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June 21, 2023 2 min read

Oftentimes, people will categorize mouse repellent & mouse killer as similar products. It’s important to know that these two products are completely different! 

 

Risks to people, animals, & the environment.

There’s many potential risks associated with poisonous mouse killer products. Poisonous mouse killer products have an extreme negative effect on the environment. Not only that, but these products may alternatively harm other animals via. secondary poisoning. An animal such as a bird may attempt to consume the rodent that ate the poisonous mouse killing product. Any animal that comes across poisonous mice killing products may consume them. Poisonous mouse killing products have a high risk of contaminating water & soil, especially when their contents are not properly disposed of. 

Toxic rodent repellents contain chemicals that can harm humans. These products can be inhaled or absorbed into the skin. They can cause nausea, dizziness, respiratory illness, and many more serious illnesses.

Poisonous killers are incredibly inhumane

Toxic rodent repellents are extremely inhumane due to the fact that most of these products cause a slow and painful death. It takes time for these poisons to take effect. Mice can experience internal bleeding and organ failure before they die. 

How does it impact mice on a genetic level?

Poisonous rodent repellents can contribute to the development of genetic resistance in mice. When poisonous rodent repellents were first introduced, the majority of mice populations would fall susceptible to the poison exposure and die. Researchers are finding that some mice have genetic variations, making them less susceptible to the poison. These mice carry genes that are giving them a higher tolerance level against poisons. The mice that possess the poison resistant genes are the ones that are more likely to survive and reproduce. As the poison resistant mice become more prevalent within the populations, toxic poisons are becoming less effective. Genetic resistance can occur from any toxic pest control product. Toxic poisons induce selection pressures onto any animal population. It’s important to use a safe & natural animal repellent.

Resources

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982211007160

Song, Y., Endepols, S., Klemann,N.,Richter,D.,Matuschka,F.R.,Shih,C.H.,Nachman, M.W.,Kohn,M.H. (2011).Adaptive Introgression of Anticoagulant Rodent Poison Resistance by Hybridization between Old World Mice. Science Direct. Current Biology, 21(15), 1296-1301.