Anticoagulant rodenticides are poisons intended to kill rodents, but the poisons kill more than just rats. A four-year survey (1999 to 2003) by the Environmental Protection Agency found that at least 25,549 children under age six ingested enough rodenticide to suffer poisoning symptoms. In California, rodenticides showed up in 79 percent of fishers, 78 percent of mountain lions, 84 percent of San Joaquin kit foxes, and, in San Diego County, 92 percent of raptors. Here, in beautiful Newbury Park, we have been negatively impacted by rodenticides as well:
Nontarget rodenticide poisoning is a public issue. This form of rodents control has unintended consequences which are harmful to us and devastating to our wildlife . Several California cities and counties, including the City of Thousand Oaks, have adopted resolutions urging the public to cease purchasing and using poison to control rodents:
SCS Garden entreats our community to use non-toxic alternative rodent-control methods that are safe for people, pets and wildlife. The introduction of owls and owl nests (boxes) is one very safe, non-toxic, and extremely effective method of eliminating rodents without killing other mammals in the food chain. A single owl can eliminate 1,000 rodents in a year. SCS Garden has four owl boxes specifically for barn owls installed on the hillside of our school campus, and other owls have been spotted in Dos Vientos.