Britain’s ‘Super Rat’ Epidemic Continues to Grow in Number, Immunity, and Size
Millions of super rats are predicted to populate Britain, as they are building immunity to over-the-counter rat poisons. Bird-X Inc., leading brand in humane pest control solutions, addresses a new blog clarifying the event.
Bird-X’s recent blog published on February 1st, 2016, clarifies the two main factors that make up a ‘super rat’ – the ability to grow up to 2 feet long while remaining fully resistant to off-the-shelf poisons. As Mirror Online states, the toxic rat pellets that are commonly used to eradicate the pests are not only ineffective, but resulting in bigger and stronger rodents.
The same types of poisons in use today date back to as far as the 1950’s (Mirror Online). This long period of use has given the pests time to develop resilience to the toxic substances. However, this is not only a situation that Britain should fear. “The same family of poisons is in use in the U.S., where increased resistance is also a growing problem.”
The growing immunity of these giant rats is only one of many components that contribute to the predicted plague. The warm winter weather and lack of snowfall has had its effects as well—allowing for abundant natural food sources to be available for rats, and establishing the perfect environment for breeding. Rat behavior adds to the mix as these rodents scavenge for food in a smart manner. Taking a small bite of something first, they wait to see its effects on their body before continuing to eat.
The combination of all these factors has led to a frightening prediction for the coming summer in Britain. The blog iterates, “It is forecasted that the number of super rats may reach a whopping 200 million by summer—equaling three rats to every one human in Britain.”
Bird-X understands the dangers and mess that come along with using poisons and traps. As an international pest control provider, Bird-X focuses on producing products that are eco-friendly and humane while still remaining efficient. Humane methods not only eliminate clean up and cruelty, but they utilize behavior modification to encourage pests to seek alternative, untreated areas.