:) The biggest problem (to me) is that
:) rats carry many diseases, most unpleasant,
:) some fatal. This fact alone may lead
:) you to retain a professional exterminator.
:) Unfortunately, it is my belief that exterminators
:) don't *kill*
many rats, but just
:) drive them away. My infestation closely
:) followed an episode where my neighbor
:) had a rat problem and hired an exterminator.
:) I think they just moved up the street.
I know of no product in my profession that chases rodents away from one
place to another. My guess would be that when one finally hires a pro,
the pro will also point out areas on the property that needs addressing
to make the area less inviting for a rodent problem. When people
actually now spend money to take care of a problems like rats, they are
more inclined to follow any advise given to help keep the rats away. If
one yard in now less attractant to a rodent population they will migrate
to an area more to their liking.
:) The traditional approach is poison bait. The most
:) common poison is warfarin, which
:) is an anticoagulant. Unfortunately, rats
:) evolve very quickly, at least metabolically, and
:) have become resistant to warfarin. I had
:) absolutely no food in my garage, but I found that
:) the rats had made their nest in an old box of
:) DCON warfarin-based rat poision (?!).
I think the key word with this statement should be "was warafin". I'm in
my nineteenth year of pest control and have never seen warafin based
products used professionally for the most part, it has always been the
second generation anticoagulants and have never heard of any resistance
that warafin is known for.
:) A more
:) modern poison uses bromethalin, but I am
:) afraid rats are adapting to this, also. Bromethalin
:) attacks the myelin sheath on the nerves (like polio).
:) I never got bromethalin to actually
:) kill a rat, but it slows them down so
:) that other approaches become more effective.
I choose not to use bromethalin products for it is an acute toxin, kills
on one feeding, killing the rats too quick, raising the chance of dead
ones being found on the attic/crawl space/walls. But when there is a
heavy population that is in need of a quick reduction, bromethalin is
the way to go.
:) Rats will take the bait back to their nests
:) and hoard it, so I would recommend using cubes
:) of bait (rather than loose grains) and then
:) leave some cubes loose (for rats to take home)
Never allow them to be able to carry it away...no assurance that they
are not dropping the baits behind the bushes for non target animals to
:) my ace, which is antifreeze. Rats apparently
:) like the smell and the taste. The largest
:) rat literally keeled over while drinking antifreeze.
As do cats and dogs and just a cap full is suppose to be able to cause
death to a cat.
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