When most people think of dealing with pest issues related to rats or mice, the cliché image of a mousetrap mounted with a piece of cheese typically comes to mind. In reality, many pest control companies typically turn toward various poisons and pesticides to deal with this particularly "hairy" pest issue. However, while these chemical solutions are often effective, they also pose a variety of hazards to innocent bystanders such as children, pets, and unrelated wildlife.
As of the 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a variety of steps to ensure that these products pose as little risk as possible to anything but pesky rodents. For instance, with regard to mouse and rat poisons, the agency has required that consumer products:
- Be designed with bait stations that securely guard poisons from children and pets.
- Contain either block or paste poison baits, as loose bait forms such as pellets are no longer allowed.
Additionally, rodenticide manufacturers are no longer permitted to:
- Sell consumer products that contain more than one pound of poison.
- Incorporate what are called "second generation anticoagulants" into consumer products.
- These pesticides pose a particularly large risk to non-target wildlife and include brodifacoum, bromodaiolone, difenacoum, and difethialone.
- Note that the EPA still allows pest control professionals to use baits containing these poisons.
If you choose to personally address mice or rat pest issues with consumer products, you can rest assured that the EPA has kept your children and pets in mind by requiring these products to meet a variety of safety guidelines. Nevertheless, if you require additional assistance in dealing with these sorts of pests, please don't hesitate to contact us at Gibson Pest Control.