Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Update: Monday, 26th October 2020 Bioguard Environmental Limited (Bioguard) are keeping a very close eye on the unrelenting spread of this disease. Our number one priority continues to be the safety of our employees, customers, and their families. Our employees always follow strict hygiene protocols. The nature of our business, the handling of pesticides […]

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Concerns for rodent control

The spread of rats against which some rodenticides no longer work has taken a “surprising and troubling” turn, according to Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). New 2019-2020 survey results show not only that 74% of rats analysed carried a resistance gene but, of those studied, one-in-five had two […]

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Rodenticide Alert

Users of rodenticides covered by the UK stewardship regime are reminded that no product is authorised for the control of wood mice, Apodemus spp. This arises from an alert to the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) complaints procedure. On grounds that a product label had said ‘for the control of rats and mice’, a […]

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No excuses !!!

The first two years with all stewardship elements in place have seen “stubbornly intractable” rodenticide residues in barn owls, says the 2019 Annual Report from the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime. For the regime to be a success, “conscientious compliance” with stewardship principles by all rodenticide users is essential, according to Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of […]

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Tick-borne encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) has been detected for the first time in ticks in the UK. The findings are part of ongoing research by Public Health England (PHE) and the Emerging and Zoonotic Infections National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an infection […]

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Resistance update

Rodenticide resistance in rats has been confirmed in several new areas by a Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use study. These include Durham, Northumberland, Tyneside and North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and along the River Severn valley from Somerset to north west Shropshire, northern East Anglia and Devon. Surveillance in 2019 by University of Reading’s Vertebrate Pests […]

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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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