Rats have been a source of infection leading to many deaths amongst humans over the centuries and there are times when the only way to tackle these pests is with Aluminium Phosphide gas. However, whilst an extremely effective treatment, for reducing the problems caused by rats this is a dangerous chemical and should only be used by properly trained technicians, who have the relevant and up to date qualifications.
This requires the operative to have been on a two day course covering all the aspects of how to use the chemical effectively, starting with a day in the classroom on theory and essential knowledge and then a day in the field practical assessment.
Clearly this is an intensive course and certainly not designed for the occasional user of such techniques.
Here at Positive Environmental, we strongly support Government and the Pest Control Industry initiatives to make the profession as safe as possible. To that end two Positive Environmental staff have recently obtained their Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide. James Ostler, Director and Dean Holgate, Technician are now both able to continue to provide gassing services to clients.
The deadline for anybody using aluminium phosphide to gas vertebrates (rats, rabbit and moles) is looming. From November 2015 the regime for the sale and use of this dangerous product is fundamentally changing, and everybody will have to hold a recognised qualification.
The majority of professional pest controllers have always been trained in its use, however, now all users will have to also pass and hold formal qualifications to demonstrate their competency. Current users who do not hold formal qualifications will have to attend and pass the necessary training course by then if they wish to continue using this technique beyond the Autumn. Many infrequent users, such as farmers, are not likely to find this cost effective.
Aluminium phosphide is a fumigant that gives off highly toxic phosphine gas when in contact with moisture. With the ongoing restrictions on the use of rodenticides, it is important the industry retains as many treatment methods as possible, including gassing.
As a leading member of the Pest Control Industry you can be sure that Positive Environmental supports best practice in the use of these effective treatments. If you have any doubts or questions raised by this article please do get in touch, as the chances are, not all pest control companies will continue to offer this very effective treatment after November 2015.