Exterminating Rats With Deadly Automobile Exhaust Gas (Jul, 1931)

Exterminating Rats With Deadly Automobile Exhaust Gas

“IF THE fumes from an automobile exhaust can kill humans, they should have the same effect on rats,” said the head of the Department of Health of Highland Park, Michigan. And so onto the exhaust pipe of a dilapidated Model T Ford discarded by the police officials, the health officers rigged up a rubber hose and established themselves as modern pied pipers.

The “hunters” first seal all the holes of the building to be operated upon, leaving just two openings. The hose is then inserted into one of these, the engine of the Ford coaxed to wheeze a bit, and the carbon monoxide does the rest.

10 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: May 14, 200912:50 am

    But then they just leave the dead rats in the building to decompose…

  2. Tracy B. says: May 14, 20093:49 pm

    But that is what happens to termites too when they tent your house………

  3. Toronto says: May 14, 20094:01 pm

    No, with termites they send rats in to eat the bodies.

  4. John M. Hanna says: May 14, 20095:35 pm

    I get this bad feeling in my gut that Hitler saw this article, called up Himmler and said “Hey Heinrich! I just got a great idea…”

  5. Charlene says: May 14, 20098:55 pm

    Don’t laugh: in Alberta, if a house along the border is found with rats and they can’t exterminate them, they’ll blow the house up. They are serious about rat control.

  6. Torgo says: May 14, 20099:04 pm

    This is such a cheerful little story.

  7. fred says: May 16, 20096:08 pm

    A big plate of stuffed cabbage and a garden hose I could achieve the same result

  8. john says: May 24, 20092:19 am

    We did this around 15 years ago to rats underneath a concrete slab with an old pick up truck. At first you could hear the rats cough a bit, then they kept blocking the tunnels with dirt. We had to shove a rod in a couple times to unblock the holes. Goes to show how smart rats are.

  9. A.D. says: July 7, 20108:25 pm

    Exterminating Rats With Deadly Automobile Exhaust Gas (Jul, 1931) ; If the fumes from an automobile exhaust can kill humans….

    July of ’31! and yet they keep banning tobacco, Golly gee , I sure do feel “swell” now. Now lets all don our protective gear and frolic (those of us who are able) down to the local fishin’ hole and get us some of them three headed fish

  10. Firebrand38 says: July 7, 20108:44 pm

    @A.D.: Is there a point here? Try switching to decaf.

    I mean, carbon monoxide and three headed fish??? Like a joke only not as funny.

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