The rat grown too common for our liking

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 7, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

THERE is a pest problem in my neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya. For weeks, we have been invaded by rats that have become too smart for us.

Rat traps don’t work on them anymore so we tried rat poison but that didn’t work, too. But then, why would they want to eat poisoned food when they can keep their tummies full with other better stuff?

They scour my wet kitchen for food every night and my helper spends hours cleaning up the mess they leave behind every morning.

When I read about the “Rat Alert” front paged recently, I thought I should pay more attention to my helper’s constant grumble. I have since become desperate for a solution.

Our nightmare started some weeks ago when a neighbour completed his home renovations and the drains, which were the rodents’ permanent habitat were disturbed. Looking for alternative accommodation, they found our homes just the right place to be.

I have instructed my helper to wash all kitchen utensils before using them but is that good enough?

News has it that the rat population in the country has grown into a serious problem for cities and residential areas, with an alarming rise in cases of leptospirosis, also known as rat urine disease.

The country has seen the first leptospirosis-related death — a 21-year-old student succumbed to the disease that can cause multiple organ failure.

It is time the Health Ministry and more importantly, the local councils, take the threat seriously and come up with effective ways of capturing and exterminating these rodents. We must take cognizance that these 21st-century creatures are characterised by resilience.

Pest control companies, I hear, are making hay while the sun shines but we need to have a comprehensive solution to contain a potential epidemic.

Meanwhile, we as home dwellers can do our bit to make sure we keep these unwanted guests away.

Rats invade our homes looking for food. They eat what we eat and that makes it tougher to keep the perilous creatures away. Additionally, they also go for pet food in boxes or bags, and they especially like the garbage.

For those of us dealing with rats at home now, while looking for the solution to the pests, do look up the Web for a list of what not to do.

Will this loose statement, that we city folk enjoy eating at odd times, which is the reason why hawker stalls and restaurants are open 24/7 and left with insufficient time to clean up, be offensive?.

Take a walk around the popular hawker areas in the city and you will see some prosperous-looking, bold rodents.

Meanwhile, I await something solid from the local authorities on how to combat the menace.

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