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Pest control warning from industry body

14 February 2018

An alert has been issued by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) following a rise in resistance to conventional poison within the rat population.

The importance of pest control has increased in recent years for FMs managing all types of facilities, so the latest news will be of particular concern to many.

This issue was highlighted by a report commissioned by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), showing resistance to L120Q within rats "across the whole of central southern England".

There were also concerns for other areas of the UK, as the report stated that data was only available for the south.

Resistance to L120Q is the most severe form identified to date within the rat population, said the report.

The BPCA is urging business to use qualified, professional pest control service providers to combat the issue.

Technical manager Dee Ward-Thompson said the increased resistance could be caused by "a number of factors.

"However, it is most likely the spread has been accelerated by the application of rodenticides by amateurs such as home and business owners doing it themselves, or employing an unqualified individual to try to resolve the problem.

"The clear message is that, to be effective in tackling this issue, people should not attempt to self-treat rats.

"Professional-use only rodenticides are often more successful, but most are subject to strict legislation, so it has become more important than ever to make sure infestations are treated by experts," said Ms Ward-Thompson.

The CRRU report is available here.

Those wishing to use to the BPCA pest control referral service can do so here.

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