Shopping for rodenticides can be confusing. How can you tell which will work better? There are so many different rodenticides available, but how do you know which rodenticide is the best for rats? All of them target rats and mice, but there is variety in their ingredients and how they function. Understanding the risks involved in placing rodenticides is important for your safety and the wellbeing of the animals around you. If you’re interested in using rodenticides against the pests that have invaded your home, call The Exterminators Toronto for help.
Rodenticides, also known as rat poisons, are specifically formulated to kill rodents. Most rodenticides contain anticoagulants, which inhibit the body’s ability to clot blood, thus causing internal bleeding. The anticoagulants and the intensity in which each rodenticide stops normal clotting varies. Bromadiolone, chlorophacinone, difethialone, and warfarin, for example, each contain anticoagulants but have different intensities. Bromadiolone is strong enough that it only takes one dose to eliminate a rat. Some rodenticides, such as bromethalin and zinc phosphide work differently. While bromethalin causes paralysis, zinc phosphide blocks the body’s ability to make energy and causes death by damaging the major organs.
Because our bodies work in nearly the same way, the ingredients that cause death in rodents could also harm other animals, especially other mammals like humans, cats, or dogs. What makes rodenticides target rodents specifically is their dosage requirements and taste. Because rodents like rats and mice are so small, they only need a very small amount to be harmed. Larger animals would need to eat much more to get sick. Rodenticides are also usually formulated to taste good to rats. A curious squirrel, for instance, would stop eating rodenticide once it has tasted it because it does not like the flavour. This is one of the reasons why many rodenticides require more than one ingestion to start working. Rats will return to eat the rodenticide again, while other animals will not.
So, there is a variety of different rodenticides available on the market, each containing different ingredients in different dosages and flavours. This can make buying rodenticide somewhat confusing to the average person. Professionals, on the other hand, know the differences between each product and how to use them best. They will know which locations in and around the house would be most effective for baiting the animals and they have commercial-grade products that may be more suitable for your situation. Professionals also use rodenticides in the safest way possible so as not to harm anyone’s pets or any of the other animals in the neighbourhood.
If you’re dealing with a rat or mouse infestation and you need help, consider hiring a professional pest remover. Pest removal technicians deal with rodents every day; they know which products work best and how to use them most effectively. The crew members at The Exterminators are experienced in rodent removal and know their products in and out. We’d be happy to help. Call The Exterminators – Pest Control in Toronto today for a free quote: 647-496-2211.