Several homeowners on the Silver Strand report that they are having problems with rat infestations. Here’s what you need to know and do:
1. Why we have this problem: We live near water, i.e. the Ballona Lagoon and the Grand Canal, and that’s their habitat. We are not alone. People living in or close to the Venice Canals and other places near water have the the same problem. The only rat-free zone in the world is Antarctica.
2. What they’re after: Food. They love birdseed, whether sprinkled on the ground or in outdoor bird feeders by well-meaning folks, any kind of pet food and dirty barbecue grills. Packaged dry food, for birds, pets and humans should be put in airtight containers if stored in your garage.
3. Their modus operandi: There’s a reason they’ve been on the planet since the beginning of time, along with ants, mice and cockroaches. They are clever and opportunistic. They can climb up and down gutters and cable wires, squeeze under gaps in your garage door, enter through open and unscreened first-floor doors or windows to get into your home.
What you can do:
- See items 2 and 3 and take care of them.
- Buy traps and set them out. You can purchase them at Home Depot or Amazon. Cost is between $25-$35 each.
- We urge everyone to take action against these intruders. Unless all homeowners do so, the problem will only continue and escalate.
- Thanks for your cooperation.