Directions for use are changing on all Anticoagulant Rodenticide labels. The changes will be taking place over the coming year and should be fully in place by 1st June 2016.
The new label wording is being introduced following consultation with HSE and the subsequent introduction of a voluntary stewardship scheme for our industry. In tandem with the Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticide (SGAR) Stewardship Scheme there has been a change in the use of all SGARs. Label phrases that will be introduced refer to the locations where the products can be used and in future will be either ‘In and around buildings’ or ‘Open areas’:
‘In and around buildings’ – shall be understood as the building itself, and the area around the building that needs to be treated in order to deal with the infestation of the building. This would cover uses in sewer system or ships but not in waste dumps or open areas such as farmlands, parks or golf courses.’
‘Open areas’ – There is no definition of this phrase in the UK but European Commission documents describe uses “around farmland, parks and golf courses” as typical of this. Also when “rodenticides are used to reduce impacts on game rearing or outside (i.e. in field) food stores (potato/sugar beet clamps)”. An open area is therefore one that fits neither of the two preceding definitions and is an urban, suburban or rural space that is not directly associated with a building.
These changes will have an impact on where and when we will be able to use anticoagulant rodenticides.
Link for the new CRRU UK Code of Best Practice.
Link for the HSE Information Document.