How to Get Rid of Rats

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Rat on hind legs is black and white sketch

Rats are a highly intelligent rodent which can be very adaptable to change. They can store each and every path they take in their memory. They can work perfectly in a team, and they are the most persistent species of the world. They are perfect hunters and can consume any food or water resource they find, and they populate in almost all ecosystems of the world. The genus Rattus possesses almost 64 species present all across the world. These species grows uncountably resulting in a huge number of rat population.

The most prominent feature of their family rodent is a pair of a sharp incisor in their upper jaw. These incisors help them in gnawing hard material, and they continue to grow throughout their life. Chewing hard material trims their teeth and assists in keeping them in the right length. If they do not chew and trim their teeth, they will grow tremendously resulting in rat’s death due to weakness and starvation.

When young, mice might look similar to rats because of similarity of their appearance. However, rats contain exceptionally long feet and head and their teeth marks are also larger than those of mice. Rats are one of the most frightening pests that can be found all over the world. They can cause irreversible damage to people’s property. Though rats are not easy to distinguish from other rodents or mice, the sign of their existence in particular area can easily be identified.


Signs of Infestation

It becomes a bit difficult to look for signs of infestation because rats can not be seen during the daytime. They stay hidden inside their habitation and come out only if forced or having any contest with other rats. Anyhow, if rats are coming out during the day time too, then it means there is very large rat population residing inside your property. To check for further signs of rat infestation, one should follow these steps:

  • One should check the presence of any type of nests or burrows near attics, trees, and foundation of the building.
  • By hearing to the different type of noises produced inside a locality, one can easily get an idea about the rat infestation. Different sounds like scratching nest building or hitting sound can be heard that can give a person a signal about the rat infestation.
  • It is mandatory for rats to chew different types of soft and hard materials. Therefore, to check for rat infestation, one should look for chewing and gnawing marks around their locality.
  • Rat infestation can also be found through their rubbing marks. As walking through different parts, rats walks beside corner resulting in rats’ body oil marks on walls and corners.
  • The most important thing that can help in finding the sign of rat infestation is their droppings. They normally produce many feces, and through the quantity of these droppings, one can easily get an idea about their population.

How to Get Rid of Rats

1. Inspection and Location

To get rid of rats, firstly their location should be identified. Inside the home or a building, they can hide in the attic, ground floor, cabinets, and other hidden corners. While outside the building, they can be found near trees, inside bushes and gardens, wood piles and near a heap of debris. To kick them out of the locality, their proper location should be inspected properly.

2. Exclusion

Rats can be excluded by removing shelter and food resources, and mainly by closing all small openings that are making the entrance for rats easier. Rats should be excluded by closing all small holes and openings through chalk, wood, steel or other hard material. All water pipes and drains should have a well-fitted net with the openings of even less than half of an inch. Frames of all doors and windows should be fine and closed tightly.

3. Trapping or Baiting

To reduce the population of rats, following two methods trapping and baiting should be applied. In trapping, one should place enough number of traps inside the home. Some traps should be placed according to the number of their population. Greater the number of traps, less time it would take to remove all rodents. Traps should be placed beside walls, and those areas revealed most affected by rats on the result of the inspection. This method is safe and effective as it does not involve usage of poisonous material and prevent rats’ odor too by manual removal of rats.

The baiting method involves giving poison to rats by preparing some tempting bait for rats. This method is mostly useful for outdoor rat populations. Baits are placed at highly visited areas, and rats on eating these baits get expired.


Effective Prevention

After removing already present rat population, following preventive methods should be applied to prevent rats from entering the locality in future:

  • All types of garbage and trash should be disposed of properly. If such garbage is left hanging around the house, then rats will get a good reason to dwell at home.
  • All food items should be sealed properly. If anything is left open, it will attract rats to stay at that place.
  • Openings of garage, chimneys, and vents should be sealed properly to prevent rats from entering and infesting the area.
  • Adequate cleanliness is the most important thing to keep rats away from any area. If the area is properly cleaned and no open food source is available, then rats will not even enter that area.

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Easy to Follow Tips on Maintaining a Balanced Diet

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To maintain a really balanced diet is indeed one of the most enduring health issues anywhere. Although many people have been trying their best to figure out a highly acceptable diet plan, it is yet to formulate. Actually, dieting is such a diverse issue, that hitting on a good-for-all solution may be an impractical idea altogether. The best one can do is to make the best of a personalized eating schedule, follow it open-mindedly, and allow flexibility wherever necessary.

Despite the variations of eating habits, the distinction of healthy and unhealthy remains quite obvious really. For example, drinking plenty of water is healthy without a doubt. Gorging on junk foods is an unhealthy proposition anytime! So, certain basic rules remain the same. Keeping that in mind, check out the following tips on maintaining a good dietary schedule.

Utilize fruity delights   

Include a balanced amount of fruits. These are excellent sources of natural vitamins and antioxidants. These are vital for anti-aging benefits as they neutralize the free radicals in your bloodstream. These free radicals are consumptive in nature as they rapidly absorb the vital nutrients from the body. Note that, antioxidants are available in cosmetic lotions as well. However, for real healing from inside, you need to add these to your plates. The best of these natural healing compounds include Vitamin C, Genistein (obtained from soya beans), Grape seeds, coffee berry, green tea, and Lycopene.

However, in your rush to be young again, do note that there is no quick fix solution. One must maintain a balanced lifestyle and eat well for a significant duration for the results to become visible. Also, take note of the fact that an excess of fruits can cause indigestion and a vitamin overdose. Vitamins are micronutrients; which means that you need them only in highly regulated amounts to be optimally effective. When you buy your supplies from the regular grocery store, wash them after soaking for about ten minutes in white vinegar to detoxify the effects of pesticides and possible wax layers from the produce. Keep these aspects in mind while you go ahead.

Try organic fruit juice in breakfast. Avoid the preservative filled juices for best results. Neither does it take a lot of time to put an assortment of fruits in the juicer, and nor is it an expensive obligation anyway! If you are on a weight loss diet, help yourself with a few fruits when you feel hungry. They are nutritious, filled with water, and being fiber-rich, is fulfilling. Plenty of fantastic fruit juicing recipes are available online. You can keep trying new tastes and flavors every other day, keeping it fresh! Juicing is a fantastic way of detoxifying and keeping you youthful from the inside. It also helps you to fulfill your daily water quota.

Balanced indulgence

There is this self-rewarding mindset in indulging at spicy meals. Yes, those pizzas are too yummy to resist, but consider going a bit easy on them though (unless you are Italian). Getting all those spices and oil on a daily basis is not good. Besides, flour products such as pizzas are highly rich in carbohydrates. An excess of it can make you gain excess belly fat which could be difficult to lose. Swirl those beverages in limits as well. Apart from the risk of running an addictive dependence, these high carb sources inevitably add to your body fat.

Add lentils to your diet

You should definitely consider adding lentils to your diets. The lentil is a general name given to a group of legumes or seeds that grow in pods. Health benefits include supplying a rich dose of pure plant protein to your muscles. For all those vegan people out there, these can be excellently fulfilling. One cup of cooked lentils provides as much as 18 gm of protein! Apart from that, these are good sources for many helpful active compounds such as polyphenols, folic acid, magnesium, iron, calcium, and plant fiber.

With all these heavy metals waiting to attend upon the good health of your bones and muscles, it makes no sense to keep them in waiting! You can prepare lentil broths or cook them as Indian spicy meals. Moreover, the polyphenols your body will get will be crucial in developing your immunity against cancer. These compounds also do great good in maintaining your heart health and keeping diabetes in check. 

Include low-fat dairy

Include low-fat dairy products in your food plan. Besides providing dairy protein, your body gets to benefit from the assortment of vitamins that you take with it. Milk products are rich with Vitamins of the B group besides A, D, E and K types. Especially for women in their forties, and for young children who need to grow in bone strength during the growing years, having a glass of milk every day can be very helpful. If it is not possible daily, you should at least try to drink milk every alternate day.

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Attentive with a Daily Outlook for Health Improvement

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Good health is an overall concept that harmonizes mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Having a fit body is as much essential as is having a stable mind and a sense of profound happiness. Achieving this essential harmony is a matter of maintaining a daily outlook of positivity and working hard to maintain it.

For the sake of simplicity, you can classify your health regimen into diet and exercises. In addition, include recreational hobbies such as painting, reading, writing, sewing, or anything else that satisfies your soul. Maintain a balance of spending time with yourself and socializing. Just like partying all the time can diminish your connection with yourself, spending all your time alone makes you go out of touch of the human connection of friends and relatives. So, somewhere you always have to strike a balance for your well being.

This is not a difficult thing to achieve. Once you have the desire to be well, simply apply it in your activities arranged in a good daily routine. Maintaining this regular discipline is vital as it serves as an automatic motivation by itself, encouraging you to keep well.

Getting rid of laziness   

Laziness has to be the most obvious, yet the most understated of vices hampering well-being. It prevents you from getting up in the morning, affects the willingness to stay well, makes the mind dull, and resists the motivation to train in the gym. Simply remember that whenever you got to do anything fruitful, you need to overcome this internal barrier again and again. Essentially, the only way to beat it is to realize that it is not good and keep working on your realization actively.

Always keep alive your inbuilt momentum and deny the temptations to lie down or chill out unnecessarily. Remember that one must even earn repose and it is not anything that you should take for granted. Kindly forgive the language, but being a ‘couch potato’ gets you nowhere except into a dull dissatisfaction heavy on the mind. This depressive feeling also makes you heavily dependent on junk food, thereby only adding to your worries.

Once you identify your traits of laziness beyond the self-manipulation (that it is alright) and denial (that you are not lazy), actively work against them with gusto. The results may not show in a single day, but keep up with the efforts. Once you achieve the activity quotient you wish, work hard to maintain it from one day to the next. As for rest, set a specific time for getting to bed and waking up (careful with the snooze switch). Weekends are times for relaxing and use the weekdays to pack in as much activity as you can. 

A personalized diet

Plan your diet from a personalized viewpoint. Begin with setting your goals? Do you want to lose weight, or gain some, or rather still, be just as you are now? Remain flexible with these objectives as per changing requirements. For instance, in case you see you lost too much weight, put a pause to your current diet and change it for the reverse. So, here are a few general tips to set up neat food habits for the fit.

  • Never fill yourself up with food. Whatever you eat, always keep a little bit of dissatisfaction (positively). It is good for you as it keeps you light and helps the body to digest the food well.
  • Plan the diet practically. Fat is not your enemy, but excess fat is. Some vitamins are fat soluble as well, and you may want that extra layer of butter with your boiled carrots. Include veggies for vitamins but do not go over the limit. An excess of anything, even vitamins is not advisable. (Point to note: They are micronutrients, requiring only a slight amount.)
  • About the sugar, intake only that much carbohydrate that your body can burn without storing as excess fat. Keep your personal BMR in mind while you schedule these things.
  • As for animal protein, avoid too much spicy food all the time. The occasional indulgence is okay, but not always. If it is possible, avoid animal protein. People who practice veganism testify that they do not lack essential proteins. Besides, a vegetable oriented diet is more peaceful for the mind because you are already sacrificing your greed for flesh. There are ethical concerns. However, cooked poultry and cattle meat has been a part of the normal staple diet since the caveman days, so as such there is nothing wrong with it.

Just go easy on it and try to avoid the obsession to use your canines all the time. It eventually diverts to junk food addiction and leads to liver problems along with constipation. Finally, drink plenty of water. It is undoubtedly the best natural solution for detoxifying. Staying hydrated also means that your blood circulation is working fast, which means better absorption of the essential nutrients into the body.

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Routines Can Heal Your Heart (and Body)

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Routines are like mental butlers. Once you have a routine in place, then the mental processes that make the behavior happen take place automatically.

— Michael McCullough

I recently finished leading one of my six-week online courses. Happily, I achieved one of my personal health goals for the course — to become measurably less anxious.  I also lost a few pounds and reduced the chronic pain in my right knee and hip. My secret weapon in accomplishing all that was a powerful morning routine. Whenever I find something that works, I like to share. So, here is my morning routine and some tips to create (and stick to) one that works for you.


Special tip: I have an alarm set on my phone for 6am with the decorative emojis you see here – to remind me that these are fun things that I enjoy:

??Morning Routine???

(Note – Lights out is 10pm for this to work. Sometimes I shift it all by an hour to get more sleep.)

6am Brush teeth, take supplements and drink water.

6:05 Listening partnership* by phone with good friend.

6:20 Shower and dress.

6:30 Yoga stretches.

6:40 Morning blessings/prayers.

6:45 Guided meditation (Using Kris Carr’s these days.)

6:55 Journal – finishing with appreciations & affirmations.

7:05 Have tea, play music & plan day by the hour with action list made night before.

7:30 Join family for breakfast, making lunches, juicing, laundry, catching up, etc

8:30 Drink green juice and start my work day.


Here are four tips to creating – and sticking to – your own morning routine:

  1. Make it something you look forward to. For years I followed conventional wisdom that the best way to ensure daily exercise is to do it first thing in the morning.  I am not naturally a morning person, however; and envisioning a couple miles on the treadmill only motivated me to roll back under the covers. Now that a conversation with a dear friend, a hot shower,  sweet guided meditations and a cup of tea are the first items on my morning routine, I’m much more likely to make it out of bed in the first place. What would you motivate you to get out of bed in the morning?
  2. Nurture your mind, body and soul.  If you include activities that nurture your different parts, you will come out of your morning routine refreshed and energized, ready to take on the day – and with a chunk of your To Dos done already.  Meditating and prayer opens my heart and soul. Doing a listening partnership and journaling clears my mind of emotional junk. A hot shower, supplements, water and yoga get my body oiled up and ready for a great day. What parts of you could use nurturing first thing in the morning?
  3. Create a path. It can be very hard to move from item to item in a morning routine; particularly if you struggle at all with ADHD or are just easily distracted like me. When I first started doing this, I would sometimes spend several minutes looking for my journal, prayer book or yoga strap; or wandering up and down the stairs to get my supplements, water bottle and phone.  Suddenly my 90-minute routine was two hours and a non-starter. Now, before I’ve moved my supplements to the bathroom and take a few minutes every night to make sure that everything I need is where it needs to be for a smooth routine the next morning. What items do you need and where do you need them to follow a great routine?
  4. Find a buddy. We don’t all have someone who is willing to check in with us first thing in the morning. But, you just might and you don’t know it yet. Think about your friends and family – are any of them trying to improve their health or get exercise, journaling or meditation into their morning routine? Having someone to check in with (by phone or in person) at the beginning or middle of your routine is a great way to make sure that you actually do it. Who could you ask?


I have struggled with anxiety my whole life. Running my own business has cranked it up a notch or two in the last couple of years.  Plus – although I am really healthy these days, I still have a tweaked immune system and some chronic hip and knee pain from scoliosis (a curved spine.) If I don’t take my supplements and do my stretches every morning, eventually I don’t feel so well.

So, starting each day off right with grounding practices that nurture my mind, body and soul  goes a long way towards reducing anxiety and making sure that I am taking care of myself as well as possible in the midst of the roller coaster ride that we call being a working parent.

The morning routine above has helped me get more sleep, take care of my weak knee and hip and deal effectively with the tough emotions that sometimes leave me anxiety-ridden. I have been happier, healthier and more productive since I started this over a month ago and am incredibly grateful.

If you don’t already have a morning routine you love, I hope this gives you some ideas. It’s had a fantastic influence on me in the last few weeks and I’d love to hear how it works out for you.

To your good health!

*Listening Partnerships are a powerful form of peer counseling.  You can learn more about them in Practice 5. Nurture Your Heart in my book Everyday Healing.

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Sometimes It’s Better to Receive than to Give

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I have seen over and over again that having a team of people to help with the hard work of healing can mean the difference between a healthy future and years of suffering.

When I see people resist asking for or accepting help, I understand because I struggle with it too, but it breaks my heart.

With that in mind, I want to share a short story about how I accepted help – a lot of help – recently and how it is changing my life.

I Needed to Learn to Accept Help Again

If you’ve read my book, Everyday Healing, you already know how accepting help was essential to my healing process. After years of denying that I needed it, asking for and accepting help made it possible for me to heal.

Having someone to go to doctor’s appointments with me, visit me regularly to offer an non-judgmental ear or even help pay for extra help around the house gave me both the confidence and the logistical support I needed to take on the big diet and lifestyle changes that ultimately allowed me to recover.

How easily we forget. More specifically – how easily I forget!

I’m completely healthy now, but my new big challenge is to successfully spread my message of empowerment and connection to everyone with a health condition. Everyday Healing came out last July. A couple dozen friends and family told me they wanted to help promote the book. “Just tell me when to pull the trigger,” they said.

Did I immediately take them up on those offers to help spread the word? No. I did book talks and wrote some online PR pieces. But, I had a whole tribe of people who were offering to help get the word out and I wasn’t letting them.

A 50-50 Challenge

That changed in early January. First I accepted help from a brilliant friend of mine, Cathleen Miller.  She gave me a complementary 30-minute coaching session in which she challenged me to aim for a 50-50 balance, where I would receive as much as I give and ask for as much as I offer, specifically in the coming week.

I laughed out loud. I’m a mom; the giving-receiving ratio is not going to be in my favor for the foreseeable future. I’m also a health coach who spends most of my time helping other people address major life challenges. As a care-taker by nature and nurture; I have to consciously turn off an obnoxious impulse to help almost every person I meet.

Most importantly, deep down, I still don’t really believe that people will stick around if they are helping me as much as I am helping them. We could spend a long time on the analyst’s couch, but suffice to say, somewhere along the road I got the message that not only is it better to give than to receive, but you really shouldn’t receive much at all. It’s weak and people don’t like you if you do.

That’s a problem. It makes it hard to ask for help and can leave me  isolated.

A Successful Experiment

So, with Cathleen’s loving encouragement, I dove into asking for help the following week. I finally ran the book launch campaign that I had been meaning to do for months. I had to ask for help from over 250 people. Keep in mind, about 25 people had actually offered to help me. I jumped in and asked for help from ten times that many people.

It was terrifying. I felt sick to my stomach off and on for two weeks. But, in spite of being afraid that people would be annoyed, think me too “sales-y,” or otherwise think poorly of me, I asked for help in two big ways. First, I invited about 50 online marketing colleagues to help promote the book. Ten said “yes,” which was a great start.

Then, I sent a series of three emails to 200 family and friends, asking them and reminding them twice, not only to buy my book on January 19 on Amazon, but also to forward the email to their network and ask them to buy the book as well. It was way outside my comfort zone to be asking so many people for so much.

You know what? Some people did get a bit upset with me. Two people wrote back expressing that they would prefer not get such emails. I received many more emails, however; from people who said how happy they were to help and how inspired they were by my reaching out in that way.  I was in touch with people I hadn’t connected with in months or years.

In the end – hundreds more people got my book that day and it shot to #1 on Amazon for titles related to Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia and #5 in Women’s Health. The campaign was a huge success and I got to be in touch with many old friends and make a connection with new colleagues as a result.

It was extremely uncomfortable to put myself out there in that way, but I would not have that success under my belt, nor would I have re-connected with all those people if I hadn’t asked for and accepted all that help.

It was an incredible experience and I never could have or would have done it if Cathleen hadn’t challenged me to notice how much love, caring and assistance there is out there when I open myself up to it. (You can learn more about Cathleen here.)

What about you? What project are you working on now – with regards to your healing or something else? How could you give people an opportunity to help – and learn and grow with you?

To your health!

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What are Your Big Rocks?

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The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
—Stephen Covey

Step 1. Choose four “big rocks” (high priority action items) that you could put in your schedule on a regular basis to support your healing. Check out my previous post Take Charge Day 24: Put First Things First for examples and a detailed description of the brilliant “big rocks” time management metaphor made famous by Stephen Covey.

Step 2. Choose the one big rock that will be the least difficult to fit into your schedule, then note on your calendar when you can do it regularly, particularly this coming week. Maybe it’s exercising three mornings per week. Maybe it’s making a salad at home for lunch every day. Write it into your calendar as a fixed appointment. Let your family members and coworkers know, if necessary, to avoid being distracted.

Step 3. Tell someone who cares about your health that you are going to do this thing next week. Then, set a time to check in with him or her at the end of next week to report on how you did. Accountability is everything.

Step 4. Put another note in your calendar for two or three weeks from now, to add the next big rock into your calendar, and so on, until you’ve got all your big rocks in your schedule. Don’t get discouraged if you put a big rock in your calendar and it “falls out” several times. It takes lots of trial and error to readjust your routines. There are some great suggestions of how to do that in Practice 5, Create Order.

This is the 25th and last in a series of excerpts from the first section, Take Charge, of my new book, Everyday Healing. To start your journey on Day 1 and read the whole book: Everyday Healing: Stand Up, Take Charge and Get Your Health Back . . . One Day at a Time please visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local independent bookstore to pick up your copy today.

As always, if you have any thoughts, feedback or questions, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let’s talk!

To your health,


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