Mouse outbreak! Pesticide warning.
Use of agricultural/commercial grade mouse bait in homes during the ongoing mouse outbreak in rural NSW has led to human poisoning and hospitalisations in some communities.
The mouse outbreak requires careful pesticide use
The EPA regulates the use of herbicides and pesticides in NSW, including in agriculture, on public land, and in commercial and domestic premises. We urge people to carefully follow the instructions to avoid the risk of poisoning or other serious health conditions.
Our reminder comes after several recent poisonings from mouse baits containing zinc phosphide, resulting in hospitalisations in the Western NSW Local Health District.
Agricultural/commercial grade mouse bait is clearly labelled as a high-risk commercial product used for rodent control and is only approved to be used in agricultural and/or industrial settings and should not be used in or around the home.
EPA officers spoke to community members in Coonamble earlier this year to provide information and warnings about mouse baits containing zinc phosphide.
Executive Director Regulatory Operations Carmen Dwyer said the EPA had started an investigation into the potential supply of agricultural/commercial grade mouse bait to customers for domestic use.
“We’re aware there’s a mouse plague in many parts of the state and this is really tough for some communities.
“Our message to users is a simple one – follow the product instructions carefully. Before using any bait, it’s vital to check the product is suitable for domestic use. We are very concerned about keeping the community safe and well.”
Keep yourself safe around pesticides
- Check the product label carefully before using and comply with the directions for use on the label.
- If you have come into contact with a pesticide and are suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, cough, shortness of breath and chest tightness, you are advised to contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
- If you have a concern or knowledge of an incident involving pesticide misuse in your local area, contact the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555.
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