Rats and mice are some of the most repelling household pests you would want in your house.
They are larger in size than other house pests making them an eyesore and potentially destructive.
So you probably agree with me when I say: You should know how to kill rats in the fastest possibile way!
And the solution for this is a rat poison.
Inevitably, it is us human beings whom rodents prefer as friends. The big question would be: why do rodents prefer living near human beings?
Both human beings and rodents are mammals. In effect, this means our body observe the same principles of functioning. The type of food we eat is also similar hence the reason they prefer living near kitchens and food galleries.
Apart from the nuisance, they can cause you a dozen problems including the following:
If you are in the hurry and want me to get straight to the point, I listed below the best rat killers on the market which help you to get rid of these nasty rodents once and for all!:
As you plan to eliminate rodents from your compound or house it is important to do the following:
Signs of mice and rats – rodent droppings
Humane traps have been known to be methods of choice in dealing with this menace. While humane traps are rather safe to human beings and their pets, they are proven not to be effective over time. Inefficiencies of this method include the following:
1. Its inability to trap more than a given number of rats or mice depending on its size.
2. It is known to mechanically malfunction after a period of use.
3. The trap does not necessarily kill the rats, and some may escape when trying to kill them.
4. Some rodents are strong enough to escape from the traps.
5. Traps are time-consuming and take long to eliminate rodents.
Substances such as fish oil, molasses, peanut butter, ground meat, vegetables and grains are used as baits.
While the bait is meant to attract the rodent, children and pets such as rabbits, monkeys, cats and dogs may also be tempted to eat or inhale the poison. This could potentially have adverse or fatal consequences.
Rodenticides cause adverse effects when inhaled, eaten or put in touch with the skin of a human being or a pet. This is particularly due to the reactive chemicals used in making the poison compound.
The effects of this poisoning on pets and human beings may at times take while to its slow nature. Therefore, it is important to understand different categories of rodenticides in order to wisely consider the best poison to buy.
Rodenticides can generally be classified into anticoagulants, vitamin based and bromethalin.
Anti-coagulants are rodents poisons that contain chemicals whose action in the body take relatively long time. The effect may take up to 48 hours to be effective. The active ingredient in this rodenticide prevents clotting of the blood.
The poison may exhibit the following sign on your children or pet depending on the dosage ingested. Breathing difficulties, bloody urine, bloody vomiting, coughing and bleeding and other signs.
However, this rodenticide contains a readily available antidote called vitamin K1 taken between 3-4 weeks. Warfin and fumarin are some of the best-known anti-coagulants.
Also known as Cholecalciferol, it is composed of poison pellets that flood a rat’s system with soluble fats. It is faster and more dangerous than anti-coagulant taking up to a day to be effective. Too much of the vitamin in the system lead to excess calcium in the body.
This affects the central nervous system, kidneys, cardiovascular system and digestive tract. There is no known antidote if accidentally ingested. Only a variety of therapy treatments and aggressive blood monitoring up to one month is used.
This is the most lethal rodenticide which acts as a neurotoxin when ingested. The poison takes a few hours acting on the brain and the liver resulting in brain swelling. Shortly after the poison may cause tremors, paralysis, seizures and even death. Unfortunately, if a human being or a pet ingests, there is no antidote part from supportive care. Bromethalin is often found in mole rodenticides and rarely in rats or mice poison.
Aluminum, zinc, phosphides and Calcium
These are mostly found in mole rodenticides and on rare occasion in mice and rats baits. From four hours, the poisons normally release toxic gasses into the system causing bloating, vomiting and other abdominal pains.
The poison does not have a known antidote. For this reason proactive, fast decontamination is required if accidentally ingested as it may easily cause liver damage and shock or collapse.
The market has hundreds of rat and mice products which are often effective on rats. While choosing what to buy, critically check for products that leave the environment safe for you, your children and pets but at the same time act the fastest possible way to get rid of your problem.
Susan Clark is our editor-in-chief. She’s a proud mother of two loving home improvement activities.