The agency tasked with regulating pesticides has turned to using them in order to protect employees, the public and children.
The California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters has been invaded by rats, even infringing on a children’s play area within the complex. EPA spokeswoman Sheryl Watson said the agency initially tried to rid the campus of rodents by relying on alternative methods stating, “CalEPA is committed to protecting the health and safety of the public, our employees, and their children. When we learned of a rat problem in our building’s exterior courtyard and childcare play yard, we took action with non-toxic pest management measures,” she said.
“When those measures did not solve the problem, we consulted experts and determined that protecting the children from rodent-borne diseases required the additional step of applying a rodenticide with strict safety procedures to protect human health and other wildlife.”
Rodenticide can be used in a safe, strategic, and professional manner to respond to an out-of-control infestation that, if left unmitigated, could end up as a public health crisis. Having even one rat left behind is unacceptable, especially when it comes to the safety.