Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels | Montana Approval #0008VN

Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels

Course Description

Rodenticides are becoming a widely discussed and concerning topic in the pest control field. There is a growing public concern at the risk of secondary and non-target poisonings when rodenticides are used. As a pest control operator is it your responsibility to understand how rodenticides work and how to read their labels. This course discusses the common types of rodenticides, their appropriate application, the risks involved with the use of each type of rodenticide, and takes a look at specific label language. 

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline and describe the primary classifications of rodenticides
  • Describe the differences in toxicity and risk between first-generation and second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides
  • Describe how to use appropriate baiting techniques and the importance of carcass removal

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Rodenticides
  • Anticoagulant Mode of Action
  • Non-Anticoagulant Mode of Action
    • Cholecalciferol
    • Zinc Phosphide
    • Bromethalin
    • Strychnine
  • Reading the Label: What's the Difference?
  • Rodenticides – Anticoagulants
    • ?First-generation (FGARs)
      • ?Application directions
    • ?Second-generation (FGARs)

Lesson 2 

  • Acute Oral (Mouse) Anticoagulant LD50
  • Acute Oral (Rat) Anticoagulant LD50
  • FGARs vs SGARs Summary
  • Toxicology Measure LD50
  • Weaknesses of LD50
  • Milligram to Kilogram
  • Relative Toxicity
  • FGAR Anticoagulant Toxicity
  • SGAR Anticoagulant Toxicity
  • Standard Rodenticide Label Instructions
  • Bait Stations Best Practices
    • ?Type of Station
    • Location of Station
    • Securing Stations

Lesson 3 

  • Prevention of Non-Target Exposure
    • Bait Station Size
    • Select Appropriate Formulations
  • Need for Formulation Variety
  • Modify/Monitor Your Bait Stations
  • Inverted T-Style Stations
  • Anticoagulant Poisoning
  • Structural Baits and Voles
  • Understanding Secondary Poisoning Hazard Risk
  • The Challenge of Secondary Poisoning
  • Biological Half-Life
  • Post Treatment Monitoring
  • Summary of Safer Rodent Control

Final Assessment 

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