09. Rodent control


Controlling grey squirrel damage to woodlands (FCPN4)
A Forestry Commission Practice Note about the damage grey squirrels can cause to trees and woodland and methods of control, including live trapping, poisoning and tunnel trapping. Forestry Commission, FCPN004, April 2004.
Guidelines for the Safe Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides by Professional Users
This guide, produced by the British Pest Control Association, applies only to anticoagulant rodenticides and their use by professional users in all situations. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive leaflet The Safe Use of Rodenticides on Farms and Holdings. BPCA, 2001.
House mice: Options for management and control (TIN034)
House mice are well adapted to living in close contact with humans and thrive in the conditions that man provides, particularly where hygiene and house keeping standards are low. They can cause extensive damage to property as a result of their gnawing activities, and also by eating and contaminating food. Mice may carry a number of infectious diseases that can pose a risk to humans and animals. Where problems arise, it is important that house mouse infestations are controlled. This note gives guidance on methods of control. Natural England, TIN034, 4 January 2012.
Rats: Control of Rats with Rodenticides - A Complete Guide to Best Practice
The most tempting solution to a rat problem is to reach for the nearest rodenticide. Yet this should be the last, not first, line of defence. This fact sheet takes you though the steps needed to build a strategy to control rats that is environmentally and economically sound. Sponsored by PSD, produced by Central Science Laboratory (CSL), 2004.
Rats: control on livestock units (TIN058)
Farms with livestock attract rats and these can cause significant problems, for example transmitting human and livestock diseases; damaging buildings; creating fire hazards by gnawing electrical wiring and contaminating foodstuffs and stored crops with droppings and urine. It is therefore important that occupiers and managers of livestock units take appropriate action to control any existing infestations and to prevent new ones from becoming established. Natural England, TIN058, 4 January 2012.
Rats: options for controlling infestations (TIN057)
Rats live successfully throughout the UK in both urban and rural environments. This note is intended primarily for farm and other commercial premises. It provides general information on brown rats and describes how to control infestations. Natural England, TIN057, 4 January 2012.
Rodenticides: Safe Use on Farms and Holdings
HSE leaflet providing guidance on some of the precautions required when using rodenticides. It includes information on site surveys, COSHH assessments, treating and bait formulations.
Squirrels: Urban grey squirrels (TIN056)
The grey squirrel is an introduced species that is now common throughout most of England. They are often viewed as an attractive addition to our wildlife. However, they can cause damage when they access buildings and fire when they chew electrical wiring. They also strip bark from trees, which causes serious economic damage in woodlands. Grey squirrels compete with our native red squirrel for food and shelter and this has contributed to the decline in red squirrel numbers. This note provides information on how to manage grey squirrel problems. Natural England, TIN056, 17 May 2010.