Rat Poison FAQ’s
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Many people try to poison rats, and in fact you’ll be able to find poison right next to the traps on the shelf at the store. So why not just poison them? It’s not just like you intended on keeping them alive anyhow, right? Poisoning rats has proven to be a pretty ineffective method of removing rats.
Rats are extremely smart and incredibly observant creatures. They will often eat tiny pieces of food, rather than simply cramming the entire thing in their mouth. This isn’t because they have proper table etiquette, they are actually doing their own form of poison testing. Because of this method, they will not end up ingesting enough of the poison to kill them, merely just enough to make them sick. After that terrifying experience, they will be way more cautious. Kind of like when you choke on a potato chip and then are wary of them for the next couple months.
Another significant reason that you wish to keep away from rat poison is in case it DOES kill them. Sounds like it would be a good thing, however rats, like most mammals, will hide when they are in the process of dying. So, let's say that this specific rat is like your Uncle Jimmy on thanksgiving and crams as much food in his mouth as possible, he will then get the complete dose of poison and die. When he gets the instinctual feeling that his end is impending, he will seek out a quiet, secluded place to pass on. Since he’s hidden away, even if you eliminate all other rats he may still be decomposing in his hidey spot, leaving you with a terrible odor. You may also not be able to locate or reach the area the rat is in, so you may be stuck with the odor or you’d have to hire a professional to locate him. With snap traps, when rats are killed they are still where the trap was located, making them simple to locate and remove and you aren’t left with a terrible odor.
FINALLY. You can rest without needing to worry about hearing scratching all night long, a possible fire breaking out, or having nightmares of rats in your kitchen touching YOUR favorite snack. Congratulations!
With over 60 unique kinds of rats all around the world, you’re probably wondering "what type of rat am I dealing with here?" Well, luckily, there are only two kinds of rats that you can commonly find in the United States: The Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. While, not lucky that you have to deal with them, at least you aren’t have to worry about the 30 inch rat that has been found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.
The Roof Rat can commonly be found in the more warm climates, as these rats typically live outside. They normally grow to be around 13-18 inches, that is with their tail included (still too big for my likin though). When not in your attic, these rodents will often nest in heaps of timber and other debris, which means that if you have a pile of debris in your backyard, they may already be on your property. The most common reason for rats to find their way into your attic is to nest and grow their colony, but they will also seek out your attic to shield from harsh weather and their natural predators. As rats are relatively small creatures, they have a large number of predators that use them as a food source. Most commonly known predators are animals such as hawks and other predatory birds, snakes, and common household pets. Cats particularly, will hunt down rodents and kill them, and if you’re lucky, fluffy may even bring you the carcass as a gift.