Cy­press Health Re­gion is­sues up­dated in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing rat erad­i­ca­tion

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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 at­presshealt­ or by vist­ing the Pub­lic Health Depart­ment at the E.I. Wood Build­ing.

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