This website was created by a Group of Concerned Residents (GCR) of the Eton Square neighborhood, part of the Kingstowne development, located in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. We oppose the presence of poison traps on our property. This website will provide details and updates regarding this campaign.
To be clear: We do not oppose pest control, but the manner in which it is being addressed.
Our main points are:
- Poison was placed without prior notification to residents or the public. The first notification was sent via email only, more than four days after the poison was placed. The public has yet to be notified.
- There was little to no research done prior to using poison bait. There was no due diligence performed by the manager or Board. We are not confident in the decision making process of the manager or Board.
- Pest control companies are not interested in protection, but in making profits. See POISON CYCLE.
- According to research, poison bait traps ultimately do not “solve the problem”. Poison bait boxes also potentially do not decrease “undesirable” populations, but increase them. See POISON CYCLE.
- There are several other structural improvements and repellent options available. None of these have been considered or enacted.
- Long-term, effective actions include structural improvements, such as sealing gaps, installing L-shaped barriers, removing access to water sources (leaking hose bibs), eliminating food sources (garbage), etc.
- The manager and Board have not adequately responded to repeated concerns and questions regarding this issue. In addition, the manager has provided numerous false statements (via email and during the meeting).
- Poison bait boxes present a high level of risk to humans, wildlife and pets.
- Smaller mammals, such as squirrels or chipmunks can enter the boxes. Any animal that enters can also exit. Once a contaminated animal is in the environment, any other animal can become poisoned by encountering and / or eating the contaminated animal. This is called “relay toxicosis” or “secondary toxicosis”. Non-target animals – wildlife and pets – can be killed as a result, including birds, hawks, eagles, vultures, dogs, cats, foxes and others. Humans, including children can also come into contact with poisoned, contaminated animals.
Please see the following sections:
- Eton Square Contact Information
- Background Information – a log of all activity to date (long)
- Research – research compiled by the GCR, with references and links (very long)
- Lack of Due Diligence
This site will be updated as necessary.