A resistance mapping survey is underway which aims to provide preliminary data on the distribution of anticoagulant resistance in the Norway rat.
This survey is funded entirely by the pest control industry (BASF, Bayer, Bell, Killgerm, PelGar, Syngenta and also BPCA and NPTA) but is managed by an independent scientific committee to ensure that the results are seen to be both rigorous and independent.
Between 600 to 1,000 rat tail tips are required from seven areas across mainland Britain. The focus of the research is on a series of hot spots where it is known, or suspected, that the resistant rats occur.
Your help needed now
Shown below are the seven areas where the tips of rat’s tails are sought. The study is using spatial mapping by sampling along transects that cross resistance foci.
How you do it
If you think you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07852 975871 before collecting any tail tips. You will then be sent, free of any charge, an individually coded plastic vial contain 80% ethanol, along with instructions on how to collect your tails and where to send them once collected.
Cut 3-5 cm off the tip of the dead rat
Tails can be collected along transects from the locations shown and areas in between:
Area 1 Avon – click here to view map
Area 2 Anglia – click here to view map
Area 3 Kent/South East England – click here to view map
Area 4 West Midlands/Wales – click here to view map
Area 5 Yorks/Lincs – click here to view map
Area 6 Central England – click here to view map
Area 7 South West Scotland – click here to view map