When it comes to exterminating rats, many use poison to kill them. But, though this might seem like a good idea, it’s actually quite the opposite. Using rat poison is a bad method for a few reasons. In this article, we’ll go over why using poison to get rid of rats is a poor decision and why we avoid it and you should too.
Rat poison can be incredibly dangerous, especially if there are small children or other pets in your household. Rat poison isn’t just attractive to rats. The poison can be attractive to dogs, cats, and even small children. Because rats are large animals, the poison can harm or even kill your beloved animals. Small children that are curious about the poison can also be killed by rat poison. Even rat poisons that claim to be pet friendly can actually harm your pets if swallowed in large amounts!
Rat poison can also contaminate other areas of the home and impact wildlife. Because rats often will carry food to their nests, rat poison can get scattered throughout your home. This means that if the rats venture outside of your home, the poison can go with them. Birds or other animals that have the misfortune of mistaking the poison for food will likely suffer from pain or die. Rat poison will, therefore, do more harm than it will help.
Poisoning rats is also a largely ineffective method. Though rat poisons may get rid of a lot of the rats infesting your home, it won’t kill them all. In order to properly rid your home of the infestation, all rats must be killed. Poison simply cannot achieve this.
Because rats can survive being poisoned, it’s unlikely that you’ll manage to control the entire rat population. This will inevitably lead to a rise in the rat population, never actually relieving you of the issue. In order to actually eliminate the rat infestation, every rat needs to be accounted for. This is made much easier with traps such as the snap trap which allows each rat killed to be accounted. This, in turn, allows us to estimate the next steps that need to be taken.
Rat poison is also an extremely unethical and unpredictable way to kill rats. Using poison will cause the rat to experience immense pain. This pain will cause the rat to suffer before it dies. Rats will also die in unpredictable locations when using rat poisons. Rats, after consuming the poison, will be able to wander back to their nests before they die. This, in turn, creates the risk that the rat will die inside of your walls. If a rat dies inside of your walls, it will be left to decay.
If a rat is left to decay in your walls, your entire house will smell foul. When poison is used, it’s highly likely for a multitude of rats to die in multiple locations throughout your house. This will, in turn, make the smell worse and make it more difficult to clean up the dead rats. More common ways of getting rid of rats, such as the snap trap, allow us to choose where the rat will end up and make the cleaning-up process much easier.
Rat poisons, as stated before, are an extremely unethical method of killing rats. The rats will suffer before dying from a slow and painful death. Furthermore, some rats are able to survive the poison. For these reasons, we will never use rat poison when exterminating the rats that made their way into your home.
There is a wide variety of methods that you can use to exterminate your rat problem as opposed to poison. Snap traps, the classic form of rodent trap, are actually an extremely effective way to deal with your rodent problem. Snap traps allow you to determine where the rats will end up and, on top of that, are a fast and ethical way to kill rats. Snap traps won’t make the rats suffer a prolonged death, they’ll almost immediately kill the rat.
Electric traps are another pain-free way to kill rats. Electric traps, much like the name implies, administer a strong shock to the rat. The shock will stop the rat’s heart, killing it instantly. These traps often include a space for the rat to enter, allowing the rat to be removed without needing to be handled. These traps are one of the easiest ways to handle rat infestation as they can hold multiple rats at one time. On top of that, these traps make it extremely difficult for the rats to find a way to get around them.
The best way to deal with a rat infestation is to be proactive. After dealing with a rat problem, take the steps necessary to prevent your home from being infested once again. There are a wide variety of methods that you can use to prevent a rat infestation, but most involve making your home unattractive for rats. Cutting back brush, locking up food, and most importantly, blocking all gaps that can be used as entrance holes are all ways that you can prevent rats from infesting your home. These steps are necessary in order to avoid having a returning rat issue.
The most important thing to take away from this is that rat poison should always be avoided. Rat poison is an extremely unethical way to eliminate a rat infestation and one of the most ineffective ways of doing so. Rat poison is, essentially, inhumane for no good reason. On top of that, rat poison can be dangerous for your own pets and family members. It can also have effects on other wildlife. When removing rats, we always strive to use humane methods. These methods include snap traps and electric traps. Now you know why we’ll never use rat poison and why you shouldn’t either.
At World Class Wildlife Removal we never use rat poisons. Our rat removal practices are completely safe for families because we use hospital grade products we use order to trap or remove rodents from your home or business.