What is this service?
Historically the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures has had an active Vertebrate Control Program, focused upon assisting local growers and ranchers in controlling ground squirrels and other vertebrate pests detrimental to agriculture and public health. A major reduction of the program began in the mid 1980's due to regulatory constraints and loss of registration of Compound 1080. (Property owners paid the Department to apply Compound 1080, an acute toxicant to their private property).
Although the Department has shifted away from direct control activities, it continues to act as an informational resource for both agriculturalists and the general public dealing with various vertebrate pests. This shift occurred for a number of reasons, including the loss of registration of commonly used rodenticides, increased ecological concerns and regulations regarding the use of certain rodenticides, and changing priorities of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures. Despite these changes, the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer has maintained part of its traditional role of providing customer service by assisting ranchers and farmers in controlling vertebrate pests through training and education. The Department no longer sells California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) labeled oat groat based rodenticide baits: 0.01% Chlorophacinone, (a broadcast/scattered bait) and 0.005% Diphacinone (used in bait stations).