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New Research Aims to Better Control Household Pests

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One of the biggest problems we face in the pest control industry is the ability of household pests to develop resistance to conventional insecticides and pesticides. If it's not wasps successfully adapting to over-the-counter insecticides, it is legions of mutant rats no longer susceptible to poisons the industry has been using for years. Now, thanks to a £220,000 government grant, new research will be conducted in an effort to find a way to break insecticide and pesticide resistance.

Innovate UK is providing the research funding to a consortium that includes the Adapt Low Carbon Group, AlphaBio Control, ApresLabs, and the Food and Environment Research Agency. Researchers will be looking to find a natural compound that can be added to current insecticides that would reduce the ability of household pests to develop resistance. If a natural compound can be found, the researchers believe that they can reduce the amount of chemicals used for pest control without compromising the effectiveness of insecticide and pesticide treatments.

By the time the 18-month project concludes, researchers hope to have a prototype compound ready for testing. Positive test results could mean the compound being available for commercial use by 2021, if not sooner.

Pest Control Requires Diligence

While we certainly wish the researchers well in their endeavours, Pest Control Services cannot wait for a new natural compound to fight the pests plaguing the properties of our customers. Successful pest control requires ongoing diligence using the latest tools, pesticides, and best practices available. That is exactly what we do at Pest Control Services.

Our pest control technicians are trained and certified to apply the latest and most effective treatments for almost every kind of household pest We can treat your home for wasps and hornets, woodworm, flies, bed bugs, fleas, mice, rats, cockroaches, and more. We have been providing reliable and effective pest control services throughout Berkshire for more than 20 years.

We are based in Newbury, providing fast and reliable service within a 25-mile radius of our base. We cover Thatcham, Hungerford, and the rest of Berkshire, along with limited portions of surrounding counties. If you are having trouble with household pests of any kind, we urge you not to try to deal with them on your own. Call us instead. We are the pest control experts of choice in Berkshire. We will come to your location to treat your problem effectively but discreetly.


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