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

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 […]

Read More »

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, […]

Read More »

How to beat the choppers and slashers

Howdy there price shoppers… Shopping for prices, the occasional Special, buy one get one…all parts of what is known as your Pricing Strategy.  These may be temporary or a buying incentive.  That happens in nearly most industries, based on many different factors. In some Industries the Specials/Discounts become  regular price strategy.  Take the grocery business […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 – […]

Read More »

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!!! […]

Read More »

Changing Your Customers’ Expectations…there is no “Silver Bullet”

I had a new customer in last week, a start up company actually, that was facing a tough problem with a roach cleanout.  Huge populations. The property manager wanted them gone…now (the roaches, not the PCO’s).   A simple matter of coming in and spraying and killing everything! Sure… Not…. So here’s the situation: Apartment building […]

Read More »

Call backs this Summer – Pyrethroid Performance

I am starting to get a few calls and questions on call backs and retreats needing to be done in some areas around the country.  Seems to be more spider related than anything. There are three separate issues that need to be addressed with this; The limited chemistry we have available, The inherent physical properties of […]

Read More »