Killing rats with salt?

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A few weeks ago I spotted a rat in the small shed, where my hens sleep at night. I pointed it out to my DS and said I should set a trap for it... That wasn't necessary. Within a week I found no less than TWO dead rats near the shed. DS proudly asked me if I saw them and explained that he put salt in the shed? I asked him about it and he said apparently salt kills rats. So, I did some googling and found a video on it:


Further googling found me a list of foods rodents are most attracted to, which includes salt. Now I wonder if the rats ate too much of the salt and poisoned themselves in the process? Things are certainly pointing that way, as they got killed soon after DS put the salt out there...

My hens completely ignored it, so I'd say it's safe enough for trying to eliminate rodents in and around the coop. What do you guys think? Anyone here heard of this or tried it?
 

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I don't know about rodents, but a heavy saltwater mix, sprayed on the surface of wood will kill most bugs. Including wood boring ones like termites, powder post beetles etc... if you mix some borax in with the saltwater and spray it on wood it's pretty much a sure kill and also has a little wood preservatave properties as well. The key however, is to treat the wood before it becomes infested. It won't fix wood, that's already been eaten. If you want to see where you've sprayed and how thick, add some water color dye or food coloring, usally blue is the best color to use.
 

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Two of the major reasons that jungle fowl (chickens) were originally domesticated were because the roosters crow at dawn- the original alarm clock, and because they will fight each other (NOT because they lay eggs, as back then they only laid eggs for a few weeks in the spring, like every other bird). Gambling is as old as man, and will NOT go away because someone makes a law. If fighting cocks and dogs disappear, people will find some other animal to bet on-- used to be bears and bulls, and humans.
 

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bubble gum is awesome for killing rodent (mice, rats, moles, gophers, etc). It is not deadly for chickens, and as long as you make sure it isn't a sugarless gum you don't have to worry about xylitol (which is deadly to dogs). It stops up their digestive system. We have found that "Big League Chew" shredded gum is good for mice, but for gophers you might do better with bigger pieces, like a half a stick.
 

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I'm assuming you have to paint all the surfaces with the saltwater/borax? Would you need to redo it occasionally?

Best to spray though, since it can get into cracks and crevices. I use a 3 gallon pump sprayer, like you would use in the garden.

If the surfaces are exposed to the weather, then yes you'll need to recoat often. But works well for interior framining members and should last many years.

You want a very salty water brine then add some borax. Make sure it's all desloved in hot water.
 

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I've been supporting an animal welfare charity for many years (Compassion in World Farming), but even I think PETA is nuts... And don't get me started on the HSUS
 

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I'd try it -- if it works on mice -- assume it would. What foods did you find? Also, chickens can be negatively affected by salt, so I would want to shield that. CATS are great on mice, if you have a good hunter. LOL right now, I don't. Need about 3 6 mo olds, taught by mom!
 

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Cats don't really work for rats. That's what dogs have been bred and used for. Cats are for mice.

I'm very curious about the salt and rats though. That would be nice if it works well
 

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