Beware Rat Poison May 2018

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Ekocijan is distributing rat poison to households as follows:

Jelsa and surrounding settlements: 18-21 May 2018.

Stari Grad and surrounding settlements: 22 - 24 May 2018.

The poison is Ratimor, whose active substance is Bromadiolone.

The antidote is Vitamin K.

Note:

Distribution of rodenticides in cellophane bags is against the Regulations laid down many years ago by the Split-Dalmatian County Public Health Institute. Despite this, each year to date the poison has been packed in cellophane bags. It is supposed to be packed in secure containers.

Irresponsible rat poison delivery, Pitve 2014

Ratimor and Bromadiolone were removed from the list of poisons approved for use in Croatia in 2013.

Approval suspended in Croatia for Ratimor and Bromadiolone

Bromadiolone is highly toxic not just to rats and mice, but also to humans, cats, dogs, fish...

It is extremely toxic when eaten, but it can also be absorbed through the lungs and by skin contact.

It takes effect within 2 - 5 days. If you suspect that a child or pet has come into contact with the poison, you should seek medical assistance immediately.

The poison is supposed to be used in a safe manner to prevent accidental poisoning of non-target animals. If used, it should be placed in a container with access holes for mice and rats only, preventing bigger animals such as cats and dogs from contact with the poison.

To date the instructions for use (in Croatian only) have been included inside the cellophane package. Handling the paper is a possible source of contamination through skin contact.

Reading the instructions involves potentially dangerous contact with the poison

Poisons are not the most efficient way of preventing rodent infestations, as the long-term result is the rise of resistant super-rats.

You have the right to refuse delivery of the poison.

You can contact your local authority for clarification, or to comment, in person or by email:

Mayor of Jelsa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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