Join The Resistance! (Don’t, Actually!)

Headlines

‘MUTANT SUPER RATS’

If you’ve recently seen a headline similar to the above, Don’t be unduly alarmed, the fact that you’re reading this blog means that you’re about to find out just what the Issue is and what is being done about it!

Rodenticides in The U.K
With the exception of one (Alphachloralose), All rodenticides licensed to control rats and mice in the u.k are anticoagulants, that is they interfere with the clotting process of blood, this means that death is normally due to internal haemorrhage.
The most famous of these compounds is ‘warfarin’ (Wisconsin alumni research foundation + Coumarin) commonly used to treat thrombosis and similar conditions in humans.
Warfarin, along with Chlorophacinone and Coumatetralyl are known as first generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGARs)
Resistance to the first generation of anticoagulant rodenticides was discovered in rats (R. norvegicus and R. rattus) and mice (Mus musculus domesticus) in the United Kingdom around 1960, approximately 10 years after the first use of anticoagulant rodenticides.
Similar resistance has now been reported in many countries across the globe.
The second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) were specifically developed to overcome resistance, but resistance to several of these more potent analogs has now been detected.
Continued use of anticoagulant rodenticides against these populations of resistant rats is likely to maintain the selection pressure toward higher prevalence and degrees of resistance.

Second Generation Anticoagualnt Rodenticides (SGARS)
The 2 SGARS which are the main focus of the problem are Difenacoum and Bromadiolone, both are ‘multi-feed’ rodenticides (That is, a rodent usually needs to feed on them a number of times before the active ingredient takes effect) and both are available to the professional sector AND the general public. Any rodenticide product that you see in the high street, supermarket etc will be one of these two.
There are other 3 SGARS available, which have greater levels of toxicity than Difenacoum and Bromadiolone,  Brodifacoum,  Flocoumafen and Difethialone. There is no known resistance to products containing these actives. They are technically ‘multi-feed’ rodenticides but Rats & Mice frequently eat enough in one feed to have a lethal effect, This has led to some people referring to them as ‘single-feed’
At present it is illegal to use any of these 3 outdoors.

Difethialone  Brodifacoum

Resistance in Rats and Amateur Use
Although genetic resistance occurs naturally in Rats and resistant organisms are simply following the rules of evolution; the best-adapted individuals survive and pass their resistance on to their offspring, Incorrect usage of rodenticides can actively increase resistance.
The availability of these products to the general public is believed to have contributed to the spread of resistance throughout the U.K.

Bromadiolone            Difenacoum

Many professionals feel that rodenticides shouldn’t be available for use by untrained members of the public, Pest Controllers have to produce evidence of qualifications and training to suppliers when ordering products.
Another problem is that amateur users are less likely to interpret safety instructions on correctly and are less likely to understand how to use the products to best effect.
Personally, as well as the Issues already mentioned I feel that the sale of products to amateur users devalues The Industry and disregards our role in contributing to safeguarding public health.

Environmental Concerns
Obviously, SGARs are not selective and precautions need to be taken to minimise the risk to non-target species and it is when this does happen, for example if rodenticide is eaten by a vole that in turn is caught and eaten by a kestrel that the rodenticides enter the food chain and the problem of ‘secondary poisoning’ occurs.

Industry Response
The Campaign for responsible rodenticide use (CRRU) (Cavalry Pest Solutions are registered CRRU Supporters) has produced the CRRU Code, a 7 point strategy to minimise risks to the environment and non-target species. The CRRU also developed ‘Wildlife Aware’ Accreditation in conjunction with BASIS-PROMPT. (At Present, The only Pest Controller registered in the Wigan Borough as being ‘Wildlife’ Aware Accredited is Elliot Lowe, Senior Pest Control Officer at Cavalry Pest Solutions.)

Last year,The Health & Safety Executive invited a number of stakeholders from across the country, representing pest control, gamekeepers, environmental organisations to a meeting to discuss the way forward for the use of SGARs in The U.K. (Cavalry Pest Solutions were one of the stakeholders invited to the meeting)

Proposals have suggested that a Stewardship Scheme headed by the CRRU is the preferred option, further meetings with stakeholders are to be held next year.

Links:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2490071/Are-mutant-super-rats-taking-Commons-Parliament-spends-6-000-month-tackling-pests-fears-grow-poison-resistant-vermin.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/beware-mutant-rats-1-6254149


Cavalry Pest Solutions have a NEW Phone number: 01942 56 86 92

Cavalry Pest Solutions have a NEW Phone number: 01942 56 86 92


Wildlife Aware Accreditation

Cavalry Pest Solutions are Proud to announce that Senior Pest Control Officer, Elliot lowe is now a “Wildlife Aware” Accredited Technician,Currently the only “Wildlife Aware” accredited Pest Controller to live in the Wigan Borough!

The Accreditation scheme run jointly by The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) and The BASIS Professional register is aimed at professional pest controllers who can demonstrate high standards of care and commitment to the correct use of rodenticides and rodent control.

Rodent Control

The accreditation is awarded only to those Pest Control Officers that are competent in the use of anticoagulant rodenticides and follow and abide by a strict code of practice with regards to Rodent Control.

Only Accredited technicians are permitted to use the “Wildlife Aware” logo as a symbol of their special competence.

CRRU-BASISRegisteredTechnician

Elliot Said “Gaining this accreditation emphasises My commitment to providing the highest levels of Professional Rodent Control to Customers whilst at the same time reducing risks to the environment”


Focus on Rodents – Gnawing Behaviour.

New Video on YOU TUBE from Cavalry Pest Solutions Focus on Rodents - Gnawing

Is This The Most Dangerous Spider In The U.K?

One of the great things about being a Pest Control Officer is that no two days are ever the same, The endless variety brings fresh challenges and you never know what unusual surprises are waiting just around the corner.

I had such a situation earlier this week when a local pet shop phoned Cavalry Pest Solutions and asked could someone call in.

When I arrived, the owner asked me to wait whilst he went to fetch a container with an unidentified spider in it.
Looking at the specimen, I could understand the Owners concern as this spider looked somewhat similar to some of the more dangerous species such as the Black Widow and the brown recluse, neither of which are naturally native to the u.k
Correct Identification of species is all the more difficult when in the field and it’s important to have this service carried out by a professional company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions.
I identified the Spider as a Species of False Widow,Steatoda grossa.

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The False Widow Spider, one of a small number of species that are found in britain may have hitched a ride on a delivery, although it has become more frequent in the south-east and is probably spreading north, with records as far north as the Orkneys.

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Most reported Spider Bites are attributed to False Widows,but these claims are difficult to substantiate and may be exaggerated by the media.
Being bitten by a spider is unlikely in this country in normal circumstances, and the effect of a bite is unlikely to be worse than being stung by a wasp or bee. A more serious problem is only likely to arise in the event of an allergic reaction or if the person is already compromised by other health issues.

Nevertheless, if severe swelling or ulceration results from a suspected spider bite it is recommended that you see your doctor immediately or visit an A&E Department. Read the rest of this entry »


A Flood of Pest-Related Problems!

Flooding creates many problems and brings with it a host of health and pest-related risks.
Rodents that are displaced from their natural habitat are forced to seek alternative foodsources and shelter.
Flood damaged properties provide an easily accessible and attractive harbourage for rodents who can cause damage by gnawing and spread disease through their faeces and urine. The bacterium responsible for leptospirosis that is typically found in Rat urine may be introduced into floodwater thus increasing the possibilities of infection. Other diseases that are spread by rodents include E.coli and salmonella.
FloodsStanding water,waste and sewage that remain after the flood water subsides provide an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes and flies which can be responsible for further risks to human health.
If you have any pest related problems due to flooding, it is advisable to contact a professional pest management company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions.

Always ask if the company is a member of a trade organisation such as The NPTA (National Pest Technicians Association) and if their Pest Control Officers are members of a registered scheme such as The BASIS-PROMPT Professional register for Pest Controllers.

Cavalry Pest Solutions can also offer specialist cleaning and sanitisation services following a flood, making sure that the bacteria and viruses that are left behind are dealt with promptly, efficiently and safely.


Do You See? We’re a C.i.C, You See!

Ethical Pest Control….Whatever Next?
Wigan‘s Entrepreneurial Pest Controller, Elliot Lowe is at it again with what he believes is a first for the U.K’s Pest Management Industry.
Elliot is in the process of launching Cavalry Pest Solutions as a Community
Interest Company, a non-profit social enterprise.
Elliot explained “It’s really quite simple, A CiC is run just like an ordinary LTD
Company but has an asset lock and a profit cap set by the government, profits
made by the company above this are re-invested into the community.

Cavalry Pest Solutions CiC will provide professional & efficient Pest Control to
domestic, commercial & Rural customers and the surplus profits will be directed to providing free educational talks and workshops to community
groups and to providing a form of subsidised Pest Control that supports Local
Authority provision.”
A booklet published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, ‘The
Perfect Storm’ and a recent Episode of Panorama have highlighted the potential consequences of budget Cuts on Council Pest Control Departments.

The Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, Mr Graham Jukes believes that the proposal “is very much in line with current government thinking and will add in some way to addressing the problem of the poor and disadvantaged in dealing with pest control problems”.

A New Way Forward for The U.K Pest Control Industry

Elliot Lowe, Senior Pest Control Officer

The Pest Control Industry is undergoing a huge period of change due to
European legislation as well as dealing with the effect of the current austerity
measures and Elliot feels that his new approach has the potential to make a
significant contribution “Both the British Pest Control Association and the
CIEH have highlighted the fact that the public image of the Pest Control
Industry needs changing and I am firmly committed to using Cavalry Pest
Solutions CIC to contribute to raising the profile of our Industry whilst at the
same time providing support to Local Authorities that hopefully may ease
some of the financial pressure they are under. I’m passionate about Pest
Control, It’s my profession and I’m proud of it, and I feel privileged to be part of something that can make a difference. Customers can feel that too, knowing that whenever they choose Cavalry Pest Solutions to provide Pest Control
Inspections, Treatments and Proofing, a percentage will be invested into
improving the quality of living of those most in need”

Changing the Face of Pest Control