Proper Use of Rodenticides: “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist”

Rat Hole Under a Stove
Rat Hole Under a Stove

Boruch: Hi and welcome to another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist.” We’ve got Dovid on the line and today we’re going to be talking with him about the proper use of rodent poisons.

Hi Dovid, how you are you doing

Dovid: Great, thank you for your call.

Boruch: My pleasure. Okay, let’s get right into it. Why don’t you begin by talking with the folks about when to use the poisons and then the big questions are which poisons to use and when to use them.

Dovid: Okay. # 1 we don’t use the word “poison” when we’re talking about any type of eradication of insects or rodents

Boruch: Okay.

Dovid: So the first thing you want to do is a thorough inspection of the property, be it a room, basement, house, or yard, because you want to look for identifying signs. You want to look for claw marks, signs of droppings, and color of droppings because you want to ascertain whether you’re dealing with mice or you’re dealing with rats, and they’re two different things. So once we’ve established the type of rodent we’re going after, then you’re going to know their behavior traits. You’re going to know whether to look for borrows in the ground, holes in the concrete, holes in the walls, etc. etc. Once you’ve established the type of rodent you’re going after, now you can determine what they’re doing. Are they nesting on the property? Are they merely feeding on the property? Do you just see rat droppings around the trashcan, but not in the house, or are they nesting? Did they go to your refrigerator, your stove and take out the insulation. So then you want to see what activities these rodents are conducting, and then you want to ascertain if there are small children or pets on the premises.

Now you have about five or six different types of rodenticides, “cida” (Latin) meaning killer and rodents meaning rodent killer. Now in some cases it is advisable not to use rodenticides and you will want to use traps or some other mechanical means of getting rid of the rats. For instance a health facility might not permit the use of rodenticides on its property, so you can use traps. Now if you’re going to go with chemical traps, you can use bait. Now there are many different formulations of bait. Wax block baits are very effective in the exterior. Pellets work very well against rats who are actively feeding inside the home. Tracking powder is a highly acute rodenticide that you dust inside burrows and holes in the walls and then seal up the entrances.

Boruch: Okay Dovid, now let me ask you about the issue of children and pet safety that you alluded to. How should people place the rodenticides if they do have children or they do have pets.

Dovid: Number one, if a listener is dealing with a major rodent problem, they need to call an exterminator. Number two, if some of our listeners are going to do it themselves, they should always rodenticides of any kind, either over the counter or professional, in areas that are in accessible and not visible.

Boruch: Okay.

Dovid: That’s the bottom line for children’s and pet safety. If pets and children can’t see the bait and can’t reach it, then they can’t get into it. If a child sees something, he will make it his business to get it. Dogs will inadvertently come upon it. So the rodenticide should be placed somewhere where it’s not accessible or visible.

Boruch: These are some very valuable tips and we want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Folks this has been another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist. Have a pest free day!


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