the way. It should get the rat trapped on.
  • You can always use rat poison which are less efficient on rats nowadays !! ..
Having said all that, rats in rural and urban areas are not the same kinds and have different habits, same like human.

IMPORTANT NOTE : Before attempting extermination of rats around your house, make sure all the points in the prevention list above have been cleared. Rats in the house are inside the house and the house is their territory, so rats outside in the neighbourhood won't dare to come.
However, if you kill the rats inside, the rats from the neighbourhood will come and keep coming again and again and you might end up with a bigger problem !!

So, before attempting extermination of the rats found in your house, spot all entrances the rats might have used to get in!!

Best of lucks with your rats !! lolzzz..