Rats eating our food, chewing on our articles, and causing chaos everywhere is a very common sight. These rats chew and damage our articles, penetrate through our packaged bags and consume our food which may eventually lead to a huge loss of food and money. An even more serious problem is the hygiene issue associated with it and the possibility of disease transmission. But what if these rats didn’t just eat and contaminate our fresh or stored food? What if these creatures also wreaked havoc in the unhealthiest and unhygienic places like our garbage? Garbage and trash is a breeding ground for insects and other disease causing organisms. They contain rotten and spoilt food, various unwanted commodities, hazardous and non-hazardous waste etc. Imagine the threat when our already unhygienic and potentially dangerous garbage also attracts rodents! The rodents would considerably add to the threat of disease transmission and air and water pollution.
Rats excel at infecting others. They catch and pass on dozens of horrifying diseases, including salmonella, hepatitis, tularemia, plague, and a handful of parasites. Humans and dogs catch the disease by playing in or around these areas. Rats thrive on garbage, which, according to the Department of Sanitation, collects 12,000 tons of refuse per day in New York. There is no reliable census of rats, though some estimates for New York City have gone as high as 30 million, up from 250,000 at mid-century. Garbage is an excellent food source for rodents. Thus, as long as there is garbage on the streets or in our homes, there is a very high possibility of rodent infestations. One would think that the obvious solution would be to control the amount of garbage created and implement safe garbage disposal practices. However, this is easier said than done. Many stores place their garbage out in the street after closing, allowing rats to feed on it. Also, in case of the absence of trash cans around, people would just toss their garbage on the ground. All these are excellent sources of food for rodents.
The following article published on Mail Online would effectively explain this situation further.
Now New York faces an invasion of RATS as garbage bags pile up after snow chaos
Posted: 6 January 2011
The streets of New York may now be clear of snow but massive piles of garbage bags are bringing even bigger problems for the city’s beleaguered residents – giant rats.
Ten days after the worst blizzard on record hit the Big Apple, huge piles of snow have been replaced with mountains of trash bags.
The piles of garbage have been caused by the huge backlog facing sanitation collection workers after the city was paralysed by snow – and there’s more snow on the way, forecasters warned today.
As the backlog of trash collection starts to clear, it has left an unpleasant legacy – soaring numbers of rats.
‘It’s really bad. All the rats come out here at night… big, giant rats,’ Domingo Colon said. ‘You could see them running all over the place.’
Brooklyn property manager Larry Glick told CBS: ‘Williamsburg has been forgotten – it’s a land of garbage. It’s ridiculous.’
Mr Glick is among hundreds of people who are angry because of the garbage they’ve had on their streets for days.
And many Williamsburg residents hold Mayor Michael Bloomberg responsible.
‘Look at this, all the garbage everywhere,’ one resident said. ‘He’s not doing anything for us, nothing at all.’
Another added: ‘The mayor should stop hiding and come out to pick up the garbage.’
In Manhattan, some of the piles were even taller – some nearly 7ft.
The Department of Sanitation said they were making steady progress in reducing the backlog of trash, with nearly 40,000 tons collected on Monday and Tuesday.
It expects to have all the rubbish collected by the end of the week.
The only effective way to get rid of rats is to get rid of garbage. This is obviously impossible as garbage or trash is produced by almost all activities and processes in our day to day lives. Thus we need a better alternative which would help us prevent the rise of population of rodents in such areas and thereby reduce the risk of disease transmission. Rat traps are one of the ways which could help us control rat infestations; however, this method is tedious and more often than not the rodents outsmart us and escape easily.
C Tech Corporation offers a non-toxic rodent repellent called Rodrepel™ which effectively keeps rodents such as rats and squirrels away from the application. The reason this product is unique is because it does not harm the animal in any way, it only repels the species. Rodrepel™ is available in masterbatch, lacquer or as a liquid solution. It is an environment-friendly product which causes minimum impact on the environment. To keep rodents away from garbage areas and to control their proliferation, Rodrepel™ in masterbatch form can be incorporated into garbage bags or trash cans during processing.