Rodent control update

Rodenticide use for permanent, pulsed or burrow baiting, or in covered and protected bait stations, is now only legal if the product label permits these ‘non-standard’ scenarios specifically. This applies equally to pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers. It comes into force, according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use chairman Dr Alan Buckle, amid “stubbornly static” […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Update: Monday, 28th June 2021 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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Resistance surveillance results

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). The organisation’s 2019-2020 survey results showed not only that 74% of rats analysed carried a resistance gene but, of those studied, one-in-five had […]

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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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