There are many age-old theories that are associated with eliminating rats and this is likely due to the long history of rats and their associations with humans. Some theories are downright ludicrous in effectiveness, yet there are some theories that do actually stand up. Baking powder is a substance that can actually prove to be lethal to rats. Rats do not have the ability to pass gas as easily as other animals do. When baking powder enters the rat’s bloodstream, the rat’s system becomes overloaded due to the inability to pass the gas that comes from a build-up of sodium bicarbonate. This effectively causes death. Even though this theory is correct, utilizing a rat exterminator in Hamilton to eliminate rats is always the best course of action to take. There are many different scenarios that can cause the rats to not even go near the baking powder. Rats also have very attuned senses, which means that even bait that is coated with baking soda may be suspect to a rat’s senses.
Most people who choose to try and utilize this method will typically use a popular rat bait that is in turn coated with the powder. There are some instances where the rats will eat the bait and subsequently die. The problem that can come from this method is that other rats will likely catch on that the bait is poisoned and will, in turn, avoid it all costs, thereby rendering the method useless except for a few dead rats. For a more effective method, some exterminators may choose to use traps (by far the best rat elimination method) which have bait coated with baking soda inside of the traps. So, in essence, baking powder is indeed an effective and safe poison to use against rats. There are some possibilities that can deter this from happening, however.
Rats have very flexible and adaptable genetic codes within their bodies. Much like insects who can develop a resistance to insecticides, rats also have a way of achieving this when it comes to frequently used poisons or substances that prove harmful to them. It is quite possible that the rats in your home may be the carriers of DNA traits that have allowed them to develop the resistance against baking powder. Alternatively, the rats may already be in tune to avoid the bait covered with the baking powder in the first place.
At the end of the day, traps really are the best way to get rid of rats completely. Exterminators can actually use processes to flush rats out of their hiding places and then in turn round them up for permanent removal. It is a time-consuming process to get rid of rats. You have to have a great deal of patience during the process and trust that the rodents will be gone in due time. Trying baking powder is an option, just understand that there are no guarantees that this process is going to work against all others.