City officials will soon consider banning the sale of rat poison in Malibu.

The state Department of Pesticide Regulation has banned the consumer sale of rodenticide chemicals used to kill rodents.

California lawmakers supported the ban because rodenticides contain toxins that hurt wildlife. As of July 1, consumers are no longer able to purchase this pesticide product from retailers like Home Depot.

Rodenticides have been found to sicken or kill animals such as mountain lions through secondhand consumption if they, for example, eat a rat that’s been poisoned. 

Certified professionals, such as pest control businesses, will still be able to purchase rodenticides. 

The City of Malibu passed an ordinance last year encouraging local stores to remove rodenticides from shelves. 

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