Homemade Rat Poison that Works (Faster than Your Cat)

homemade rat poison that works

If you’ve ever had rats in your home or on your property, then you know it can turn into a disruptive

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issue very quickly. Not only will rats cause destruction to the structure of your home and your belongings, but they also carry diseases with them which can easily spread to your family and pets. Using a store-bought rat poison may seem the fastest and most convenient solution, but you need to be careful. Most ready-made rat poisons contain toxic chemicals which will harm your family and any pets you have, in addition to killing rats. The best choice is to use a homemade rat poison that works.


Homemade Rat Poison Ingredients

Finding ready-made rat poison is easy. The convenience is appealing and if you discover a large infestation that needs to be dealt with strongly in a short amount of time, it may be the option you choose. However, in general, your first choice for ridding your house of vermin should be a homemade rat poison that kicks butt.

If you’ve never made rat poison from scratch before, then you will be surprised at just how easy it is. Once you learn what ingredients are necessary, you can keep them in your house at all times just in case you need to whip up a new batch of rat poison.

There are three main ingredients that you can use to concoct an effective rat poison. They are: Plaster of Paris (found at hardware and craft stores), Baking Soda, and Boric Acid.

To make rat poison using any one of the three main ingredients, you will need to have some other basic ingredients, as well. These are often staples of your pantry or stock anyway. You will need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Milk
  • Flour or cornmeal
  • Sugar

It’s a short and simple list, right? Making homemade rat poison is easier than you may have thought. Besides having these ingredients ready when you want to make rat poison, you want to be sure that you also have glass jars, like mason jars, with lids that you can put the homemade rat poison into, and disposable gloves. You do not want to handle these homemade rat poisons with bare hands!


Making Rat Poison

The process for making homemade rat poison with any of the main ingredients is similar. The most popular rat poison recipe uses Plaster of Paris. Here are the steps to making homemade rat poison with this main ingredient:

  1. The first thing you need to do before you start making your rat poison is to put on your disposable gloves. Be sure not to forget or skip this step. You want to keep your skin protected against the harsh ingredients.
  2. Once you’ve put your gloves on, you will start combining the ingredients. Measure 1 cup each of flour or cornmeal, sugar, and Plaster of Paris.
    1. Sugar attracts the rats and Plaster of Paris kills them when ingested, as It hardens in their gastrointestinal tract.
  3. When your ingredients are measured, blend them together very well. You can do this by hand or with a mixer.
  4. OPTIONAL: add milk to the mixture to firm it up and create a clay-like substance.
  5. IF you’ve added milk, roll your substance into small balls to be put in areas as rat bait. IF you have not added milk, put some of your powder mixture into jar lids and position them in areas for rat bait.

The processes with both baking soda and boric acid are similar. You will mix ingredients and add chicken broth to the boric acid mixture for tempting flavor. As you can see, making homemade rat poison is extremely simple. You can do it in minutes. Not only will you be using a rat poison that is safer for your family and your pets, but you’ll also save a lot of money using homemade rat poison!


Where to Put the Rat Poison

After you’ve made the homemade rat poison, the next step is to put in areas where you believe the rats will find it. You don’t want to leave the rat poison just anywhere. It’s better to strategically place it in order to achieve optimal results. That means you need to think about where the rats in your house may be hiding.

Some common places where rats can hide and live within your home are:

  • The attic or basement
  • Your garage
  • In the garden (before they move inside)
  • Inside of the walls (search for any small holes)
  • Drains (think of your toilet)
  • The kitchen (behind, under, in cabinets)

These are some of the places that you should definitely check well when dealing with an infestation of rats in your home. First and foremost, what you want to pay attention to is any droppings you’ve noticed in your space. The places where you notice rat droppings should be your first targets for the homemade rat poison.

Remember, rat poison acts as bait. You may need to make a few batches and leave the rat poison in different spots in order to draw out all the rats living in your house. Just observe the areas that appear to need attention.


Final Thoughts


Discovering that you have rats in your home is not a pleasant thing. The good thing is that it is something you can deal with on your own with just a few simple ingredients. Using homemade rat poison is a cheap and safe way to rid your house of unwelcome vermin!

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