Rats predate both wildlife and livestock and often carry diseases, which can harm people and animals, damage buildings and equipment and can contaminate foodstuffs.
To control them is an ongoing battle that uses a wide variety of legal methods and rodenticides.
When dealing with a rat problem, it is important to consider all the available control methods, such as good hygiene practices, physical barriers, traps, gassing, use of dogs and shooting, before using rodenticides.
However, depending upon the circumstance and specific situation not all of these will be suitable and at times rodenticides are the only effective way to control a rat problem.
Rodenticides are not without their issues though, such as the risk of secondary poisoning to other species so they must be used correctly. Always follow the instructions and requirements on any product labels