Rats are medium sized creatures belonging to a group called rodents. Most people use rat interchangeably with a mouse because there is no noticeable difference between rat and mice except for their size. Rats are usually bigger than mice. But they are as annoying as each other. Moreover, they bring numerous diseases such as foot and mouth disease, Lassa fever, hantavirus infection and many more.

You will agree with me that nothing can be more annoying than having a rat run around your house. I might get hate comment about this, but they are as mischievous as Jerry from the Tom and Jerry show.

How To Get Rid Of This Vermin

The thing I hate most about rats is they torment you in life, and if you use a wrong technique to exterminate them, it will torment you in death. That’s why in this article you will get to know the disadvantages of using such methods to exterminate rats.

Physical Technique

Physical method is not advisable; no one will recommend you chasing it around. It will cause more harm than good. Either you end up destroying your house, or you hurt yourself in the process. Moreover, it will make you look like a nutcase or a person who has lost their mind. You may think that only happens in cartoons.

The only recommended thing you can do is to get a “trap”. There are different types of traps in the market. Find the one that suit you and you are good to go.

Chemical Control

Just like humans, rats also have allergies. Below is a list of things that rats find disturbing.

  • Non-toxic substances include
  • Peppermint
  • Owls feather
  • Pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • Onions
  • Cow dung
  • Steel wool

Most of the things listed above would make your house somewhat awkward. But they keep the rats away.

Be extremely careful how you apply toxic substances because they are harmful to humans also.

Rodenticide is the most active control method. At the beginning of this article, I said rats disturbs in life and death. This is what I meant. If you poison any living thing, it will die and start to decay. Moreover, when a thing disintegrates it begins to effuse a pungent smell. If you are lucky, it will die in an accessible place. But most times they don’t. They go to a place where they are comfortable. Just to make you suffer for killing them. Though rumor has it that some chemicals kill and dry them. It is thereby making them not to smell.

However, if you have little children or pets, you would want to be careful how you apply this method.

Biological Method

Who better to do the job than a natural enemy? If you are a fan of cats, then go to the pet shop and buy a cat… ensure you don’t get a cat like Garfield.

Above all this hygiene is the key factor to get rid of rat from your premises, also hire a pest control company to take care of your pest problems, if you want an effective and fast result.