What is rodenticide?
Rodent poison is an indiscriminate killer of wildlife and pets.
Each day, local wildlife and pets are poisoned by homeowners, local businesses, and professional exterminators. The poison comes from common household pesticides, the most dangerous of which are called “Anticoagulant Rodenticides.” This type of poison is easily purchased targets rats, mice, gophers and squirrels.
Unfortunately, they're also responsible for the indiscriminate deaths of hawks, owls, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions. Primary poisoning occurs when the targeted animal consumes the rodenticide bait. Secondary poisoning occurs when a predator consumes the poisoned prey. Domestic animals like dogs and cats are also vulnerable to these poisons.
Rat poison or anticoagulant rodenticides work by interfering with blood clotting, which results in uncontrollable bleeding and death. Second-generation anticoagulants — including brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum are slow-acting and therefore are often eaten for several days by rats and mice, causing the toxins to accumulate to many times the lethal dose in their tissues. Predators or scavengers like hawks, owls, foxes and mountain lions that feed on poisoned rodents don't stand a chance against these high levels of poison. The LAUSD uses more than twenty different poisons in our schools, including anticoagulant rodenticides.
Update: The LA Department of Recreation & Parks has agreed to stop using second-generation rodenticide. Will you make the same commitment? Click here to find out why you should tell your exterminator to "lick it..."
Watch our short film to learn more about rodenticides.
Secondary Poisoning Up Close
STEP 1: Write in to make your voice heard in Los Angeles
CLAW needs your support as we lobby the City Council to stop the use of ALL anticoagulant rodenticides in parks and ecologically sensitive areas in the city of Los Angeles. City Council File 13-1580 MUST be heard again in committee.
Please send emails using the form below.
STEP 2: Call the Mayor and your City Councilmembers (LA Residents)
PHONE MESSAGE (when calling, please identify yourself as a constituent)
KEEP IT SIMPLE: "I am asking the Mayor/ Councilmember to please support Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife and ban the purchase, sale and use of anticoagulant rat poison in Los Angeles."
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-978-0600 Fax: 213-978-0750
Distict 1 - Gilbert Cedillo
Phone: 213-473-7001 Fax: 213-485-8907
District 2 - Paul Krekorian
Phone: 213-473-7002 Fax: 213-680-7895
District 3 - Bob Blumenfield
District 4 - David Ryu
Phone: (213) 473-7004
District 5 - Paul Koretz
Phone: 213-473-7005 Fax: 213-978-2250
District 6 - Nury Martinez
Phone: 213-473-7006 Fax: 213-847-0549
District 7 - Felipe Fuentes
Phone: 213-473-7007 Fax: 213-847-0707
District 8 - Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Phone: (213) 485-7616
District 9 - Curren D. Price, Jr
Phone: 213-473-7009 Fax: 213-473-5946
District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Phone: 213-473-7010 Fax: 213-485-9829
District 11 - Mike Bonin
Phone: 213-473-7011 Fax: 213-473-6926
District 12 - Mitchell Englander
Phone: 213-473-7012 Fax: 213-473-6925
District 13 - Mitch O'Farrell
Phone: 213-473-7013 Fax: 213-613-0819
District 14 - Jose Huizar
Phone: 213-473-7014 Fax: 213-847-0680
District 15 - Joe Buscaino
Phone: 213-473-7015 Fax: 213-626-5431
Thank you for taking action to help REDUCE the use of rodenticide in Los Angeles and beyond!
What Else Can You Do?
In Your Community
- Attend your next community meeting (ie. HOAs, Residential Associations, Neighborhood Councils, school, religious organization or other community groups) to educate your neighbors about the deleterious effects of these poisons
- Ask your community to take a formal stand to abandon the use of ALL anticoagulant rodenticides with a No Rodent Poison resolution.
- Email your formal resolution to us (some sample community resolutions are below):
Pest Control Alternatives At Home
- Do not use anticoagulant poisons
- Use barn owl nesting boxes
- Use mechanical traps such as capture, snap or electronic
- Seal all cracks and crevices that may lead into your home, garage, attic, and crawl space
- Use 1/4 inch metal mesh (not chicken wire) to seal off entry points, and steel wool for smaller holes
Prevent Rodent Issues
- Minimize elements (food, water, shelter) that are necessary for rodents to survive.
- Keep trash and recycling areas clean; do not overfill containers
- Secure trash cans and dumpsters from birds and rodents
- Maintain landscaping– keep a 2 foot space between bushes; remove tree limbs within 3 feet of structures; keep grass under 2 inches
- Don’t feed birds or pets outdoors
Remember, poisons should always be properly disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste
- LA County resource to find safe poison disposal
- Los Angeles list of places for drop off
- Click here to find poison free alternatives for homes and businesses