Rodents have plagued mankind for centuries, most notably in the dark ages where rodents helped to spread one of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Plague. This disease ravaged Europe, wiping out large amounts of its population in a matter of years. While the Black Plague is a thing of the past, other diseases and parasites from rodents still bring considerable health risks and property damage.
Fortunately, advances in pest control techniques made the fear of damage and diseases spread by rodents a thing of the past.
The methods and techniques for rat elimination as well as other pests have been so well developed in recent years that literally anyone can utilize them effectively. Methods of rat elimination, which are also humane, have also been advancing for people who have a soft spot for rodents, or people who do not wish to utilize potentially harmful methods such as poison or mouse traps which can harm other residents of a home.
More than 10 million people in the 20th century alone have died from diseases and parasites which come from rodents. While they are not considered to be major threats to our everyday health, the need for rat elimination is perfectly justified because of the potential threat of disease and parasite transmission present. Rodents have always made for excellent vehicles carrying rapidly spreading diseases.
Rodents who sailed with traders and other people in boats were known to be the cause of the Black Death in the Dark Ages. In this day and age, rodents are still able to hitch a ride in cars, buses, airplanes, and any other vehicle humans use every day. A rodent’s deadly parasites and pathogens are also brought along for the ride.
Rodents adapted into living in close proximity to other human beings. Along with rats come their parasites which literally share homes with humans who have always been extremely vulnerable to the many pathogens, diseases and parasites which come from these rodents.
The variety of parasites carried by rodents such as mites and ticks can carry potentially dangerous and lethal pathogens. Rodents can also spread deadly germs and bacteria found in their urine and feces, which is produced in large volumes at a time. This can also be especially alarming when there are young children around.
Substantially more fecal matter and urine deposits are produced by rodents than humans are capable of in a day. This excrement can end up anywhere around the floors of your house, and other places rodents may frequent.
A rodent’s saliva and blood may also contain harmful pathogens. Parasites and deadly pathogens can be found in the hairs of rodents, which are shed very frequently, and can be harder to spot than feces or urine.
Rodents will be able to breed wherever constant supplies of food and water are readily available. Rats can also end up breeding in large, uncontrollable amounts, in turn multiplying the amount of parasites, harmful pathogens and potential for disease. These diseases can be spread to infect any living organism, including your children and pets.
Even if you do think your house is rat free, preventive measures should still be taken so that they do not return. Clearing out a pest’s source of food by getting secure and durable canisters made of metal or plastic for the food your pets eat. Remove any uneaten food from your home, or even the fruits from your garden which have fallen off trees or plants.
You should also keep your garden clean as not to allow rats the space to live or breed. Your garbage bins should have a way of being secure from pests as well, because a garbage bin is not only a source of food for a rat, but can be a breeding place for them too.
When you have determined that you have a rodent problem, it’s time to get rid of them. There are a wide variety of ways to go about hunting your disease laden prey, both humanely and as brutally as you could possibly manage.
A common rat elimination method is to set a trap for the rat. This is not a good choice if you have other pets or children sharing the same house, because they can get into the trap but you also have sanitary concerns about disposing of dead animals. A mouse trap also rates relatively low on the scale of “humane treatment”.
Traps can come in the form of glue mats or boards which utilize strong adhesives. A rat can get caught in one of these when scurrying across the floor and gets stuck, effectively depriving the rat movement and nutrition.
Some of these mats are also designed to catch more than one at a time for better cost effectiveness. Whether or not this borders on inhumane depends on if the person who set the trap sets the rat free before death… and if the trap only gets their tail.
If you do utilize traps, be sure they are anchored to the ground so that any surviving rats do not have the chance to escape. It is also important that your entire family or other people who share your living space are aware of where the traps are placed to avoid any potential accidents.
When a rat is trapped, the trap setter may set it free far from the house. Before letting the rat go, wear some rubber or latex gloves and put as much distance between you and the rat as you possibly can. After handling either a live or dead rat, it is advisable to wash your hands properly even if you had used gloves to take the rat out.
Another hazardous option which is oddly still recommended frequently by “experts” is utilizing rat poison. The most obvious problem with rat poison as a form of rodent elimination is it may harm others who share your living space.
The other problem is a rodent doesn’t die immediately from the poison. They crawl back into your wall to die. Then you are left with either suffering through the smell of a rotting carcass in your wall, or you now have to drill through the drywall and hope you find it before making too much damage.
Fresh Cab Rodent Repellent is a natural solution to eliminate rodents wherever you have them in your house, garage, vehicle or more. Just drop a pouch wherever you have mice or rats and watch them clear out.