Dangers of Using Rat Poison for Rodent Infestations [Infographic]
Are you using traditional rodenticides (rat poisons) to take care of rodent infestations on your property? You’re likely putting your family, your pets, and the environment in danger. Learn more — and find alternatives — in this guide.
What’s Wrong With Common Rodenticides?
While effective at exterminating rodents, traditional rodenticides contain chemicals such as anticoagulants, cholecalciferol, bromethalin, and phosphides that also pose severe health risks for people, pets, and wildlife.
Dangers to Cats, Dogs, and Other Pets
Got cats or dogs? Choose your rat poison wisely. Here’s a breakdown of the some of the most common deadly chemicals in traditional rodenticides, and their health risks for canines and felines.
Anitcoagulants: These chemicals stop the body’s ability to clot blood and can lead to lethargy, uncontrolled bleeding, vomiting, and death.
Cholecalciferol: This chemical increases calcium to unhealthy levels in the body, often leading to kidney failure and death.
Bromethalin: This chemical causes brain swelling and can lead to a number of neurological problems such as seizures, comas, and even death in larger animals.
Phosphides: These chemicals produce a toxic gas in the stomach called phosphine gas, which can cause bloating, appetite loss, lethargy, and death in cats and dogs.
Dangers to Wildlife
The above dangers also apply to wildlife — including predatory animals that feed on rodents. In most common rodenticides, the concentration of lethal chemicals is strong enough to cause secondary kills.
Dangers to Humans
While most adults are attentive enough to steer clear of rat poisons, children are less discerning and naturally curious — unfamiliar objects often attract their attention. Some rat poison comes in the shape of pellets, which looks like candy to children. Many rodenticides also have a sweet taste, making them even more alluring to kids and toddlers.
Active ingredients in many rodenticides have also been shown to cause lasting damage to soil and crops, killing plant life and increasing soil toxicity.
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