Step 6: Wild Animals - Lethal - Poison

Another alternative is to use a poisoned bait of some kind to kill the animal. For small rodents the commercially available rat and mouse poisons would work just fine. I wouldn't recommend poison for larger animals as it would difficult to get the right lethal dosage. Something else to consider is that many rat and mice poisons are based on blood thinners so the animal bleeds to death. Having been on blood thinners and having had the unpleasant experience of bleeding because of them I just can't bring myself to use this method. I'm also just not sure of how messy it is. The bleeding could all be internal or they could bleed out, I honestly don't know.

A method my uncle used for mice is uncooked instant mashed potatoes. The mice eat the instant potatoes which expand in their stomach which crushes their organs. I imagine this might work for other small rodents.

This next method is not recommended but for the sake of completeness I'll mention it. A different uncle killed of a family of groundhogs using chlorine gas. He blocked off all the entrances to the burrow except one. He then poured ammonia and bleach down the hole which generated chlorine gas and suffocated/burned the lungs of the groundhogs. This gas can do the same to people and to use it would be exceptionally risky if not downright stupid.

There are many available insect baits that all work well. Some of these are liquids that illustrate one of the main drawbacks of poisoned baits. The ones that look like honey have appeared enticing to children and they end up getting poisoned instead. This is the main draw back of poison; it is less specific than aiming a gun and can kill things you don't intend to such as domestic animals, beneficial insects and humans.
Does anyone have any recommendations for keeping deer out of a vineyard? My parents have a hobby vineyard of a couple hundred plants which is often harassed by a herd of about five deer. We are looking for a non-lethal option. I am aware that wolf urine is available on amazon, but it seems a little too far-fetched, does anyone have any experience in this area?
<p>Try one of the motion activated sprinklers from my dog repellent instructable. I've heard that they work great for deer control</p>
I have no direct experience but I've heard that sprinkling human hair and/or urine around the perimeter scares them away. An electric fence like those used for cattle might also deter them.
Get yourself a few coyote pelts and lay them across the fence or nail them to trees on your property. I have a wolf pelt I found hung on a piece of barbed wire at my cabin in Idaho and nothing at all will come into my yard.
1)shotgun 2)machete 3)electric barbed wire fence
Please investigate &quot;Trap Neuter Return&quot; as a solution to feral cats. Its humane, and it works.
i has a greyhound too :)
Man that's just plain MEAN! Look at the beautiful animals and birds nature gives you.Then u kill the animals!!! You are destroying the gift of life and nature. If u want an animal out just set a trap that won't kill it, like those cages animals can't get out of cuz the door only goes one way, and then grab the cage get in ur car WITH the cage and then drive really far from ur house. When u find the spot that's far from ur house, let the animal loose and go back home. THAT'S HOW EASY IT IS!!!!
The smell of peppermint oil for mice is a nice deterrent, i have used this before and it does work, i will try to plant peppermint around my home because, i hate mice there a menace to electrical cables = fire hazard, they carry disease's that can effect humans, they can even run under your covers when you sleep and that is disturbing for me. <br>I would have to say I not 100% with you on the poison as you don't know where it can die unless you put the poison in a cage trap thing but that is so much work, especially with my room mate. &quot;who loves to leave food out for these things&quot; But i do feel a warm fussy feeling when i see a mouse that is dead.
You should not recomment to kill as a method, unless your life is at risk. but not as a method to rid of "unwanted" animales Efective way to "deal" with an animal??? this is not effective, this is cruel irresponsible an violent-promoter. Are you assuming that any living thing is a "problem" that must be taken away just killing Instead this irresponsible recomendation you should do emphasis on avoid to do things that attract the animals, and to kill as a last resort and only in strict self-defense Remember that wildlife was there before we do. and lot of them are endangered species.
Unless you are going to eat them.
While I agree with most of your comments, I have to strongly disagree with one &quot;Remember that wildlife was there before we do.&quot;. Humans are animals too and to varying degrees have co existed with other animals (in fact one of my best friends is not human - ( a dog )). I think we should always remember that even though we are the dominant species on the planet we are still flesh and blood like any other animal (at least until the cybermen come and upgrade us (lol)) and we evolved from the same enviroment. Totally agree that killing anything should be a last option but sometimes it is the only option.
shut up tree hugger
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I thought this was how to dispose of my murdered cousin*<br>* not saying I killed him. Its a mystery.<br>cops havn't even found the body yet.<br>hehehehehe!
First off, I think the author did a pretty good job covering the dangers and repercussions. I can also detect a hint of sarcasm. For those bent out of shape about killing an animal, become a vegan. I have a garden I work very hard on. I plant some sunflowers so the birds get theirs, and I put up a fence. I have an escalation of force policy with critters I catch looting my garden (or threatening). First time they get the airsoft machine gun. Next time the pellet gun, and if they come back again, the shotgun. It cracks me up how people have no problem setting a mouse trap to kill a mouse in the cabinets, but bleed their hearts out for an opossum. Same things, different size. We as humans should not go out of our way to randomly kill things for fun, but this is a little different.
my friend told me that u could also make a nice box that can go in the freezer and put it in the freezer.
Poison is not safe.&nbsp; Period.&nbsp; It is impossible to anticipate where it will end up.<br> <br> Poison does not work instantly, so poisoned animals can travel quite far before they die and you can never be sure that you have found all of the corpses. (Sometimes they can even end up stuck inside of walls. Imagine one rotting in the wall behind your favorite chair.)<br> <br> Unless you are able to find ALL of the corpses and dispose of them properly, poison always ends up getting ingested by secondary animals. ALWAYS.<br> <br> Nature is full of opportunistic animals, large and small, that will scavenge a dead rodent or bird.&nbsp; Foxes are one of the common animals that fall prey to secondary poisoning, not to mention your own cat or dog.&nbsp; Eagles, hawks, and owls also die frequently from eating poisoned prey.<br> <br> Traps are much safer.&nbsp; If you feel you have to kill the pests, do so after you have trapped them, and be humane about it.&nbsp; You can also use lethal traps that will do the job for you.<br> <br> Poison is never the right answer.<br> <br> Even our supposed wildlife experts have made this mistake.&nbsp; I wonder if they learned their lesson:<br> <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=bald-eagles-succumb-to-poison-in-ra-2009-07-01" rel="nofollow">http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=bald-eagles-succumb-to-poison-in-ra-2009-07-01</a><br>
i have got a vole / mole problem and i dont want to set traps or poisin them because i have dogs. I have been shooting some with my pellet gun but that isnt enough what else should i do ?
...keeping in mind that not all guns are intended to be lethal....paintball guns (or possible airsoft) would be a fine alternative....even if you just fire off a few warning shots... ....if you REALLY wanted to get clever, I guess you could plant some homemade paintball mines in the area....I don't think many trouble makers would try to return after setting off one of those
True. I saw somewhere a company is working on paintballs full of noxious chemicals that make people vomit when they are hit by them. They intend to use them for riot control. The same might work in this application.
I had a raccoon problem once,They kept getting into the roof of my home, My first thought was shoot em but thats not the soulution, I tried putting pepper spray at the point of emtry and that didnt work I think they used it as flovoring for the garbage they were getting into. I got a humane trap and they were too smart for that. I finally analized the situation and realized they were getting on the roof via a tree branch close to the roof. I simply trimmed the branches back and they left peacfully. by the way thelocal trapper wants 500 dollars per animal. x 3 raccons that would have been 1800 bucks.
&nbsp;You are breeding a generation of trigger-happy posion-freaky morons, jk<br /> <br /> Nice instructable, some of the pictures are not yours though.<br />
I&nbsp;wouldn't say breeding. Perhaps fostering as I have no kids of my own. :) <br /> <br /> Yep. I&nbsp;freely admit I ripped off some pictures, but figured since it was free advertising they wouldn't mind.
Then there is <a href="http://birds-away.com/" rel="nofollow">birds-away.com</a> - Attack Spider! (really worth watching!)<br />
There are also these little stakes that emit a noise every 50 seconds that rodents don't like.
There is a guy in Australia who makes those for snakes.&nbsp; They are a bit expensive, but they <em>WORK </em>fantastically!&nbsp; I&nbsp;bought two, and it was money well spent!<br />
I've seen them but never tried them.
We tried the little stakes that emit noises. All they did was fascinate our cat into abandoning her gopher-hunting to wait for the "creature" making the noises to come out.... (Since gophers ate the two prolific mango trees which I grew from seed, my vengeance knows no bounds, few things are as sweet as stomping a gopher to put it out of its and my misery after the cat has partly killed it.) Interesting and humorous post; thanks!
I've always been skeptical of the noise makers. It seems the creature you're trying to scare would just get used to the noise and continue about its business after a while. Just make sure your cat doesn't partly kill you for finishing of its prey. :)
<em>When you bury a pet who has shuffled off the mortal coil pour copious amounts pepper over them.<br /> </em><br /> And in the year 3012, archeologists will ponder and great debates will be had as to why the ancient civilizations poured black pepper on their sacrificial animals . . . LOL!<br />
They will leap to the conclusion that we worship the Almighty Peppercorn and all his Zesty Goodness. :)
<em>ooooom</em>!&nbsp; Mighty Peppercorn!&nbsp; <em>ooooom</em>!&nbsp; :D<br />
Some pet stores (particularly aquarium specialty shops)&nbsp;will buy the fish back, or extend credit.&nbsp; I&nbsp;do not believe any of the big chains will do so, but it's worth checking.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Often aquarium specialty shops can sell your unwanted fish for a nice profit&nbsp; (except for foot+ long <em>Hypostomus plecostomus</em>, there is very little call for those, and a whole lot of them out there!)&nbsp; But large healthy cichlids, koi etc. can be quite valuable and they'll gladly take them off your hands.<br /> <br /> craigslist would be another viable option, just as long as you make it clear you are re-homing your pet, not selling it.&nbsp; craigslist can be rather particular about that little detail.<br />
i think im a tad bit heartless, i shot a bird and laughed insanely while watching die from a ruptured brain.
I don't agree in the slightest about your method of euthanising an unwanted or ill pet fish. Freezing is very cruel and painful for the fish, imagine yourself being left in the arctic with no clothes to die, it would be horribly painful long before you pass out. The best way to euthanise a fish is with Clove oil, mix several drops with water in a jar and shake until it looks like a mayonnaise, then place the fish in a small container, then pour in the clove oil solution. This has the effect of anaesthetising the fish to the point where it is an overdose and the fish is put to death peacefully and painlessly. Also, for healthy fish, check with a local pet shop to see if they would accept a fish from you, either for free or for a small price, if it's a specific breed of fish you might get more money for it than you initially paid if you have had it for some time and it has grown... :) And also, advertise a healthy fish for sale, someone will always want to buy locally from an established tank (not the mass-grown and most likely Ich-ridden tanks in some pet shops)... :) Hope this helps... :)
if the animal is little I throw them spray pesticides or spray paint, then throw boiling water or disposing the body (dead or not) to the trash. if not dead the garbage truck will do the dirty job
thats mean even for me
Yeah. It definately wouldn't be my first choice.
*Sorry annimals*
oh and for gophers their are these windmill things that make them think theres an animal above its burrow also because wind isnt intermittent like stakes it cant get used to it
my dad caught a baby opposum (about 1/2 to one year old) from a pack that was scaring our chickens we kept it for a month because my dad was too busy to release it in a safe place. we started to feed it with gloves but found that it accepted us and wouldnt bite us. it really liked listening to a music box that we played every night we released it in cheese park but we caught a big one from the same pack and it wasnt so friendly we had to use gloves the other one we could pick up and pet but this one wouldnt let us get near him
I ha-e to kill animals, but love to have a garden. Animal control is not going to help protect a garden. There would be thousands of calls for help. Sure we could build huge fences to keep the animals out, costly and ugly. I live in a large city in the east coast. There are more rabbits, skunks, ground hogs, deer and even hawks then in the country. Please worry about living people in bad places like Africa. Thanks
You should not recomment to kill as a method, unless your life is at risk. but not as a method to rid of "unwanted" animales Efective way to "deal" with an animal??? this is not effective, this is cruel irresponsible an violent-promoter. Are you assuming that any living thing is a "problem" that must be taken away just killing Instead this irresponsible recomendation you should do emphasis on avoid to do things that attract the animals, and to kill as a last resort and only in strict self-defense Remember that wildlife was there before we do. and lot of them are endangered species.
i say shoot the booger and eat hem for diner
The idea of eating raccoon or possum doesn't much appeal to me , but to each his own.
If u need a Deer to stop eating ur garden whisper me lol P.S Dear jerky!!
why are dinosaurs on the intro? they dont exist anymore!
Which just goes to show that comets/asteroids are very good at removing unwanted animals from the surface of the planet.

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