Letter: Hands off the rat trap

Rats are suspicious of anything that smells of human hands, so rat traps should be handled with gloves…

To the editor

Re: Rats are Infesting Parts of Kelowna, Sept. 18 www.kelownacapnews.com.

Here are some facts about rats.

A rat is about two to three times larger than a mouse.

Rats breed several times a year, producing six to 22 per litter.

Recently, it was reported that a 70-year-old man in Salt Lake City died from the plague, which was transmitted by a flea bite of an infected rat.

Rats are suspicious of anything that smells of human hands, so rat traps should be handled with gloves and the trap thoroughly washed before resetting to remove any traces of previous dead rats.

Rats are brought in courtesy of shipping, then they make their way to landfills, creeks, houses, boats, neglected buildings, barns.

You need to find the source of a rat population and keep them from breeding with rats being transported by vehicles anywhere and everywhere.

Rats don’t come from creek areas, but tend to gravitate toward them.

Jean Houston, Kelowna


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