Plague of rats in gardens and playgrounds could be caused by new rules going beyond EU guidance

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  • HSE wants ‘second gen’ rat poisons restricted to within 16ft of buildings
  • Agency is worried that predators in countryside will ingest these poisons
  • Pest control experts say other animals don’t eat poisons if used correctly
  • Some 128,000 rat treatments carried out annually ‘would be made illegal’

By
Mark Duell

23:43 EST, 17 April 2013


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03:13 EST, 18 April 2013

A plague of rats in gardens and playgrounds could be on the way thanks to new health and safety rules that go beyond European Union guidance, pest control experts claim.

The Health and Safety Executive would like the use of so-called ‘second generation’ rat poisons restricted to within 16ft of buildings.

The Government agency is worried that predators in the countryside such as foxes and birds of prey will ingest the two poisons – difenacoum and bromadiolone, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Problematic: The Health and Safety Executive would like the use of so-called 'second generation' rat poisons to be restricted to within 16ft of buildings

Problematic: The Health and Safety Executive would like the use of so-called ‘second generation’ rat poisons to be restricted to within 16ft of buildings

However pest control experts gamekeepers are adamant that the poisons are not eaten by other animals if used correctly – and only a fractional amount is ingested even when errors are made.

Some 128,000 rat treatments carried out annually would be made illegal by the ban, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, reported the Telegraph.

The Country Land and Business Association and the Countryside Alliance claim the ban will make it tougher to control rats in parks and urban wasteland, and say the HSE is going further than it should.

The European Commission is only said to be currently considering greater controls on chemicals.

Complaints: The Country Land and Business Association and the Countryside Alliance claim the ban will make it tougher to control rats in parks and urban wasteland, and say the HSE is going further than it should

Complaints: The Country Land and Business Association and the Countryside Alliance claim the ban will make it tougher to control rats in parks and urban wasteland, and say the HSE is going further than it should

The products are used in wider countryside areas by around 75 per cent of gamekeepers, according to the National Gamekeepers Organisation.

‘We have a pretty bad situation with rats in open countryside as it is and it could easily get worse’

Mike Swan
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

Rats are mostly resistant to the first generation of poison – warfarin – reported the Telegraph.

Mike Swan, of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, told the newspaper: ‘We have a pretty bad situation with rats in open countryside as it is and it could easily get worse.’

But a Health and Safety Executive spokesman insisted that the poisons should be restricted to ‘in and around buildings’.

The comments below have not been moderated.

Here’s a simple, all natural remedy – get a cat. There’s a myriad of rescue centres crammed to overflowing with lovely moggies needing homes and even pedigree cats wanting a cute pied a terre. Whether they’re a Heinz 57 moggie of dubious parentage or a pedigree Dragon Li (Chinese breed) with a lineage dating back to the Ming Dynasty – they will ALL kill rats and mice. I have a cat as we live in the country and we haven’t seen a mouse since we got him. My mother in law was plagued with mice, she got a cat after my father in law died (he hated pets) as company; however the cat is decimating the mice population nicely as well as being a companion and my MIL hardly ever sees the little furries now. So give an abandoned cat a new home and you’ll be doing both of you a favour.

Trouble
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London, United Kingdom,
19/4/2013 00:20

Too many slobs chucking rubbish around wherever they go, heaven only knows what sort of squalor they live in.
– Quantrill, Swindon, 18/4/2013 9:29______________Another spread of filth that the benefit scroungers should be held accountable for. Their discarded McDonalds food waste brought by the tax-payers hard earned cash no doubt.

Bex1983
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London,
18/4/2013 22:34

Leave the little furry critters alone

Bex1983
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London,
18/4/2013 22:07

to prevent rats coming into or around your property, ensure there are no easy access points, dispose properly of food waste that will tempt them in.

wild rats will naturally avoid humans, so will approach us only because of our own disgusting habits of discarding food wherever we go.

there’s no need to resort to poisons, which are disgustingly inhumane in how they work, and affect not only rats but other wildlife and domestic pets that catch or eat them (and a dying rat is easy prey) . WHERE you can put the poison is irrelevant when the death is so slow that they are able to leave the poison site.

another good way of deterring wild rats and mice is to have pet rats. the rats can tell the house is another mischiefs (the collective term for rats) territory, and the mice stay away because wild rats predate on smaller mammals, among other food sources.

Sheena
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Cornwall, United Kingdom,
18/4/2013 20:34

“Everything works fine in this Country for years and then along come the EU change all the rules and it all goes wrong” I suggest Utwit supporters read the article …

jake
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uckfield,
18/4/2013 20:15

The biggest pests seem to be infesting HS. Either that, or………… forget David Icke’s lizard people, its the RAT PEOPLE who are running HS protecting their on species!

The Punisher
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Darlington ENGLAND, United Kingdom,
18/4/2013 19:48

Our HSE were among the EU experts consulted for their views on the PROPOSED changes. The proposals haven’t even been put before the European Parliament’s Environment Committee yet. As usual, the DM is jumping the gun over PROPOSALS being considered by the EU. However, this time the DM is making out the HSE to be the “bad guy”, not the EU. Is the DM becoming less “EU-phobic”?- John S, Bromley, United Kingdom, 18/4/2013 14:58 But John, what´s it got to do with HSE? How does it impact on HSAW? If it is about “secondary” poisoning of other animals and birds – rather than humans – it has no relevance to HSe but might be of concern to others such as RSPB. Once again HSE attempting to expand it´s remit into areas that should not concern it.

rogthe dog
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Bratislava, Slovakia,
18/4/2013 19:31

Looks like we’re regressing right back to the Middle Ages.

Mignarda
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Dover, United States,
18/4/2013 19:10

We need some sort of pest control for these H. S, and P.C. infestations.

jacklist
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sheffield,
18/4/2013 17:15

@ – yellow hand , wednesbury, United Kingdom, 18/4/2013 15:05: –

You must have long point of zero to have no hold-over at 65yards (or an FAC rated rifle)!

@ david , cleethorpes, United Kingdom, 18/4/2013 15:03: –

I like the .177 becuase I have got used to the trajectory. You spot on about the baiting. Peanut butter/chocholate paste seems to be the ultimate bait?

cam
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southport,
18/4/2013 16:53

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