Rodent poisons or “rodenticides” are legal and used widely to help homeowners, businesses, building owners and municipalities combat rodent infestations, but they are a serious risk to animals and the environment. Anticoagulant rodenticides are the most commonly used in Canada. These rodenticides thin the blood and prevent it from clotting, causing internal bleeding which results in a slow and painful death. Poisoned rodents, and the animals who become poisoned by eating their carcasses, slowly bleed out over hours, days or even weeks.
Rodenticides are also dangerous for owls, eagles, raccoons, cougars and even cats and dogs. Rodenticide bait is made to smell like food to attract rodents, but its odour and flavour attracts many types of animals, putting them at risk of direct poisoning. Rat poisoning is injuring our local wildlife. Every year, hundreds of domestic and wild animals receive emergency medical care to combat the deadly effects of secondary poisoning from eating rodents killed by rodenticide, and unknown numbers of others suffer painful deaths.
How to help
You can help rodents and other wildlife by avoiding poisons as much as possible, and encouraging your friends, family and community to make changes as well.
- Rodent-proof your home by following our checklist (PDF)
- Hire an AnimalKind company, or ask your pest control company to follow AnimalKind standards
- Learn more about humane pest control and co-existing with wildlife
- Voice your support for local councils to reduce municipal rodenticide use
- Share our resources for wildlife and rodent control operators
The BC SPCA is asking supporters to reach out to their local councils help protect local wildlife and wild spaces by reducing rodenticide use in communities. Visit spca.bc.ca/safe-from-poison to voice your support.
Learn more about humane rodent control: