Rat Poisoning: An Inhumane and Ineffective Method of Pest Control
The temptation is to find the fastest and easiest way to
get rid of rats in the house
when a home is under infestation. No one wants these rodents scampering around the
places we eat, sleep, and play, after all ... but turning to
inhumane, it's also ineffective and can end up causing homeowners significantly
more time, money, and stress than using one of the more
humane pest control
available and following up with ways to exclude rodents from the home.
Why is using poison a bad idea?
- Poisoned rats suffer an agonizing death. Regardless of whether an animal is considered
a 'pest', it is still an animal that can suffer. Please be kind - the use of poison is cruel
and heartless. Even snap traps or a
rodent zapper are much more humane than poison
because they kill the rat quickly.
- Poisons can be dangerous to pets and young children. Any sort of poison needs to be
very carefully used and its placement carefully thought out due to its toxicity. No one
wants a pet or child to be accidentally harmed by poison.
- The rat may die inside your home. You may not even realize that a rat has crawled
off somewhere in your home to die, until the stench hits you. Trying to locate the
dead body (or bodies) can be time-consuming and very difficult, and may require the
services of a professional pest control company - turning it into a costly endeavor.
In the meantime, the smell can drive you crazy -
especially if the carcass is located somewhere in or near the home's ventilation system.
- Other animals may inadvertently be harmed by ingesting a poisoned rat. Regardless
of whether the rat dies inside your home or manages to get outside before dying, any
other animal that ingests it is at risk for becoming ill or dying as well. That can
include owls, coyote, other wildlife, and even family pets! Remember, the poison the
rat eats becomes poison that other animals may eat too when they consume the rat.
- Poisoning rarely solves the underlying issue. Poison is usually looked at
as a quick fix or as an easy one, but in reality, it is not. Every single rat
needs to be caught in order to eradicate the problem - and that's never the
case with poison. Not all rats will eat the poisoned bait, and of those that
do, not all will die. A single breeding pair of rats reproduces quickly to
become a Very Big Problem once again.
With so many other methods available to help control or manage rodents,
homeowners need not turn to rat poisoning to try to solve the problem.
Solving an infestation isn't usually easy. A carefully conceived removal
plan followed up by preventive
pest control measures will help to ensure that the rats don't come