Super Rat Population going to be problem for Ireland in coming month

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Fears are growing that the number of so-called ‘super rats’ could surge in the coming months because the rodents have grown immune to conventional poison.

Pest control experts, like Pro Care, have warned the spread of vermin in homes has been accelerated by failed home treatments, helping them grow bigger and stronger, as well as build up their immunity. Finding the right pest extermination company service for bed bugs can be time consuming and frustrating.

Before we can get into trying to understand whether biological Insight Pest Control- Seattle is the answer to the pest-control related environmental concerns, it would be proper to give ourselves a little background information on this whole pest control business; for the benefit of those who may be encountering it for the very first time. Now, pests are organisms (typically insects) that are injurious to the interests of the people who refer to them as such. Thus to farmers, the insects that invade and eat up their crops (whether in the fields or during storage), would be termed as pests. On the other hand, the ‘domestic insects’ that tend to mess up with things in domestic settings (like moths, that can mess up with cloths in storage), are seen as pests by housekeepers. Worth keeping in mind is that although most pests are insects, there are also quite are number that are non-insects: with the likes of rodents (that can mess up with crops in farms of things stored in domestic settings) being seen as pests too, the fact that they are not insects notwithstanding. Having seen that pests are injurious, it would be natural that the people who happen to ‘fall victim’ to them would want to get rid of them. In the meantime, people who haven’t yet fallen victim to pests would be keen to avoid such a ‘fate.’ According to True pest control Hobart, hosting pests can be a serious fate: thousands of hectares of farmland have been known to be wasted by pests in a single day, leading to losses that often run into millions of dollars. It is the steps taken to avoid pest invasion then, or to resolve pest invasion if it has already taken place, that are referred to as constituting pest control. Now pest control takes various forms, depending on the pests one is trying to get rid of (or to prevent the invasion of). And while bigger pests like rodents may be controlled through mechanical means like trapping, for a long period of time, it is chemical control that has worked for the vast majority of pests, which tend to be insects as previous mentioned. The chemicals used in this endeavor are what are termed as pesticides. And while pesticides are usually very effective in pest-control, the downside to them tends to come up when we consider the fact that they tend to be extremely environmentally unfriendly. Worth keeping in mind, at this point, is the fact that the chemicals referred to as pesticides tend to be very potent ones. So it often happens that traces of them remain where they were used, even after the pests are gone. Those traces are eventually washed down to the water bodies where they wreck great havoc to the (non pest) plants and animals resident in the water bodies.

“Sorry, guv,” say the pest control people when I mention the underfloor infestation. “We don’t touch bees. They’re protected.” When I consult the Rentokil website, I find all sorts of advice about how to massacre wasps and ants, but not bees. If you are lucky enough to have bees in your house, says Rentokil, you must treat them as honoured guests. If you value the future of the planet, you will not touch a bristle of their buzzing little backs.

Call-outs for rat infestations have already soared in recent weeks due to a combination of colder temperatures and wetter weather. But experts have warned the increase in numbers and size of rodents is also being fuelled by ineffective over-the-counter remedies like toxic pellets, which the rats are even feeding off.

The issue is being examined by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use Ireland, an initiative which crosses several government departments set up two years ago.

Trevor Hayden, a pest controller who also works with CRRU, said: “There is evidence rats are getting bigger and not being affected by poisons, because they’ve built up a resistance to them.

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“There’s not as much natural food around during colder weather, so the population of rats in and around homes and business premises is likely to increase even more during winter.

“But the problem is people who try to tackle the problem themselves could be making things worse, as the rats appear to be growing immune to some poisons, and are increasing in size by feeding off them.”

Hayden, who runs nationwide service Complete Pest Control also warned effective poisons can still lead to problems for homeowners, that’s why biological control of pests and diseases are so important  in every home so the spreading can stop. He added: “People are buying poisons from hardware shops and not putting enough down. But our advice is not to put poisons down, because it’s also a roll of the dice where the rats will die, as it can take a couple of days for the poison to work.

“At the moment rats are dominating our business, I’d say we’re getting around 50 calls a day. The colder weather is setting in and the rats don’t want to be outside. “Some people just ring up for advice, because they don’t know what to do. The preferred method we use is to set traps for the rats and remotely monitor them.”

Last week 34% increase in call-outs for rat infestations between September and November compared to the same period last year.

Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.