Rats

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

Rats

Minor Pest Description: 

Rodents, mainly the black rat (Bandicota bengalensis), also damage stored seeds.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Traps can be set but care must be taken to ensure they are placed in locations where livestock and children will not interfere or get hurt by them.
  • In areas of Tanzania farmers reported spreading the leaves of the local shrub 'intwinti' as a repellent.
  • In Western Kenya a mixture of cow dung and pepper is made, placed in the burrows and then burnt to smoke the rodents out.
  • Do not kill mongoose, snakes, owls and other birds as they are very good predators of rats.
Minor Pest Position: 
1
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
168
Host Plants: 
Wheat