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Why the ‘DIY’ Use of Rodenticides is Such a Problem

At Falcon, we regularly receive calls from people who have tried to deal with their rat issue themselves, only to find that not only has the problem not gone away, but it has also got worse. Often, they use rodenticides to try and deal with these nuisance pests wasting time and money and then calling us anyway. We always advise against using rat poison in, or around, the home yourself to try and eradicate rats. There are a number of reasons for this.

Rat Poison is Harmful to Wildlife

The type of poison used to deal with rats, is killing a number of Britain’s birds of prey and this number is rising. It’s not just birds of prey either, it is also harming other wildlife, and if not used properly, especially in outside areas, can be dangerous to domestic pets and children too.

Incorrect use of rodenticides can have disastrous consequences and lead to catastrophic situations with not only your own dogs and cats but also other wildlife such as hedgehogs, rabbits, wild birds and the like.

The trouble is, those that are using rat poison as a DIY cure for a rat or mouse infestation, are not doing so with the knowledge or experience of how and where to use it or the potential consequences.

The Hazards of DIY Rodent Control

It’s not just the poison that you have to be careful of but also the dead rodents and what may consume them. In fact, any animal that dies as a result of being poisoned can be harmful when ingested by another. In addition to this outcome, imagine where the rat may go to die. If it crawls off into an area of an outbuilding, or worse, in your home, you may start to notice a terrible smell after some time has passed.

A Surge in Super Rats

Professional pest controllers are also warning against using DIY rat poison as they are leading to a surge in ‘super rats’. Rats are becoming increasingly resistant to poison as it is being used in too small quantities – the rat ingests something that contains the poison and builds up a resistance to it.

If you try and deal with a rodent problem yourself, and get it wrong, you could have a bigger problem on your hands. Rats are prolific breeders – a pair of brown rats can produce up to 2,000 offspring in a year- a staggering statistic if left unchecked! You may just have one rat, but you’re never far away from more.

Call Falcon for Professional Rodent Control

Whether you suspect you have a rat problem, or you know that you do, always consult a professional and call in expert pest controllers, whether that is inside your home or outside. With the amount of money that you are likely to spend on DIY methods, it’s always more cost effective to start with a solution that is going to produce the required results from the outset. You can call us to discuss your rat problem on 01752 929292 and we will be only too happy to help.

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Kay Soppet
Kay Soppet
2024-01-25
I was extremely pleased with Falcon Environmental Services. They were efficient, reliable, friendly and professional. I was happy that I found a local company to help with the problem of pests in my attic. They were always available to talk to explaining the situation to me and how they were going to deal with it. I really felt that they went over, above and beyond what I expected. Nothing was too much trouble, my calls and enquiries always returned with a friendly voice, care and consideration. I would honestly recommend them and use their company again if the need arises. It’s very comforting to find good, reliable professional people you can rely on. Thank you to everyone at FALCON.
Steven Newton
Steven Newton
2024-01-21
I would definitely use this company again very professional.
Marta Hawkins
Marta Hawkins
2024-01-19
Great service, super professional with a nice friendly touch. Always responsive and ready to adjust and accommodate extra needs. Highly recommend
Steve HOPPER
Steve HOPPER
2024-01-18
Fast friendly and knowledgeable, Matthew understands your problems and discusses and explains what can be done to sort the problem, uses various ways to solve or remove whatever is causing the problem, from rats, wasps, bee's, feral pigeons, you name, it Falconry Environment will work hard to find a solution for you...
Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah Wilkinson
2024-01-18
Great service, competitive pricing and friendly staff. Highly recommended
Shane
Shane
2024-01-18
Falcon is the best. Matt is and always such a professional approachable man. We have had the pleasure of using Falcon for a few reasons that they have alway had expert advice and responses.
John Adaway
John Adaway
2024-01-18
I have had the pleasure of working with Matthew and his team and would highly recommend Falcon Environmental Services their friendly and professional approach to the work they do.
Marc Payne
Marc Payne
2024-01-18
An excellent, professional and reliable service as always.
Aaron Brian
Aaron Brian
2024-01-18
Very professional service from every member of the team that I’ve dealt with. The team are extremely knowledgeable and always to willing to help when they can. Highly recommended company. Thanks Matt and the team.
Tracy Phillips
Tracy Phillips
2024-01-18
Very happy with service that we received. High level professional advice and follow-up work was provided by the company. Communication with the office was quick and responsive and colleagues who attended were prompt, helpful and skilled. Would fully recommend the service if and when required.

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