We’ve all seen the Tom and Jerry show – where Tom chases Jerry around, yet never seems to catch him. But, what about the real-life rats that have come to call our homes their home? Read on to find out about the top 5 misconceptions about rat infestations.
(1) Having a Pet Cat Is The Solution For Rat Control
Most would be familiar with Tom and Jerry and the never-ending cat-and-mouse chase that always ends up with Jerry sneakily making his escape from the annoying grasp of Tom. But is that true of actual cat and mice? The myth that having a cat at home will ward off any resident rats seems to be ingrained in our minds. Yet, industry experts warn that having a pet cat at home does not necessarily ward of rats and mice from our homes.
Most pet cats are well fed and tend to not be motivated to chase their food since their owners will feed them sufficiently. Moreover, the effort required to chase their food compared to having their food provided to them in a nice bowl dissuades most pet cats from the allure of chasing their next meal.
(2) Cheese Works As a Bait For Rats
Another misconception that has been surreptitiously embedded into common myths about rats and mice is that rats love cheese. Again, our childhood cartoons are to blame for this. Though rats and mice do enjoy a cheesy snack once in a while, research has shown that wild mice actually turn away from the rich cheeses in exchange for more carbohydrate laden foods. In reality, rats and mice prefer a buffet of sweet treats over a platter of cheese delights.
(3) The Presence of A Rat Indicates A Dirty House
You’ve kept your house spick and span and adopt clean hygiene practices, yet, you seem to have a mice problem. Fret not, having a clean house does not mean your humble abode will be free from rats. Rats are scavengers and they search for food, water and shelter in any environment. This means that even the cleanest house can still be susceptible to an unwanted visit from rats now and again.
But there are several ways you can reduce the chances of rats visiting your home. First, store your rubbish in rodent-proof containers. This makes it harder for rodents to break into your garbage and enjoy your leftovers. Next, avoid leaving your pet food out overnight. Once your pet has eaten their meal, promptly remove their bowl and clean it thoroughly to prevent rodents and pests from getting to the leftovers. Last, avoid leaving any standing water around, as rats and mice will get drawn to these places for a refreshing drink once in a while.
(4) Rats are nocturnal and only feed at night
Though rats are more active at night, it does not mean they only feed at night. Rats also tend to feed at dusk and dawn when there is less human activity and therefore less danger around. In addition, rats and mice can still be seen scurrying around in the daytime in search for food and shelter when they are aware of routes and areas, they can go to without being seen or chased.
(5) Rats do not pose a real threat to the home
Rats themselves are not harmful if they are not provoked. However, rats are known carriers of harmful diseases such as Hantavirus, Salmonella and Tularemia. These diseases are spread when humans come into contact with rat feces, urine and any foods that have come into contact with these animals. In addition, rats tend to seek out empty spaces within the walls of your home, under floorboards, in attics, and can chew through electrical wiring, thereby damaging the integrity of your home.
What Is The Best Way To Get Rid of Rats
So you’ve read about the top 5 misconceptions about rats, but how do you get rid of them?
(1) Snap Traps
One of the most popular ways to trap rats are snap traps. Snap traps are considered the most humane way to trap and kill rats, as well-designed snap traps ensure that rats are killed quickly with little resistance. Snap traps involve the use of a metal bar that snaps close once triggered, trapping the rats head and killing them almost instantly. The snap traps are easy to use, and are one the simplest ways to trap rats.
(2) Glue Traps
Another popular method of trapping rats is using glue traps. Glue traps do not eradicate rats, instead what it does is lure a rat, and a rat will get trapped and stuck on the trap. After which, it would require the rat to be disposed of.
(3) Bait Stations
There are many bait stations today that are tamper resistance – this means that it can be used in areas where there might be children or pets around. It is a plastic, lockable box which holds a rat bait inside, and the bait would only be accessible to a rat (only a rat size can enter the station).
Consult A Pest Control Singapore Company That Offers Rat Control Services
All in all, many of these Do-It-Yourself (DIY) methods can work to kill of a rat. However, there are times where it will be difficult to identify the root cause of your pest issue, thus it is suggested to engage a pest control professional to help you with your pest issues.