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Rodenticides are pesticides that kill rodents, including mice and rats. They are often formulated as baits with attractive substances like peanut butter or molasses. Rodenticide baits can provide short-term control of rodent infestations. People, pets, and wildlife are very similar to rodents, so they can also be poisoned by rodenticides. Recent changes to rodenticide regulations limit the availability of more toxic baits for home use.

Keep these tips in mind when using rodenticides:

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Additional Resources:

Rodenticide Poisoning in Humans:

Rodenticide Poisoning in Pets and Wildlife:

Last updated May 09, 2016

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