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Norway rat control back on the Phostoxin and Talunex labels but... Norway rat control back on the Phostoxin and Talunex labels but...
The suspension of the approval of aluminium phosphide for the non-agricultural control of Norway rats has been lifted. This means that pest professionals holding the correct qualification – that’s the Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control - can, once again, use Phostoxin and Talunex for rodent control. However, there is a ‘but’ and it’s a ‘big but’!
 
They’ve done it! South Georgia declared rodent free They’ve done it! South Georgia declared rodent free
At a press conference held on 8 May in central London, the Antarctic island of South Georgia was officially declared to be rodent free. This is a position it was in originally, two centuries ago, before the invasion of escapee rodents from the sealers’ and whalers’ ships that set up business there.
 
Lessons from PestProtect 2018 Lessons from PestProtect 2018
All pest management events, wherever they are in the world, have one thing in common; they provide information and lots of it! The key points we gleaned from the seminar programme were: bed bugs and flat pack furniture are a challenging combination, sewer baiting in Germany is getting harder, but, at least, the Germans still try to control sewer rats and BASF have an interesting alternative rodenticide, if only the regulators would approve it!
 
Tech talks at PestTech Tech talks at PestTech
2017 saw a new venue for PestTech the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. This meant that PestTech 2017 offered a range of technical presentations in a much more accessible and ‘presentation friendly’ facility. Once again the presentations spanned a wide variety of topics and all were well attended.
 
Going digital Going digital
Electronic gizmos attached to, or built into, rodent traps that send a message to your SmartPhone, computer or tablet to alert you to a trap going off have been a feature at exhibitions for the past few years, as have management software systems tailored to pest control servicing company needs. At PestWorld 2017 however it was very evident that the race to use technology in all aspects of pest management has stepped up several gears.
 
Choosing the best rat and mouse traps Choosing the best rat and mouse traps
Following up on our feature on ‘double standards in spring trap welfare’ in the current edition of Pest magazine, the University of Oxford’s Dr Sandra Baker has provided further helpful advice on what to look for in rodent traps.
 
Call for new standards for rat, mice and mole traps Call for new standards for rat, mice and mole traps
Oxford University’s Dr Sandra Baker has called for all moles traps and all break-back traps for rats and mice to be approved before they can be sold in the UK. Highlighting the double standards currently in place whereby all other spring traps must be welfare approved, she argued that research completed by her team makes a strong case for all traps to be tested and welfare approved before being marketed.
 


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