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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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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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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Robert’s Rule on Rodenticides: “What’s the Worse that can Happen”

Here’s the bare facts: I believe the Industry has been given a false sense of comfort on the Evo Express and tampering.   Is the Evo 100% safe in preventing secondary poisoning?  Nope. The other problem is we only have bromadiolone to use outdoors.  (except in underground burrows which is considered “indoors”) Of the 2 – […]

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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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Health Canada Bans Water! Maple Syrup next in line.

You heard it hear first. Just look in the Canada Gazette,  Volume 190878, Chapter 113300, page 17587, July something, 2016. In a move to save Canadians from their own stupidity, Health Canada has banned water.  This in response to a drastic increase of accidents, dismemberment and deaths directly associated with the misuse and abuse of […]

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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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One simple step to increase pesticide safety

Here it is: Eliminate all Domestic uses. Simple enough. How many homeowners do you think buy a can of “Dr Invade Kil” at the local House Hardwire, go up home and spray the wasp nest above their garage. Without gloves Standing downwind Without goggles And their hand on the trigger…(actuator button really) And streams of […]

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