Lassa Fever has spread round Nigeria through its primary host, house rats. They are everywhere, a menace, freeloaders that contaminate our food.
Protecting your home from the invasion of rats is paramount this period. However, not every action we commonly take is effective or needful. Here are some steps we commonly take that we ought not to:
Do not poison rats, do not drop poison meals round the corner for rats because most rats have developed immunity to most of the poisons we commonly use.
Also, most of the poisoned meals are put in the house which increases the chance that the rat will die in the house and stink up the whole house. More so, if the rats in your house have channels in the ceiling you most certainly should not use poison because when a rat dies in your ceiling, no Airwick Ambipur, drummer boy, dancing girl will save you from the stench that will envelope your house. More so, rats eat rats, a dead rat in your house, means more food for other rats.
Paper covering: most times when the entrance points for the rodents have been discovered we proceed to block the place with old newspaper. Rats eat paper, it’s very easy for them. Instead, block off the place with cement plaster.
Do not keep muddled up sections in your house. Where there is clutter, it means humans rarely disturb the place; means shelter for rats; where there is shelter, there is feces and urine. Clean up the clutter and sanitize the place. Make sure to use gas mask or efficient covering over your nose and hands while you clean.
However, you can:
Use snap traps to trap and kill rats instantly, or use Rat Gum at the entrance point of the rat if you have found it.
Clean your house especially your kitchen, the sink cabinet in the kitchen, the store or any part of the house that serves this purpose.
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Note: Make sure you do not carry-out any of the actions stated above without taking adequate precaution. Make sure to use gloves, proper nose coverings when cleaning. Also, in cases of a major cleaning, clothes used should be properly sanitized and kept separately.
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