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

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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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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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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Mighty Mites!!!

Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way! Remember Mighty Mouse?  You might if you were born in the 40’s or 50’s.  That was one cool comic character, would kick the butt of those Paw Patrol wimps I tell you. Any…kinda digressed. Back to mites. Rat mites, bat mites, bird […]

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Neonics and pest control…is there an effect?

Okay what brought that on was reading all the posts following a story I read on CBC.ca concerning the PMRA and a just published commentary doc.  Not many times you see the PMRA in the news, surprisingly. The document highlights further restrictions on neonics and allows for a 90 day comment. To be honest I […]

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Demand CS. You need to take action!

If you’ve read through my last rant (okay I deleted the last one) PMRA is planning on eliminating one of the best tools we’ve had in this industry for quite some time…Demand CS. “Potential of risks of concern” What kind of political mumbo jumbo BS is that?  ANYTHING has a potential of risk of concern!!! […]

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Should we capitalize on plagues and pestilence??? Why the hell not!

Okay…we don’t have to rape and burn and pillage…although I have really wanted to try that pillaging stuff.  Need a Viking hat…or a  PM’s costume. But when there is a rightfully known concern, and you have one of the better means and knowledge base to address those concerns, then why not put that to use, […]

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Licensing….anyone can drive (it seems) so why not spray pesticides???

First off, I’m surprised two months have gone by without a RANT!   And I’ve had “ranting my butt off” ideas everyday.  You just have to wake up and the stupidity starts. Anyway…typical scenario: Bbbbrrriiiing  bbbbrrrinnng (my version of a phone ringing) “Good morning Gardex Chemicals, Samatta speaking”. “Oh hi, My name’s Betty Homecottage and I […]

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Hands tied, but still doing the best we can! Part 2

So in my previous Rant I touched on the fact that Canadian Invasive Species Experts are really restricted in what tools they have available.  And does that restriction of available products make us work smarter or just make us work twice as hard to get the same thing done?  Keep in mind I’m only doing […]

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Does our lack of products make us work smarter? Or just harder? Part 1 of 2

I was looking at my latest version of PCT and was marveling at the number of products they have available to them for invasive species management (okay…pest control).  It would sure be nice to have half of the products they use.  Efficacy, bait shyness, resistance management and rotation would be words we could add to […]

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