Rodents have the potential to carry diseases that can cause harm and damage to people, buildings and food products. However, whilst the use of rodenticides is an effective method of controlling rodents, these can present very real risks to people and the environment.
Legislation surrounding the use of rodenticides in Northern Ireland is set to change early next year. The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) recently launched a Rodenticide Stewardship Regime for the UK to ensure that risks from rodenticide use are properly managed. From 1 April 2017, anyone in Northern Ireland wishing to control rodents in a commercial environment, or undertake pest control in land-based or related industries - such as professional pest controllers, farmers, gamekeepers users and those working in the food industry - will need to comply with the requirements of stewardship to access professional quantities of products (those who are part of a relevant farm assurance scheme have until December 2017).
Lantra offers quality training in the use of rodenticides, specifically the Lantra Awards Responsible and Effective Control of Commensal Rodents course and the Lantra Awards Rodent Control on Farms course. Both courses, which are approved by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) Training and Certification Working Group, have been designed to help people plan and implement rat and mouse control. The courses provide a full working knowledge of both preventive and curative methods for a control programme to be planned, executed and monitored. The courses focus on the most efficient and safe methods of rodent control with due regard to the environment and wildlife.
These assessed training courses provide an opportunity for candidates to gain an industry recognised certificate that will become a requirement for all users in 2017. The training includes theory and practical activities during the day, and provides an understanding of why it is necessary to control rodents, the biology and behaviour of rodents and legislation associated with rodent control.