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Council urges Davisites to stop buying, using rodenticides

By From page A3 | April 15, 2014

The Davis City Council is urging businesses and residents to forego buying, selling or using certain rodenticides.

The council is expected to pass a resolution at tonight’s meeting targeting second generation anticoagulant rodenticides, following the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s decision to restrict their availability and use this summer. Only certain permitted users, like exterminators, will be able to purchase these rodent controls in the state after July 1.

Davis resident Cayce Wallace found a barn owl dead in her backyard last fall. A type of SGAR, brodifacoum, killed the owl, according to toxicology tests by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. She submitted a draft resolution to the City Council about rodenticides after she discovered what killed the owl.

“It’s been long in the coming,” Wallace said. “Really, it’s about education. People just don’t know that these products have such a negative impact on wildlife and children.”

Second generation anticoagulants, the stronger of two types of rodenticides, are persistent poisons that can remain in an animal’s system for more than 200 days. Because SGARs don’t kill rodents immediately, predators who eat affected animals ingest the poison secondhand.

Wildlife and domestic animals have been harmed and killed by these rodenticides, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

— Reach Elizabeth Case at [email protected] or 530-747-8052.

Elizabeth Case

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