Rats

Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Rats (Rattus spp.)

Minor Pest Description: 

Every 5-6 years there are explosions in rat population size, mainly attacking food crops and sugarcane.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Do not kill mongoose, snakes, owls and other birds as they are very good predators of rats.
  • Some farmers dig a deep ditch around the perimeter of their field to deter rodents from digging tunnels straight into their fields.
  • In Western Kenya a mixture of cow dung and pepper is made, placed in the burrows and then burnt to smoke the rodents out.
Minor Pest Position: 
5
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
134
Host Plants: 
Sugarcane