7 Myths About Rats You Need to Stop Believing
Why are there SO MANY rats? In case you didn’t know, studies show that rats are highly social and live in communities where they groom, eat, and play with each other. You might’ve got a hint when you saw Ratatouille. Remy was one of the few to branch out of the mischief of rats and make a name for himself as a solo chef.
So, if you spot ONE rat, be sure that there are plenty more where the little creature came from! Here are 7 myths about rats that you need to quit believing ASAP!
1. Soda Can Kill Rats
NO, NO, and NO
There may not be enough cola in your home to get rid of the tiny creature. You may need more than a can of soda for it to do severe damage to your rat. It is a common urban myth that rats’ digestive system takes a beating if they consume soda. Here baking soda makes more sense than leaving cans of cola out in the open, hoping for the rat to die of digestive failures. Instead, the rats will probably be attracted to your home because of the sugar in the drink.
2. Rats Aren’t Smart
You better stop believing this one if you want to catch the buggers.
Rats are considered one of the most intelligent species. Research shows that even though rats’ brains are smaller than the human brain, they are remarkably similar, both in structure and function. Rats are very quick to learn and adapt to new situations and conduct inferences in their brain. Just like your dog, rats are perhaps more capable of searching and finding things with ease.
Pro Tip: Use smart ultrasonic technology to repel rats and outsmart them!
3. Rat’s Cannot Be Pets
This one is debatable, but believe it or not, people love to keep rats as pets. Like hamsters and the adorable white Stuart Little, rats have emotions that make them great pets. This myth is more of a personal choice. It is a perspective depending on your love for these little creatures, which may seem creepy to most.
4. Rats Are Emotionless
Rats have developed intuition, and they are capable of feeling and reciprocating, just like many other animals. Rats can build attachment like human beings. Many may think that all rats deserve is the trap, but rats can be very loving and friendly by their pet owners. They can also become vindictive and aggressive if you cross them, so yes, rats are capable of facing a range of emotions- both positive and negative.
5. Rats Have Long Lives
There’s a common belief that rats live long. The average rat lives for 6 months to 1 year because of various conditions influencing them- predators, weather conditions, availability of food, disease, and natural competition. You may think the rat in your attic will probably live there forever, but don’t let your pessimism get in the way!
6. Cats are Effective to Control Rats
Cats are great pets, and until the Tom and Jerry tales we’ve been seeing, it is not a realistic picture to paint. Cats are perfectly capable of chasing or even killing rats, but rats do not run off from homes with cats. They learn and develop new ways and hiding places to adapt to the situation. If your home is unclean, stacked with food, or even has entry zones, and you have a cat, it is NOT enough to keep rats away!
7. Chemical Pesticides Work The Best to Kill/ Repel Rats
No. Far from the truth.
Chemical and toxic pesticides are not effective ways to tame or control the rat population in your home or area. Rats are intelligent creatures, so they develop immunity towards these chemicals and actually get stronger with each dose. On the other hand, natural pest control methods are way more effective at repelling rats and keeping the environment safe.
Now, will you stop believing these myths?