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An Uninvited House Guest: How to Deal with Mice & Rat Menace in your Home

An Uninvited House Guest: How to Deal with Mice & Rat Menace in your Home

For most people, the presence of mice and rats in their home poses great emotional and economic stress.   It can be quite unpleasant and disgusting to see a rat or mouse in the house, but even worse than that, rodents can cause damage with their gnawing, nest-making, excrement and  urinating. They can also spread fleas and disease such as salmonella, leptospirosis, hantavirus among others.

These rodents are some of the most creepy rodents to live with. Sometimes, you will hear them at night squeaking, hissing, and chattering while mating or more probably celebrating the warm and plentiful food in your house. Other times, mocking you after tearing through your favourite clothes, carpet or feed in the store. And if that was not enough, you may see them anywhere in the kitchen raising their heads peeping at you while feeding on your favourite foods as you watch. 

Rats and mice also reproduce very fast. Depending on the species, a rat can have up to litters per year with between 10 and 15 young while mice can have over 10 liters per year with between 10 and 12 young. Once rats and mice reach sexual maturity they will mate with each other and have litters of their own. This explains why their population increases so rapidly if left unchecked.

If you are experiencing a rat & mice menace and you want to deal with them. Here are some of the recommended methods. The first one will shock you.

1. Eat them.

Yes, you have heard it right. If they have done you enough economic loss and you want to get even, Eat Them!!! (Pun intended). That can only happen if you share the culture of eating rodents. In Kenya Kilifi county, a special variety of these rodents is considered a delicacy among the Chonyi and Giriama people. Mice are also considered a delicacy in some parts of China, Philipinesindonesia, Thailand and Ghana.

2. Keep a cat

Having a cat or two in the house is one of  the easiest ways of keeping rodents at bay.

3. Administer rat poison.

 Some of the rat poison you will find from the agro-shops are redcatredratredkillrentokill e.t.c. You administer the poison-laced food i.e use chicken feed, meat or baked products. To ensure its effectiveness, keep water sources away. It is also advisable to keep the poison-laced bait away from your food & water sources. This method is most effective but unsafe if you have other livestock that might prey on the dead rats e.g chicken or dog.

4. Use mechanical traps such as rat snap trap and sticky glue/adhesives.

The snap trap works by putting a bait (piece of food) on the snap trap. Once the mice or rat tries to pull the food, it is snapped to death. The glue works by trapping them by their belly. This trap works best when placed on pathways. It is safe for you and livestock unless they find their way to the snap track or glue.

5. Use Endomethicin popularly known as endocin. 

Endomethicin is a yellow capsule mostly sold at pharmacy stores and is prescribed for anti-inflammatory, anti-pyre tic, analgesic/ anti-pain and anti-coagulant effects. Pour the contents of the capsule on the food bait. 5 capsules work best per bait. When given in high dosage, endocin has a lethal toxic level for rats & mice. I have found this method cheap, effective and safe for other pets. 
Good Luck!!!
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