5 Effective Homemade Rat Poisons
Rats are frustrating pests that can spread diseases. You don’t want them near your home or property. However, commercial rat poisons are full of toxic chemicals that could also harm your children or beloved pets. Many people prefer to try homemade rat poisons before using commercial choices. Toxic chemicals near your home can seem scary.
There are several different ways to make homemade rat poison. Some take more time than others. Other recipes require more ingredients that you might not have in your house regularly. So, let’s take a look at several different choices for homemade rat poison.
The first choice is simple! You will need:
- ¼ pound Plaster of Paris – found in most craft or hardware stores.
- ¼ pound cornmeal
- 1 to 2 cups of milk
- First, mix the plaster of Paris and cornmeal in a large bowl or container.
- Next, add one to two cups of milk to the mixture. Start with the first cup and gradually add more if you notice clumps of dry cornmeal or plaster of Paris. You don’t want to soak the mixture though!
- Knead the mixture together to create a dough.
- Break the dough into smaller two-inch chunks and roll them into balls.
- Now, put these balls behind your refrigerator, inside of cupboards, or anywhere that you think that rats tend to be hiding. Pick the areas that the rats seem to frequent the most.
- Check the balls every few days. If they have yet to be touched, you will need to create another batch because plaster of Paris will harden to the point that the rats cannot consume the balls.
As you might imagine, this method works because of the plaster of Paris. The plaster contains gypsum, which will harden after it is in contact with the liquid. Once the rat eats the mixture, it will harden inside of their stomach, causing them to die.
Don’t have plaster of Paris around the house? Or, do you want to use ingredients already available in your pantry? If so, method number two could be the best choice!
- First, mix the flour, sugar and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Then, divide this mixture into small, shallow containers that a rat could easily access. You don’t want it too tall!
- Wait and check the cans in a few days.
Wow, talk about easy, but chances are you are wondering how these three ingredients could kill a rat. It is simple. The bicarbonate in the baking soda reacts with all of the stomach acids of the rat. This reaction creates a deadly carbon dioxide gas in their stomach. Rats cannot pass gas, so the carbon dioxide will build up, causing internal blockage and rupture.
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