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Surprise resistance surveillance results prompt wake-up call
Surprise resistance surveillance results prompt wake-up call
The spread of rats – which some rodenticides don’t work against – has taken a “surprising and troubling” turn, according to Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU).
New biosecurity measures introduced for rat and mouse tail samples
New biosecurity measures introduced for rat and mouse tail samples
Additional biosecurity measures when sending rat and mouse tail samples for rodenticide resistance testing have been introduced.
Rodenticide alert prompts reminder of permitted target species
Rodenticide alert prompts reminder of permitted target species
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has reminded users of rodenticides covered by the UK stewardship regime that no product is authorised for control of wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus), also known as long-tailed field mice.
Survey seeks super rats
Survey seeks super rats
With resistant ‘super rats’ breeding in the UK, a new survey aims to establish the extent to which resistance is understood and what methods farmers are using to control rodent infestations.
Free rodenticide resistance testing service resumes
Free rodenticide resistance testing service resumes
Free DNA testing for rodenticide resistance in rats and mice has resumed with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU).
The University of Reading to close its Vertebrate Pests Unit
The University of Reading to close its Vertebrate Pests Unit
Financial difficulties created by COVID-19 has resulted in the University of Reading taking the difficult decision to close the Vertebrate Pests Unit (VPU).
Lab closure halts rodenticide resistance testing
Lab closure halts rodenticide resistance testing
Testing for rodenticide resistance in rats and mice has been suspended due to the COVID-19-related closure of the laboratory where DNA analysis was being done.
Remote point-of-sale audits boost rodenticide review readiness
Remote point-of-sale audits boost rodenticide review readiness
Amid COVID-19 disruption, users and sellers of professional-use-only rodenticides are reminded that a formal review of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime by its HSE-led Government Oversight Group is imminent.
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