Owl-friendly Denmark

Choosing the right control method for Rats and Mice

Ironically, owls are the best pest controllers, yet these are the very species that are dying because of indiscriminate chemical usage.

Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) cause death in native wildlife and pets because they either consume infected rodents or the SGAR directly. It is a slow, painful death for any animal.

In USA, Canada and Europe SGARs:

  • Can only be purchased by Licensed Pest Controllers
  • Are for indoor use only
  • Must be placed in a lockable bait box

DO NOT USE ARs THAT CONTAIN:

  • Difenacoum
  • Bromadialone
  • Brodifacoum
  • Difethialone
  • Flocoumafen

A more comprehensive list of what not to buy can be seen on BirdLife Australia’s “Act for Birds” website

https://www.actforbirds.org/what-to-buy-and-avoid

Eastern States evidence:

https://theconversation.com/rat-poison-is-killing-our-beloved-native-owls-and-tawny-frogmouths-and-thats-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-212184

Boobook

Do NOT use:

What to Do?

STOP THE PROBLEM

  • Pick up fallen fruit
  • Bring pet food inside
  • Replace palm trees that provide homes for rodents with native trees
  • Fix holes in your house
  • Fence-off Chicken enclosures (19 gauge to exclude rats; 24 gauge to exclude mice)

USE TRAPS

Snap-traps (don’t discriminate between native and feral animals) or Cage Traps

USE LESS DANGEROUS POISONS

FGARs: Coumatetralyl, Warfarin, Racumin

Non-AR: Cholecalciferol, Corn gluten meal and salt (Ratsak Naturals)

A more comprehensive list of do’s and don’t can be found at:

https://www.actforbirds.org/what-to-buy-and-avoid