Rat Poisons Do More Harm Than Good

Dogs, cats, hawks, owls, foxes, and many other species can be killed through their use. In 2008, the EPA reported that second generation anticoagulant (single dose poison that stops the blood from clotting and causes internal bleeding) compounds pose an “unreasonable risk” for pets, wildlife and children. Several companies continue to fight the EPA on regulation and refuse to switch to safer products.

Go to http://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/hawk-safe-bro-web4.pdf for more information on products to avoid.

You Can Help Birds of Prey And Keep Mice Away
Peppermint oil is an all natural prevention for rodents. The smell is too powerful for rodents so they won’t go near it. Peppermint oil is available in most health food stores and major grocery stores. Place a couple of drops on cotton balls in places mice may enter your house such as doorways or heat vents. Growing peppermint plants near the entryways and cooking mint are good preventive measures also.

Seal any possible entries. If a rodent’s head can get through, the body can, so mice can fit through very small openings. Using green kitchen pads cut to the right size is a good way to block small holes.

Sticking steel wool in rodent holes will prevent mice from using the hole to enter your house; it’s too tough for them to chew through.

Cleanliness means rodent-less. Mice will be less likely to stay if there is nothing to eat so store food properly in airtight containers and in places that are safe from mouse attack.

Birds of prey are the best. A red-tailed hawk eats three mice per day! Keep your property rodenticide (rat poison) free and let raptors be your rodent control.