Many people who use toxicants (i.e. poison bait) to control mice, think that when mice consume the bait, they will go outside of the structure “looking for water.” The notion of poisoned mice looking for water is a common one. I understand that some pest control operators even used the clause “mice looking for water” to convince the client to accept the use of toxicants on their property.
The fact is mice that consume toxicants die where they die. No pest control operator or wildlife control operator should be saying that they “know” where the mice will die. The most likely place for mice to die is their nest as they will seek the safety of their home as they begin to feel poorly. But as this photo to the right shows, there is no guarantee on where the mouse will die.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Operator (CWCP®) who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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