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

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


The Rodent Problem you didn’t know you had….

Rat numbers on the Increase

Favourable conditions have influenced rat population Numbers

At 2 am GMT on the last Sunday in October, clocks move back by one hour for the end of British Summer Time and as the nights start drawing in and winters approach starts to bring a drop in temperatures,many of you will discover the rodent problem that you didn’t know you had!
Summer may have been a total washout in some respects but Rat numbers have been on the rise thanks to favourable conditions such as moderate temperatures from early spring and plentiful food sources.
During the summer months, Rodent colonies can increase in size almost right under our feet, taking advantage of cover provided by summer foliage but it’s the seasonal drop in temperatures that force rodent populations to seek shelter and warmth, leading to infestations that seem to have appeared overnight!
The economic situation has influenced rodent population increases as well and there has been a rise in DIY rodent treatments which in most cases only serves to make the problem worse.
If you have Rat or Mice problems, obtain the services of a professional Pest Control Company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions. Experience, knowledge and an understanding of rodent biology and behaviour is essential in getting to the root of these types of infestations and dealing with them effectively.


All things start at the Beginning…

Need Solutions for your Pest Problem? Send for The Cavalry!

Need the Solution to your Pest problems? call Cavalry Pest Solutions NOW!

Welcome, Finally, at last to the Cavalry Pest Solutions Blog! If you’ve not actually meant to arrive here, That’s fine because unfortunately No-One is immune from the threat of Pest Infestation.
It’s my intention that this blog be Informative, Educational and of practical benefit to those of you who have Pest Problems.
Dedication, Passion and Integrity aren’t words that you normally hear to describe a Pest Control Business, but as time goes on, you’ll find, as many Customers have that these words are a key element to Cavalry Pest Solutions which allows us to provide a standard of excellence to our customers, from start to finish! Whether it’s Rats, Mice, Fleas, Cockroaches, Bedbugs or Bats, Our customers come first, It’s as simple as that!
I won’t slate other companies either, It’s not my style and I don’t feel the need to, Our results speak for themselves…..