rat poison
By Anna Pigney


In the new year, it will be compulsory for stores to track the sales of all rat poisons, as reported by thejournal.ie.

These new regulations will be put in place under EU directives and will affect the general public, pest controllers and even farmers. The new regulations will be put in place from January 1st of this year, as agreed by the European Union.

Due to new regulations put in place under EU directives we now have to keep records of how many rodent poisons which have been sold and to who (professional use only). Pest controllers will also have to sign up to a register, to make sure they are trained to use it properly.

Pest Management Users will require a PMU number to buy the rodent killer, and use it professionally. A herd/flock number will be a requirement for farmers to buy the product for professional use.

The new restrictions were voted in by the EU, because of the risks it has to people and animals, from primary and secondary poisoning to the environment. The restrictions are for AVK poisons, which is one of the most widely used rodenticide.

Under the new regulations, the public will also be restricted in their use of the product, solely to indoors and for mice control. They will be allowed to use it around buildings for rat control, though this has to be in tamper-resistant bait stations.

What does this mean for me?

PUBLIC: The public will also be restricted in the concentration which they can buy it, with lower doses to be available. In March the concentration for sale to the public will be reduced to under 30mg/kgs. The only ones who are permitted to use the rodenticides in open areas, are professional pest controllers. OLD STOCK STILL AVAILABLE WHILE STOCKS LAST UNTIL MARCH!
FARMERS: Farmers will also be affected by the new rules, and will only be allowed to use certain rodenticides close to buildings. They are only allowed to use tamper-resistant bait stations, once they have completed training on how to correctly use them.
Farmers will also not be allowed to use pulsed baiting techniques as well as permanent baiting systems.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out which bait you are allowed to buy and use.

By Anna Pigney


We are proud to announce we are now authorised dealers for Kubota Agricultural machinery including tractors and RTVs.

Formed in 1890 Kubota have grown and are now one of the leading manufacturers of tractors, ground care and mini excavator excellence. From powerful tractors to domestic mowers, the Kubota range delivers outstanding performance and legendary reliability.

Kubota seem to growing from strength to strength especially in their agricultural sector and we wanted to jump on board and help deliver this to the Eden Valley. Their RTVs can already be seen out in force and we hope to help build numbers as well a push the impressive powerful tractors alongside our current McCormick franchise.


light bulbs
By Anna Pigney

‘Old Style’ Light Bulbs ARE BACK

Over the last few years the traditional light bulb has been phased out and replaced by the more energy efficient halogen and LEDs. This has meant that coming in a for a light bulbs isn’t just as simple as it once was and has not only been baffling for our customers but us as well.

Halogen and especially LED bulbs have major advantages in energy saving but come at a cost to you the customer with the average LED costing around £4 compared the old style element bulbs which cost £1! There was always the dimmable problem with the new light bulbs leaving meaning this dimmable feature was useless these days.

Worry no more and the ‘old style’ light bulb is back coming in bayonet 60w & 100w as well as screw fitting. Some candle and golf ball bulbs will also be back.

Pop in store now to find out more information and get all your bulbs for the dark nights.

By Anna Pigney

Structural Welding

Did you know if you want any structural welding done by law it has to be done by a certified individual/company? Well look no further our staff have done the training and we are have the UKAS Mark of Accreditation.

Call us on 017683 51240 for more information.

By Anna Pigney

Autumn Compost Deals!

The Summer may nearly be over but we have some great compost deals for your late season gardening and potting.

J.Arthur Bower’s Multi-Purpose Compost 50L – £3.99 or 3 for £11

John Innes Seed, No.2 & no.3 soil based compost – £3.49 or 2 for £6

J. Arthur Bower’s John Innes Ericaceous Compost 50L – £5.00 or 2 for £10

Gro-Sure Easy Containers Compost 50L – £5.99 or 2 for £10

Deals only available in store, delivery option for Appleby residents.