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    Default Probably a stupid question, re rat poison

    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...

    will this affect the my soil or will it be fine? Itís really wet at the moment and Iím worried it will seep into the soil, or am I worrying needlessly?

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    Hmmm....a bit of a worry perhaps.
    Where did she put the poison...what was it?
    Rats move poisoned bait to store for the winter....could now be anywhere in their runs.
    If it's warefrin based I seem to recall it has a half life of a year.
    Meaning it's in the soil now for several years.

    If thats the case....
    hmm...I think I'd only grow veg which needs cooking in that area.
    But who knows?

    I too would be worried.
    First thing is to find out what the bait was and research from there,..
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    Rats are everywhere and compost bins are a regular hiding place. Even if they're not drawn to the chicken run, they may turn up in your bin or under the shed. Don't want to alarm you but, that's how it is.

    Any poison should be laid where it is inaccessible to other species to avoid them being poisoned.
    Have you seen baitboxes around?
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    Itís not the rats that bother me, itís the poison! she told me she has laid them all over the floor, totally inaccessible from my plot (you have to walk all the way into a field and then around) but it is right next to mine and separated by a big fence.

    As Nicos said Iím worried they might bring it to my (future)veggie patches or the poison will go into the soil. Would that be dangerous?

    Am I worrying too much? Iím a big worrier so please do tell me if Iím just anxietying all over the place aimlessly

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    The rat man used to come here and laid bait in bags in boxes. I never worried about it getting into the soil. They eat the poison and never had cause to move it anywhere.
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    Thank you. Thatís reassuring

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    I'd be more worried if you knew you had rat burrows or places where they live on your plot and brought the poison back over to your side. If you haven't, I'd not worry too much.

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    "While rats will eat nearly anything, they prefer grain, livestock feed, and meat. Unlike the mouse, which nibbles a little at a time, rats will fill up at one sitting, if possible. "

    Seems theyd prefer to finish it all there and then rather than move it.hope that helps.
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