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At the moment we are combating a little terror that has decided to make our home his/theirs (not sure how many). Not knowing how many there are, I have opted for poison and just hope they choose to die away from my territory! I visited my local Wilkinsons and found Rentokil Rodine Mouse & Rat Killer for £2.05 which seemed reasonable, if it does the trick. Just yesterday, I saw one of these vile rodents and it turns out to be a mouse - not that I want it as a pet, so death is the next logical option - for the mouse, not for me! Lol!
Renotkil Initial is a long running British group of businesses which have their fingers in many pies. Obviously, there is the pest control section, they also have an indoor plants landscaping subdivision and washroom services, to name a few of the areas the company works in. They not only provide products for the likes of you and me, but also operate on a global level - giving an indication of the sheer size of the company.
In terms of getting rid of rodents, it's worthwhile to go through the routine of removing its shelter (which in our case was the kitchen cupboards) and its access points, removing any food sources from the area. Cleaning the area thoroughly of any remaining food and the obnoxious mice droppings. Once the area is clean, you can get an idea if they return via any further droppings. The key, we have found, has been to remove their source of nutrition, which was crucial in their making my home theirs. Ensuring that any holes are blocked using a substance like iron wool or even cement - something they can't chew through.
The box is spilling over with information and it is vital that you read it thoroughly prior to use. The box is mainly black in colour and has the image of a rodent, looking all sweet and innocent. On a red highlighted area on the front is some general information about the product. "Bitrex is added to help prevent swallowing by humans" - not that I thought this looked appetising in the slightest but just in case this does happen, this is a safety feature of the product. Bitrex is "the most bitter substance yet discovered" and is added to many household products to alleviate the problem of human consumption. If this should happen, there is a section of "advice to the Doctor" on the box. The statement that it contains natural whole wheat gave me the impression that it's the "kindest" way to get rid of these pesky rodents. I opened the box and was welcomed by 3 50g yellow packets and 3 white bait trays.
There are different directions for use if you are using it to exterminate a rat or a mouse. For a mouse, you are advised to place up to 20g of the product in the bait trays. For rats, you need more than double the amount of Rentokil Rodine, at a minimum of 50g. The actual product is greenish blue in colour and is like small pellets. The 3 packets have proved to be more than enough so far. If placed outdoors, the bait has to be located in an area where is it protected from the unpredictable British weather, and away from harming other animals or where children may get access to it. I have mainly used it indoors, and found it to be very effective, as one of the trays has been licked clean - hope they enjoyed their final supper! I placed a tray in a couple of kitchen cupboards, as this was the area in which I located the vile rodent. After using the product it is advised that hands are washed thoroughly. A day later, and I was pleasantly surprised by the results - not that i've located the body.....yet - methinks it drew its last breath outside. There is advice on the box about how to dispose of the body(ies), by double bagging it with bin liners and contact the Local Authority to access a waste bin for this purpose.
One very useful feature of this product is that it can be used indoors as well as out - which, for me, meant I could attack the rodent from all possible angles. Another useful service Rentokil also offer is a free expert advice phone line on the back of the packet - not that i've had to resort to this.
We have been using the product for the past few days and, like I said, it appears to be working. I will update once I have accomplished the task in hand.
1st November 2009
After keeping the deadly posionous substance in place for the past couple of weeks, finally I think they have all expired!MWAHAHAHA (evil laugh). I just wanted to make sure, but it appears that the poison has not been touched within the last few days, i believe they drew their last breath outside, as I have not experienced any untoward smells indicating that i will locate their bodies in my home - thankfully! So, all in all, this product works and I hope never to have to use it again!
Thankyou for reading!
I was thrilled, one morning, to spot a mouse feeding on my bird feeder in the garden. After watching it for a few seconds, however, I realised something was wrong. The 'mouse' had its head and half its body halfway down the feeder, the rest of its body hung down outside and it had a long, scaly tail. It was a rat!
Now I love wildlife, but a rat in the garden where my family play is not something I'll tolerate. Rats carry an illness called 'Weils disease', which is often fatal to humans. The disease is transmitted in rat urine, so direct contact with a rat is not required for infection.
The rat had to go. I popped straight down to the shops and picked up a 300g packet of 'Rentokil Rodine Rat & Mouse Killer' to sort out my rodent problem.
The poison is supplied in six 50g sachets, with small plastic trays to put the bait into. The bait consists of small blue pellets about the size of a grain of wheat.
Now rat poison will kill many other animals (and is harmful to humans), so I constructed a cage made of bricks and slate and placed the bait tray at the end. No animal larger than a rat could get at it, and birds would not be tempted because it was out of sight. I took care not to come into contact with the pellets and to wash my hands after dispensing the poison.
As the poison is potentially lethal to humans, I took care to store the remainder of the Rodine on the high shelf in the garage away from curious children.
Within a couple of days, the amount of bait in the tray had reduced; clearly rats or mice had been devouring the deadly blue pellets. The instructions state that it takes about a week for rats to die, so I left the poison in place for several weeks.
Three weeks later, whilst working in the garden, I found a dead rat. Now I'm not naïve enough to think that the rat I saw and the rat I found dead were one and the same (where there's one rat, there are probably others), but it was a good indication that the poison had done the trick and my rat problem had been sorted.
Fortunately, all but a few grains of the bait had been eaten, meaning I did not have to worry about disposing of the excess poison.
Anyone considering using this product should be under no illusions of what it does. The active ingredient in the bait is bromadiolone, a second generation anticoagulant (used where rats have become resistant to warfarin). Any rodent ingesting the poison will die a slow, lingering death from multiple internal haemorrhages. This is not a humane poison.
Anyone upset by the information above will be relieved to know that there are more humane rat control devices on the market, including variations on the classic mouse trap, as well as electric shock devices (I did not buy one of these are I needed to get rid of the rat straight away and Rodine was the only method available).
There are also 'live traps' for rats. There are two problems with these. Firstly, the rats can die of thirst in them. Secondly, where would you release a rat back into the 'wild'?
I must admit, I did not enjoy my episode as a rat killer, but was pleased that Rodine did the job very efficiently. I have not seen a rat in the garden since that time so it appears that any surviving rats have moved on.
If you have a rat problem, and don't mind using poison, I can recommend Rodine Rat & Mouse Killer. It needs to be handled, applied, and stored carefully, but is effective and will do the job.