In some regions in the Netherlands, the spread of rats is increasing rapidly. Rats can spread various diseases, but also cause dangerous situations by, for example, gnawing through wiring. In addition to the brown rat (rattus norvegicus), particularly the black rat (rattus rattus) is spotted ever more often.
At present, rats are currently spreading rapidly in the provinces of Limburg, Brabant and Zeeland, among others, but also in many port areas.
Many rats have a reduced sensitivity to rat poison. Although they eat from the poison, it does not kill them or only kills them after a longer period of time. Many of these rats therefore survive the pesticides and have a better capacity for procreation than their more sensitive counterparts. This causes the population of resistant rats to grow ever larger.
With the aim of curtailing the problem of resistance, among others, a certification obligation for companies that use rodenticides in the outside environment around buildings and food storage facilities entered into force on 1 January 2017. Rodenticides must demonstrably be applied in accordance with the IPM principle, the person applying the rodenticides must be fully qualified, and your organisation must be certified in accordance with the 'Control of rat populations around buildings and food storage facilities' certification scheme, better known as IPM Rat Control. Peterson Pest Control can assist you in compliance with the provisions of IPM Rat Control, and in your strategy on pest control in general.