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Jeanne writes,

Is use of bromethalin safe to use for gopher/mole control near or in a vegetable garden

Is it carcinogenic? What is it's half life? Is it taken up into the plant, will it contaminate the soil and food from garden?


Bromethalin is the active ingredient in many rodent control products. Without knowing the specific product you are requesting information on we can only give you general answers. Bromethalin does not move through the soil and is not taken up systemically into plants. Bromethalin products cannot be used in a vegetable garden but instead should be used around the outside perimeter of the garden for mole/gopher control. Talpirid is the only Bromethalin product that we carry that is labeled for mole control and it will only last for about 14 days when used as directed on the product label.

Answer last updated on: 05/04/2011

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