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.