Iron out rodenticide stewardship confusion at Borderway Agri Expo

Visitors to the Borderway Agri Expo are invited to visit the Bayer stand to iron out any confusion around whether or not they need to complete a rodent control course, to enable them to purchase and use rodenticides on-farm.

“It’s 18 months since the announcement of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) stewardship initiative, but there still seems to be some confusion among farmers about the requirements around purchasing and using rodenticides,” says Ken Black, rural hygiene manager from Bayer.

“However, the Bayer Pest Solutions Team will be on hand at the event to answer any questions around CRRU stewardship and discuss best practice advice for effective on-farm rodenticide management,” he adds. 

In summary, Ken explains that if farmers are members of a farm assurance scheme which has among its standards, a structured, documented and audited programme of rodenticide management, they do not need to enrol on a course until after December 2017.  

“It’s important to note that this interim measure will only apply until the end of this year, unless the approved farm assurance schemes in question bring their standards fully in line with the CRRU Code of Best Practice,” says Ken. 

“The widely-publicised CRRU stewardship initiative dictates that as of 1 April 2017, farmers who are NOT members of an approved farm assurance scheme, have to take a course, and pass an exam, to show rodenticide use competence to allow them to purchase the products themselves.  

“There are approximately 11 different qualifications to choose from, including online ones, such as the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) course, that includes a BASIS exam after completion.”

In line with the CRRU stewardship recommendations, Ken explains that the team will be showcasing the role of an integrated approach to rodent management on the Bayer stand, 14.

“When looking to minimise pest damage, farmers should aim to prevent infestation. For this reason, keeping immediate areas around feed stores and livestock sheds clean and tidy should be a priority,” says Ken. 

“This removes harbourage and food sources for the rodents, as well as reducing the likelihood of pests entering the building in the first place.”

However, if control measures are required, Ken notes that the next recommended step for successful management is regular monitoring and surveillance of the area to help create a targeted baiting pattern.  

“As per the CRRU guidelines, if baiting is required, first-generation anticoagulants should normally be considered, to help minimise secondary poisoning, before selecting a more potent second-generation anticoagulant product.”

For more information on the CRRU guidelines, to book a place on an approved training course, or to find out if your assurance scheme is included, please visit: http://www.thinkwildlife.org

The Bayer Pest Solutions Team can be contacted for further support with rodenticide enquiries on 00800 1214 9451 or pestsolutions@bayer.com

Current rodent control options

  • Obtain a CRRU aligned certificate of competence 
  • Demonstrate membership of a CRRU approved farm assurance scheme (until 31 December 2017)
  • Appoint a certified professional pest controller
  • Purchase amateur products of up to 1.5kg in pack size