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Rodenticide with no secondary poisoning risk?

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Initial post: Nov 22, 2008 11:53:15 AM PST
Roxannie says:
Is there such a thing as a rodenticide with very very little or no secondary risk of poisoning? I live on a farm in the woods and have been taken over by Norway rats. I have 4 dogs and 5 cats that will not have anything to do with them. I have tried traps and other non-toxic methods but the rats have "learned" to avoid them and I am losing the battle. I don't want to expose my pets to the hazards of poisons. Is there any other alternative out there? Help!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2008 10:52:22 PM PST
Anything that would poison a rat would poison other animals. Cats and dogs get into things, so I would avoid having poisons around the house. You could also have cross-contamination issues with food, skin, etc. that could affect you as well. I prefer to use humane traps that do not cause harm to the little critters. PETA and the ASPCA sell them, among other places.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008 3:26:45 PM PST
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The Gipper says:
Afraid not. Dog and cats (and people) all have nearly identical physiology. What is poisonous to rats is also poisonous to most other mammals.

If you are being taken over by Norway rats, the best way to get rid of them is to remove their food source or shelter. Find out where they are living and what they are eating, and remove it, if possible.

Next - check with some cat knowledgeable people about how to encourage your cats to hunt he rats. Maybe they are too well fed? I don't know much about cats.

Investigate getting some dogs known for their ratting abilities. I have shiba inus, and nothing will stop them from chasing small rodents. They live for it. Any primitive dog with a good hunting/killing instinct would work - basenjis, akitas, jindos, and most of the terriers come to mind.

The more domesticated farm dogs, like collies and retrievers, are really not very good ratters. I have had rats from time to time, and removing their food source (bird feeders, fertilizer) has worked for me. But a farm probably has food sources that are harder to remove.

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 6:47:56 AM PDT

A combination of things will take care of your problem. First figure out what the rats are eating. Can you remove or reduce this food supply? Do whatever you can to eliminate and reduce the amount of food the rats can eat. They love grains, dog food, vegetables, seed etc. Next where are they living? Piles of debris, firewood tall vegetation makes great harborage for them to live in so eliminate as many areas as you can. Once this is done take your mechanical traps and bait those traps with whatever the rats have been eating. Do NOT set the traps, check every day and rebait until you consistently get the rats to eat the bait off the traps. Once that takes place rebait the traps and set them. Make sure you have at least double the number of traps than the number of rats you think you may have there. Another words if you think you have approximately 20 rats then set up 40 traps. Better yet why not hire a professional pest control company to take care of the problem since they know what they are doing. If you need to find a good pest control company in your area go to National Pest Management Association, NPMA.COM

Michele L Eccles
The Bug Lady
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