SGA’s on the Rise Again – Learn How You Can Help

Have you heard? Second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide (SGA) levels are on the rise again!

Each year, Town of Kiawah Island biologists test Kiawah’s wildlife for SGA exposure and exposure rates continued on a downward trend for several years, due primarily to the success of the Bobcat Guardian Program. However, the latest results indicate a substantial increase in SGA exposure rates in raccoons and opossums.

Unfortunately, due to South Carolina law, the Town cannot prohibit pest control providers from using SGAs. In 2020, the Town and Kiawah Conservancy petitioned the South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation for a one-year temporary ban on the use of these chemicals in the Town and it was denied. 

Kiawah is fortunate to have an engaged community that stepped up to show overwhelming support to save our bobcats through participation in the Bobcat Guardian Program

We’re asking for your help again….

  • Talk to your pest control provider. Ask them to provide in writing the active ingredients of all pesticides used on your property to make sure they are still avoiding use of SGAs. SGAs include: brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethiolone, and difenacoum.
  • Take the pledge to be a Bobcat Guardian, if you are not already, and tell your neighbors, especially new neighbors, about the program and how they can help. 
  • If you discover the use of SGAs on Kiawah, contact Town biologist Jim Jordan (jjordan@kiawahisland.org) for additional follow-up.

Now is a great time to take or renew your pledge. It’s also time to encourage your friends, neighbors, and pest control provider to do the same!

 Become a Bobcat Guardian Resident (One response per household)

 Become a Bobcat Guardian Pest Control Provider

Become a Bobcat Guardian Business/Entity PartnerSee the list of  Residents, Business Partners, and Pest Control Providers that have taken the pledge on the Town’s website. The list will be updated as new pledges are received.

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