Keeping Birds Safe While Dealing with Unwanted Rodents

Dealing with unwanted rats, squirrels, or other rodents? Don’t immediately reach for the rodenticide! Poisoned rodents look like easy prey for raptors such as owls and hawks, but rodenticide can be lethal to birds, other wildlife, and even local pets. Glue or sticky traps can also unintentionally harm songbirds that may get stuck in them. Luckily, there are safer alternatives to keep unwanted rodents out of your home and property.

Before resorting to rodenticide bait, try these raptor-friendly alternatives:

  1. Seal entry points into the home, and use mesh and vent covers to keep rodents out in the first place. Use at least a 1/4”x1/4” metal mesh to protect crawl spaces and under-porch areas.
  2. Eliminate rodent attractants such as unsealed food, leaky pipes, pet food, and open trash containers.
  3. Use electronic traps or snap traps to humanely kill the remaining rodents. Snap traps should be placed inside a crate or other enclosed area with small openings so they are only accessible to the target rodents.