Rodents will start to become a bigger issue on farms as the weather gets colder and they start to move into buildings for food and shelter.
These infestations can be a nuisance to tackle. In this blog, technical manager Richard Mosley provides advice to farmers on how to control rodents.
Rodents can cause a range of issues on farms including:
Rodents can be costly to control if an infestation gets out of hand, so getting on top of the issue quickly is crucial.
When dealing with a pest problem, such as a rodent infestation, some farmers may choose to carry out a control programme themselves. However, employing a professional pest control company can pay dividends and make the process a lot smoother.
Some of the benefits of investing in professional control include:
By using a professional pest controller, you can also feel reassured that pest control is carried out swiftly and in a proper manner.
There are also many guidelines that pest controllers must follow when it comes to rodenticides. The stewardship scheme The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) is in place to help minimise the exposure of wildlife and non-target species to rodenticides. Professional pest controllers can help you to navigate these guidelines and ensure they are being adhered to.
To achieve effective control of rodents on farms, an integrated pest management programme which encompasses cultural and chemical controls is recommended.
During the peak rodent season, monitoring for rodent activity is essential. This can help to locate an infestation and quickly tackle the problem with the most appropriate control option.
Cultural controls, which are non-chemical options are a crucial part of an integrated pest management programme.
The cultural controls that can be implemented in the run up to the rodent season include:
Following monitoring and cultural controls, chemical controls can then be put down by a pest controller.
Some of the professional chemical control options which are suitable to use on farm include:
To prevent further pest issues, keeping up with pest inspections on farm is crucial as this can help you to identify any possible problems early before too much damage occurs.
These should be carried out on a regular basis, with monthly inspections required if rodenticide is used on a permanent basis.