News: 11/01/19 – City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline

Share:   City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline – study Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found. The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and … Continue reading “News: 11/01/19 – City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline”

News 30/11/18: Parliament’s dramatic 600% spending rise on pest control consultancy

Share:   PESTMINSTER: Parliament’s dramatic 600% spending rise on pest control consultancy The amount spent by Parliamentary authorities on pest control consultants has increased by nearly 600 percent in just one year, from £1,581 to £10,785, whilst nearly £30,000 was spent on flying hawks to scare pigeons. The shocking spending, revealed via freedom of information requests, shows … Continue reading “News 30/11/18: Parliament’s dramatic 600% spending rise on pest control consultancy”

News 23/11/18: Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better

Share:   Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia have been paying close to attention to the perfect turns bees appear to make during the flight. The better understanding scientists get of these turns, the more likely they’ll be able to recreate their flight patterns in drones and other forms … Continue reading “News 23/11/18: Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better”

News 16/11/18: Plague of rats forces homeowner to turn rodent catcher after back garden is overrun

Share:   Plague of rats forces homeowner to turn rodent catcher after back garden is overrun A Teesside man has been forced to turn rat catcher in a bid to try to stop rodents over running his garden. David Ellis, who lives in College Road, Middlesbrough, says he has been forced to trap two of the pests … Continue reading “News 16/11/18: Plague of rats forces homeowner to turn rodent catcher after back garden is overrun”

Problem Birds: The Worst Bird Pests Identified and Ranked

Share:   Are birds pests? While birds wouldn’t necessarily be put in the same category as more obvious pests such as rats, cockroaches and bed bugs, they can cause significant damage to properties, especially in higher numbers – which makes them pests. Birds present several problems, such as noise pollution, flocking, nesting, excreting and crop damage. This … Continue reading “Problem Birds: The Worst Bird Pests Identified and Ranked”

News 09/11/18: Invasion of the ‘frankenbees’: the danger of building a better bee

Share:   Storm petrels breed on remote Scottish island for first time after rats are eradicated A threatened seabird is breeding on a remote Hebridean island following a four year programme to rid the area of rats. The European storm petrel has never nested on the Shiant Isles, but since the eradication of rodents conservationists have found … Continue reading “News 09/11/18: Invasion of the ‘frankenbees’: the danger of building a better bee”

News 02/11/18: Clear evidence’ of mobile phone radiation link to cancers in rats, US health agency concludes

Share:   ‘Clear evidence’ of mobile phone radiation link to cancers in rats, US health agency concludes A long-running US study on the effects of radio wave radiation, the sort emitted by mobile phones, has found “clear evidence” of high levels of exposure and heart cancers in male rats. Some evidence of links to brain and adrenal … Continue reading “News 02/11/18: Clear evidence’ of mobile phone radiation link to cancers in rats, US health agency concludes”

Pest Control News Roundup 26/10/18

Share:   How to control slugs with integrated pest management Slugs are a major pest within UK agriculture with species such as the common keeled slug (Tandonia budapestensis), the garden slug (Arion hortensis/Arion distinctus) and the grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatum) amongst those found on UK land. In this, our latest hub, we consider slugs, integrated pest … Continue reading “Pest Control News Roundup 26/10/18”