Rats are thin tailed, medium size rodents originated in Asia and Australia but are now found all over the world. According to Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS),there are more than 60 species’s of rats. They are typically 5inch (12 centimeters) or longer.

Rats, generally are baby making machines. Female rats can mate around 500 times in a six hour period and brown rats can produce upto 2000 offspring ina year, according to Discover Magazine.

Harmful Effects of Rats.

Rats are very harmful to humans in so many ways. It includes the following,:

1. Rats bites and scratches can result in disease and related rat-bite fevel.

2. Rats urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis,which can result in liver and kidney damage

3. Also,lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV),a viral infectious disease is transmitted through saliva and urine of rats.

4. Rats are also a potential cause of allergens. Their droppings, dander and shaved hair can cause people to sneeze and experience other allergic reactions.

How to get rid of Rats.

1. Onions

Rats cannot tolerate the pungent smell of onions. So it is an excellent way to keep them away from your place. Just cut one slice and place it where the rats are usually inhabiting. You need to replace the onion, however once they have rotten.

2. Essential Oils

Peppermint, citronella and evcalypto oil can get rid of rats. Similar to onions, their robust scent can dissuade the pests too. A concentration of 5-10% of evcalyptos oil can be highly effective as a deterrent against rats.

3. Owls Feather

Research shows that rats are smart enough to sense threat’s in their surroundings. They have learned how to act and escape from an owl’s attack. Therefore you will be able to get rid of rats using their natural predators feathers. Collect owl’s plumage and place the near rats habitats.

4. Human Hair

No matter how healthy it is, rats can’t bear the sight of human hair. Thus it can be an effective natural repellent for their pests. Place a few strands inside or the holes ares where they hide and visit the most.

5. Ammonia

Ammonia is also a good rodent repellent for it’s pungent smell. Prepare 2-2 and half cups of ammonia and 2-3 spoon full of detergents. Mix them in a bowl with 100-200 ml of water. Then place the solution in spots where rats often stay.

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