IS there a semi-safe way to use RAT poison around DOGS????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by midwestmilkmaiden, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. midwestmilkmaiden

    midwestmilkmaiden Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    I"m running out of options!...

    I was told by an old experienced farmer today that I probably have hundreds of rats!..
    I've been posting on here about it and so far have had no luck..

    I have a ton of rat holes going in and out of my coop and see 6 or 7 of them out at a time .. in the daylight.. scavenging around!

    Yes.. I'm learning a valuable lesson here.. when I see 1 rat.. don't wait around.. TAKE ACTION!

    But now.. I'm feeling a little desperate.. I really don't want to use poison.. very much against it, lost my beloved dog to neighbor using it, I just don't know ... HUNDREDS of rats! [​IMG]

    I've been told different tricks to using poison so that the dogs can't get at it.. with pvc pipe and all.. but am worried the rats will come out of their holes and then the dogs would have a chance to get at them .. after they have ingested the poison..???

    I don't know..

    Just wondering if any of you have used it and know of a way to safeguard the other animals around it..??
  2. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Sounds like a serious heath issue. I would hire a professional or use the same enclosed traps they use.

    I hope your not one of those people that kill all the snakes they see. Snakes are excellent rodent control. Personally, I don't even kill the rattlers, I relocate them, but don't kill them.

    With that many rats I would even consider importing snakes or other rat predators, they are non-toxic and work 24/7 [​IMG]
  3. animals1981

    animals1981 Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    u need to adopt a bunch of shelter cats for ur barns

    my friend stopped getting new cats as he lost old ones now his barn is full of rats its so darn disgusting i guess he enjoys the rats tho because he still has not brought back any cats they even come out during the day now

    make sure any new cat u get is female and has orange in its fur they make the best rat killers
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Try a nice poison that comes in a cake or solid bars called JustOneBite....I swear that all your rats will be dead in a matter of a few days. They will crawl out of the buildings looking for water and you will find them dead, lying everywhere. It only takes a few days and you can keep your dogs confined for that long.

    I just keep the poison in the enclosed buildings where my other animals cannot gain access and my cats and dogs won't have anything to do with the dead animals...your dogs may be different, so I would just keep them confined until the process is over.

    This poison cannot be carried away to nests and stored...they have to nibble it off the bar in order to eat it. It never fails me.

    After you have taken care of this batch of rats, try it again in a week or so to get any stragglers. Then get yourself some barn cats and don't overfeed them!

    Good luck!
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  5. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    bucket/barrel traps are nonpoisonous but you need somewhere to dump all the rats most farmers I know that use them take them to the back of their land and feed the preds well away from there flock . most I know who use poison take a 2-3" PVC TEE and put a 1-2' piece of pvc pipe on all three sides and throw the poison into the pipe tee combo only rats can get into the pipe to eat the poison
  6. dragonlair

    dragonlair Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    I have been told by several Vets that by the time the rodent dies, the poison is no longer dangerous to a dog, the damage is done and the chemical passed out of the body.
  7. midwestmilkmaiden

    midwestmilkmaiden Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    I hate to say it... but I think I"m going to resort to some sort of poison!~ Bad karma.. but can't deal with them .. especially with young children!

    I'm trying the baking soda recipe~

    ...that way if the dogs do happen to stumble upon it... no worries!

    Let ya'll know how it turns out.. and thanks for the input!
  8. wfontjr

    wfontjr Hatching

    Jun 18, 2010
    i take a piece of 4 inch pvc, cap on each end, drill hole one end, put the poision inside, that way the dogs can not get to it
  9. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Songster

    May 5, 2010
    St. Louis
    This was a great post. I went and got Rat Poison yesterday, Just one Bite. I put 2 pieces in a PVC tube in our alley. I also looked across the alley and remembered that there is a hole in the garage across from us that never has any traffic. So I went over and put a piece in the hole. It was still visible from the outside.

    About 3 hours later I checked the garage and the WHOLE piece is gone. Do rats move it back to the next or did they scarf it all down at once? And since it was gone in 3 hours, how many rats do I have and how much more should I put out and how often?

    I have seen 2 in the last week, so they must love that chicken food.

  10. beachchickie

    beachchickie Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Some rat poison is not poison at all it is coumadin a anticoagulant. They suffer from internal bleeding. Won't hurt your dog even if he eats the rat afterward. The dog would have to eat alot more than 1 cube to cause him internal bleeding. Some of those cubes have a nail hole so you can nail it up on a rafter or something.

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