Following on from the recent CRRU press release regarding the new label text for bait station use,
we are here to provide some helpful advice.
So what do Killgerm advise?
- At this present time, there are no defined standards for testing tamper-resistant rodent bait stations in the UK or European Union. Utilising USA test protocols as a key reference, Killgerm developed a testing regime for tamper resistance of the AF Rat Box and AF Atom regarding dogs and children. In these trials, dogs and children were unable to access placebo baits secured within the bait stations.
- A range of Bell Laboratories bait stations meet the ‘tier 1’ tamper-resistant criteria of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Such bait stations are classed as tamper-resistant to children, dogs and show weather resistance.
- While not all bait stations on sale in the UK have been field tested for tamper-resistance (there are no defined standards to test to at present), a ‘read-across’ approach would indicate that bait stations of a design and material equivalent to those above would provide a similar level of protection.
- Where labels allow, rodenticide will still be able to be used in covered and protected bait points.
So, before using bait stations supplied by third parties (i.e. manufacturers who do not hold rodenticide product authorisations) you should exercise due diligence to maximise protection of all non-targets. Use only robust bait stations from reputable, established suppliers.
Please contact 01924 268 400 for advice regarding use of rodenticides and tamper-resistant bait stations.