Rats in the Village – How you can help eradicate them.

A number of rats have recently been caught by a neighbourhood cat near the high school.

Rats like to live under leaves or woody debris and in wood piles, old cars and trucks and even car engines and they eventually move indoors. Not only can their droppings and urine be a significant health hazard, they are very destructive and can destroy your place very quickly.  They also reproduce very quickly.

To prevent a large infestation, it would be much appreciated if residents could help the Village stop them now by following these simple tips:

  • Don’t put out bird seed at this time of year. It can attract rats and other wildlife, including bears.
  • If possible, keep your compost in an enclosed composting system and turn or stir all compost regularly to minimize odour.
  • If you keep garbage outside, keep it to the minimum and in a tightly sealed bin located in a shady spot to help reduce the smells and decrease the rate of decomposition pests are attracted to.
  • Freeze non-compostable household garbage throughout the week and only put it outside in a bag, in a bin on pick-up day.
  • Eliminate places rats would like to live by raking your leaves and not leaving spots where they could nest.
  • Rats can squeeze through any space you can fit a thumb through. Seal up any holes around the perimeter of your home or business to deny them access. You can use items such as wire wool, caulking, metal kick plates or cement as sealant. Pay particular attention areas around pipes, under sheds and in crawl spaces. Rats can be good climbers too, so don’t limit your efforts to ground level.
  • Apparently, rats hate the smell of peppermint and some spices, so dab some peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, or pepper and cloves around possible entry spots or put some oil on a few make-up pads and put them in your woodpile, wood or tool sheds, refreshing them every few days.  Or plant some peppermint around your garden.

And, if your kitty is a ferocious hunter, cheer him or her on!

Here’s a link to an article in County Living on preventing them taking up residence at your home or business and getting rid of them if they’re already there.

Here’s what HealthLink BC has to say on the subject.