Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee hearing on AB 1788 - July 9


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The structure pictured in this video is the John W. Morrison Ranch House. The house was a treasure to many of us in Agoura. The house was built in the 1800's and we were so lucky to have it in our backyard .  Sadly, the home burned in the November, 2018 Woolsey Fire. 

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2 Studies link household rat poison to changes in L.A. bobcats' immune system and genetics:

 Here's a video about rodent poison toxicity in dogs and cats.

Dogs and Cats - more information


Of the top 10 pet poisons, rodenticides are #2 for dog poisons and #7 for cat poisons. 


Poison Free Malibu has been working with State Assemblyman Richard Bloom and allied organizations to further restrict rodent poison in California. Please download the AB 1788 (Bloom) California Ecosystems Protection Act Fact Sheet below.  AB 1788 would ban the use and sale of 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticides statewide and the use of 1st generation anticoagulant rodenticides on state-owned property. (Source: AB 1788 Fact Sheet). Status: 3/26 - passed committee on Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials (ESTM). 4/9 - AB 1788 passed the Water, Parks, and Wildlife committee (WPW).  4/24 passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We passed the vote at the California State Assembly level on 5/6/19! 49 Ayes/16 Noes/15 NVR. The California Senate Environmental Quality Committee vote was close!!! We received 4/7 votes and that is what we needed! The next letters are due on 6/28 at 5:00 PM.  See sample letter and fact sheet below!

Send letters to this email address:

Information on  AB 1788 (status): 

Note from our friends at Poison Free Malibu


If one of the following 9 committee members are your Senator, please ALSO CALL THEIR OFFICE.
Tell them that you are a constituent and ask them to support AB 1788 to save our wildlife from rat poison.
Constituents are powerful!

This link will identify your Senator -

Henry I. Stern (Chair) 916-651-4027 Los Angeles, Ventura
Brian W. Jones (Vice Chair) 916-651-4038 San Diego
Benjamin Allen 916-651-4026 Los Angeles
Andreas Borgeas 916-651-4008 Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
Anna M. Caballero 916-651-4012 Fresno, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus
Robert M. Hertzberg 916-651-4018 Los Angeles
Ben Hueso 916-651-4040 Imperial, San Diego
Hannah-Beth Jackson 916-651-4019 Santa Barbara, Ventura
Bill Monning 916-651-4017 Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara

The full vote in the Senate will be in August. 

Then, if the Governor signs it, IT WILL BE THE LAW!

(You may ask why we request separate letters sent in, with basically the same content, for each hearing. The legislature requires this because there are slight changes after the hearing which modify the bill. Of course this doesn't influence the content of the support letters, but it means a new date has to appear on the letter!)

Companies that offer Alternatives to rat poisons

Gophers Limited

Non-toxic means of gopher prevention and trapping.

Gophers Limited

Rodent Masters

Phone: (818) 855-9136

Rodent Masters

Rodents Stop

 Phone: (818) 583-7287

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What do I need to know?

Please read our Poison Types Summary sheet so you know what the different poisons are and what they do. 

Bait boxes create a food source to attract rodents. The animals do not die in the boxes and often times your neighbors will find dying rats at their homes. Snap traps and "zappers" are poison-free alternatives you can use inside your home. NEVER use glue traps. 

Do you know of an exclusion company or a company that does not use rodenticides?

We are seeking companies that do not use rodenticides in their practices. Please contact us and we will add them to our company listing.

Ortiz Pest Control

 Ortiz Pest  Control specializes in poison free rodent control and rodent proofing of houses. 


Office: (747) 225-2682

Cell: (818) 667-2306

Products and Ideas (Repel, Exclude, Deter)

PRO-PELL Rodent repellent

PRO-PELL Rodent Repellent

We are hearing positive things about PRO-PELL.  PRO-PELL is a spray you can use to protect your home. It is not easily washed off and oils bind to your foundation. 


Mouse and Rat Control Products

There are a lot of products on the Nixalite of America Inc site for Repelling, Excluding, and Deterring rats. 

Some products include DeTour Bio-Repellents for Rodents and a DeTour rodent pass through box. There are also electronic rat traps and snap traps. 

Nixalite Website

Helpful Hints

Repel: Plant mint varieties and use products that include balsam fir, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, and garlic barrier concentrate. Try products like Rat-Out Gel, DeTour, RoadBlock, and PRO-PELL

Exclude: Seal buildings, do not overflow trashcans, close up your BBQ, seal entry points to garage doors

Deter: Remove pet feces, pick up your fallen fruit, remove vegetation and debris, use strobe lights or motion detecting water sprays

There are alternatives to poisons! Remember, no poison is safe! 




P-47 exposed to six different anticoagulant compounds

One of the largest mountain lions in the NPS study - Deceased! 

Photo credit: National Park Service

How tragic to lose another beautiful Mountain Lion.  Tests revealed he was exposed to six different anticoagulant compounds.  A necropsy found internal hemorrhaging in his head and lungs.  His remains were discovered on 3/21/19. 


The Consequences of Rodenticides

P-22, the Griffith Park Mountain Lion


P-22 was featured in National Geographic Magazine. In this photo, he was poisoned by Diphacinone, a first generation anticoagulant. Diphacinone and Chlorophacinone are unrestricted and available via stores. Source: National Park Service

P3 Dead from Anticoagulants


P3 and P4 died in late 2004 within two weeks of each other. Source: National Park Service

P-34 - Another Victim


Five poisons were found in P-34's system (1st & 2nd Gen). "The compounds found in her system were brodifacoum, bromadiolone, chlorophacinone, difethialone, and diphacinone." Source: National Park Service

Rodent Poison kills more than rodents!

Did you know?

In 2014, the City adopted a resolution urging residents and businesses in Agoura Hills to no longer use or sell anticoagulant rodenticides. The City urged all local property owners to cease purchasing or using these chemicals on their properties.  To view all the City Rodenticide Resolutions, click on the following link:

Cities that have resolutions: Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Hidden Hills, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, Simi Valley, and Westlake Village.

What you can do!

Keep trash and recycling areas clean

Secure trash cans and dumpsters

Find alternatives to anticoagulant poisons

Use mechanical traps (live capture, snap or electronic traps)

Use 1/4 inch metal mesh to seal off entry points and steel wool for smaller holes

Identify companies that will help you with rodent exclusion instead of poisons

Visit the Poison Free Malibu site to find out more information

Break the Poison Chain - Take the Pledge!

Poison Free Malibu - more information

Thank you City of Agoura Hills for your support!

The City of Agoura Hills is supportive of our efforts. We are fortunate to live in a wonderful place!

City of Agoura Hills Resolution (pdf)


City of Agoura Hills Letter of Support Break the Chain Campaign (pdf)


Rat Poison Rap

Stephanie Greene, a Poison Free Agoura team member and her classmates created this wonderful video.