Date: 3/12/18 9:37 am From: Elise W <ewolf97...> Subject: [obol] slug bait
Dan Gleason is right. These slug baits are toxic to birds, and notably other animals. There is ample evidence now of dogs getting poisoned (iron toxicity) with these baits. Birds are attracted because they contain a chemical that smells like grain and they look like seeds. The smell is what attracts the slug.
Any poison that says it will kill one animal and not another ("wildlife safe") is likely not, that is my take. No animal can take on a load of iron and not have effects. The lack of study on these products is concerning. What's more concerning is the removal of studies from sites that show impacts. The FDA, as we all know, shoots then looks.
Oils are also popular. Never ever use a deterrence/exclusion oil product in your landscape. Any bird that lands on it will get oiled. Then you have an oiled bird (ditto on having exposed suet and pb out in the yard or on trees). Fats/oils on birds kills them (removes the waterproofing and thus their heat retaining ability).
Elise Wolf Native Bird Care Sisters, OR 541-728-8208