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Improved Rodenticide Labels Coming Soon
(Posted January 27, 2015)
In a Jan. 21 letter to the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to lift the target pest restriction on rodenticides that removed the ability of applicators to control pest rodents other than house mice, Norway rats and roof rats in and around homes and other man-made structures. NPMA voiced concerns about the lack of rodenticide products available for professional use against important pests like white footed mice, pack rats, and voles, which prompted the ASPCRO inquiry. According to ASPCRO President John Scott, "this is an important step to ensure professionals have the tools they need to manage rodents that pose a significant public health risk, while still meeting the intent of EPA's rodenticide mitigation decision to ensure rodenticides do not pose a significant risk to children and non-target wildlife." Click here to read more.
Rodenticide products shipped by manufacturers after June 4, 2011 must be sold in certain container sizes and bear significant label changes, though distributors and PMPs may continue to sell and use existing product in accordance with the product's labeling until supplies are exhausted. (NPMA staff urges PMPs to carefully read rodenticide product labels and to carefully manage the use of old labeled products.) Two of the more significant label revisions prohibit the use of rodenticides more than 50 feet from a building and, on some labels, limit the target species to only commensal rodents (Norway and roof rats, house mouse).
NPMA staff has been actively engaged with EPA over the last few months to discuss the problem with these restrictions and the negative impact the new label language will have on rodent control. During this dialogue we have raised certain examples such as the use of rodenticides around dumpsters or for the control of pack rats or deer mice that would be undermined or prohibited altogether. Through our latest discussion with EPA officials we have learned that the Agency is likely to issue guidance addressing these issues soon. When the guidance is issued NPMA will forward this important information to the industry.