Pest control with pesticides, these are the (new) rules

From 1 January 2023, stricter requirements apply to the use of rodenticides, the most commonly used poison against pests. A certificate is required for the use of rodenticides. It concerns the use of almost all indoor rodenticides. Previously, outdoor use already required certification.

Pesticides are toxic

The reason for this measure is that pesticides based on anticoagulants (blood thinners) are extremely toxic and can be transferred to birds, birds of prey and pets as secondary poisoning. In addition, the substances are (very) difficult to break down, and there is a possibility of resistance.

Use of rodenticides from the beginning of 2023 will be punishable without a company certificate IPM Rodent Control and a license IPM-KBA (Pest Management Institute; Rodent Control Agricultural Companies). The current KBA and KBA-GB licenses are no longer sufficient.

The old packaging, which does not yet contain the new rules, may only be sold to private individuals during a transitional period until 29 June 2023 and used until 26 December 2023.

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Fewer pesticides in the environment

Klaas-Willem Kik from the company Kik pest control, has a certificate and takes a positive view of this. “The use of it is seen as a necessity. It is taken seriously to ensure that fewer pesticides enter the environment.”

NVPB, the Dutch association of pest control companies, indicates that an expansion of the current IPM certification system is taking place. The certificates are being adjusted, which means that the requirements are now increasing. Kik: “The starting point is that as a professional you can decide for yourself whether you want to use a substance, it requires an investment, but the companies we represent see it as a good thing that they can still use it.”

Application for certification approach to pests

According to LTO Holland, most growers carry out the control themselves if they use rodenticides for control. It only applies indoors, because it was no longer allowed outside with a certificate.

Now that the use of pesticides against pests indoors is no longer allowed without a certificate, you as a grower must contact a certified pest controller or obtain the certificate yourself. You can find certified companies on the KPMB Foundation’s website (Pest Management Companies Quality Mark). Hiring a professional company can cost from €85 to €160 per person. visit.

Good reason to use biocides against pests

Klaas-Willem Kik notes that the use of chemical sprays for indoor use is now also prohibited, it is important that there is good cooperation between growers and pest control. “We will first discuss together how we can solve the problem in a different creative way, and as a last resort we will use biocides. There must be a real reason to use it.”

From 1 January 2023, businesses wishing to continue using rodenticides are required to certify themselves in accordance with the latest version of the IPM Rodent Control Certification Scheme and further train their staff. For this, the supplementary training IPM-KBA is required.

Rodent Control Certification Costs

Courses are already held. These last 1 to 2 half days, including an exam. The license is then valid for 5 years. The costs for this vary from € 200 to € 300. To renew the license after this, you must attend knowledge meetings. The costs for the annual audits (certification) are approx. €500 to 700.

In addition, NVPB indicates that NVWA, the Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Authority, will pay more attention to the part of foreign agriculture, living environment and transport next year. This will also be an item checked by the inspectors during the regular inspections.

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