Tighter rules controlling the use of rodenticides come into force on Thursday 1st March to reduce the number of secondary wildlife deaths caused by the misuse of rodent poisons.
On that date, EU Commission Regulation 2016/1179 comes into force banning the general sale of rodenticides with anticoagulant active substances above 30 parts per million (ppm).
Non-professional rodenticide users will only be allowed to buy maximum pack sizes of 150g of grain and bait formulations, or 300g packs of block baits containing a maximum 30ppm of anticoagulant rodenticide active substances.
Reducing wildlife deaths
The legislation is aimed and reducing the number of secondary wildlife deaths caused by mis-use of rodenticides, mostly in external areas, where poisons are often to try to supress rats, especially on farms. It applies to all rodenticides, including difenacoum, bromadiolone, brodifacoum, and difethialone.
A SUPERPROOF director said that the tightening of regulations is a positive step which he hopes will influence householders who seek to buy rodenticides for use to kill mice in homes.
He added: “The rule changes apply to rodenticides sold in shops to control house mice as well. I hope they will make people think twice about trying to remove mice from the home with poison because it doesn’t work, and could make the mouse infestation worse.
“Another serious issue with rodenticides is the way mice and rats are becoming resistant to them. Indiscriminate use of poisons has contributed to this very real problem, to the point that using mouse bait in some areas has very little effect.
“Mice and rats not affected by the poisons currently available are growing in numbers, and no amount of bait will get rid of them. All property owners who use rodenticides in the home are doing is creating an additional risk for small children and pets.”
Only sensible alternative
The only sensible alternative to trying and failing to kill mice is to protect your property against them with a thorough programme of mouse proofing.
A SUPERPROOF director said: “I hope the days of people trying to get rid of mice in the home with poisons and traps are numbered. Neither have a long-term effect once mice infestations become intrenched.”
SUPERPROOF is the UK’s leading mouse proofing service. It has developed a proven method for protecting human living space by using bespoke combinations of specialist materials and techniques to block all potential mouse entry points.
Once this is done, mice cannot reach the food they need, so must move elsewhere to survive or they will perish. The mouse proofing service comes with a certified guarantee that the mice will be gone for at least a year.
An expert at SUPERPROOF said: “These rodenticide regulation changes will, hopefully, help weaken our hold on an outdated belief that the only way to get rid of mice is to try to kill them. We need a more sophisticated approach to mouse control, and SUPERPROOF is part of the solution.”