Tim from Rockford, Mi writes,
Did the EPA ban anticoagulant baits in June?
The EPA did not ban anticoagulants in June. They did however pass laws regarding how anticoagulants can be sold. The federal government has decided that certain types of rodenticides should not be sold in the same manner they have been after June 4, 2011. These regulations were passed to try to prevent over the counter sales of rodenticides to homeowners and minimize secondary poisoning and misuse of rodenticides. Unfortunately too many people have placed rodenticides in locations they should not be, such as easy to access places that children and pets can easily get to. Basically all of the smaller quantities of rodent bait that you have been able to purchase over the counter will no longer be available. You will only be able to purchase bait already inside a rodent station that is a one time use product. It will come pre-baited in a sealed rodent station. This will be the general rule for big box stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot. For a specialty store like ourselves, Do My Own Pest Control, we will no longer be able to sell certain rodent place packs, liquid rodenticides, or bait blox in smaller quantities than 16 pounds. This was passed to discourage homeowners from purchasing rodenticides since they have to now purchase them in large quantities. Most homeowners do not need 16 lbs worth of place packs. We will be able to continue to sell the current stock that we have of currently labeled product while supplies last. However, after June 4th, once we sell out of our current stock and start receiving newly manufactured bait, we will no longer be able to sell it in less than 16lb increments. There will be some baits that we can continue to sell in smaller quantities but they will be very few and only the ones that have a minimal secondary poisoning risk.
Answer last updated on: 09/21/2011