By Samuel Oamen
RATS !!! How I hate them. I don't know you, but I hate every bit of frustration and annoyance.
I've seen a rat bite a bottle of oil. What kind of witchcraft is this? Laugh as much as you like, but I'm going on a rat extermination mission. I join the Spaniards to say No, but it doesn't mean more. And this is how I'm doing it:
* Onions: Apparently, these annoying rodents don't like the pungent smell of onion. That's because your smell is hateful to them. All that is needed is a slice of onion placed inside the hole or where they usually go. From now on, I will add onions to my weapons of mass destruction, they will be useful.
*Ammonia: Ammonia smells like the urine of a possible predator and is therefore very irritating to mice. I will need two spoons of detergent, a quarter cup of water and two cups of ammonia.
Then, I will mix all the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle and spray where the mice appear frequently. Rats cannot stand the smell of ammonia and therefore chase them away.
* Bay leaves: If you are joining me on the rat extermination mission, we can set a leaf trap for them. They think that the bay leaf is eaten and therefore eat with all joy.
However, it kills them eventually, as they are highly poisonous to them. For the ambush, all we need is some dried bay leaves. We are going to grind them and spread them in the suspicious area through which they enter and obtain satisfactory results. This can be done every 5-7 days for best results.
* Sodium bicarbonate solution: Baking soda is known to keep mice away from the area they like to frequent. Mix 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar or powdered chocolate and 1 cup of baking soda.
Sugar or chocolate will attract mice and baking soda will soon kill them after consumption. Fill some jars with it to bait them and place them in suspicious areas.
* Peppermint essential oil: The beauty of this is that it smells beautiful. All we need to do is put a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them in the suspected rat-prone areas.
We need to replace the cotton balls after 5-7 days, depending on the amount of oil we put in it. Alternatively, we can use citronella and castor oil or grow mint on the edges of our home.
If you still think twice about joining the rat extermination movement, I'll leave you with that, Lassa's fever is real.