Rats, Avoid A Criminal Conviction
The use of rodenticide for treating infestations of rats and mice, like all other pesticides is controlled. They first have to be approved for use by the Health & Safety Executive and then the instructions on the label must be followed. Many would argue the controls should be far tighter, to ensure only competent and trained people are allowed to buy and use rodenticides. It is likely that these further controls will come into place in the near future.
In the meantime anyone can effectively buy and rodenticide. The agricultural world is of particular concern as they are deemed to be ‘professional’ users and can buy all rodenticides, including those that should be used only inside. Brodifacoum is approved for use only inside, and should not be used outside.
During a recent consultancy visit to a farm to provide advice on how to improve their rat control programme it became apparent they where using Brodifacoum outside and had been for a long time. They had no idea of the restrictions on its use, and clearly had not even read the label. With other failings in their control programme, such as insufficient bait points and not siting the bait in the correct places, they where not only unable to control the rat population but where also breaking the law at the same time.
A strong argument for professional pest control.
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