Posted 12-18-2001 at 04:38:53
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Walt- Yes, the theory is that rodents die because they can't fart of belch, so intestinal gas builds up in 'em and kills 'em. The gas is produced when the ingested soda comes in contact with their stomach acid.
If you want a little demo of what happens go out in the back yard. Put a teaspoon of soda powder in a 2 liter plastic soda pop bottle. Dump in some vinegar and super dooper quick like screw on the bottle cap and heave the bottle way out in the yard. Get ready for a possible visit from your local cops, because there's likely gonna be quite a blast...
To make the mixture attractive to rats and mice I include equal part peanut butter. Dump peanut butter, flour, sugar, and soda powder, into a zip lock bag. Knead the bag contents 'till they're no longer sticky and are well mixed. I've been putting it out in jar lids.
Something has been taking it but I've not seen any dead bodies laying around. But, I've not yet had the cold weather that drives 'em inside to stay and we don't yet have any snow cover. They're still sneaking in for snacks and going back outside to their normal homes. I suspect predators and natural processes are getting rid of the dead.
All that try this procedure please post your findings, IHank in Iowa