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How to Use Rat Poison Safely

Rats have strong teeth that can chew through wood, cinder blocks, and copper. Rid your home of rats while ensuring the safety of your pets and children.


  • Step 1: Place poison Place poison in areas accessible only to rodents, such as in your attic, between walls, and closed crawl spaces. Locate the poison close to walls and in dark corners.
  • Step 2: Place in low traffic areas Place additional bait in low-traffic areas, such as in a basement or garage.
  • TIP: In areas where children and pets have access, use tamper-resistant bait stations.
  • Step 3: Follow instructions Follow the instructions on the bait carefully to ensure the safety of your dog, cat, and children.
  • Step 4: Store poison securely Store unused rat poison in sealed containers away from pets and children.
  • Step 5: Wash your hands Wash your hands thoroughly after being in contact with poison.
  • Step 6: Store food securely Keep the rodents away by storing your food and garbage in metal or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids, and seal openings where rodents can get in.
  • FACT: Monkeypox was brought to the Americas for the first time in 2003 by a 3-pound African rat that infected other animals in a pet store, which may have spread the disease to 82 people in five states.

You Will Need

  • Strategic locations
  • Metal or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Tamper-resistant bait stations (optional)

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