- See the towns advice here https://www.belmont-ma.gov/health-department/files/rodentnotice2022 (and below)
- If you are using a pest control service – ask about non poison alternatives
Educate Residents and Town Leaders (about the problem and the solution)
- Share this information with your friends and neighbors
- Talk to your town meeting member (contact info here)
- Let the Select board know you support non poison alternatives (contact info here)
- Get a yard sign to help spread the word (request one here)
If you see a bait box, read the label and if it is an SGAR poison (eg. brodifacoum, bromadialone, difenacoum, and difethialone)
- Talk to the building owner/administrator
- If you have one near your residence ask your landlord or pest control professional for a non poison alternative
Support town and state legislation
Support a ban. Municipalities do have the right to ban SGARs/ARs or other pesticides on public properties they own/manage such as school grounds, libraries, and parks.
Wildlife cross municipal borders and their safety is ultimately dependent on more unified/uniform laws
- Supporting a ban or restriction in Belmont is critical for trying to enhance the safety and well-being of our pets, wildlife, and children.
- Passage of a ban of SGARs on municipal lands in one town or city can help leverage other SGAR bans in neighboring communities that may be active users of SGARs
- Town bans help build momentum and legal precedent that increases the likelihood of eventual restrictions of SGARs on the state level
- This is especially important as wildlife cross municipal borders and their safety is ultimately dependent on more unified/uniform laws.
State Legislation – talk to your representative (see here https://savearlingtonwildlife.org/ways-to-get-involved/)
SGAR FAQ – see https://savearlingtonwildlife.org/frequently-asked-questions/