If you are dealing with a rodent infestation in your home or business, you need a pest control solution that solves the problem efficiently and effectively. Ideally, you’d also like it to be safe for the surrounding environment — namely, the pets, people and other wildlife on your property. In terms of efficiency and effectiveness, there are few better products for exterminating rodents than rodenticides. These dietary products lure rats, mice and other rodents with the scent and taste of regular food; then, once digested, they exterminate these rodents through active ingredients. Unfortunately, the active ingredients used in most rodenticides to exterminate rodents (usually “anticoagulants” — a term that will be discussed further in this guide) can cause major health problems if ingested by people, pets, or other wildlife.
To prevent unwanted ingestion from happening during rodent control, it’s important to take necessary precautions before using common rodenticides. In this guide, our pest control professionals here at EcoClear Products will show you how. We’ll also provide you with information on our MouseX®, RatX®, and RatRid™, rodenticide products. Unlike regular rodenticides, these eco-friendly products are free of anticoagulants and other toxic chemicals and are 100%-safe if ingested by pets, wildlife or people. If you are searching for a safe and effective rodenticide alternative, there is no better choice. Read on to learn more about how to keep pets safe during rodent control, and get the details on our revolutionary pet-safe rodenticides here at EcoClear Products.
What Are Common Rodenticides and Why Are They Toxic to Pets?
Rodenticides refer to all types of dietary pest control products used to kill animals of the rodent family such as mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, nutria, and others. Rodenticides utilize active ingredients to lure rodents and, once ingested, poison them. Many of today’s most common rodenticides use active ingredients called “anticoagulants” to kill rodents upon ingestion. Anticoagulants work by interrupting the normal blood clotting process (called coagulation), causing life forms dosed to suffer uncontrolled internal bleeding and eventually die.
Though effective at exterminating rodents, anticoagulants are (unfortunately) also highly-effective at exterminating other species. This makes them a major hazard in households with pets or small children. It also makes them dangerous to use in areas with wildlife — especially predatory species that eat rodents. That’s because today’s rodenticides are powerful enough to kill animals that eat rodents that have ingested anticoagulants. (In rare cases, this can transfer even one more step, where predators of predators of rodents can also die through anticoagulant ingestion.)
To make matters worse, there are several other non-anticoagulant chemicals used in many of today’s rodenticides that can also be toxic to pets, people, and wildlife. These include bromethalin, cholecalciferol, and zinc phosphide. If you are using rodenticides with these chemicals or anticoagulants, it is vital that your take necessary measures to keep other animals and people on your property safe. The next section will show you how.
Keeping Pets Safe During Common Rodenticide Treatments
So, you’ve decided to use rodenticides with anticoagulants or other active ingredients that may harm pets, people or other wildlife on your property. Naturally, you want to prevent ingestion by the aforementioned unwanted parties while still ensuring that rodents are exterminated. The best way to do this is by placing your rodenticides in specially-selected areas and ensuring that those areas are blocked off to pets, children and other animals. If possible, keep cats and dogs in pet carriers for the duration of rodenticide treatment. If treatment takes several days, block off treated areas by closing doors, locking cabinets, and using pet gates. For carnivorous pets such as cats or dogs that may eat rodents, it is also important to remember to block places in your home that rodents may crawl to after ingesting rodenticide.
If you have fish, birds, reptiles, or other small pets commonly kept in cages, cover up their tanks and cages with a blanket or towel to prevent any air-borne rodenticide particulates from entering their airspace. (If you are the owner of a pet bird, you may want to make a quick phone call to your veterinarian before beginning rodenticide treatment. Many birds species have a sensitive respiratory system and may be more susceptible to rodenticides through inhalation.)
Overall, when using rodenticides with anticoagulants or other pet-toxic active ingredients, protection is the best the best policy. If your pets cannot access rodenticides or the rodents they kill, then you likely won’t have problems. Of course, in many households, closing off all access points to pets is easier said than done. Often times, the risk is simply unavoidable. Thankfully, there is an alternative.
Here at EcoClear Products, we’ve made it our mission to create the best eco-friendly and highly-effective pest control products on the market today. With our MouseX®, RatX®, and RatRid™, rodenticides, we’ve fully eliminated health risks to humans and other animal species by making these rodenticides 100% non-toxic to all species other than the rodents they are designated to exterminate. If you are looking for a way to exterminate rodents and keep your family, your pets, and surrounding wildlife safe in the process, our engineers here at EcoClear Products have the solutions for you. Follow the links above to learn more about our safe and highly-effective rodenticides, and order yours online or from a retailer near you now!
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