Pest Control Professionals
The EPA has proposed changes that will fundamentally impact how professional rodent control is conducted, effectively eliminating responsible usage of the most successful form of rodent control... rodenticides.
ALL Rodenticides, including Block and Soft bait forms, will become RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDES (RUPs) in sizes 4lbs and up:
Licenses to Apply Bait Will Be Mandatory
- Will require anyone purchasing or applying rodenticide to be a certified applicator OR be working under the supervision of a certified applicator
Rules by State will Vary
- Some states require supervising certified applicators to be available by phone when PMPs are applying bait, while others require them to be onsite within visual contact of the applicator
Point of Sale Reporting
- Distributors will need to do reporting (confirm licenses and communicate back to the state) for each and every sale of rodenticide, by applicator
THESE PRODUCTS ARE ALREADY HIGHLY REGULATED
MORE RED TAPE AND COST WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO BUSINESS & THE PUBLIC HEALTH
These changes will increase cost of pest control, add costs to food safety and, in some cases, force unnecessary business closures due to increased rodent presence and destruction.
Continuing education on rodent control best practices is an on-going requirement.
It does not make sense to further regulate the professionals who are the most educated on how best to use these necessary tools to protect the public health.
Who Wants More Rats?
Rodent populations & food contamination are increasing – this will make it worse.