Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ST (30-4-08)

Here's an interesting letter in today's papers about a rat running into someone's home. Now there's a question of jurisdiction - if the rat is IN the house, then it's not the TC's problem. For those worried about TCs cracking down on cats in flats, this is another example of how the TC doesn't really govern what happens within your four walls. That's HDB's jurisdiction.

What I find interesting is that while I agree that the artificial line that TCs draw often seems rather arbitrary, the fact is that the rat is in the house. The people who are going to be most affected are not the TC officers - but the family itself. It's surprising to me that there seems to be almost an abdication of responsibility in this letter - and that the family is waiting for the TC to get rid of the rat for them.

When I am away in the US, there is a serious rat problem in the city where I live. There are rats running around the street as large as cats. I've been told they have killed kittens (and they bite through plastic garbage cans). There is no official to come and fix the problem for you. Almost everyone I asked has a mouse, or rat, problem - they run up the walls of apartment blocks into homes. When we had mice, we just spent a lot of time trying to find the source of the problem (mice will come in as long as there is a tiny hole, especially when it's cold) and blocked up the entry holes. The problem stopped. Interestingly, the problem actually started when a neighbour with a cat moved out above - during the years she lived there, there wasn't a problem at all as the mice never ventured in.

I do however agree with the letter writer that it's best to nip the problem in the bud, and to solve the issue at the root cause. Maybe they ought to encourage community cats in the area and that will help to cut the rat population down.


Chinky said...

Read To Dismay of Inspectors, Prowling Cats Keep Rodents on the Run at City Delis

I have praises from security guards on the tipped ear cats that now not only keep rodents away, they also accompany them on their rounds!
However the supervisor is anti-cats but the guards manage to keep the cats hidden whenever that "ass-h" was around.

Chinky said...

To Dismay of Inspectors, Prowling Cats Keep Rodents on the Run at City Delis

Anonymous said...

thumbs up!
i do believe our community cats are playing a part in the community to keep those rodents away.

even the one in my house contributes by bringing lizards/cockroaches to us ;)

Mary said...

Well, this is proof that rats are indeed intelligent beings.

Anonymous said...

This is so ridiculous.
Got ONE rat, call TC. Got 2 rats, how? Grow up lah (oh sorry, got wife already) & solve problem yourself.

There are things call rat traps in the market. Idiot-proof and easy to use. If you keep at it, it usually would work. Yes, I have used rat traps before and can testify to that. No, I did not call Mummy, can DIY.

This shows that rats (not necessarily more intelligent) use their brains more - to survive.

Anonymous said...

With the rat trap, please release the rat some distance away.
Don't ever pour hot water as been "traditionally" done!

Anonymous said...

No rats in our traps are ever harmed in any way. Will not go into details or it would start something........