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Rodent Risk for Grain Stores

15 October 2012

UK - Grain stores could be at greater risk from rodents this year, the HGCA and British Pest Control Association are reporting.

HGCA is bringing forwards publication of its updated rodent control guide, while BPCA technical manager Richard Moseley said his members are receiving more calls than usual for the time of year.

It is thought the wet weather has caused rodents’ usual habitats to become waterlogged, forcing them to move from fields to farm buildings earlier than normal.

Mr Moseley added that rodent numbers have probably not increased, but a displacement of their activities from sewers, streams and river banks to drier places meant farmers’ grain stores could be at risk.

The latest edition of the HGCA’s Rodent Control in Agriculture Guide is available for download here.

The HGCA says preparation, vigilance and early action are important.

Various methods of control are covered, along with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use code of practice, which aims to prevent harm to other animals.

The problem of resistance to first and second generation rodenticides is also dealt with, with maps detailing the distribution of resistant populations and techniques for spotting them and dealing with the problem.

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