So you’ve noticed signs of mice activity around your home, and now you’re ready to lay out some traps and bait stations. Or maybe you’ll be calling a pest control company to help eliminate the infestation. But hang on! Certain types of rodent bait can contain poisonous materials, so it’s important to take precautions, especially if you’ve got one or more furry friends at home!

Mice Treatments Can Harm Your Pets

Rodenticide treatments don’t just kill rodents, they can also poison cats and dogs.  Whether or not a particular product is harmful to your pet depends on multiple factors, including the specific active ingredient, how much your pet ingests compared to how much your pet weighs, your pet’s medical history, and whether or not your pet has ever eaten mice or rat poison before.

Signs of Poisoning

Different poisons cause different symptoms.  The most common rodenticides cause one of three things: internal bleeding, brain swelling, or hypercalcemia (high calcium level, which can lead to kidney failure).  If you suspect your pet has ingested some of the poison, see your vet immediately or call the Pet Poison Helpline.  If you have hired a pest control company, contact them for the product-rodenticide information.  This will be helpful for your vet to know.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe

Keep mice and rat poisons well out of reach of pets.  If the poison comes with a plastic bait station, make sure you use the bait station to help deter pets from eating the bait (some pets can still chew through the bait station, so it is best to place them out of reach).

Professional Pest Control Treatments

When working with a professional pest control company, be sure to inform your technician about any pets in the home. A knowledgeable technician should be able to answer any questions, and advise you on any safeguards, such as removing the pets from the home for a set period of time. The company may also offer pet-safe options.

Graduate Pest Solutions Pet Friendly Treatments

At Graduate Pest Solutions, we’ll work with you to craft a customized pest control plan that will eliminate the infestation while keeping your furry friends safe and sound! Contact us today to learn about our pest control service plans.