Should I ever poison a rat?
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Why would you want to poison a rat? That’s the first question you should
ask yourself here, especially when there are much more effective ways to
get rid of a rat infestation from your residential or commercial
Poison doesn’t kill a rat. Not usually anyway. What it does do, on the
other hand, is cause a serious amount of harm to the animal, and pushes
it deeper into your house. When the rat does die, it’s often days or
weeks later, and it really will be deep in your home, forcing you to go
on a sniff-mission in order to find it and then dispose of it.
Poison is a bad idea. The average commercially sold poison takes between
one and three days to work, for a start, and that’s something many
homeowners often do not know. Also called rodenticides, they can take as
many as three weeks to have the full effect on the rat (death), and many
of them use Warfarin, or something similar, in order to work. In case
you don’t know what Warfarin does, it’s a blood thinner. It stops the
blood from clotting, and this can cause internal bleeding. In order to
cause death to a rat, this would need to happen for a while, and after
the first few-day period of the poison taking its time to work, it can
then take a further two weeks – 14 days – for that internal bleeding to
cause death. In that time, the rat will have crawled somewhere deep
inside your home to die, curling up somewhere nice and warm to spend its
last few days. You won’t know where that place is, but you will soon
start to smell the decomposing rat. At that point, you’ll have no option
but to cut out sections of walls, and pull apart areas of your attic and
crawl spaces, in order to find the dead animal.
If the rat has died somewhere that other animals can find it, something
called secondary poisoning will then start to occur. This is what
happens when another animal, a cat or dog, for example, comes into
contact with the dead carcass of the rat. They may play, chew or gnaw on
the carcass, thus ingesting the poison that would still be present in
the rats body. As you can probably imagine, the poison in the rat can do
just as much damage to an animal such as a cat or a dog, even in those
low amounts. In fact, it can often be worse, because the symptoms are
not pleasant, but you won’t have a clue what is causing them. It will
only be when you take your beloved pooch or pampered cat to the vet and
tests are performed that you’ll even realise the animal has been
poisoned at all.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg too – rat poison can cause even more
damage than that. The poison in the rats urine and feces, and also the
carcass, can also contaminate water supplies, and also soils and plant
matter. Those toxic effects are then exposed to the likes of sick and
elderly people, and also children and other animals too. In short, using
poisons to get rid of a rat infestation is a very bad idea. Just imagine
the kind of amounts of poison you’d be looking at putting down, and the
areas of your home too ... Is it worth creating that much damage in the
environment around you? Snap traps would be a much quicker, easier, and
safer option all-round ... Just so you know.
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