Rats are said to be dangerous because they are destructive, and at the same time carriers of various diseases, in most cases difficult to eliminate from your farm, home, and property.
Rats are very stubborn rodents that get into your home with or without your consent.
In other words, you don’t have to invite them before they invade your home.
They gain access into your home through openings, cracks, in the walls of your house.
Sometimes they can also climb over your fence just to gain access to your property.
Their presence in your home poses a great health risk to you and your family.
Apart from the enormous damage, they may cause to your foodstuff and other edible items that usually attract them to your house.
If their population is not checked they will continue to incur an economic loss to your home.
How to know or detect the presence of rats in your house
- They make sounds or noise, especially at nights or in a dark and lonely room. You will get to hear some scratching sounds or annoying noises often.
- Their droppings or feces will be a visible presence in or around where they normally feed or stay.
- Marks along walls or heirs along their paths or where they normally feed in the dark or at nights.
- Anywhere there is an opening or crack around your house or fence, it could be their passages. And they are often found around that area trying to gain access or get out.
- Eating or tempering with your foodstuff especially the ones kept in the store or quiet place with less human activity.
Dangers of Rat and Why You Must Eliminate Them, They Cause Diseases and Discomforts to Humans
It is a viral hemorrhagic fever that is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated by rodents especially mastomys rats.
The disease is endemic in most parts of West Africa, particularly, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Ghana.
The fever results in severe diseases and fatality if not detected earlier it can affect several vital organs such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys.
It also affects caregivers and health workers. It has been said of how it infected a medical doctor attending to infected patients in Adamawa state in Nigeria the doctor later lost his life.
This disease can be caused by consuming food or water that is contaminated by rat’s feces or urine.
It is transmitted to humans by rat’s fleas. Flea infested rats can be found throughout the year especially in humid tropical regions of the world.
People who visit rats infested buildings or surroundings are at risk of been infected with the murine typhus.
Rats can also bites
Rats can also bites, especially when threatened or pressured. This may happen when you attempt to kill or catch the rats especially the rats in the wild. Though rats bites aren’t always serious but can cause some pain or it can result in some sorts of bacterial infection.
They cause economic loss
Apart from the health risks caused by rats, they cause significant economic loss to the farmer.
Wherever they are found especially if they are left unchecked.
Where food is kept, they often destroy and tear down the bags in which food is stored. Thereby wasting the food and contaminating and infecting it.
Rats are dangerous because they attract dangerous predators
Predators such as snakes find their way into your farm, homes, and property.
Grains, rodents and snakes are on the same food chain. Particular places like stores where food items are kept.
Some big snakes feed on rats, while rats feed on grains or food items in your house. And rats are very good at digging and burrowing through the walls of your house.
And once they do that snakes will follow suit, through those holes. To gain access to your homes and property to feed on the rats.
We all know what snakes do to humans if they feel threatened. The bites or poison from snakes could be fatal if not properly attended to immediately.
In some cases, it can result in the death of an individual bitten by a snake if left unattended to.