August 27, 2020 4 min read
Guest Blog By Amanda Prather of RatPoisonFacts.org
Rats are never a welcomed guests in our homes and other buildings surrounding our property. These rodents can cause extensive damage both inside and outside a house. Moreover, rats can carry diseases and parasites, and therefore pose serious health risks to you and your family. There are various ways of dealing with a rat infestation – from calling professional pest control services to eliminating the problem by yourself. Some people decide on the extreme method of using lethal pesticides to make their house rat-free. However, before you choose to use rat poison, you should be aware of all the dangers it carries with it.
Rodenticides are pesticides that are designed to kill rodents, such as mice and rats. However, they can also be toxic to other mammals and birds. Most rodenticides are also toxic when touched or inhaled, not only consumed. That is why rat poison should always be handled carefully as it can pose a threat to humans and other animals.
Rat poison is formulated as a bait, which means it contains ingredients that attract animals. Baits can contain anything from peanut butter to grains, which can be attractive not only to rodents but also children. Placing rat poison in an area occupied by children can lead to disastrous situations. Young kids are naturally curious – they want to touch, smell, or taste anything they find. An unfamiliar object is likely to grab their attention. Especially since some of the rat poison comes in the shape of pellets and in various colors, which to children can look like candy. What is worse, rat poison typically tastes sweet, which only encourages the kids to try more of it.
If a child swallows a rodenticide, you should immediately call 911! It is recommended to clear the child’s mouth and give them a small amount of water or milk to drink.
Leaving rat poison around your house or outside space causes a large risk to your family pet that may consume it. Cats and dogs are curious animals and they usually don’t mind having an additional snack – and that’s what rodenticides will look like to them. Pets can also often reach objects that should technically be difficult to reach for them. And considering that a lot of times your pet is probably wandering unattended, there is a huge chance of them finding rat poison even in your “hidden” spots. Rat poison and pets just don’t mix together!
Some rat poison kills the rodents within hours, and some within days. This means that none of the rat poisons kill the animal immediately, which then allows them to travel back to their hiding spots. Sometimes, rodents can die inside your walls or other hidden spaces and cause a terrible odor. Moreover, this also means that at some point you will have to remove the dead rat, which if not disposed of correctly can increase your risk for contracting a number of diseases that the rat may be carrying.
Rat poison is not the only way of dealing with rats – there are lots of alternatives available on the market! If you don’t want to put your family and pets at risk and want to deal with a rodent infestation in a humane way, you may want to consider these options:
Rats may not be our favorite animals, but they are animals after all. We should try to deal with them in the most humane ways possible. Rat poison may seem like an easy option at first, but in fact, it is quite dangerous – the poison itself is a threat to your family and pets, and dealing with dead rats in your walls can be a huge issue. We recommend exploring alternatives to rat poison or calling your local pest controllers who will be able to help you out with a rodent infestation.
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