Ronnie from Baton Rouge, La. writes,
Will horses eat Contrac Blox and will it hurt them?
I put some in a ceiling of a horse barn where the rats are nesting and I am finding some in the stalls. The rats are carrying them out of the ceiling and dropping them in the stalls. I was wondering what would happen if a horse ate one and if he would?
Horses and rats are both mammals and the bait will have the same effect on both of them. Of course a horse weighs a lot more so it would need to consume more of the bait to receive a lethal dose. We are not sure if horses would be attracted to the bait because it has not been tested for horses. Bait should never be tossed into spaces because of a rats tendency to move it around. In the future you should use piano wire to string the bait onto and then nail the wire down so the rats can not take off with the bait (for spaces that inaccessible to non-target animals and children only). For places that are accessible to children and non-target animals the bait should be placed in tamper resistant bait stations which will also prevent the rat from removing the bait.
Answer last updated on: 03/05/2013