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    I can't imagine the poison percentage is high enough to worry about especially once it has been moved about. Unless your neighbour is one of those that found a packet at the back of the shed from the 60's but it'll be fine
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    I'm making the assumption you live in the UK.

    About this time last year, 2017 the UK legislation for buying of Rat poison by the public was changed. Pack sizes are smaller and the stronger products are not available to the public.

    This is good news because the quantity of bait laid is likely to be quite small.

    When poison is laid, it should only be available to the targeted species. This tends to be done by dropping bait down the rat holes on wire (if blocks) and in bait boxes (grain and blocks) to stop it being carried away. This will limit the impact to the immediate area.

    Are the chickens next to your plot and is there any evidence of rats on your plot? Take a look along the boundary fence. The neighbouring plots may also need to take action to resolve the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrawberryNinja View Post
    Hi everyone,
    This is probably a ridiculous question, but the allotment next to mine has chickens and so has a rat problem (I hear itís pretty normal? Not sure), and she said that she has put poison down on the floor all around the place...
    Itís normal that rats are always 9 foot away from us or some distance,itís probably 6 foot by now. If sheís put poison down thatís accessible to birds,hedgehogs etc sheís creating a big problem. I hope this isnít the case because rats will always find the plot,even if they all died this year,more would easily return,thatís not the same for our beneficial wildlife,sad isnít it.

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    Very reassuring, although I don’t think she’s putting it down holes as she said she’s put it all over the ground in her allotment. I can’t really see into her allotment so I can’t see for myself though. The chickens are against the fence of my allotment, so it’s worrisome

    I’ll have a look if there’s any signs of rats on my allotment, I haven’t seen any but I haven’t reallu looked to be honest

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    If the chickens are next to you the rats will be on your ground too.
    I wouldn’t worry about the poison. It’s not on your soil. It’s unlikely they will bring it and leave it around your plot . If they do move it, it will be in a nest somewhere. Personally I wouldn’t worry about it.
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    Rats don't generally venture over open ground, they like to keep to edges like fences and walls (hence the term rat run). So to bait rats the poison is put specifically in those rat runs but kept hidden from other species and of course rain. The concentration a rat might consume to kill it would make you unwell for a while (unless you had underlying conditions), and any stray poison which I can't see getting to your plot would not likely have a detrimental effect on the soil. As stated above the currently available over the counter poisons are very much weaker and only registerred handlers can obtain and apply commercial grade material now.

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    One thing you can to "protect" yourself is to keep your Allotment tidy, remove any thing that gives them cover and any "food".
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