March 4, 2013
After numerous discussions and personal meetings with representatives of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), we are now in a position to distribute our position statement regarding the recent re-evaluation of rodenticides in Canada – as well as clarifying the issue surrounding the use of COMMERCIAL bait stations. It has been made clear to us that PMRA has no jurisdiction over application equipment in Canada (including bait stations), and they reiterated that they specifically left our industry alone (as opposed to DOMESTIC baits and stations) – assuming that we have a high degree of expertise, and that we can determine what stations are appropriate for each use site.
The guidance document below clearly explains the definitions and requirements for Tier 3, Tier 2 and Tier 1 bait stations, and it is up to the end user (ie: the trained and certified PMP) to ensure that the stations used meet the definition in each situation (as we did with “tamper-resistant” in the past). No testing or certification of bait stations is recommended by PMRA, or endorsed by PMRA for COMMERCIAL bait stations...as it will be up to the end user to make the final use determination, regardless of what certification a product manufacturer may provide you with.
Lastly...if, when new labels begin to appear, a particular product makes reference that the bait must be placed in a station designated at Tier 3, Tier 2 or Tier 1 that only means that the Pest Management Professional must know the definitions for each tier status, and then ensure that the station chosen (in his or her opinion) meets that definition.