National Pesticide Information Center



Wildlife and Pesticides

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Many people enjoy the wildlife around their home and want to ensure the pesticides they might use will not harm wildlife. Others are concerned about wildlife damaging their homes, gardens or landscapes. Animals may chew electrical wiring, leave droppings and unpleasant odors, and even bite pets or people if cornered and surprised. Wild animals can also carry diseases and parasites such as ticks that can be dangerous to pets and people. If you are having a problem with wildlife around your home or in your landscape the resources on this page should help you learn how to control the problem.

The National Pesticide Information Center presents this information to help you enjoy the benefits of wildlife around your home while preventing unwanted damage, the spread of disease or accidental poisonings.

For more information on wildlife and pesticides, select from the following topics:

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated April 14, 2011