Not Well Thought Out

Over on the EPA website, there’s a press release about a new push to ban certain types of pesticides for residential, non-commercial use. If they succeed, and if you have a pest problem, you’ll need to contact a professional and pay — oh, but you will pay for it.

The theory is that it will save the children. I have a simple rule: put your pesticides where your kids can’t get to them. If they do get to them, then you didn’t have them in an appropriate place (the pesticides and the kids).

But, in the first paragraph, there’s this little gem: “Wildlife that consume bait or poisoned rodents will also be protected by EPA’s actions.”

Ignore, for just a moment, that rats and mice are, indeed, wildlife. But how, exactly, do we prevent other opportunistic wildlife from consuming the dying bodies of rats and mice?

Easy: you can’t. But there will soon be a law that will hold you responsible.

Now that I think about it, maybe they want an outbreak of the black plague. I mean, it’s only been a few years since the last, mass human die-off.