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The CCRU pesticides and wildlife code

Pesticides and wildlife are a deadly combination. The powerful pesticides used in pest control can be destructive to wildlife. In order to prevent this, and minimise the impact to nature, we abide by certain regulations. Foremost of these are “Think Wildlife” and the CRRU code.

How does CRRU work for pesticides and wildlife protection?

This acronym CRRU stands for Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. It’s basically a set of regulations which were created to protect wildlife from pesticides. The essential idea is that pesticides are deployed in a manner that does not affect other animals.

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Whether you have rats under your decking or mice in your walls, Diamond can help in a way that is responsible to the environment by following the CRRU codes of practice. The code is made up of seven pillars concerning pesticides and wildlife. These include.

1. Starting with a planned approach

Before treatment starts, the site should be thoroughly surveyed. Measures to prevent rodents should be taken before using rodenticide. We have a post about what happens during a pest inspection because it’s useful to know what to expect.

2. The amount of poison used and where it is placed must be recorded

A plan for placing bait must be drawn up. Areas of concern must be identified. This plan must be recorded and kept on file.

3. Sufficient baiting points should be used

Baiting points must be placed in an effective manner. Enough bait must be used to solve the problem as efficiently as possible.

4. Non-target animals and birds should not be exposed to bait

Bait stations should be placed in a manner so that non-target animals and birds are not exposed.

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All bait stations should only be accessible to the target rodents because otherwise wild animals can get inside. Bait stations must also be protected from contamination by rain or dust.

5. Rodent bodies must be collected and disposed of

Rodent carcasses are poisonous and may be eaten by wild animals. For this reason they must be quickly collected and disposed of. Because of the dangers of pesticides and wildlife, rodent bodies cannot be left to rot.

6. Bait stations must be routinely inspected

A regular schedule for inspecting bait stations must be drawn up. This might be a daily, weekly or monthly occurrence. Records of these visits should be kept. During inspection the pest professional should remove all bodies and clean-up spilled bait.

7. After treatment all bait must be removed

The final step of the CRRU code includes removing all bait. Once your rat or mouse control treatment is completed, all bait needs to be disposed of. This is important in terms of pesticides and wildlife because bait that is left behind may poison wild creatures. Records should also be updated to reflect that the infestation was controlled and that all bait was cleaned-up.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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