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

PMRA Invents new use…forgets to tell anyone

Yes I actually read the label…the whole thing…as boring as it may be.

So I’m reading through the new Bayer Temprid label, and came across the following:


It’s defined as being a band of product, allowed on baseboards in the perimeter of a room.  Restricted to 30 cm or 12 inches (Laura converted for me so if that’s wrong call her).

So a 12″ band is allowed, around the inside walls on the outside of an indoor room.

Is this an old labeled use pattern and I’ve missed it all these years?  “Indoor Perimeter”.

Outside walls of an indoor room???

So if Temprid is the very first product to have this label (even though it may be a somewhat common use already) how do we go about having it added to all products?  Like Tempo, Dragnet, Demand and Prelude?

I’m going through the PMRA label search and cannot find this new use anywhere.  If someone does let me know.

Or maybe the PMRA could comment on this use versus the one on the Crack & Crevice section of the Tempo label:

For stored product pest control of exposed adult and immature stages of insect pests, apply to cracks, crevices, and other surfaces where the pests have been seen or have harbourage.

I especially like the part “and other surfaces”.    That leaves the door wide open to everything.

But if you have your product registered, with Crack & Crevice only, how do you get on equal footing with Bayer and add the new “Interior Perimeter”…???

If the other products don’t require evacuation of a small town when sprayed, are we to deem them as “safer”?

Then why wouldn’t this new use be allowed????   Like an automatic addition…

I’m confused as usual.

Driver Test – first right answer gets a week in Bermuda

I’m heading to work the other morning…Hiway 27.

Real easy up to Dixon, left at Skyway, left on Meridian and into Gardex.

No big deal.  Until you reach that stretch where it merges with the 6 lanes of the 427/401, which soon splits into 8 lanes heading north and west and east all at the same time.  Trust me, it does somehow.

Just as I make it to the point of merging with this nightmare, the grandfather in front of me (heading to Shoppers Drug Mart to celebrate his 84th birthday) freaks out and drops to 60 kph.   Whoa there pops!   I follow suit or eat his spare tire for breakfast.  Horns blaring, fingers waving!   Only half the peace sign though…what’s up with that?

At the exact same moment, the girl in the green Mercury Topaz on my right realizes she is running out of lane.  Even though someone has put up 10 signs the last 5 miles saying “MERGE YOU IDIOT”, and she decides to cut between Gramps and myself.

(No way am I letting her in…dream on sister!)

Then to make matters worse…..a delivery van in the far left lane of the 427 suddenly realizes he needs to exit and cuts across 4 lanes to squeeze in front of Gramps…after all there’s a huge gap left by the rapid drop in speed.

Kinda like 4 people wanting to share the exact same space at the exact same time in the exact same plane of existence.  Cosmic….

I’m ready to close my eyes and meet my maker!

So here’s the  Test:

1.)  What color of eye shadow was the girl applying while late to work?

2.) Was the delivery driver using the correct hand while talking on his cell?  And which hand was it?


3.)  Did Gramps make it to Shoppers, re-new his glaucoma medication and live happily ever after?

Address all answers to my laptop, and I’ll check ’em driving back home tonite!

Dose makes the Poison?

I was dealing with a customer the other day…well actually helping a customer deal with one of their customers…you know…tenant, super, property manager, pest control company.   You’re typical goat…can’t say that…you’re typical discussion on the safety of pesticides.  Their word “poison”.

And it reminded me just how ignorant the majority of the world is around pesticides.

I was making the comparison of some of the various day to day products they might find in their house that are more toxic than many of the newer pesticides.  Aspirin.

If used according to label…always throw that in.  A federally approved registration that if followed has been deemed to be within the acceptable definition of safe.

But they ask questions that are so far out there about the “poison” …meaning pesticide… it would make your head spin.

“How many pregnant women have they tested this on to cause toxic results and death”

You must be kidding.

The same amount they tested Mr. Chlorine Bubbles, lighter fluid and paint thinner on.  The same way the Mr. Plumbob is tested…just pour it down their throats maybe.

What a dweeb! Moron!  Imbecile!!!  (I loved Bugs Bunny cartoons)

They must think we’re heathens, not scientists.

But look who we are dealing with…a generation or two now, that have been told pesticides are poison and are all “toxic”.

But you and I know when you look at real data…scientifically proven and approved…the products we use are relatively safe.

If used according to label directions.


We obviously as an industry have done a poor job of education, but we’re in the same boat as farmers who need these tools.

The general population is untrained.

Maybe we need to make it simpler???

You know those little white packets found in electronic equipment, stereos, cameras, and sometimes peanut brittle?  Full of silica gel.  To keep moisture out.  A PESTICIDE!

And what’s it say on the outside of the every little white packet?


I like it.