I service a lot of construction sites in the Greater Boston area. I'm concerned about the new EPA Rodenticide Mitigation and if it will affect my perimeter/fence-line rodent control programs I have in place. Most of these sites don't have any structures to bait within 50 feet. Any suggestions?
Your fears appear to be well founded. One effect of the RMD - Rodenticide Mitigation Decision - by the EPA this year will be to lose the ability to bait for Norway or Roof Rats or the House Mouse beyond that 50 feet from a "structure", and the EPA does not consider fences to be structures. The various rodenticide manufacturers offered summaries of the RMD that outlined what the changes were and the impact it would have on our industry. These changes went into effect in June of 2011, and after that point manufacturers could only ship product with the new labeling in place. Vendors such as Univar could sell existing stock and PMPs can use existing stock according to the Label on that package, so "old" labeled material still can be used according to its label until it is depleted.
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