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A chain of poisoning - Rat poisons kill more than just rats: The unintended consequences of rat poison use in urban areas. Read more: http://www.urbancaracal.org/poisons

A chain of poisoning – Rat poisons kill more than just rats: The unintended consequences of rat poison use in urban areas. Read more: http://www.urbancaracal.org/poisons

 

Besides that it is totally inefficient and inhumane to poison rats:
Rats have food neophobia: they test new food before eating it. They have developed a ‘testing mode‘ where they “eat a small amount and wait before consuming more, thus are able to detect poisoned baits while minimising risk”.  It’s like a taster, testing the effects of the novel food before it gets accepted as safe.
– Rats display a high level of bait-shyness: They learn and remember the effects – bad as well as good – that foods have on them. The other rats observe and as a result the actual rat clan is not affected by the poison.
– Poison that beats this clever clan protection is cruel beyond measure: it causes a prolonged death from internal bleeding and is considered inhumane.
– If a rat dies as a result of poisoning, it’s probably somewhere inaccessible and thus smelly and unhygienic.

 

It is also incredible harmful to other animals, often more so than the impact to the rats:
 – Rat poison may threaten the survival of local wildlife in the Cape Peninsula
– Rat poison claims the lives of mountain lions and protected bobcats in California
– Rat poison might cause the decline of the hedgehog population in the UK
– Rat poison can be fatal for dogs and cats
– Rat poison kills birds
The list just goes on, including many cases of children falling victim to rat poison. Why take such a risk?

 

Using poison is simply lazy and only a temporary solution. There are better ways to combat rats:
 – Clean up after yourself! It’s your waste that rats feed off.
Seal off the entry points: How did the rat manage to get in in the first place? Probably because of poor building maintenance. Fix the cause, not the symptom.
– Use a live trap if you have to capture rats and release them in the wild. Even though it’s debated if rats can survive without their clan, you’re at least giving them a chance.
– Use a snap trap if you really have to kill the rat, or go the extra mile and consider raptors as the solution (R.A.T.S.) by supporting the Hungry Owl Project.

 

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