Each year millions of rodents and other animals suffer from inhumane pest control methods. Although mice and rats can pose health risks to people, pets, and other wildlife, even “pests” deserve to be treated humanely.
As of July 21, 2021, Second-Generation anticoagulant rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, or difethialone), are banned for sale and use in residential (PDF) and non-essential commercial (PDF) settings in the province. Exemptions are allowed for designated essential services and agricultural operators.
Preventing rodents around your home
It’s natural for mice and rats to look for food and shelter, but they get into trouble when they enter our homes. The most effective and humane way to control mice and rats is to prevent the problem before it happens.
Take steps to rodent-proof your home:
- Keep food indoors: Store people and pet food in rodent-proof containers.
- Prevent entry: Seal gaps or holes big enough for mice or rats in walls, foundations, sheds and crawl spaces.
- Keep clean: Tidy up messes and spills, outdoor waste and materials to prevent nesting.
Download our complete rodent-proofing checklist (PDF)
Not just homes…cars too!
Parked cars can also be a cozy spot for mice and rats to stay safe from the elements. Bonus if they find food crumbs, or you park near a garbage bin, compost bin, pet food or bird feeder! To help prevent rodents from nesting in your car:
- Keep your car clean: clean up any food, crumbs, wrappers and garbage.
- Rodent-proof your garage: if available, rodent-proof your garage and park your car inside.
- Make some noise: honking your horn or loudly thumping on the hood may be enough to scare away critters before starting your car. If you don’t use your car regularly, make some noise or turn it on every couple days.
- Get it checked: make sure to stay on top of your regular vehicle maintenance and look for signs of nesting or gnawing. Watch our for bad smells coming from the vents, buttons suddenly not working, indicator lights or other issues.
In addition to noise, essential oils like peppermint and lavender can help deter any rodents that have moved in. Put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place them in areas of concern. CAREFUL: Essential oils can damage plastic, and be harmful to pets, so apply with caution!
Don’t use glueboards
Glueboards or glue traps are plastic or metal trays coated with glue to catch mice, rats and sometimes snakes or other animals. Once the animal touches the glue, it becomes almost impossible for them to get out. Animals are often left in the trap for a long time until they die, which is a traumatic experience for both the animal and people who witness it.
These traps are legal and can be found in many stores, but they cause rodents and other animals to suffer tremendously as they do not kill quickly. Birds, small wildlife and even pets can get caught in this sticky situation. Never use glueboards around your home or office.
Poisons and snap traps
Rodent poisons or “rodenticides” are used widely, but they cause a slow and painful death. Rodenticides are also dangerous for owls, eagles and even cats that eat poisoned rodents. Avoid using poisons as much as possible. On July 21, 2021, the provincial government ordered a ban on the sale and use of Second-Generation anticoagulant rodenticides B.C. – meaning they cannot be purchased by members of the public for use at residential properties. Only designated essential services and agricultural operations are currently excluded from the prohibitions.
Snap traps cause a quick death for mice and rats, but can be dangerous to wildlife and pets unless they are kept in a locked box or inside a wall. You will also need different sizes of snap trap depending on the size of the animal (rat vs. mouse). New devices are soon coming on the market that signal to your phone when the trap has been triggered.
Learn more about our AnimalKind program for pest control companies, and find out when AnimalKind is available in your area: