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I'm livid!

Posted: 10 Feb 2018, 11:49
by kated
Went to buy a bucket of rat poison today to be told "only if you have a smallholder's licence"! I am limited to 200g at a time so pay exorbitantly for the privilege!

Rant over.

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 10 Feb 2018, 12:29
by CP
Does that mean you have to have a licence to have a smallholding now? Not that I have one anyway but I've never heard of it before.
I usually buy rat poison online & it is rather expensive anyway, but needs must, especially as the local council doesn't have a rat man (person) any more. (obviously council properties no longer have a rat problem..... :lol: )

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 10 Feb 2018, 13:09
by kated
I have since had a look at farming forums and it seems you can buy 1.5kg before they need to ask for something. A lot of grumpy farmers as you can imagine. It needs a LANTRA certificate to get more, not a smallholder's licence, which doesn't seem to exist. Shop lady didn't know any better.

There seem to be others but this would do: https://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product ... al-rodents

It's yet another way of extracting money from us for things which have worked perfectly well in the past without such interference.

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 20 Feb 2018, 10:02
by MamaOwl
Why do you? What do they think you're going to do with it all other than kill rats?

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 20 Feb 2018, 12:08
by kated
They think you are going to spread rat poison like a muck spreader so that lots of other wildlife will access it. :roll:

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 00:31
by MamaOwl
Of course... because that's what we want... lol

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 27 Feb 2018, 12:22
by kated
From March 1st 2018 you can only buy enough rat poison to kill one rat (and the cost for that one rat packet has skyrocketed) unless you have that damned certificate. Look out for huge increase in rat population.

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 27 Feb 2018, 16:18
by MamaOwl
Isn't the certificate free?

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 27 Feb 2018, 19:35
by kated
No, well the course is free I believe but you have to pay for the exam and therefore the certificate, which is the only way you can get the rat poison. £50 + vat

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 28 Feb 2018, 21:47
by MamaOwl
F*CK!..... why so steep... If I wanted to poison someone I'd just go find some foxglove ffs!

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 01 Mar 2018, 11:00
by kated
It's just another tax.......

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 01 Mar 2018, 12:19
by CP
Unfair! How are we supposed to keep the rats at bay if it's cost prohibitive to purchase the poison? There are already more rat problems since council 'rat-men (people)' were discontinued. :evil:

Re: I'm livid!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018, 12:26
by kated
It probably won't be allowed for long but I did as you did CP and ordered it on line - it was supposed to be delivered on Wednesday but we are snowed in here with chest deep drifts so my rats will just have to stay hungry.....