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Why Homeowners Should Avoid Using Rat Poison

We do not want rats and mice in our homes. These nasty creatures have a bad reputation – and for a good reason. They can cause significant damage to a property, family heirlooms, etc. and spread diseases by either directly contaminating food and water sources or through their urine and droppings.

Homeowners want to and should get rid of these critters. After all, they can multiply quickly and a rat infestation can get severe in no time.

But, should you use rat poison to get rid of rats as a DIY rodent control method?

The answer is ‘no.’

Here in this post, we will discuss why exactly homeowners shouldn’t use rat poison for rodent control.

Rat Poison Puts Young Children and Pets at Risk

Lose pellets can easily wind up in the hands of young children. The children, as well as pets, are attracted to the color, small size, and smell. Both toddlers and pets can snack on rat poison as it resembles food.

Even if you keep the product out of the reach of children and place baits with rat poison in areas that remain inaccessible to pets, your cat may accidentally eat a rat that has just ingested the poison. When your pet is sick, you may not even know if it was caused by rat poison!

If you believe your child or pet has come in contact with or ingested rodenticide, get in touch with a doctor or vet as soon as possible.

All rodenticides, whether they use anticoagulants (stops blood clotting), bromethalin (attacks the nervous system), or zinc phosphide (produces lethal gas inside the stomach), are harmful to children, pets, and birds.

So, using rat poison to get rid of pets isn’t worth the risk!

Rat Poison is Harmful to the Environment and Wildlife

Unintended negative effects of rat poison extend to the environment and wildlife.

You might think that you can get rid of rats by placing poison baits at potential entryways and in hidden places around your house but the story doesn’t end there.

If and when a hungry predator eats a rat that has consumed poison, the predator, too, is affected. Bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and hawks are the most common (unintended) victims.

Poison buildups inside the bodies of larger animals, eventually leading to death or changes in their immune system and genetics.

A recent study by researchers at the UCLA indicated that the use of rat poison increasingly posed a risk Pacific Fishers, a forest-dwelling endangered species.

Two other studies have linked household rat poison to changes in bobcats’ immune system.

Most rat poisons are anticoagulants that work by preventing blood clotting. Therefore, indirect ingestion of rat poison by wild animals leads to internal hemorrhaging, a condition that can persist for several weeks or even months, thus causing greater problems. Affected animals are often drowsy and in poor health; they end up dead on the road or in the forest.

Rat Poison Does NOT Fix the Problem

Using rat poison doesn’t actually fix the problem. It’s a temporary solution at best.

Even if rat poison does help you get rid of rats, it does not remove droppings and nests; it doesn’t fix the gaping holes in the walls, attic, basement, foundation, etc. that let the critters into your home. As long as you mistake rat poison baits as a replacement for rodent proofing, rats and mice will continue to invade your house from time to time.

Also, poisoned rats can die anywhere in the home, and thus become breeding grounds for new bacteria. If a rat dies deep inside the vents or in areas of the building where it is humanly difficult to reach, you may have to live with the foul smell for a long time!

Final Words

Rat poison is generally advertised as an effective solution for controlling a rat infestation. But, relying upon this route for rat control leads to numerous unintended and dangerous outcomes. It’s advisable to consider calling a rodent control company instead.

At RodentsSTOP, we offer professional rat control services that aren’t just effective but safe too. From inspection, proofing, and clean-up to disinfecting & scent neutralizing to trapping, we offer you an end-to-end service for complete peace of mind.

A LIFETIME Guarantee backs all our rodent control services in Los Angeles, i.e. we will seal all ‘new’ entry points, clean-up, and even re-treat your home for free if the need arises!

Call (818) 583-7287 today to speak with an LA rat control specialist or send us a message to get a free estimate.  

100's of Client Reviews!!

  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    May 3, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    May 3, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    May 3, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    May 3, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    May 3, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    May 3, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    May 3, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    May 3, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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