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Myths vs. Facts: Debunking Common Misconceptions about Rats

Rat in a kitchen

Rats, often heard nibbling inside walls, are common creatures in both urban and rural areas. However, many myths surround these small mammals, leading to misconceptions about their behaviour, risks, and control. In this blog, we aim to separate myth from fact, giving you a clearer understanding of rodents and how to deal with them effectively.

Myth 1: Rats Only Infest Dirty Homes

This is a common misconception. While a cluttered or unclean environment can provide more hiding spots and food sources for rodents, these pests can infest any home or property. They are looking for shelter, food, and warmth, which can be found in both clean and untidy spaces.

Myth 2: Cats are Effective Rodent Controllers

While cats may catch the occasional rat, they are not a reliable solution for a rodent problem. Some rodents can become accustomed to avoiding cats, and in some cases, the presence of a cat might not deter them at all. It's also important to understand that rats are notorious for carrying a variety of diseases and parasites, which can be transmitted to pets, such as the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, which is commonly associated with cats and can lead to serious health complications.

Myth 3: Rodents are Harmless Creatures

Rodents can pose several risks. They can carry diseases, such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. Their gnawing habits can also cause structural damage to buildings and even spark electrical fires by chewing through wires.

Myth 4: Small Holes Don’t Matter

Rats can squeeze through surprisingly small spaces. It’s crucial to seal any gaps or holes in your home, no matter how small.

Myth 5: Rodents Aren’t Smart

Contrary to this belief, rodents are quite intelligent. They can learn from their experiences, which can make them challenging to catch. For instance, if they encounter a trap and escape, they may avoid similar traps in the future.

Myth 6: Poison is the Best Way to Get Rid of Rodents

Poison can be hugely problematic. It poses risks to pets and children, and poisoned rodents can die in hard-to-reach places, leading to unpleasant odours. Integrated pest management techniques such as installing RatGates are much more effective and safer.


Understanding the realities of rodent behaviour and control is essential for effective management. Remember, the key to effective pest control is not just reacting to infestations but preventing them from happening in the first place. And that's where the RatGate - Rodent Prevention Device comes in.

For more information on our effective rodent prevention devices, visit our website or contact our team. Stay informed and stay protected!

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