Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests

Insect Control 102: Here’s how it happens

Bill and Bob (Sales and Regulatory VPS for NEW CHEM Company – but you knew that)  are reviewing their data and package before it goes to the PMRA: “Hey Bob, we need to finish the list of pests before we submit this label for PERM-O-TECHNO” “Well, we have ants, and that’s the biggest market?” “Yeppers, […]

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Insect Control 101. Can Logic Prevail? Before I retire?

As usual I have to preface this Rant that I am not advocating anything relating to using a chemical out side of the rules and regulations set forth by the government. When we are forced to put Pictograms on labels for the reading challenged, will it turn out to be 345 pages so we can […]

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U.S. versus Canada: Who moved my cheese!

I’ve figured out a simple solution to this whole NAFTA crap that Trump keeps trying to use as a weapon.    Guess he doesn’t understand “fair” in Fair Trade. And it’s all about cheese!  When did we switch from soft wood lumber to cheese??? But the problem we face and will always face is Canada is […]

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PMRA: Do Labels Need to be So Confusing??? Pictograms baby!

This year like every other I get several daily phone calls about what product to use on what insect for what location.  I try not to wince too much when I await the response to “Have you read the Label?”  And don’t tell smile too much when you say “Of course!  I always read the […]

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Bed bugs are labelled…just not where they hide!

Here’s a prime example of an on-going PROBLEM in our federal registration process, and with the supplier industry to some extent. On the label, and rightly so, are statements explaining WHERE you can use a pesticide, and on WHAT pest, and at the correct RATE. Easy Peesy as my granddaughter would say. Au contraire.. A […]

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IPM – cheaper than you think

IPM IPM IPM. Do we really practice it much in Canada?  Not really. Should we?   Certainly. Do we hafta???   Once the insecticides are banned I guess so. Reason this train wreck of thought came up is I was reviewing our products and sales for the year, and one product sticks out like a sore thumb: […]

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A HEADS UP….Marijuana and Greenhouse treatments

I have had hundreds, well 6 so far, of Pest Control dudes asking about this marijuana business and if there is an opportunity there for pest control. Maybe. BUT if you live in Ontario, where the seem to be Production Facilities popping up everywhere, and they’re all stoned in the liberal party, you need to […]

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Pest Control 101 A quick lesson for those regulating the Industry

I’m going to skip with the lesson and go straight to the quiz. Multiple choice, so even our friends in Ottawa (sorry I forgot I don’t have friends there) can pass it. And only 2 questions! Question 1.) You have been asked to do a preventative treatment of a home backing on to the Rouge […]

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You Wanna New SDS???? Quit your whining and read the LAW!

Okay….so maybe this is a sore spot. The rules, laws, regulations blah blah blah set up around WHMIS 2015, SDS versus MSDS, Global Harmonization and expiry dates are not confusing at all,  if you have the 17 days, 4hours and 37 minutes to read them. BUT… This is actually something that makes sense.  I want […]

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Want NAFTA to truly work? Two little changes

Here ya’ go…my magical methodology on fixing the woes of the North American Free Trade Agreement: 1. Open the borders between the three countries 2. Standardized currency Think like….EURO???? This little suggestion leads to about 6 separate rants, so at one per week that takes me to Spring! But: Step 1 OPEN LES BORDERS (for […]

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