National restrictions for rodenticides

Rodenticides are needed for the control of pest rodents in addition to other control methods. Rodenticides are dangerous to pets and wild animals if they get access to the rodenticide bait. These other animals can also be poisoned by feeding poisoned rodents or carcasses. Rodenticides are dangerous to children if they would ingest the bait by mistake.

In connection to approval of the active substances of rodenticides risk mitigation measures are set to reduce the risk of poisoning by children, pets and wild animals, please see Official Journal of the European Union. In addition, some specific national restrictions are applied in Finland.

 

National restrictions (2019)

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User groups:
1.    Consumers
2.    Trained professionals

Trained professionals include
1.    Pest control operators with appropriate qualifications as laid down in the Finnish Chemicals Act (Finnish Chemicals Act 599/2013, Government Decree on Biocidal Products 418/2014)

2.    Persons with appropriate qualifications in plant protection controlling rodents in their agricultural activities (act on amendments to the Finnish Chemicals Act 746/2016, Finnish Plant Protection Act 1563/2011)

2 Approval for use by consumers can only be granted for products for indoor mice control.
3 Approval for use by consumers can only be granted for pre-baited mice bait stations.
4 Efficacy of products for mice control should be tested in yellow-necked mice, Apodemus flavicollis. Testing of efficacy is also recommended in bank vole, Myodes glareolus. Products for professional use in mice control are for outdoor use only, i.e. near buildings, provided that their efficacy in yellow-necked mice has been shown. Yellow-necked mouse is more common in Finland than house mouse, Mus musculus.
5 Products containing alphachloralose: The label must include a warning about poisoning risk of pets and other than target animals, if they feed on the product or poisoned mice. Cats and dogs must be fastened during the rodenticide treatment.
6 Products containing alphachloralose: It should be adviced in the label to inform pet owners in the neighbourhood on the rodenticide treatment leading to the risk of poisoning.