Pests news from BPCA

28 February 2020

Storms will drive pests into homes says PelGar

BPCA member PelGar says that the back-to-back battering of the UK by storm fronts and widespread flooding is likely to drive pests into human areas.


The storms will also have negative effects on other non-pest species of British wildlife, PelGar says it is safe to speculate. 

Commenting on the likely impact of these recent storms, Alex Wade, Technical Manager, PelGar International suggests that, “Firstly, the flooding of meadows and flood plains will have a devastating impact on those species of British mammal which overwinter by hibernation or torpor.

"Secondly, species with young will have to abandon nest sites, commit infanticide or leave the young to the mercy of the elements.

“Finally, those animals who have the capacity to relocate will have been displaced, migrating away from flooded areas in search of food and shelter.

"In the short term we should therefore expect to see a sharp rise in instances of pest activity in and around areas of human habitation. It is also likely that many non-target rodent species will follow suit.”

Advice for pest professionals is to be responsive over the next few weeks, to abate the tide of commensal rodents before they escalate in numbers.

It's also important to ensure that the right control measures are implemented according to the correct identification of the pest.


Have the recent storms caused a pest problem in your home or business? Use our tool to find a pest management company.

Source: PelGar press release

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