People call them mice, rodents, rats, pets or for the most number of residents, they call them pests.
Whichever way people address these little creatures, surely it depends on what kind of gnawing animal we’re talking about.
Well, let’s discuss clearly on the aspect of them being every household’s “enemy”. Also, let’s talk about what to do to get rid of them pronto.
So, before you get frantic and scream for help whenever they come out of the kitchen, here are a few things you need to know about them.
How many different types of rats are there?
There are a lot of different types of rats, but mostly they’re classified as domestic and house pests.
Today, there’s no specific number that can be reported because scientists continuously discover animals belonging to this species. Unlike dogs when we refer to them as breeds, rats are categorized to varying physical traits.
But for us to distinguish them one by one here are some of the most common pests that roam around in our house.
The scientific name for all lab and domestic rats is called Rattus norvegicus which is commonly known as a brown rat or Norway rat.
Norway rats’ average length is at 16 inches which include its tail and it has an average weight of 200-500 grams. They usually eat crops from the fields and sometimes the food in the shelves. They are most active in the dark especially from night till dawn.
Rattus rattus or black rat or the more familiar term we know, the house rat. It is the deadlier type in terms of the damage that they can bring, as well as the number of pathogens they can carry.
They can transmit viruses such as Corynebacterium kutsheri, Pasteurella pneumotropica, Streptobacillus moniliformis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Bacillus piliformis. The family living inside will get infected easily.
They live in the crevices of your roof and walls. They can even fit themselves in the smallest crack, say at ¼ inch. That is easy-peasy to them.
What attracts rats to your house?
Since homes, most specifically, the kitchen area is the threshold of food and other food scraps lying around the counter table. These kinds of stuff when smelled by anyone, including rats, will become an invitation for these unwanted visitors to drop by.
There are a lot of life hacks that you can do in order to keep them out at all times. Listed below are some tips that you can follow.
How to get rid of rats from the house?
Keep your house and surroundings clean.
There’s no better way to do it but to keep your place spic and span inside and out.
Even if there would be times that food crumbs were overlooked or the trash bin was left open, you need to see to it that before you call it a night; you must keep everything as neatly as possible.
Seal off cracks and holes in your house.
Find time to look for holes or cracks on your walls, ceilings, and floors. These areas serve as the gateway for rats to go to and fro the kitchen. Don’t give them any kind of opportunity to spread bacteria, viruses, and filth all around the house. Seal them all off!
Use traps, DIY pest control like poison and other forms to keep them from coming back.
There are a lot of ways that you can do in order to maintain a rat-free house.
You can do it the traditional way with a mousetrap and bait or buy some pest control at your local grocery store. Just make sure that you keep these items out of your children’s reach as a safety and security precaution.
Now try to look at this picture. Sometimes when you DIY your pest problems, it’s always a hit or miss.
Say for example you put poison on a particular area in the house, and after a few days, the rat died somewhere up the roof.
The chances of getting rid of it will be tedious and worst, the smell will be devastating.
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