Free rodenticide resistance testing service resumes


Think Wildlife LogoDr Alan Buckle, CRRU’s chairman, has referred to as for tail samples of freshly killed rats and mice from pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers who assume they might have resistance issues.

“The unfold of resistance can solely be tackled if we all know the place it’s, and we’re totally depending on individuals utilizing this service for the information we want,” he stated.

“In any other case, pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers might be utilizing merchandise which can be ineffective in locations the place rodents are resistant. And the place resistance genes are nonetheless absent, others could also be utilizing resistance-breaking merchandise unnecessarily. Solely extra samples can remedy this.”

The DNA exams will probably be performed by the Animal and Plant Well being Company (APHA) in Weybridge, Surrey. Along with aiding rodenticide decisions, Dr Buckle stated this new collaboration with APHA allows CRRU to fulfil its resistance monitoring dedication underneath the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime.

Richard Moseley, the chief of CRRU’s Monitoring Work Group, stated a critical concern is the just about full lack of knowledge from central England and most components of Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire.

Up to now two years, new hotspots of rats with resistance genes have been present in Northumberland and County Durham, Tyneside and North Yorkshire, Devon and East Anglia, Better Manchester and alongside the River Severn valley from north-west Shropshire to Somerset. Going again plenty of years, resistance genes have grow to be widespread throughout central southern England.


Printed: 24 July 2020