Why using rodent poison is dangerous

Wild animals in desert habitats are truly amazing in the ways they have evolved to survive, in what is often one of the most inhospitable climates on Earth.  Whether predator, scavenger, or prey, there is a lot of competition for limited resources, and each species must find food quickly, and effectively.  Watch the following video, and you’ll see just how quickly desert species find food.

This video was created to document the speed at which one species was able to find prey in a rural residential area.

What many people don’t realize is that in areas of human habitation, desert animals, especially rodents (mice, rats, rabbits, and ground squirrels) quickly multiply due to an over abundance of food and shelter.  By the time an overpopulation or infestation is noticed by a homeowner, it is most often further out of control than the homeowner realizes.

California is in a serious rodenticide crisis.  For numerous news articles about the devastating effects of poison on our state’s wildlife, please CLICK HERE

With all of the advertising for “quick fixes” to rodent problems using poison-laced bait bars or baits, the public has been given the perception that a quick trip to the store, and laying down poisoned baits-will quickly and easily solve the problem.

In attempting to solve one problem, another is often created.  In desert species, with the speed in which prey animals are detected and consumed, countless species of wildlife (and domestic pets) end up with secondary rodenticide poisoning, and the results are devastating.

Many product labels contain statements like ” hand scatter on ground, make sure rodents continue to eat bait for several days, “clean up and dispose of carcasses daily,” etc.  Others state to use “bait boxes” to keep poisoned baits secured from non-target animals.

What these labels don’t tell consumers is this.  In the time it may take a poisoned rodent (a prey animal) to die, it is a living, breathing, poisoned meal to a predator, or if already dead, to any scavenger species that consumes it.  Those unfortunate animals end up poisoned, and the cycle continues.

High Desert Wildlife Control uses humane, poison-free methods to control rodent problems at farms, ranches, homes and businesses.

Please help to ensure the health and survival of California’s wildlife.

Say NO to mouse, rat, and ground squirrel baits!