With a nod to James Cagney.

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In response to the recent rat sighting at Casa River, steps have been taken.

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While I will never use poison on our property, this was recommended to me as an alternative.

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While killing any creature is not a pleasant thought, I’ve seen what happens when rats are given free reign and it’s not pretty. This products interacts with the strange digestive hairs rats and mice possess and blocks thirst receptors. Basically it tells the animals not to drink and they dehydrate. A State animal control officer assured me this will not harm birds of prey or mammals if they happen to eat the dead mice/rats.

So with a nod to Jimmy Cagney …

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Bye bye rat.

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20 thoughts on “With a nod to James Cagney.”

    1. I wouldn’t mind serving that red witch a bowlful, but apparently it would have no effect. I only dumped a handful down the rat’s tunnel hole… no sense taking chances.

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  1. There is no such thing as a humane death. What we call “humane” is only a look from a human viewpoint. I think I would find it incredible painful to not want to rehydrate myself, knowing that without water my body is going to dessicated itself. If you absolutely have to kill something, do it quick. A prolonged death is DEFINITELY not humane!

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    1. While I agree, I can’t have rats infesting our property. And regular quick acting poison will work it’s way up the food chain and kill more creatures. We’ve tried traps of all kinds in the past and they just don’t work. There’s only one rat right now and I put the pellets down his tunnel. I’m hoping that will be the end of it.

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      1. But please do not call it humane. Down that tunnel, if that rat eats those pellets, you cannot see the suffering you are putting it through. You want humane, kill it yourself, face to face, instantly, before it has time to realize it is dead. Death by proxy is disgusting to me.
        So let us move on.

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      1. Killing in any form isn’t humane, and I’m not happy about it, believe me. But being over run by rats isn’t joy inspiring either. I’m trying this at the first sign of one in the hopes it will only be one death.

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