# 4559 What is your opinion on the most effective mouse poison available to buy over the counter?
There are many variables and regulations that must be considered when choosing a rodenticide.
Health Canada explains that anticoagulant rodenticides fall into two categories: first-generation products (chlorophacinone, diphacinone, warfarin) and second-generation products (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone). Under new federal rules, sales of highly toxic second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides are restricted to professionals. Public retail sales of less-potent, first-generation poisons must include bait stations to further reduce unintended poisonings.
We urge the public to use traps as an effective and environmentally friendlier alternative. Traps ensure rodents don’t die in walls and they work faster than baits. They also ensure the rodent does not wander off to be consumed by pets or wildlife.
Consumers are advised to:
* Read the safety precautions before using any rodenticide and use only as directed. (It’s the law)
* Always use an approved bait station when using rodenticides. (It’s the law)
* Store rodenticides away from food and out of reach of children.
* Use gloves when handling rodenticides.
* Place rodenticides in an area inaccessible to children, pets and non-targeted wildlife.
* Wear gloves when disposing of dead rodents, and double-bag them before putting them into a garbage.