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

SPMAO vs Environmentalist: the eventual ban of rodenticides in Ontario. But I have a plan…

I kinda overheard a video conference between members of SPMAO and a call to arms against the “environmentalist” now attempting to ban rodenticides in Toronto and the rest of the province.

“These people mean business” no duh A call to arms!

Can you stop the eventual banning of rodenticides? Judging by the recent success in BC and Quebec my money says no.

But can you keep the restriction down to a tolerable level, a sort of compromise?

You bet. But you have to start now, and start a panic in the general population. How? Go back to basics and show why an increased rodent population means increased contact with humans. But the old school messages of bubonic plague and rising food costs due to rodent damage just don’t cut it anymore.

in this 10 second environment we live in (thanks to cell phones, Meta and TikTok) you have to be graphic and go viral. Gore and more gore.

The Fear Factor. Just like the nasty looking pics on cigarette packages, there is a treasure trove of nasty pics, and you all know the ones. The babies with their lips or noses eaten off, or an entire hand disfigured by one little bite and rat bite fever. Rodents running across food being prepped at your local wing joint. Or droppings in your breakfast cereal. I’ll save you the trouble of showing any here, but you get the drift.

And put those nasty ass pictures on CP24 Breakfast television, right under the forecast and sunny skies, every morning from 6:00 – 8:00.

Then take a clue from RISE, the consumer division of Crop Life. US, not Canada. An association of pesticide manufacturers, and mass marketers like SCJ and Scotts, aimed at educating future generations on the necessity of pest control.

Print up cute handouts, courtesy of SPMAO and your local licensed, trained PMP to send home with every child in elementary school. A nice little public service announcement.

”In the event rodenticides, commonly called rat bait or rat poison, are banned in Ontario, your local PMP wants you to be prepared!”

Clever little titles like;

“What to do when bitten by a rat, 4 simple steps to save your life”

“How to identify rat bites in babies. What’s in your crib?”

“There’s a turd in your taco? One is one too many!”

“Rat bite fever and you, c’mon, its not as bad as leprosy, well…”

“Rats really swim through the toilet, and other fun facts to tell Mom”

and lastly;

“If you were a rat 1 + 1 = 12! Exciting New Math tricks for homeschooling”

Oops, nearly forgot my favorite;

“Of course there’s no boogey man under your bed, the big bad rat ate him! Sleep tight, little ones”

Hey, it’s a start.

Can I control insects without pesticides? You betcha!

Well, with a couple of caveats:

  • Time is irrelevant , it may take 3 life cycles or say 4-6 months.
  • How much do I charge? How much do you have? 😉
  • And Health Canada reclassifies what actually constitutes a pesticide, and adopt a system where “Generally Regarded As Safe” products are outside this new definition of ”pesticide”

Naturally derived products are becoming more and more abundant, requiring no chemical reaction. But there are obstacles and costs to register for such a small return. And we can never use the word safe when talking about pesticides.

I know what you’re thinking, they don’t work.

True, not as fast and not 99% effective. That’s a given. But with products like Aprehend, DE, Pyganic (the only true pyrethum in the market), boric acid, glue boards, monitors, baits and traps, I can get the job done. Might even use some spearmint and thyme developed by Purdue, d-limonene and our favorite garlic oil.

Let’s no forget caulk. Which reminds me of my favorite Home Repo joke with the punchline “Can I get a Heimlich in the caulk isle!” Well, maybe thats not apropos…

Oh, I left off one other small caveat:

The place is cleaned top to bottom. Let’s just think pharmaceutical lab clean and go from there.

See easy, the bill is in the kitchen.

I just committed a pesticide, call the cops! Or the MOECC

It’s 3:25 am, another night of not sleeping, and i just devoured a left over hot dog and a homemade chocolate shake.

so you lie awake at night and your mind roams.

And tonite I’m dwelling on all the ”cide” words, which generally regard killing something.

Herbicide, pesticide, homicide, genocide, biocide, even molluscicide of all things.

But why the heck are some are noun thar describe an actual thing, and others a noun that describes the ”act of killing”.

The USEPA defines PESTICIDE as;

Any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.Mar 8, 2023”

The Google search definition of HOMOCIDE;

“…from Latin homicidium “the act of killing a man,” from homo “man” and -cidium “the act of killing,” from caedere “to kill, cut”Sep 10, 2023”

So I use a gun to commit a homicide. But then do I use a chemical to commit a pesticide?

But then if pesticides kill pests, does that mean I can use a homicide to kill homosapiens? Prelude is a pesticide, is a Smith & Wesson a homicide?

But then we should name guns and knives and arrows all as homicides, and the local Canadian Tired runs an ad as having the greatest selection of homicides available!

Or we start committing the act pesticide with a whole range of products, including chemical substances.

It sounds a lot cooler to say I’m committing a pesticide with this fly swatter as this damn mosquito is keeping me awake!

Who wrote these rules anyhow?

Sleep tight faithful reader, whoever you are!

So that was it? Another summer shot to hell

It’s gotta be the age, or post C19, or something that makes time seem to fly by.

What happened to the summer, and all the fun bugs that go with it? Anyone see uptick in overall treatments? “Not really” or ”meh” is the answer I get most of in the back.

Ants? Plenty hot enough, except the rain every other day kept applications away. Nothing to overflow the pockets.

Lots and lots of yellow jackets, especially now as fall arrives. Just stand by your grill. But at $180 bucks a treatment and the neighbors rotting apples on the ground makes the decision easy not to spray.

Course that $180 was cheap compared to this issue:

That was an hour and $637 later for an emergency veterinarian visit with Blu, who decided that this one damn yellow jacket needed to be pounced on and eaten. All from the same dog with Lyme disease and epilepsy.

And yes, i had cancelled my Trupanion doggie insurance one month before all this happened.

But can’t blame poor Blu for a lousy summer when I spent June pissing kidney stones and August fighting Covid 19.

Well goodbye 2023 Summer and welcome winter! Another 8 months of pure bliss.

Keep smiling, and wear your PPE!