Pest Control News

Friday, 18 September 2015

SGARs and CRRU

Pest control is changing – and it will affect you!

The history of pest control is a chequered one. Some aspects of it, we agree with – for example, trapping and baiting the bacteria spreading rat or the cockroach – other methods we are not so comfortable with, such as hunting and gassing.
However, there needs to be a balance. Without professional pest control in urban and rural settings, the countryside would soon encounter problems and issues, especially as one species would undoubtedly dominate over another.

The rat

A virulent pest, hated and feared in equal measure is the rat. There are all kinds of sayings, including the often quoted ‘fact’ that no one is ever more than 10 feet away from a rat. Whether there is truth in this and what the distance there is between us and a rat is not really known.
Rats are very common. They seem to be able to survive, breed and thrive in the harshest of conditions thus, when they roam in the sewers, gardens and so on of urban homes and buildings, it is no wonder they can grow to a large size with such an abundance of food and shelter.
And this is in spite of professional pest controllers, game keepers, farmers and the home owner using a variety of rat poisons over the years.

The problem with poison

As hard as you try, the destination and distribution of poison cannot be controlled.
Rats are a serious issue – spreading disease and causing untold damage – their rampage of destruction needed curtailing hence, poison was, and is, laid.
Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) are a group of insecticides that have been traditionally used to control and eradicate rats from various sites. The poison is eaten, and then causes the rat to die. Death is quick but there is a problem: the poison remains active within the carcass for a long time after death.
A beautiful yet hungry owl, on its nocturnal prowl for food, may spot the dead rat and swoop in. Unfortunately, the owl itself may be poisoned as can other animals who may come across the dead rat.

There are changes coming

Clearly, this is unacceptable but there needs to be a balance and so, various organisations, professionals and associations are looking to introduce changes that prevent this happening as far as is possible.
Professional pest controllers will need to hold qualifications in order to buy rat poisons; they will also need to adhere to a code of practice which includes returning to the site of a poisoning to collect and destroy carcasses.
For the amateur, this may mean that by the middle of 2016, the opportunity to purchase rat poison could be minimal, although this is yet to be decided. It will certainly come with a bigger responsibility that simply throwing down a bit of poisoned bait.

In summary

With any pest problem, but especially when you think there is a rat infestations, the responsible solution lies in professional services. Our Pest control services are competitively priced as well as effective.

For any pest control issue, call SOS Pest Control today.