Is rat poison safe for home use?

Is rat poison safe to use inside the home?

Asked by jonathan on 15th Dec 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"The active ingredients in rat poison are usually anticoagulants, which prevent the blood from clotting and can cause internal bleeding. These poisons can be harmful to humans and pets if ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin.

If you decide to use rat poison, it is important to follow the instructions on the label carefully and to keep it out of reach of children and pets. You should also dispose of any dead rats or rodent remains according to the instructions on the label.

It's also recommended to use alternative methods to control rat population such as trapping and sealing off any potential entry points.

It is important to note that it is illegal in some places to use rat poison without a license, and it is also illegal to use it in a manner that causes harm to non-target animals such as pets, birds of prey and other wildlife."
Answered on 18th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Depends what the active ingredient is and where you put it and in what quantities. If you have pets or small children then my advice is call pest control as the ownus is then on them to make sue it's safe. Off the shelf products are mostly anti coagulants, which cause internal bleeding but if you've managed to get hold of cholecalciferol baits, somehow, then please don't use it. Call pest control"
Answered on 15th Dec 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
"Yeah if put down correctly and secured, it’s always a risk with animals as chances of dog/cat getting secondary poisoning from picking up a died rodent.

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Answered on 15th Dec 2022 - Member since May 2022 - report
"If this is a product that you are going get yourself, get a professional pest controller in and get it done properly so there is no secondary poisoning. We as pest controller have regulations that we adere to and follow. Preferred method in a residential is snap traps but again There are so many other factors involved in a decision made by the pest controller itself, as we have other options rather than just use toxic bait so to really answer your question yes we can use rodenticide in a residential dwelling but other options are more likely to be considered first"
Answered on 15th Dec 2022 - Member since Sep 2022 - report
"Yes but read the label. Rollow the CRRU code. Buying cheap poison from eBay or amazon means it will build up an immune to it as its a weak dose hence being sold on the cheap market"
Answered on 10th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
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