A special thank you to Detective Joseph Preciado from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for stopping by the Shelter last week to speak with a group of community members that were recently impacted by a home here in Ojai that was overrun with rodents. While details of the case are not available to the general public, Detective Preciado and Shelter Director Jolene Hoffman were able to have an open discussion with the group in regards to how neighbors could protect their homes, families, and pets from rodents wandering onto their properties.
Rodent infestations can be difficult to handle and many people will resort to the use of poisons. However, there are many dangers associated with using poison. Rat poison is not only lethal to rats it is also deadly to pets, children, and wildlife. An animal that ingests poison, or eats a rat that has ingested poison, can be in great danger. The effects of rat poison can be long and painful suffering that will eventually lead to death. Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, muscle tremors, and even paralysis. If you think your pet has ingested poison, take them to the vet immediately.
For the safety and protection of our pets, children, and local wildlife, we recommend taking the following precautions:
-Do not leave out any food or water. Food and water will attract not only large wildlife but small animals, especially rodents.
-Keep your property as neat and clean as possible. Wood piles, compost piles, or any type of clutter makes for an attractive home to rodents.
-Do not leave any exposed garbage outside. Make sure your garbage is in bags and the lids to garbage bins are on tight.
-Bird feeder and fruit trees may also attract rodents. Avoid setting out bird feed and clean up any fallen or rotten fruit from your property.
-Make sure that all gaps and holes into your home and garage are sealed.
Thank you all for sharing your concerns with us here at the Shelter and we will continue to do our best to support our community and those impacted by this recent case in any way we can.