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Humane rodent control

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.

If you need to deal with mice and rats in your home, call an AnimalKind company, learn about the dangers of rodenticides, or read more about humane rodent control below.

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.

Read our best practices for mice and rat control (PDF).

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)

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.

Glueboards are often hidden in metal or plastic boxes

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.

black box for rodent poison glue board traps
Know what’s in the box – poisons and glueboards can be hidden in boxes like this

Learn more about our AnimalKind program for pest control companies, and find out when AnimalKind is available in your area: