Latest News from BPCA

07 November 2013

BPCA comments on recent rodenticide resistance stories

Technical Manager Richard Moseley said "cases of resistance in rats have been known for decades." A study being undertaken by the Universities of Huddersfield and Reading began around three years ago and will eventually document where the highest concentration of resistant rats can be found. "While the studies show that the resistant rat population is spreading, you can be assured our members have the skills and products to solve this problem."

The gestation period of rats is around 22 days and they reach sexual maturity by 8 to 12 weeks. That means resistant rats have the ability to multiply rapidly. "Normal rats are being killed off by poison, so these resistant species are taking their place - it's only natural that their numbers are expanding."

Some stronger rodenticides, like brodifacoum and flocoumafen, are already used by pest control companies. However the usage is limited to inside buildings only because of the potential harm these more potent poisons can have on wildlife. While admitting a balance needs to be struck, Moseley explained "rats still pose a very serious threat to humans, not purely through the diseases they carry but by chewing through pipes and electricity cables." He added "if you have a rat infestation then we'd recommend you contact a professional pest controller through the BPCA website to deal with the issue."

Source: BPCA.org.uk

Highlights View all news

03 August 2020

Latest news

Engaging with pest control clients post-Covid-19

BUSINESS | PPC100 August 2020 You would have to be living in a cave for the last four months not to know that we are living in strange times. Chris Cagienard, director and field biolo

Read more

03 August 2020

Latest news

Wild Justice hearing given go-ahead over Welsh general licences

Wild Justice, the campaign group spearheaded by Chris Packham, has been granted an expedited hearing over "legality" of bird control licences issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Read more

03 August 2020

Latest news

Infographic: Who runs BPCA? New committees and groups

YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC100 August 2020 We’ve put together this useful organisation chart so you can understand how BPCA works. You may even spot an area of the Association you&rs

Read more
Latest View all news

10 August 2020

Latest news

New pesticide labels toolbox talk released for BPCA members

A new pesticide labels toolbox talk template, for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area (login required). It is important that

Read more

06 August 2020

Latest news

VIDEO: Terms and conditions, contracts, force majeure and cancellations - BEB Consultancy

Learn about the importance of water-tight contracts, terms and conditions. In this video, BEB Consultancy will cover subjects like: What contracts and terms and conditions you need?

Read more

05 August 2020

Latest news

GALLERY: PPC magazine all 100 covers

SPECIAL | PPC100 August 2020   And here we are today with our 100th issue! Thanks

Read more