The objectives of the vertebrate pest control research program established and administered by the Secretary of CDFA are:
Each year ground squirrels, pocket gophers, voles, rats, birds and other animals cause millions of dollars of damage to California agriculture. Farmers, park managers, foresters, and others, including homeowners, use an integrated approach to deal with these important and sometimes devastating pest problems. An essential part of these management programs is use of rodenticide baits such as anticoagulants, zinc phosphide, burrow fumigants such as gas cartridges, and bird control devices.
In 1990, the Rodenticide Surcharge Program (Assembly Bill 2776) requested each agricultural commissioner to collect a fee or surcharge of 50 cents for each pound of vertebrate pest control material sold, distributed, or applied by the county. The money generated by this surcharge is used to fund the research required by the EPA to maintain current registrations, payment of registration fees, to improve existing rodenticides, and to find new materials and methods to solve vertebrate pest problems.
Current committee members are: