Aggressive diseases are one of the biggest threats to human life.
Disease is infinitely more dangerous in the face of an emergency.
Here’s how you can protect yourself from disease when disaster strikes.
Pests, such as rodents, are a sure-fire way to put your life in jeopardy when the SHTF.
The great strides in hygiene and sanitation are the main drivers for the dramatic rise in life expectancy over the past 150 years.
Pandemics like the Black Plague wiped out a sizable chunk of Europe’s population, mostly due to the rat population.
Rodents carry all kinds of nasty diseases.
Poison and similar repellents may not be great options for a SHTF scenario where close quarters and sealed windows could make the poison noxious to your family.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself against the problem of a rodent infestation.
First, a rat trap is a good method for limiting pests.
Conventional traps could be harmful in cramped spaces where it’s easier to accidentally trigger one, and quite frankly, they get messy.
However, if conventional traps aren’t what you’re looking for, there are do-it-yourself methods that include building a rat trap out of a soda bottle.
Next, you can seal up your home tightly.
If you thoroughly go through your home and seal up all cracks and crevices, you give yourself a great shot at limiting the number of rodents you have to deal with.
Depending on the nature of a particular SHTF scenario, natural forces could drive the rats to you.
For example, a hurricane will likely cause a huge boom in the rodent population.
Use caulk and sealants to make your home much more durable against the predations of stray rodents.
Also, eliminate the things that draw pests, known as the “pest triangle.”
The pest triangle consists of water, food, and harborage.
Water and food are self-explanatory, and harborage simply means material and locations that would make for an ideal nesting area.
If you limit the pest triangle, you will limit the number of pests you encounter.
Make sure all your food and water are tightly secured so as not to entice unwanted visitors.
Open food sources, pool water, and damp and dark places will raise your chances of a pest problem.
Do routine inspections to make sure you’re not missing a festering problem that’s leading to harborage.
But the most important thing is to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation.
In a progressive city like Los Angeles where bad policies have led to an explosion in homelessness, there’s also been a huge uptick in the rodent population which has led to the spread of once-eradicated infectious diseases.
This is bad enough in a major city under normal circumstances, imagine how much worse it would be during a SHTF scenario.
Pests can be an unsettling problem, but if you take the steps to limit them, they won’t pose a threat to you and your family.