This year, we had rats at home twice already. The first one was the worst – we had 4 rats inside the unit, from the smallest to the biggest (though not as big as the ones in the street). For a week, we didn’t do anything until it climbed to the stairs and entered our room – 2 small ones. The following day, I bought this rat trap that uses strong adhesive. It worked! I saw the 2 passing the same route, laid the trap and in a span of 5m, the 2 rats got caught. I could still hear them squeeking for their lives. I didn’t kill them, but simply wrap them with the trap and threw them on the waste basket. The challenge was the other 2, bigger ones. They knew were the food was and kept on nibbling the bananas on top of the table. So I placed the trap with adhesive, and left it one night. The bananas were eaten again, and the trap was still there – apparently, the rats were too much for the trap. Some hair of the rats got stuck on the adhesive, so that must have hurt.
To make the story short, when we were in Balanga, Bataan, we dropped by the public markrt and bought mouse traps – yes, 2 of them. In two consecutive nights, they were caught easily. This time, they had to be put down – simply pouring boiling water!
The cost of the infestation – damaged stove/oven that cost me approx. 5k to repair. The rats damaged the insulation. Of course, several bananas as well included.
We were wondering where it came from. Almost 10 years in Cambridge, it was the first rat infestation we experienced. Then it happened again recently – this time we knew where it came from. It seems the (kitchen) vent’s fan cover is damaged; it’s supposed to be closed when not running. It was big that it took off the cover of the fan on one incident. And the rat didn’t stay in the unit, it would come in around midnight or right after, then leave early in the morning. The mouse trap did its job again – this time, I was able to take a picture.
What about you, did you have the same incident? Ano po yung ginawa niy?