I must be getting old and cynical and maybe…just maybe… a bit senile.
First we hear about the PMRA re-evaluation of boric acid based insecticides, one of the back bones of our industry (but they forgot to ban the laundry detergent…DOH!).
Now the leading rodenticide supplier is launching a domestic registered rodenticide bait, in the required tamper resistant station of course, with the active ingredient bromethalin. The last I checked it is a metabolic poison, with no antidote.
I repeat…no antidote. We have it in our market for licensed pest control operator (you know the guys who take the exams) as Fastrack, but hey, I WON”T SELL IT!
Did I miss something in this logic?
Let’s ban a relatively small volume pesticide use by licensed applicators even though it’s sold over the counter as a detergent…but register something without an antidote and sell it direct to the homeowner.
Okay, so it’s in a tamper resistant bait station, and at a reduced rate….but is that really an acceptable justification. How many 3 year old kids given enough time and a toy hammer can get into anything? Or a 100 pound German Shepherd?
Why take the risk when there are other actives available?
I am really disappointed in both the PMRA and the supplier for going down this road. It’s not good for the Industry or for the consumer.
I know the supplier’s reason: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ but what’s up with the ministry???