It is very poisonous to critters, especially pets because it has a sweet
taste. You would not want a little kid drinking it either. I imagine the
mouse would ingest some of it while swimming around and not only would
it kill the vermin, it may alleviate the smell of a dead mouse. ^_^
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:58:01 AM UTC-4, The Daring Dufas wrote:
While still dangerous, "modern" anti-freeze is not as bad as it used to be. Hopefully the bitter additives will prevent the pets from ingesting enough to hurt them.
On the other hand, kids may drink enough to harm them before they realize how bad it tastes.
While safer, it still warrants strict safety precautions.
A few years ago, a toddler was taken to a hospital when the
pre-school staff FINALLY noticed she was eating foam hand sanitizer.
Looked like whipped cream to her, and at her age,
"doesn't taste like whipped cream" didn't register in the brain.
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:59:32 AM UTC-4, The Daring Dufas wrote:
Well, that's ONE reason for not using water - but only if your pets - or the neighbors' pets - can't possibly stray into your yard.
Another reason, of course, is that antifreeze might be a faster and more humane way to kill the vermin.
Very clever. It reminds me of how to keep squirrels off a bird feeder - make sure the feeder is well away from trees and rooftops, then put Vaseline on the pole so the squirrel can't climb it.
On 07/30/2013 07:28 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Nope, it's actually a excruciatingly painful way to die, as you slowly
succumb to irreversible liver damage over a few days. Fortunately the
mice will likely drown long before this happens, but any pets or kids
will not have such a friendly fate.
Encouraging people to put a "gallon of antifreeze" in an open container
is about as bright as leaving a loaded gun in the middle of a schoolyard.
Contrary to popular belief, PURE ethylene glycol doesn't have an
extremely low freezing point. It freezes at only about -12 degrees
Celcius. which is a cool winter day, not blizzard conditions in
'Ethylene glycol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia'
In order to get a really low freezing point of about -50 degrees
Celsius, it's necessary to mix ethylene glycol with something else, like
water for example.
Then, what happens is that the H2O molecules interfere with the ethylene
glycol molecules ability to arrange themselves into a regular repeating
pattern, and vice versa, so that the resulting mixture of molecules have
trouble arranging themselves into any sort of regular repeating
arrangement, and therefore don't "freeze" into a solid. Instead, they
remain a liquid.
The only reason a gallon of antifreeze won't freeze in the trunk of your
car is because of the additives they put in it, both anticorrosion
chemicals, and chemicals whose sole purpose is to depress the freezing
point of the nearly pure ethylene glycol so that it doesn't freeze solid
in your trunk.
Ya gotta know this stuff to be king. It's all in my "How to be King"
I don't see why you couldn't leave the pail empty. That way you can
drive the caught mice a few miles out of town and release them near a
river or in the bush near a river or stream. Don't release them in a
farmer's field because the ploughing of the field is almost certain to
kill them or bury them alive. I just don't see any benefit to be had in
killing the caught mice.
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