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The economic menace of rats in our present society

12 September 2013, 13:40

In Nigeria today almost in every house there is the presence of rats. Some running from the kitchen to the bedrooms, others playing hit and chase game in the ceiling causing distractions here and there, all residing in one nook or cranny of the house: sometimes they even make for themselves holes in walls or on the floor.

Nowadays rats have found the living abode of the ordinary man a habitat for themselves, they tend to live comfortably in man's domicile running their daily activities. Rats which belong to the to the genus rettus class of mammals as we know by definition, is a small rodent, larger than a mouse, which has a long tail and is considered to be harmful.

This creature having become a threat to our modern life due to the ways it has inconvenienced our homes and our living in general, it is of utmost importance for us to also know that rat is one of the major factor that constitute in reduction or lack of food for people in the world today by 7%. They tend to maximize our rates of spending on food annually, it is also pertinent for us to know that scientists have proven that rat-infested food is dangerous to our health. It is a major causative agent for the deadly ailment known as laser influenza.

Despite the fact that rats also serve as food for man; the damage they cause cannot be in any way compared to the blessings it can bring. The ways in which they affect our feedings this days have become a process, one must understand that right from the farm where these food crops are grown, these little mammals regardless of every effort put together to plant such crops begin the pestering of these crops till they are yield for harvest; after harvest some of the produce may be put in barns or a condition that can make them stay longer in time till the need arises, others will be taken to the market and sold to  consumers for their personal use.

We must know that the rat being a greedy animal does not stop its annihilation of food crops in the farm but goes all the way where these foods are taken to. The ones placed in barns still get infested and if attention is not quickly given to them the owner stand to lose one-third of the produce which will later result in the farmer earning less than supposed and also causing reduction in the availability of food or what is known as 'food shortage'.

Coming to the house where these foods are supposed to be for human consumption only, rats try as much as they can to pervade man's happy home, as much as they can to steal and gather up for themselves what they never worked for: even in man's house they hibernate, sometimes food are messed up in a way that nothing would be left of it than to throw away.if you go to a place like Lagos the only way you can tell the difference between a rat and a rabbit is by the colour and their ears.

They get bigger everyday and becomes fleshier; while the ordinary man who works for the food gets thinner by the day and the only thing that filled his heart is nothing but anger and depression. Looking at these troubles that this highly underrated little animals have cost us and is yet to cause, we will with no time wasting want to do something that can put an end or diminish the rate at which these things happen.

There are some measures that can be adopted in order to give us a hand in eliminating this economic scourge:Before entering a house that you will be living in, that house should be properly devoid of rats or fumigated using certain rodenticides and that environment should be clean and far from bushes so rats wont run into it: if they already exist in a house one should use the local exterminating methods by placing traps at corners of your rooms and also by applying rat poisons where necessary.

We should always make sure that our properties are tidy and our foods and food stuffs are highly secured in enclosed containers: always refrigerate when necessary. Finally we need to urge the government of Nigeria to start up a campaign against the upsurge of damages and food threatning by rats in our society today resultin to poor feedin in the economy, so as to be able to provide her citizens with the most productive remedy to eliminate this economic menace that is hamping the nation's feeding aspect and has put mankind in the state of threat.

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