What Happened To Rat Poison?

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Old 11-28-15, 09:43 PM
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What Happened To Rat Poison?

Use to it was easy to get at the supermarket. Now all they seem to have is for mice. Even looking at Home Depot it seems there is little choice. I don't need bait stations or something that costs more then I spend on food in a week. I just need some of those granules or bait bars. Used Decon for years but now they say for mice, no mention of rats. Will the mice stuff work for rats?

Is this a product of more government regulation?
 
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Old 11-28-15, 10:20 PM
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I know the EPA banned mice and rat poisons in pellet form as unsafe in household use.
 
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Old 11-28-15, 10:29 PM
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Crap! Thanks PJ.
 
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Old 11-29-15, 03:12 AM
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At one time Spectracide made SafeKill, which would take care of rats and mice and was not harmful to second generation animals. I used it all the time around barns where cats, dogs and hawks would frequent. It worked great. It was systemic and just prevented the rat/mouse from taking on water and they would dehydrate and die. I noted that I could not find it in the stores any more so I wrote them. They responded with a letter stating the "customer demand" was too low. Gee, make a product that works, is environmentally safe, and not dangerous to second generations.........sounds like a marketing failure to me.
 
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Old 11-29-15, 05:43 AM
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Old 11-29-15, 05:51 AM
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Huh, interesting. We can still get pellets virtually anywhere up here in Canada. This just reminded me I have to get into the crawlspace under our house and put this stuff down before the deep snow arrives.

I do always worry though that our dogs might get at one of the critters after they've partaken in the poison though.
 
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Old 11-29-15, 09:06 AM
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Thanks for the links, Tolyn. Damn. At my age I'm just not going to get comfortable with lethal trapping (dealing with injured animals is something I don't want to deal with) and humane trapping isn't practical (not getting in my van to drive several miles to release them. To much hassle).
 
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The rodenticide is the same for mice and rats. I like the bait blocks as rodents sometimes take and stash the pellets whereas with blocks they simply eat it. The active ingredient that I would avoid is : Diphacinone as it takes multiple feedings over a period of days. All the others are “single feed” anti-coagulant. The active ingredients in the over counter bait is the same as in what the pros use. The “kicker” is that some individual states regulate it more than the federal guys do. PA goes with federal law; NY and NJ for example have laws that are even stricter than the feds. Hope this helps.
 
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Old 11-29-15, 11:53 AM
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Here's the ingredients to Safe Kill by Spectrum. Very simple. It just keeps them from taking on water. No poisons.

Ingredients:

Active: .005% Corn Oil Concentrate

Inert: 5.000% Molasses
94.995% Corn

See http://www.doityourself.com/forum/in...-business.html
 
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