We live near the edge of town near vast agriculture land. Due to that proximity to open space, from time to time an unwelcome rodent will move into our garage. This morning I found some fresh evidence.
Off to True Value. As I entered the store a very nice young man cheerfully asked, "Can I help you?" I said,"Yes. Where are the rat traps and rat poison?" He responded, "Right this way!" As he lead me to the correct spot he said, "We don't carry 'rat poison' any more but we do have a new product that is just as effective. They had to change the formula because the old stuff was too toxic."
It's one of the few times in my life I could think of absolutely nothing to say in response.
My reply would have been: "Yes it might have done what it was designed to do and killed something"
That reminds me of the TV commercial advertising sleeping pills and the warning at the end of the ad states "It may cause drowzyness"
A number of years ago (1980's)I remember there was a company in CA selling a product that they claimed wouldn't kill mice (thus stinking the house behind the walls)but would swell up in their stomachs and prevent breathing. The theory was they would run outside to breath and die out there. There was also something about it causing gas and mice couldn't fart. Scientifically, I don't know about that, but maybe there is also something for rats.
Makes me think of the fishing hook package I read once that said, 'harmful if swallowed.'
They make vegetarian dog food, so why not non-toxic rat poison?
There is a lawyer ad on TV now that asks if you have taken a certain drug and asks if you have had side effects including death.
Oh yeah I died from it and can't wait to file a claim!!!!
The defense contractor that I retired from used to test their emergency announcement system every month. The test announcement ended with the line,
"If the speaker in your area is not working, call security."
I don't think the active ingredient has changed but the method of delivery has. The clerk probably was referring to the 'old" pellet baits such as "De-Con" in trays that can be collected by rodents and relocated to an unknown place where another non-target organism can have contact. The new baits are "block" baits or cubes of rodenticide that is consumed in place and not hidden, he just doesn't understand.
They all walk among us...today I got a letter offering a job opportunity for summer employment paying $15/hr for Oscar Moore...Oscar is our 9 year old house dog. Of course I called the phone number as Oscar's representative and had a little fun.
I do believe you are correct Tim. The last time I needed to escort an unwelcome visitor out I purchased De-Con pellets. Today what I got was a package of small bricks of what looks like the same stuff.
Layden, Charles Krauthammer once referred on the air to the disclaimer notice (written by lawyers, of course) that listed the side effects of some medication which ended with "including death." Krauthammer's question was, "If death is a side effect, what is the principal effect? Clear sinuses?"
This is due to a change in a Federal law labeled FIFRA or Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act. The authorities are trying to limit possession and use of potential poisons the public has access to.
The bait you have is a second generation rodenticide, first generation was nothing more than a blood thinner and required multiple feedings. The rodents could become sick and stop feeding before a lethal dose was ingested. The second generation poison is not only a blood thinner but has another mode of action that is more difficult to reverse and acts quicker, for dogs it is a bad situation.
I have been an exterminator for 22 years and the last 19 at a Michigan State University. Rodent bait can be dangerous if relocated by mice or rats and an accidental exposure occurs.
Got anything for unwanted teenagers ???
Burger, grandchildren are your reward for not strangling your teenagers.
We child-proofed our house but they still get in.
When being annoyed by a store clerk, I loudly ask "Where's the cat poison ?"
Ever consider shooting the mice with something larger than a pellet gun? If you live in the United States of America, it is easier to buy a gun than rat poison.
Aside from the poison issue, isn't it nice to hear "a very nice young man cheerfully asked, "Can I help you?" " and " He responded, "Right this way!" As he lead me to the correct spot".
A lot of clerks these days just point in a general direction and keep checking their phones . .
That's why I go there. In contrast, several years ago there was an Ace much closer to our house that I'd go to. One day I needed a broom handle. I found what I needed in a bin marked $4.99. When I got to the register the young lady who checked my order scanned it and it came up $6.99. I said, "The bin tag says $4.99." She responded with attitude, "it's $6.99. Do you want it or not?"
I never went back to that store again. A few years later it went out of business.
Yeah, .... I like when things come together like that.
Attitude will get you everything.
10 years ago our neighbor brought home one of those big, oafy, dumbass
dogs that barks at the air, the clouds, the sky. It is non-stop anytime the dog
To draw this to a head, the wifeperson sees a number of her patients at the
house, and the incessant barking was becoming a problem. So, I went over
to the neighbors and tried to strike up a constructive conversation about how
we might address the issue. I was hit with a flat wall of "Go #@! yourself".
I replied, "Well, we can play this a number of ways, but I don't think this way
is going to end well for you". I was again urged to go #@! myself.
And so the wheels turned, the phone calls made, the dates and time recorded,
and when it all boiled out, they got n invitation to appear in court, a $594 fine,
and were told to either fix the problem, or get rid of the dog. And so we found
ourselves back at square one, where I tried to get them to think constructively
about how they might mitigate the dog barking.
So, after the fine, they decided to build a screening fence .... didn't slow the
barking, so they got a bark collar. This seemed to do the trick, so long as they
shaved the dog's heavy coat around the neck.
So, how much did that little piece of attitude cost the darling neighbors ? Well,
on top of the fine, we have the 100 feet of fence and the shock collar. But to
make the court issue fly, all the neighbors got involved in the petition, and the
Belligerent family is permanently ostracized by most, of not all the neighbors.
Good plan, Mr. Attitude. Let's see how that works out for you.