Giant rats 'outbreak' giving Nairobians hard times

The rats sneak into our homes through the toilet hole, cracks on walls, the door or windows. Sometimes the garbage is left to rot right inside the building thereby inviting rats. One resident said that the rats oscillate between open sewer lines, drainage tunnels, and their houses.

Giant rats 'outbreak' giving Nairobians hard times
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The informal settlements in Nairobi have been known for a while know on matters concerning poor hygiene among other poor standards of living. Recently, there has been a worrying outbreak of rats’ infestation terrifying the residents.

According to residents, rat infestation is a common issue and they have battled it in silent until the new scary giant rats emerged terrifying the ressidents. The rats are commonly ravaging across mountains of garbage, pit latrines and open sewer lines.

What is however worrying the most is that some of these creatures are said to be sneaking into houses to look for food, in the process destroying property such as chewing clothes, power cables and other home equipment.

Meanwhile, some of the residents are already making moves to scare away the rodents by using several means such as using traps or predator animals like cats, who according to some, have not been able to fully eradicate the problem.

Photo: Courtesy// A trapped rat using a book trap, one of the means the residents are using to trap the rodents

One of the residentss, identified by a local media as Mr. Nixon Magega, noted that the rats often are commonly sighted between open sewer lines, drainage tunnels, and their houses.

"The rats sneak into our homes through the toilet hole, cracks on walls, the door or windows," he said, noting that he once found a rat taking a swim in the waters of his toilet. 

“I live on the ground-floor of a four-story building in Umoja, and I can tell you that I share my house with a small family of rats,” said Magega.

The residents have blamed poor sanitation in the residence. They also expressed their fear on germs and other diseases that the rats may carry along putting their lives at risk since the rat savage their foodstuffs.