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Frequently Asked Questions
About Rats


What are the difference between mice and rat in terms of habit?

Rats tend to be cautious and mice are more curious. Rats tend to eat most of their food at one time while mice being nibblers, eats many times at different places.

Where do rats live? What do they eat?

Rats like open garbage cans, dumpsters, sewers and other rubbish heaps. They basically eat anything and rats breed fast which can potentially lead to millions in more than a year.

They have very poor eyesight but have excellent sense of smell, taste and touch that's why if baited; rats prefer fresh foods such as the smell of cheese, peanut butter, apple, bacon, cooked chicken or anything with a strong odor.

They usually hide during the day and come out at night. Thus it is recommended to put your mouse traps at night. TIP: every time a rat leaves the nest, it travels the same path called "runways" so it is wise to know their trail to capture them easily.

What are some diseases rats carry?

Known as carrier of numerous diseases such as leptospirosis (caused by rat's urine), plagues, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), Murine Typhus, Rat-bite Fever (RBF), Salmonella, and Eosinophilic Meningitis. These diseases are usually from the rat's saliva, deadly urine, fleas and ticks, droppings and their bite.

During Ondoy's heavy rains and massive floods last September 26, 2009 in the Philippines, the Department of Health reported that there were 2,158 cases of leptospirosis and 167 deaths related to it. They said that 1 million people in the southern provinces and 700,000 in Metro Manila are at risk of exposure to Leptospirosis.

More recently, the Department of Health advised the public not to wade in floodwaters to avoid leptospirosis as the number of cases reported nationwide is increasing. From January this year up to 21 May 2011, there were 454 cases reported and this figure is 74.6% higher compared to the same period last year (260 cases). There were 32 deaths recorded; last year, there were only 8.

How does a glue board work? Is it effective in catching rats?

Glue boards practically looks like "water in a shallow container". With this design, it somehow lures the rats and mice to drink because according to studies, rat's main important consumption is water; they need ½ to 1 ounce of water as it cannot survive long without it.

How to prevent rats?

  1. Clean your surroundings and take away rat's food sources. Keep them sealed and clean because rats eat anything!

  2. Locate rat holes or nests where the rats are living and breeding-both inside and outside your house or offices. Wear protective gloves and masks when dealing with their feces, urine, and nesting spots because these can cause you harm.

  3. Seal off all entry points using materials that cannot be destroyed by the rats to provide re-entry. Such materials may be cement, metal sheets, mortar, heavy gauge and the like. You may also want to add ground glasses to wet cement to discourage these rats from digging at it.

  4. Install rodent-catching devises in and around the shed. There are many kinds of rat traps and baits that can be found in supermarkets or hardwares but choose the one that is proven effective, non-toxic, safe and affordable just like Pest-Off Glue Boards.

  5. The traps should be checked once daily and disposed of as needed. Dead rats should be discarded and remember to put on some gloves when doing so.

  6. Implement preventive measures at all times. Continue setting glue traps to ensure that the problem will not return again.

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