EPA Bans “Most Toxic” Sorts Of Mouse And Rat Poisons

You can read “most toxic” as “most effective,” I think, and in that there are shades of the infamous DDT ban enacted here in the US and globally over hysterics who insisted that the use of the chemical was hurting wildlife (see: Rachel Carson, the patron saint of the modern environmentalist movement). One of the most effective ways to manage insect populations, and thus the spread of insect-born diseases such as malaria, was the use of DDT. But activists inspired by Rachel Carson managed to get the use of the chemical banned.

The result was a dramatic increase in the instances of diseases like malaria. Some estimate that the ban of DDT may have cost millions their lives.

Given how many diseases are spread by rats and mice, it’s hard not to see this EPA restriction as having a similar impact if not perhaps in the same scope. The point being that the unintended consequences of these government restrictions, ostensibly to make us healthier and safer, may actually us less healthy and safe.

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of “the most toxic rat and mouse poisons, as well as most loose bait and pellet products” to residential customers.

The goal is to better protect children, pets and wildlife.

“These changes are essential to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rat and mouse control products and also to protect household pets,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

The EPA also will require that all rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential customers be enclosed in bait stations that don’t allow children and pets to reach the poison.

The EPA says children are particularly at risk for exposure to rat and mouse poisons because the products are typically placed on floors, where children can find them and sometimes eat them.

Was there some sort of rat poison-related national crisis I was unaware of? If not, what in the world is justifying this?

Children have been putting disgusting and/or toxic things in their mouths for about as long as we’ve had children. When that sort of things leads to serious illness and/or death it’s always tragic, but there are simple solutions for the problem.

If you store toxic materials away from where children can get them, if you refrain from using them at times when it may be harmful for children and if you educate your children and monitor them properly this risk drops to near zero.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • borborygmi

    I hope they don’t come after the cat.  She is a good little mouser.   How many people,pets were being injured by rat poison?

  • mikemc1970

    Progressives banning rat poison is nothing but self defense.

  • Neiman

    Didn’t the plague that wiped out so many lives in Europe start with rats?

    Of course, maybe they are just protecting liberal rats.

    • Spartacus

      I think it was the fleas the rats carried that started it.

      • Neiman

        So they don’t have fleas now?

        • borborygmi

          they are clean rats now

        • Spartacus

          Don’t know, don’t hang around rats. Ask you’re buddy RBB if he has fleas next time you talk to him.

          • Neiman

            No reason to insult me reference the boob!

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          It takes a critical level of rat population to host a critical number of fleas.

          • suitepotato

            Not that you’d know. Rats don’t live in the open around people letting you know how many there are. However, in the confined spaces that rats typically inhabit, it doesn’t take more than a few months of scratching and dropping flea eggs and larvae here and there to build a very large number of fleas. Since humans don’t vacuum and fumigate in those areas, the fleas will build to a number sufficient to drain the rats of blood in quick order. Hence, they tend to move quarters from place to place quite a bit.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            I believe that bubonic plague exists in rat and prairie dog populations, particularly in somewhat warmer parts of the U.S.  The populations would have to increase dramatically—and can, under the right conditions.  There are about 10-15 cases per year in the U.S.  It is now successfully treated in well over 90% of cases.

  • SigFan

    So, when households in the inner city are being overrun by vermin and children are getting gnawed on by rats while they sleep, what will be their next solution?  Freaking idiots.

    BTW – They sure did the heartstring tug on this one didn’t they – it’s for the children and the pets.  Who could object?

    • mikemc1970

      My dog has gotten into those bait traps before. The vet said it would take more than a week for an animal as large as a small dog or child to die from the small dosage in those traps, and then he gave her a potassium shot and it was done. She didn’t even get sick to her stomach.

      • suitepotato

         It depends. Some out there take very little to kill. I had a cat attack a rat sickened by poison and the cat got sick for days. Small children will eat those pellets and get very sick very quickly. Some of the poisons on the market are approaching toxicity levels usually requiring state/federal licensing as pest abatement professionals, and when used in large amounts by ignorant homeowners, that pile of poison is way over the legal limit.

        BTW, it would also be a bad idea to leave antifreeze just anywhere animals and kids can get it. That stuff will kill without a second chance.

  • ec99

    Typical.  My wife and I are empty nesters; our kids are adults.  I have mice in my basement and boxes of DeCon  there too.  Neither my wife nor I plan on eating it.  But the govt, in its wisdom, treats us all like Jane and Michael Banks.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    What are they worried about congressmen?

    • borborygmi

      close kin but sometimes I think the rat is smarter

  • Spartacus

    Something else to stock up on. I think there’s still a little room next to the incandescent light bulbs.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    I heard that some Senator’s pet got into the mouse poison which led to this action.  

    • $8194357

      To bad it wasn’t that dang white dog!

    • Bat One

      A gerbil, perhaps?

      • mikemc1970

        So it was Conrad?

        • Camsaure

          Wasn’t he also involved somehow in the DDT ban?

  • DopeyDem

    Great news. Now you can’t kill mice and rats, but the windmills are taking out bald eagles left and right.They estimate that hundreds of them are killed annually. There aren’t enough breeding pairs to keep the species thriving. These frickin environmental wackos are getting their way. They want to turn the national emblem into a jackass.  

  • Tim

    At least do a little research before posting.  The comment “you can read “most toxic” as “most effective,”” is simply not true.  The EPA is not banning all rodent poisons … and there are MANY EPA registered options for home owners to use poison that are much more effective than d-Con pelleted baits.

    • suitepotato

      People often deploy way too much of poison because they are impatient and stupid and the number of people who fit that description is a good slice of the American public. I’ve seen people go through two gallons of flea poison, using it as a carpet shampoo. Then they let their kids play on that rug. I’ve seen people set off three flea bombs in one small bedroom at a time, then reenter after under two hours without airing it out. And I’ve seen people toss the poison packs for rats where children and small pets have access by the handful. Of course, roach poison is often used by the entire can; I had a neighbor buy a case at the hardware store and use the whole thing in their kitchen in one day. The counters had a greasy feeling not from cooking but from the poison laid on thick enough to constitute a coating as if they’d painted with deck sealant.

      The public has gotten a bit short sighted and stupid with some very powerful poisons. There’s a damn good reason that professionals with licenses take extensive safety training.

  • VocalYokel

    I don’t get out much…I thought d-Con was one of those dead rappers.

  • fredlave

    It’s back to rolled up newspapers. (BTW, the Fargo Forum is quite good for swatting vermin but for little else).

  • dfrer

    Ok. I’m a full blown conservative and I think the banning of mouse poisons is going a bit overboard. But, for the author to ridicule the banning of DDT is ridiculous.  You do realize the devastating effect DDT had on wildlife correct? We would probably be without Bald Eagles, Ospreys and many other birds today if DDT was not banned. Conservatives with such a narrow view such as the author are almost as scary as the far left liberals out there. 

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

       dfer, what you were told wasn’t the truth.  DDT wasn’t nearly as bad on wildlife as they said.