Even if you are advised that pets such as cats will not be
attracted to the poison, beware, as cats have very strange
tastes and will consume the most unpalatable of substances.
Also, keep pets away from any dead or dying rodents as they may
also be inadvertently poisoned by consuming the dead or dying
Mouse poison works well as they play to what a mouse is
searching for and that is food. There are generally two kinds of
mouse poisons available, the first being quick-kill or
single-dose poisons available either as water or food.
The second option is a slow-acting mouse poison that affects the
mouse after about a week. Both kinds contain poisons including
warfarin, diphacinone, pival, chlorophacinone, or fumarin. The
majority of pest-control poison products are dyed green.
Quick-kill or single-dose poisons are the most popular as they
are effective almost immediately. When ingested, they take
anywhere from a few hours to two days to produce the desired
result. Since they only contain about 2.5 grams of poison which
is less than 1/100th of an ounce, the amount of poison lying
around the house is rather small. While mouse poison isn't
hazardous to humans or family pets in the small doses that it
comes in, steps should still be taken to make sure family and
pets do not ingest it. To help prevent human or family pets from
ingesting poison, tamper-proof poisons in boxes can be used.
Poison should also be placed out of reach of pets and children.
When using single-dose poisons, setting out one box of poison is
often not enough. The recommended amount of poison can range
from two boxes to well up into double digits.
This can depend on the size of the infestation and the kind of
poison being used. Each box of mouse poison should be placed at
least six feet (1.8 meters) apart in areas the mice are seen or
may be nesting. This will increase the chances that the mice
will eat the bait.
Once the rodents feed on the poison, they normally get very
thirsty as their blood vessels contract and spasm. Some mice may
attempt to search for water by going outside, but this is not
always the case. The mice may return to their nest to die, or,
depending on how long until the poison takes effect, they may
die in inconvenient places around the house.
If the mouse dies in an accommodating place, the mouse should be
disposed of immediately. If the mouse dies where you cannot get
to it, it will produce a foul odour. The smell will eventually
go away on itís own, but to make the smell tolerable in the
meantime, fragrant, household deodorizer can be used. After a
few weeks, the mice will have been taken care of and the bait,
no longer needed. The poison should then be disposed of by
throwing it in the garbage.
A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem!
Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of
traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and
around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce
illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.