Rodenticide Reduction Program
Morgan Hill is no longer using rodenticides!
Rodenticides, commonly known as rat poison, are pesticides for rodents such as mice, rats, or squirrels. They function as poisonous bait which the rodent will eat then leave to die within 1-2 days. Pets and wildlife can be attracted to the bait and ingest the poison directly. Rodenticides are also toxic to predators who feed on poisoned rodents.
Rodenticides are a temporary fix to a larger problem. The best solution has been found to be integrated pest management programs which combines methods of prevention, exclusion, sanitation, and mechanical/biological control of pest populations.
What Can I Do to Prevent Rodents?
COVER - Ensure all garbage bins, pet food bowls, and food containers have secure lids.
CLEAN - Don't make your home a target for unwanted rodents by leaving out food and water. Tidy up inside and out to minimize shelter.
SEAL - Protect your home or business by sealing holes from the inside and outside of the building.
- Cayenne pepper: Sprinkle some of this spice where you've seen rats/mice. The spice is also an effective bug repellent and won't harm other animals.
- Botanical repellents: Another effective odor repellent
- Electronic/ carbon dioxide traps: More humane than glue or snap traps
- Rodent strobe lights: Bright lights drive away rodents without killing them.
Supporting our Neighborhood Raptors
Raptors are birds of prey such as hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons who depend on rodents for food. When these raptors consume poisoned rodents, they also ingest the poison. The long term results of rodenticide use is a decline in these natural predator populations, leaving the rodents to continue populating unwanted areas.