Once again this week the reports of super rats hit the headlines in the national newspapers. Local authorities are cutting pest control and street cleaning services. Now when many people hear the term “super rat” the thoughts automatically turn to rodents the size of a cat or small dog but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The term super rat is used purely to describe a rodent that is resistance to the anticoagulants we use in the pest control industry.

First generation anticoagulants were first developed and used in the 1950’s and 1960’s with the first reported resistance found in 1958 in Scotland. In 1960 resistance was found on the English/Welsh border and subsequently the Kent/Sussex border and Hampshire. In the 1970’s second generation anticoagulants were introduced but resistance was found in central southern England a few years later and in 1980’s and 90’s found as far as Anglia, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Here at B Discreet pest control services we believe in an integrated pest management programmed approach not relying on chemical control measures alone. We include trapping, environmental and habitat management, restriction to food, water and harborage and proofing to restrict further movement. Call us now on 0800 612 6955 to discuss your pest control needs.