Resistance latest

New hotspots of rats that are resistant to anticoagulant rodenticides have been identified by monitoring carried out at The University of Reading. The study was commissioned by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) under its stewardship remit for the HSE-led Government Oversight Group (GOG). In East Anglia and West Yorkshire, it identifies for the […]

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Rodenticide resistance

A new study by Reading University has identified ‘the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England. Co-author, Dr Colin Prescott, explains that L120Q is the most severe form of rodenticide resistance identified to date, effective against first generation anticoagulants and one or more second generation. ‘Moreover, this doesn’t mean the […]

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Asian Tiger Mosquito

Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, has for some time been identified as an invasive species that could potentially arrive in the United Kingdom. Until late September 2016 there had been no confirmed reports or sightings of this species; at which point surveillance, overseen by Public Health England (PHE), confirmed a number of eggs in […]

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False Widow Spiders

There are currently around 670 different species of spider occurring in Britain. Of the spiders commonly found in houses or gardens, quite a few are patterned or dark in appearance, and Zygiella x-notata, Metellina species, Amaurobius species and Araneus diadematus garden spiders are frequently being mistaken for possible ‘false widow’ spiders and repeatedly wrongly reported […]

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Zoonotic Disease

Guidelines for the Investigation of Zoonotic Disease (non-foodborne) in England and Wales Revised and updated guidelines (Version 2, July 2016) for the Investigation of Zoonotic Disease (non-foodborne) in England and Wales have been published which describe the roles and responsibilities of a range of organisations and agencies, including environmental health professionals, that can become involved […]

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CEPA Certification

We are very proud of our continuing reputation for supplying high quality and environmentally aware services. Bioguard is an approved member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), are accredited by Achilles and the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), hold both ISO 9001 : 2008 (quality management systems) and ISO 14001 : 2004 […]

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Aluminium Phosphide

Phosphine is a fumigant used in the UK for the control of burrow living vertebrates (rabbits, rats and moles) and a wide range of invertebrate pests, which infest stored food commodities. Phosphine’s high toxicity makes it the most toxic substance used for controlling pests in the UK and, quite rightly, deserves special attention to protect […]

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Mosquito borne disease

One mosquito. One bite. That’s all it takes to change someone’s life forever … The threat of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has risen in recent years due to volatile weather patterns and vulnerable populations of humans, birds and animals. While in many cases, these diseases cause minor […]

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Rodenticide stewardship

The structure of a stewardship regime for second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) has been proposed by a comprehensive stakeholder group and agreed as appropriate by the Health and Safety Executive. The need arises from a 2013 HSE ruling that products containing SGARs will be authorised in the UK only if a comprehensive stewardship programme for all […]

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