When rats show up in homes or businesses, bait traps containing anticoagulant rodenticide (a.k.a. rat poison) are often placed in order to kill them. But researchers have discovered a devastating consequence of this practice...
Rat poison isn't just killing rats.
When rats eat poison, they don't die immediately.
It becomes slow and sluggish, making it easy prey for nearby predators.
The predator has now eaten a poisoned rat, becoming a victim of "secondary poisoning."
Secondary poisoning weakens the predator, leading to an increased risk of predation, automobile collisions, and diseases such as mange.
Of the animals tested in the Santa Monica Mountains region, a high percentage tested positive for rodenticide exposure.
Watch our short film to learn more about rodenticides.
What CLAW is Doing
In 2014, CLAW worked with LA City Council to successfully ban "second generation" (high toxicity) rodenticides from being used in all LA City Parks (For more info, see our formal position letter, the resulting motion, and news coverage of this important development).
CLAW's Barn Owl Nesting Box Program is spreading the word about the dangers of rodenticides, while promoting a natural method of rodent control.
Read CLAW's letter of support for AB 1788, which would ban second generation anticoagulant rodenticides in California, except for agricultural use. This bill would also ban any anticoagulant rodenticide use on state-owned lands.
What You Can Do
California Residents: Click here to add your voice to support AB 1788! AB 1788 is a new rodenticides bill for 2019, and is the result of a coalition of environmental advocates including CLAW. Authored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom, this bill would ban the “second generation” category of anticoagulant rodenticides in California, and the use of ANY rodenticide within California State Parks. You can read a fact sheet about this bill here.
In Your Community
Attend your next community meeting (HOA, Residential Association, Neighborhood Council, school, religious organization or other community groups) to educate your friends and neighbors about the dangerous effects of rat poison.
Ask your community to take a formal stand to abandon the use of ALL anticoagulant rodenticides with a No Rodent Poison resolution.
CLAW will donate a barn owl nesting box to any community organization in Los Angeles that adopts a No Rodent Poison resolution.
For help on how these resolutions can be written, check out these examples:
Laurel Canyon Beverly Glen LACDP SMMC
Rodent Problems at Home?
Tell your pest control company you do not want them to use rat poison.
Seal up cracks and crevices where rats may be entering your home. Use 1/4" wire (not chicken wire) to cover holes.
Do not leave pet food outside. Clean up dropped fruit or any other food that may be attracting rodents to your home.
Ensure that garbage bins are secure.
Remove wood piles, cardboard boxes, tires, debris, and overgrown plants where rats may be nesting.
Remove tree limbs within 3 feet of roofs.
If necessary, use non-toxic lethal options like electric or mechanical rat traps.