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Keep up to Date with the Latest Regulations on Using Rodenticide and Rat Bait Products.



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What is The Future of Rodenticides and Rat Bait?

 

Some of you will have noticed the new words on the back of your bucket of rat bait, but why is this, what’s changed?

 

In very simple terms, not a lot has changed. The new words are down to the new regulations that rodenticides are governed by, and this all now comes under the wing of what we all know and love as Europe. The European Biocidal Products Review is looking at everything from wood preservative and disinfectants to rodenticides and insecticides, which, for the manufacturers, means more hoops to jump through and fundamentally more costs which will inevitably end up being passed onto the end user in the fullness of time.

 

Fortunately, it is not just Europe that gets to decide our fate, HSE still get some say in the regulations that will be adopted in the UK. To date, the changes we have seen have been implemented to help to reduce the exposure of rodenticides to non-target animals and the environment. One of the key changes has been to amateur use packs which have reduced in size from 10kg to 1.5kg, a very sensible measure which also gives a clear differentiation between the products for the two user groups. 

 

Farmers fall into the professional user category, so can continue to buy the larger packs required to control on-farm rodent infestations. You’ll also notice the new style labels no longer carry a statutory box, instead the whole of the label is considered to be statutory and must be adhered to, so our top recommendation would be to read the full label when next out baiting.

 

HSE do, however, feel that more can be done to reduce the environmental exposure and rodenticide residues that are being found in non-target animals such as scavengers and birds of prey. There is ongoing consultation between the HSE and key stakeholder groups to look at ways in which the following principles can be achieved regarding the use of Second Generation Anti-coagulant Rodenticides (SGARs):

 

  • Principle 1: Protection of non-target species.
  • Principle 2: Protection of public health.
  • Principle 3: Protection of commercial interests (including property). 
  • Principle 4: Responsible use – ensuring best practice by users, minimising exposure to non-target species.
  • Principle 5: Retaining effectiveness of SGAR treatments, managing resistance.

 

The outcome of this consultation may see further restrictions coming into place in the not too distant future and we will keep you up to date on any developments. What we do advise is that all rodenticide users should follow the code of practice. 

 

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) recommends the following:

 

  • Always have a planned approach
  • Always record quantity of bait used & where it is placed
  • Always use enough baiting points
  • Always collect and dispose of rodent bodies
  • Never leave bait exposed to non-target animals and birds
  • Never fail to inspect bait regularly
  • Never leave bait down at the end of the treatment

 

More detail on the above steps can be found at www.thinkwildlife.org/crru-code. 

 

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