Rodent Awareness

The Province of BC has prohibited the sale and use of anticoagulant rodenticides to protect owls and other wildlife. Learn more.

Rodents are a common pest, and they can pose a health and safety risk. Residents are required to manage attractants under the Rodent Control Bylaw, 1988, No. 5899, including removing potential shelter and food.

Rodenticide Use

The use of rodenticides is not recommended due to its impact on other wildlife. Bait traps use poison designed to attract rodents. While it’s standard practice for pest management companies to use bait traps, their use can harm other wildlife such as owls, eagles, hawks, raccoons, and even cats and dogs who consume the bait or the poisoned rodents.

Managing Rodent Attractants

You can manage the attractants around your home, strata, or business by:

  • Removing outdoor pet food, spilled bird feed and fallen fruit
  • Keeping trash and recycling contained with tight fitting lids
  • Cleaning barbeques and drip trays regularly
  • Pruning shrubs away from buildings, keeping grass short, and removing vegetation where rodents can hide
  • Blocking access points to your building with 1/4 inch mesh or steel wool.

Alternatives to Rodenticides

In addition to reducing attractants, consider using one of the following rodenticide alternatives:

  • Mechanical traps, including live capture, electronic or bucket traps
  • Coyote or other predator urine or scent
  • Ultrasonic pest repellers
  • Owl perches and nesting boxes
  • Rodent exclusion company instead of an exterminator
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