Rat Bait Legislation

Rat Bait Legislation & Best Practice

How Legislation Affects You...

In the recent past we have seen many changes in the regulations applied to rodenticides. Amateur use packs have been reduced in size to 1.5kg and consequently all those wishing to buy professional use packs have had to either gain official certification or belong to an approved Farm Assurance Scheme (FAS) which would see them through to the end of 2017.

Benefit of Farm Assurance Schemes

The first news comes in relation to the FAS’s. Those belonging to one of the following schemes have worked with CRRU (Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use) to bring their standards in line with the new regulations. Members of these schemes will therefore be allowed to buy and use professionally labelled packs without the requirement for additional certification:

  • Agricultural Industries Confederation/Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (www.aictradeassurance.org.uk)
  • Duck Assurance Scheme (Breeder replacement, Breeder layers, Hatcheries, Table birds, Free-Range table birds) (www.saiglobal.com/assurance/farm-assurance/DAS.htm).
  • Farm Assured Welsh Livestock (Beef and Lamb)( www.fawl.co.uk).
  • Laid in Britain (www.laidinbritaineggs.co.uk/).
  • Red Tractor Farm Assurance (Beef and Lamb, Dairy, Combinable crops and Sugar beet, Fresh produce, Pigs and Poultry) (www.assurance.redtractor.org.uk).
  • Quality British Turkey (www.britishturkey.co.uk).
  • Scottish Quality Crops (www.sqcrops.co.uk).

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Rat Bait Legislation

Amateur Use

The next set of restrictions, which are scheduled to come on stream in early 2018, are set to strictly limit the availability of rodenticides to the non-certified / amateur user. Under new classifications the current strength rodenticides will no longer be available to amateur users after 1 March 2018. By reducing the concentration from 50ppm to 25ppm this classification can be avoided allowing a range of amateur products to remain on the market.

The first concern with a lower concentration of bait will be the efficacy. PelGar has carried out extensive field trials on the 25ppm baits in the UK, this data has been used to submit for the UK authorisations and in reality shows very little difference to 50ppm trials carried out previously. However, the key to any rodent control campaign is to use a top quality bait, site enough bait points and top them up regularly.

Smaller Pack Sizes

The next concern is the restriction on amateur pack sizes. Currently the maximum pack size is 1.5kg but in line with changes to the bait concentration the maximum pack sizes are being reduced to 300g for block baits and 150g for wheat/pasta/pellet baits. While this may have been sufficient for most amateur users, smallholder and equestrian users may struggle with the smaller sizes.

Rat Bait Legislation

Get Certified

As a result of these changes it is recommended that all rodenticide users get certified. A number of courses are available and the most straightforward of these is an online portal commissioned by Mole Valley Farmers. There is a plethora of information on rodent control which is free to access and should be read prior to taking LANTRA’s online multiple choice exam (at a cost of £60). On successful completion a certificate on competence is sent out in the post which will allow the purchase and use of professional rodenticide packs. Visit www.molevalleytraining.com for more information and to enter the training portal.

In line with the changes coming up Mole Valley will be amending its amateur product range and while current products up to 1.5kg will be available until March 2018, the new range of products, in smaller pack sizes, will be ready to purchase in the autumn/winter of 2017. This new range will offer a choice of product to suit every need.

For more information and advice please speak to a Suitably Qualified Person in store.