09 November 2020

BPCA warns of second spike in rodent activity

PRESS RELEASE

Householders and businesses should be on the look-out for signs of an infestation as rats and mice head indoors for winter.

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British Pest Control Association (BPCA) warned people to remain vigilant as new Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were put in place across England last week.

Evidence of a surge in rodent activity during the previous lockdown, combined with the likelihood of colder weather driving rats and mice indoors could prompt a further surge in pest problems, the Association warned.

During the UK-wide Covid-19 lockdown in spring, BPCA members reported a 51% hike in rodent activity. Last month, 78% of pest controllers polled reported increased rat sightings, with 63% noting a rise in mouse-related incidents.

Natalie Bungay, BPCA Technical Officer, said: “As temperatures begin to drop and food becomes scarce, rats will begin looking for shelter and scraps in more urban locations. And as autumn and winter push on, rats start to head indoors.

“Rats and mice do not hibernate and are a problem all year round. House mice are already living in and around wherever we are. But as the weather gets colder, field mice currently surviving outdoors will look for warmer places to nest and begin to move indoors too.

“They are highly adaptable and won’t hesitate to take advantage of a warm place to nest during the winter months.”

BPCA’s website includes an A-Z of pests which outlines the habits and lifecycles of different species along with signs of an infestation and the dangers they can pose - including the spread of disease and damage to property.

An online guides about rats at bpca.org.uk/rats, has helpful information on identifying an infestation and offers advice on when to call in the professionals.

Natalie added: “In these unprecedented times, we need to ensure that effective pest management is implemented.

“During the lockdown, as designated key workers, the professional pest management sector is working hard to protect homes, as well as key areas including healthcare environments such as hospitals, the food manufacturing industry, and farms too.

“Rodents and many other pests carry and transmit diseases, and can breed at an alarming rate if left unattended.

“They contaminate food, ruin stock, and can even cause fires and floods with their gnawing.

“Pro-active pest management is the best way we can manage the risks to public health and safety.”

BPCA members are trained, qualified and audited to the British Standard in Pest Management BS EN 16636.

To find a BPCA member near you, visit: bpca.org.uk/find

Source: Online

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