Cypress Health Region issues updated information concerning rat eradication
The Cypress Health Region has issued a series of updated steps as part of the collective effort Swift Current residents needs to put forward in eliminating the rat infestation in the city.
On Friday the Cypress Health Region issued a press release which reminded city residents that it is important for every household and business to do their part to eliminate rats.
Their first recommendation calls on citizens to call the city regarding every rat sighting. The City is plotting all rat sightings in the area to help determine 'hot spots' where nesting sites may be present. Individuals who spot a rat are asked to call the City of Swift Current's Engineering Department at 7782740.
Other important steps include:
Keep your house and property in a sanitary manner:
- Good housekeeping, proper storage and handling of food and garbage, and elimination of rodent shelters will make the environment less suitable for rats to settle in and breed.
- Store bulk foods, such as dry pet foods and birdseed, in metal cans with tight fitting lids and locate them away from food areas.
- Properly dispose of any spilled food.
- Properly maintain outside dog pens.
- Keep vegetation around buildings short and tidy and remove clutter to expose rat runs and burrows.
- Eliminate all possible sources of food that rats can eat. This includes all food products that we normally consume, all pet foods, as well as pet waste (excreta), and any fruits that may drop from fruit trees and bushes, (ex. cranberry apples or raspberries).
- Keep your lawns trimmed and free from any and all debris.
- Rake up leaves and any fruit/berries, as well as scoop up all birdseed before dark. Rat Proof your Home: - The most successful and permanent form of rat control is to make their access impossible.
- Seal any openings larger than ¼ inch to exclude both rats and mice.
- Outside openings such as utility conduits entering the building should be sealed tightly with metal or concrete.
- Floor drains and sewer pipes should be fitted with grates with openings less than ¼ inch in diameter.
- Doors, windows, and screens should fit tightly. If necessary, cover edges with sheet metal to prevent gnawing.
Dispose of Dead Rodents:
- Always wear intact rubber or plastic gloves that you dispose after handling any dead rodent.
- Clean counters, shelves, food cans, and containers with a disinfecting solution. The health region is recommending the use of one part bleach to 10 parts water as an appropriate disinfectant.
- Soak or spray dead rodents and the areas where they have been with the disinfectant until thoroughly wet.
- Place any dead rodents in a plastic bag, tightly seal, and place in trash container with tight fitting lid.
- Wash your hands while wearing gloves after you have reset traps, handled the rodent, and after cleaning contaminated objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands again after removing gloves.
This information is also highlighted in a brochure produced by The Cypress Health Region. They encourage city residents to review the brochure and have it readily available for easy reference. This brochure is available on their website at www.cypresshealth.ca or by visting the Public Health Department at the E.I. Wood Building.