Rodent Control Pesticide Safety Review
EPA completed a safety review in 2008 of rat and mouse poison products. Based on that review, EPA tightened safety standards to reduce risks to humans, pets, and non-target wildlife. Most companies have ensured that products are in compliance.
To minimize the possibility of children and pets being exposed to mouse and rat poisons, we require consumer products:
- Be sold with bait stations that securely contain the poison.
- More protective bait stations that offer resistant to tampering by children, pets, and/or to weathering are available and required for applications made around children, pets, or outdoors.
- Contain the block or paste poison bait (loose bait forms are no longer permitted).
Rodenticide manufacturers may no longer sell consumer products:
- With more than one pound of poison.
- Containing four pesticides that pose the greatest risk to non-target wildlife (called second generation anticoagulants – brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, and difethialone).
- Baits containing these poisons may still be used in homes by pest control professionals.
Non-target wildlife and pets can be poisoned if they eat rodent baits, as can predators or scavengers that consume rodents that have eaten certain poisons.