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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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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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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Let’s Get Real – and I won’t name names

In reviewing the data of a pesticide within the cyclical guidelines of the PCP Act, I decided to look at the maximum rates, and maximum allowable applications to determine the potential exposure levels possible. And to be on the safe side I take the evidence (rat and mouse studies) and apply a 300 fold safety […]

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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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PMRA Proposes Demand CS Indoor Uses Eliminated: ACT NOW

I’m inserting a section of the Product Re-evaluation Document specifically covering Demand CS .   The PMRA is proposing elimination of all indoor residential uses of the product. “The following postapplication scenarios were assessed: application for bedbugs, band and spot application, and crack and crevice application. Both cancer and non-cancer risks of concern were identified for […]

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Okay okay….back to Pest Management: The #1 Rule!

And why the regulators don’t get this….(last half of my title). I like the word regulators.  Makes it sound like you’re back in the days of prohibition…revenuers and regulators.  Fits. ANY WAY The number one, numero uno, # 1 rule of Pest Management????? KEEP THEM OUT TO START WITH! IPM starts with exclusion.  A pest, […]

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