Super Toxic Rat Poison Threatens Endangered Species And Wildlife 

It is common for local exterminators to use environmentally friendly methods to control pest infestations. They have available tools to control rat or cockroach populations to protect public health. California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation has restricted the use of chemicals for professional extermination services and agricultural purposes.

An environmental group has recently launched legal action seeking to ban the commercial use of “super toxic” rat poison in California. According to the data the group shared, rat poison is threatening dozens of endangered species and other wildlife.

The Centre for Biological Diversity has notified pesticide regulators in the state about its intention to file a case on the state’s failure to adequately safeguard the San Joaquin kit fox and 11 other animals that are protected by the US Endangered Species Act. Highly toxic rodenticides are harming wildlife particularly predator and scavenger species that include mountain lions, bobcats, owls and condors that feed on poisoned rodents.

More than 70% of the wild animals that were tested in California in recent years showed that they were exposed to rat poison or second generation anticoagulants that are widely used by licensed pest control providers. The product is usually used in bait boxes. It works by causing internal hemorrhage on the animal that has ingested it. Because of the slow-acting nature of the product, it becomes a secondary threat to animals that prey on those that were poisoned.

The hardest hit species were the endangered kit foxes near Bakersfield. 87% of their population were tested positive for the super toxic rat poison. State officials have attributed the death of at least 5 kit box deaths to the toxic chemicals.

85% of mountain lions, bobcats and Pacific fishers were tested positive of rat poison. Instead of chemicals, the use of traps is encouraged and the removal of refuse and water sources that are attractive to rodents.

Your pest problem will quickly disappear through local exterminators near you. It is very easy to get in touch with them by calling the toll free number and providing your zip code. An exterminator will arrive at your doorstep to handle infestation of any variety of pests from rodents to cockroaches, bedbugs, termites, ants and many more.

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