Rats are four legged, furry creatures which move very fast. Many people like to nurse the rat and keep them in their house. But not all the people are comfortable with rats.Rats cause destruction into the house. They cut the clothes, eat food and break many valuable items. They carry diseases causing bacteria with them. Thus it is very important to get rid of rats from your house to protect your health.
Diseases that are caused by rats are:
Rat bite fever
As the name suggests, this disease occur due to biting, scratching or eating food which is contaminated by rats. This may cause infections involving the brain, heart or lever if not treated. Its symptoms are:
- Muscle pain
- Joints pain
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a disease related to digestive tract. It is spread when a human comes in contact with the urine, saliva or droppings of rats. Its primary symptoms are:
- Muscle aches
- Abdomen related problems like diarrhea, vomiting and stomachache.
Its secondary or late symptoms which occur after 4 to 10 days may include chest pain, breathlessness, and coughing.
Salmonellosis may be caused due to consuming food and water which is contaminated by rats. It causes gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. Salmonellosis may get big problem if left untreated.
Preventive methods to get rid of rats
There are many other diseases which are directly or indirectly carried and spread by rats. prevention is best method to get rid of rats. So, let us look at some preventive methods to get rid of rats:
Restrict their entrance
Rats enter into the house through small gaps which are left unnoticed. So, fill the gaps which may provide entry to rats in your house. Keep your toilet seat closed when not in use as they may enter from sewer pipe.
Look for cracks and small holes into your house where they might find good place to hide. Rats like to live where there is constant supply of water thus, check your bathroom regularly for any leakage. Not providing entrance to them is a best way to get rid of rats.
Keep your house clean
If you keep your house clean and tidy there will be fewer places for rats to hide. Keep your clothes into the closet and not on the floor. Vacuum regularly to remove dirt and food leftover which attracts rats.
Keep everything on its place and do not leave trash into the house. Empty your waste bin regularly so that rat will not be able to live there. Keep your dust bin covered and hole free to get rid of rats.
Keep your food covered
Do not left food on the table uncovered if you want to get rid of rats. Keep the leftover food into the fridge. Rats live in your house for food and water if they will not get this two items they will leave your house automatically.
Food which attract rats more like pizza, sweets etc should be kept covered into the container in which rat cannot enter. Also do not leave your fridge half open or rat might enter to clean your fridge.
Home remedies to get rid of rats
Check out this home remedies to get rid of rats easily and without using any harmful chemical.
Cats are most effective way to get rid of rats without using any chemical or any extra effort. Rats are one of favorite food choice for cats. Rats run away even from the sight of cat’s hair let alone the cat itself.
Just make sure not to leave your cat inside the house to catch rat. Your cute pet will not mind the costly stuff and your budget might get disturbed.
Rats have sensitive nose. They can smell any fragrance from far away. Essential oil like peppermint, eucalyptus and citronella oil might feel pleasant and refreshing for humans but it cause trouble for the rats.
- Take some cotton balls.
- Add few drops of essential oil (like peppermint oil) of your choice into the cotton balls.
- Place this cotton balls where rats live and roam.
When rats will smell the essence of essential oil they will run away from your house. It is a good method to get rid of rats.
Catch and release traps
Catch and release traps are effective way to get rid of rats. Most of the traps in the market contains poison and very cruelly kill the rats. But catch and release traps just give low voltage shock to the rat so that they don’t come again.
- Buy a Catch and release trap from the market and place it where rat wanders normally.
- Move away from trap and leave it for a night.
- Keep your child and pet away from the traps.
Rats are active during night time mostly. They roam during day time only if they desperately need food or water. Although this will not kill them but it will ensure that they will not return again to that place.
Sprinkle some crushed pepper into the area where rats wander. They cannot bear the heat of pepper. It is very good and easy method to get rid of rats. But make sure that your children do not get where you sprinkled pepper.
Although, pepper will not cause any serious harm to children but may cause irritation into eyes or nose.
Bay leaves are famous for their strong odor. Rats attract towards bay leaves due to its odor and eat it. Bay leaves act as a poison for the rats and kill them.
Bay leaves help to get rid of rats permanently as their will not be any chances of rat to come again into your house from heaven.
Many traps into the market are very cruel way to get rid of rats. You can make trap in your house to take the rat into custody. Then leave them into your friend’s school bag or free them into the forest.
- Make a trap in which rat may enter but cannot escape.
- Place some food into the trap like cake or pizza slice.
- Leave the trap into place where rat can smell the food.
When rat will see the food it will enter into the trap and get its punishment for messing around with you.
There are many other natural methods to get rid of rats and keep your home disease free. Just remember that prevention is better than cure. So, don’t give chance to rats to wander in your house.