A veterinary doctor, Dr. Mutiu Oladele-Bukola, has advised Nigerians to stop using rat poisons to control the rodents.
Dr. Oladele-Bukola, who works at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, said that the mice which ate the poison could contaminate other food items in the home, thereby making them dangerous for human consumption.
“As rats move from one place to the other, they carry these poisons in their mouth and even their body; they contaminate food and water meant for other animals and man.
“Besides, the dead mouse could decompose at an obscure corner and start smelling, thus making the environment uncomfortable for living, while becoming a breeding place for infection.
“This is very dangerous to both animals and human because if such contaminated foods are consumed, they can cause ill-health or even death of the consumer,” he said.