Pest control is now in the knowledge economy
we need to use traps more effectively in rodent control and avoid poison.
The changes in the poison law and what we need to know:
The changes of the poison law is adapting to the modern times. No unlike how the spring trap approval order develops.
Evidence points to the 94 percent of red kites and nearly 100 percent of Kestrels tested in the UK show residue of rodenticides.
Quick simply, the Health and Safety Executive wants to force the pest control industry into looking after the enviroment more carefully. This will include banning the use of Second Generation Anti coagulant rodenticides.
To give the Environment Agency and the Campaign for responsible rodenticides use their due, there has been procedure in place to reduce the likely toxin build up in the enviroment. Including spill and stewardship procedures.
Here are some quick points about what companies and staff members should be well aware with the imminent change in Government and the brexit adjustments.
What is the legislation there and how to comply with it is key!
The challenge is make every member of staff both part of an intergrated pest management system and continually reminded what is and is not allowed.
Changing the environment including physically alternating to discourage pests.E.g. Removing food, harbours and proofing holes to reduce entry points.
Key to this is NON toxin, poison free trapping can be deployed. E.g with the Goodnature traps.
Only after the habitat management and poison free traps been deployed can you think about poison.
What you need to know about Secondary Poisoning:
This is, I believe one of the biggest problems of poison. Let alone the inhamane use of poison on rodents but how the poison will build up within the eco system.
How this affects wildlife:
Primary poison of the wrong species. E.g. domestic pets or protected mammals such as water voles or field mice.
If these die in the open there is a high chance of secondary poisoning as the body is taken by other wildlife and along with residue builds up.
The environment agency now insist that any toxic bait must be accounted for. The poison must have a waste trail and given a consignment note. It is the responsibility of the pest control company to remove any non used poison.
The lesson is all of this is now the pest control industry has become knowledge based rather than product driven. We cannot ignore anymore how the impact of rodenticides has on the environment.