Rats can courier a number of serious diseases to livestock and humans in two ways. First, they may act as transport for fleas and ticks to enter your home with a variety of parasites. Second, rats may carry diseases on their own through saliva, urine and feces. These illnesses include: Murine typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), rat bite fever among others.

Rats, honestly I hate them. I don’t know about you but I detest every bit of those pesky little chucks of frustration and annoyance coupled with the very disease they cause. I have once seen a rat bite through a bottle of oil. What manner of sorcery is that? I want you, like I do, to join the Spanish to say No Mas meaning no more. And this is how you are going to do it:

ONIONS: Apparently, those irksome rodents do not like the pungent smell of onions. That is because its smell is odious to them. All that is needed is a slice of onion placed inside their hole or where they usually pass and watch for the outcome.

AMMONIA: Ammonia smells like the urine of a possible predator and so is very irritating to the rats. What you really need are two spoons of detergent, a quarter glass of water and two cups of ammonia. Then mix all ingredients together and pour it in a spray bottle and spray it where rats frequently appear. Rats cannot stand the smell of ammonia and so it so chases them away.

BAY LEAVES: You can set a trap with bay leaves for them. They think bay leaf is food and so eat it with all joy. However, it kills them eventually as they are highly poisonous for them. For the ambush, all we need are some dried bay leaves. We’ll grind them and sprinkle them on the suspected area they come in through and get satisfactory results. This can be done every 5-7 days for best results.

BAKING SODA SOLUTION: Baking soda is known to keep rats away from the area they like to frequent. Mix 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar or powdered chocolate and 1 cup of baking soda together. The sugar or chocolate will attract the rats and the baking soda will soon kill them after they have been consumed. Fill some jars with it to bait them and place them in suspected areas.

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL: The beauty about this is that it has a beautiful smell. All we need to do is put some drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them in the suspected rat-prone areas. We will need to replace the cotton balls after 5-7 days depending on the quantity of oil we put on it.

Alternatively, we can make use of citronella and castor oil or grow mint plants around the boundaries of our home. If you are still thinking twice about joining the rat extermination movement, I want you to have in mind that Lassa fever is real.

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