Mice are extremely capable at getting inside nearly any structure. They only need a hole that has the diameter of a pen and they can get in. And once they’re inside, they will immediately start a nest and gnaw through drywall, electrical wires, and even concrete.
Naturally, we want to get rid of mice infestations as soon as possible. One of the products that you can use for mouse population control is poison, and the type of poison that we use depends on several factors. For example, the location of the infestation, the speed of the control method, and the presence of children or pets, all factor into the decision you will make when it comes to the poison that you will use to battle the infestation. Some poisons can take up to a week to kill a mouse, and the corpse of the mouse is poisonous itself. So if you have a cat or a dog, and they eat the corpse of the mouse, they may become poisoned themselves. This is why we have written this guide. In it, you will find out how to choose the best poison for your situation.
Factors that come into consideration when buying mouse poison
You will have to take several factors into consideration before purchasing the mouse poison. To start you have the type or form of the poison:
- Pellets – These are very straightforward to use, and they work well with bait stations. They are also small enough to fit them into crevices, which will allow you to cover frequent routes used by the mice.
- Chunks – Chunks are great for mounting on the exterior wall of the home, where other animals can’t reach them. They are also not easy to move, which means that you won’t dislodge or sweep them up by accident.
- Disposable bait stations – These bait stations come prefilled with a poison and they are one-time use and tamper-proof. This makes them safe to use even if you have pets or children in the home, because only mice or very small animals can get to the poison.
- Refillable bait stations – With a refillable bait station, you can use poison pellets and take care of large mouse populations in a building. They are an affordable solution for heavy infestations, especially if you buy your poison pellets in bulk.
You then have to take dosage into consideration. Poisons can be either single-dose or multiple-dose, meaning that you will need to use one dose to kill a mouse or multiple doses. The multiple-dose option is great if you have children or pets, because the poison is not strong enough to do damage if it is only ingested once.
Poisons can also be categorized according to their active ingredients. You have calcium releasers, acute toxins and anticoagulants. Basically, the active ingredient determines how the mice will die, and without getting into the nitty gritty details, acute toxins take 24 hours until death and are used for the agricultural industry, calcium releasers take one to three days, and anticoagulants take up to seven days and are the most common poisons used in homes.
Do you have a persistent mouse infestation?
While poisons can be a great DIY solution for mouse infestations, they can also come with their own set of problems because the mice might die behind furniture or within the walls where they will begin to decompose. Your best bet would be to hire a professional to take care of the infestation. Contact us today if you have a persistent mouse infestation that you cannot get rid of by yourself.