Boxed tin of "Rodine" rat poison, by Thomas Harley Ltd., Perth, Scotland, 1948-1950
Rats have long been associated with disease and public health problems and various methods have been devised to trap or poison them.
The active ingredient in this rat poison is highly toxic yellow phosphorous, which is commonly used in pest control – the poison swiftly and fatally dehydrates the rats. Phosphorous can be lethal to humans if swallowed. The box has recommendations from satisfied customers to inspire confidence in the product.
- Public Health & Hygiene
- Object Number:
tin: 17 mm 75 mm, .08kg
- British Museum (Natural History)
- Permanent collection
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.