All Through the House Nothing Was Stirring.. Only The MICE

Christmas time is for family and friends to come together and enjoy food, drinks, Presents, chocolates and the general warm and fuzzy glow that the Christmas season brings. But its not only family and friends that come to visit at Christmas.

Every year around the country, homes are invaded at Christmas by mice. Our houses are full of food, half eaten chocolate bars, Left over turkey, Crumbs from the stuffing brushed up against the skirting boards. Remember while you snooze after Dinner on Christmas day the mice go to work gathering food from our scraps to see them through to New Year.

Christmas Lights are Glowing everywhere but these temporary installs leave holes in Doors, Windows and Fascia boards that our furry friends make their way into our houses and feed off our Christmas Spirit.


So Remember at Christmas cover food, clean up properly and make sure that all cable entries are sealed and you should have no extra visitors for Christmas.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Everyone at PestGuard.


Image of two mice looking at camera in gift package

Poison Resistant Sewer Rats Found in 4 Swedish Cities

Swedish Pest Control company Anticemex, have recently found poison resistant Sewer rats in 4 different locations in Sweden. The discovery was a result of 80 Random tests carried out which revealed that rats in Kristianstad, Linkoping, Vaxjo and Uppsala showed immunity to commonly used poisons. Anticemex Expert Hakan Kjellberg pointed out that it could be the use of poisons but also chemicals in the rats vicinity that can lead to them developing an immunity.

This is a worrying trend that the solution that has been used for decades may now be less effective. There are however,new and more advanced methods of controlling rat and mouse populations. In Ireland with the implementation of the CRRU( Campaign For responsible Rodenticide Use) and the Think Wildlife (IASIS) training, pest control companies are being urged to move away from Rodenticide based control and use as only a last resort. By implementing Integrated pest Management with  more Eco Friend Control measures, such as PestGuard Alert, the Irish Market is slowly but steadily moving away from its dependence on rodenticide.

Darren O Toole(Technical Manager) from PestGuard is of the View that the Resistance to Rodenticide is a problem Pest Control Operatives  face now and into into the future and we must all strive to find more effective measures of control.


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Flies Laden with More Germs Than Expected

A Number of News outlets are reporting results of new studies that suggest that flies carry more germs than initially thought. BBC News and the Irish Independent have run with stories on this topic. Researchers in American Penn State Eberly College of Science have found that common housefly carry salmonella, e-coli and bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers and deadly sepsis.

Flies in Urban Settings have been found to carry more bacteria than those in the countryside. Using DNA Sequencing technics, Professor Donald Bryant of Penn State university studied the microbes found on the bodies of the house fly (musca domestica) and the Blow Fly (chrysomya megacephala). The house fly which is found around the world was found to harbour 351 types of bacteria. They found that flies probably pick up the bacteria from faeces and decaying matter, which they use to feed their young.


A Warning to all of us to be careful with food storage and waste disposal


Source ( BBC News, Irish Independent, Daily Telegraph UK)