So many of us would just grab the nearest rat poison when faced with the bothersome rodents leaving poop and devastation behind.
But what do those chemicals do to the environment, other animals, our pets, children and even ourselves when we handle it?
Why does it say on the package “CAUTION KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN” in big bold letters? Or “place bait out of reach of children, pets, domestic animals and nontarget wildlife”? Another worry is when you read the Environmental Hazards. Most poisons state: “This product is toxic to mammals and birds” and than gives you more instructions about where not to put the poison.
So my concerns would be, What does this do to the environment, What happens to those poor animals who weren’t intended to eat it and What does the toxic mix do to the people who handle it?
Typical Active Ingredients:
- Bromadiolon: an anticoagulant and may cause haemorrhaging. It is very toxic by inhalation, contact with the skin and by ingestion. Environmental Toxicity: Bromadiolone is unlikely to enter the atmosphere, because of its low volatility. It is practically insoluble in water. It is readily adsorbed on soils rich in clay and organic compounds, with no leaching. Degradation in soil is significant with half-lives ranging from 1.8 to 7.4 days. Secondary poisoning through the consumption of rats and mice killed with bromadiolone may occur in dogs and cats in urban situations, but more likely in farm situations.
- Brodificoum/Warfarin: a highly lethal anticoagulant poison. It has become one of the world’s most widely used pesticides. Environmental Toxicology – The American Bird Conservancy has advocated that brodifacoum not be used by the general public. They cite several studies indicating that secondary poisonings of predatory birds and animals are common due to the extreme persistence of the pesticide within both target and non-target species. It may also be dispersed by insects that feed on poisoned bait without harm and retain the pesticide within their bodies.
- Diphacinone: highly toxic to humans and other mammals by inhalation, dermal absorption, and ingestion, It causes internal hemorrhaging that can lead to death. Environmental Fate: Diphacinone has a low potential to leach in soil, and is rapidly decomposed in water by sunlight. No information is available as to the chemical breakdown in vegetation.
Here are a list of ways you can safely get rid of those pesky rodents without harming yourself, your family or your pets and unintended wild life.
1. Shake-away Rodent Repellent: This Rodent Powder is a powerful granular product that takes advantage of the strongest deterrent in the animal kingdom – your rodents, inborn, instinctive FEAR. Shake-Away Rodent Powder contains the scent of the pests worst enemy, the fox and bobcat. 100% Organic – Safe to use around children pets and plants. Does NOT harm the animals you are repelling And it is guaranteed.
2. Fresh Cab Mouse & Rodent Repellent: The only plant-based rodent repellent proven effective by the Federal EPA. Effectively repels rodents for up to 3 months with a “woodsy” scent that you’ll find refreshing, but they’ll find extremely offensive. Safe around kids and pets and Environmentally-friendly! Fresh Cab is 98% Biodegradable.
3. Catchmaster Mouse-Inn: Gently traps mice with Valerian root, which lulls them to sleep, giving you the opportunity to take the mouse safely to a place more suitable for rodents without killing it.
4. Rat Zapper: Humanely kills rats and mice with a quick electric shock. No dangerous poisons to harm your pets. Safe for the environment. 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed. RatZapper packaging and product are made from recycled materials.