Changes to Rodenticide Legislation in 2024
From 4th July 2024 the sale of rodenticides containing bromadiolone and difenacoum for use in open areas (away from buildings) will be illegal. These products will still have authorisation to be used indoors and around buildings.
There will be a 'use up' period for using products containing bromadiolone and difenacoum in open areas until 31st December 2024. This means that from 1st January 2024, the use of SGAR products which are not associated with the treatment of a building will be illegal.
Why change the law?
The law has been passed by the CRRU (Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use) to reduce the number of wild and non-target species affected by second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) residues.
It is thought that the use of SGAR baits in open areas is one of the most likely ways in which non-target wildlife such as barn owls are exposed to rodenticide residues. The CRRU claims that rodenticide residues have been found in around 80% of the barn owls they tested.
Which rodenticides can be used after January 1st 2024?
Harmonix® Rodent Paste is a non-anticoagulent rodenticide with the active Cholecalciferol, which is non-bioaccumulative & non-peristent in the environment. This makes it suitable for controlling rodents in all locations on the farm including open areas & burrows.
Baits must be securely deposited in a way so as to minimise the risk of consumption by other animals or children. We recommend a bait box to minimise the risk.
Top tips for rodent control:
- Tidy up untouched areas
- Minimise free water
- Restrict access to food sources
- Keep a look out for footprints, gnaw marks & droppings