PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--d-CON®, America’s number one rodent control brand, plans to vigorously oppose actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would remove a class of rodent control products from the consumer marketplace, despite the fact that the products have been used in homes for more than 50 years. During the coming months, d-CON plans to actively participate in EPA proceedings during which scientific experts will review and consider the latest data concerning rodent control products and the importance of these products in the lives of consumers. EPA has recently confirmed that, during the entirety of these proceedings, d-CON rodenticide products may remain available for retail sale and use by consumers.
According to d-CON, EPA’s proposed action could have a profound impact on consumers by forcing them to choose from among inferior or potentially more expensive pest management approaches, specifically:
- Using obsolete products that many mice and rats have become resistant to over time leading to potential increases in rodent populations,
- Relying on products from an alternate class of rodenticides, which, unlike the d-CON products targeted by EPA, have no antidote,
- Or, ironically, hiring a pest control professional to have their rodent problems treated using the same ingredients EPA wants to take away from consumers. Because some families do not have the discretionary income to pay for professional applicators, they may rely on less-effective treatments should EPA’s recommendations take effect.
d-CON® officials argue that these alternative approaches to rodent control are either less effective or can be more dangerous than the rodenticides targeted by EPA. In making its announcement, d-CON company officials pledged to challenge EPA’s recommendations by using science to demonstrate that EPA’s assumptions about consumer use of rodent control products are wrong, and to show how important d-CON products are to effective rodent control and protecting public health in general.
“As winter approaches, rodents seek shelter in homes and apartments, bringing diseases with them that can be spread, and putting children at risk to rat bites,” said Sabrina Rodgers, d-CON Marketing Director. “If EPA’s recommendations are implemented, rodent populations could rise, resulting in a possible public health issue and putting more and more families in harm’s way. We are confident that when all of the relevant factors in this case are considered, good science will prevail and EPA’s recommendations will not take effect.”