[NAFEX] rat poison

John Smith friendly27sw at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 4 19:24:42 EDT 2005


Yes the poison is bad, but studies show that cats are
hard on an ecosystem as well... All the songbirds and
small mammals they eat in addition to your vermin.


--- joanrrosenberg at aol.com wrote:
> Any kind of poison is not good for an ecosystem. 
> Natural controls are always better.  Cats and dogs
> patrol an area well.  Actually so do raccoons, which
> incidentally will eat squirrels if they can catch
> them.  People who prefer dogs to cats have a
> selection of small to large terriers available,
> which are excellent for rodent control.  Not all
> cats climb trees, so if you want cats that will go
> after squirrels by going up the tree, you have ask
> around to find one for adoption.  
>  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michelle Horner <shelly2 at wi.rr.com>
> To: nafex <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 19:31:57 -0500
> Subject: [NAFEX] rat poison
> 
> 
> >SET UP A FEEDER  JUST THE >SQUIRRELS CAN GET IN AND
> FEED >THEM RAT POSION
>  
> 
> >Will anything that eats the bodies then get >killed
> by the rat poison?
>  
> And there's the rub--we are on 2 acres and have used
> DeCon liberally in the past.  I was always
> cautious--stashing it in rafters, under work
> benches.  Well, just before Christmas our 5 month
> old American Water Spaniel had a "near death
> experience" with the stuff.  We still are not sure
> where she mixed it up--and I am supicious that it
> was consumption of a dead carcass.  Fortunately,
> there is a positive test for the stuff, so we
> eventually figured out what was going on.  But the
> experience left us a lot more suspicious of the
> stuff (and about $1500. poorer)--now we are a
> DeCon-free zone.  And we are considering a couple of
> barn cats for a new control system.  We were always
> under the impression that once digested by initial
> contact, nothing happened in subsequent
> consumptions.  I do not know.  Just our wake-up
> call.
> 
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