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A Case Study using Selontra - Getting rid of Rodents in Hereford

Getting rid of rodents in Hereford - A Case Study using Selontra

Key Takeaway

PGM & SON Pest Control; using Selontra for a rat infestation on a Hereford Farm

  • Hundreds of rodents on site

  • 3.2kg of Selontra used

  • Complete control in six site visits


The Challenge

A local arable farm contacted PGM & Son Pest Control regarding an infestation of hundreds of rats across the site, causing extensive damage to farm buildings.

Upon Joe’s assessment, he discovered significant evidence of high levels of rodent activity including smear marks, runs and tracks, damage to buildings and droppings both inside and outside.

“During my first walkthrough of the site, it was apparent there was a high level of rodent activity. The client reported regular sightings of rats across the farm and had tried controlling the infestation themselves before calling us.”

The site which was primarily used for crop growth, was also home to a range of animals including chickens, cats and dogs and a large population of birds of prey, so food sources were readily available, as was plenty of harbourage, making it a breeding ground for rats.

The Result

After a thorough survey of the site, Joe devised a plan to tackle the infestation using a combination of tamper-resistant bait boxes across the site, and man-made bait stations using natural resources found across the farm for familiarity, placing blocks of Selontra at all bait sites.

Initially, uptake of the bait appeared slow due to other food sources such as animal feed located at the farm.

Working with the client, Joe advised the removal of access to competitor food sources from the site in order to encourage the rats to feed on Selontra.

Within the first two weeks of placing the bait, once access to other food sources had been reduced, Joe noted 100 per cent uptake of bait from all stations.

“Following the initial two-week period, I visited the site a further three more times at seven day intervals, to replenish the bait. At my sixth visit no more bait was being taken at this point, so I removed all bait and equipment from the site, and initiated measures to clean up and proof the site to decrease the likelihood of a new infestation.

“Selontra is a fantastic product to use. Working alongside the client to reduce access to any other food sources, we were able to fully control the infestation using the one product in as little as 6 site visits, resulting in a happy client and reduced call outs for the business.

“Every day is a different challenge. I thoroughly enjoy helping people and it feels great being able to solve their problems and rid them of unwanted pests.”

PGM & SON; Joe Martin, Controlling a rat infestation at a working farm using Selontra


Check out August’s edition of Professional Pest Controller Magazine where our very own Joe Martin of PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford & Worcester features in an article.

Multinational company BASF invited Joe to carry out a case study of its award winning cholecalciferol rodenticide Selontra a high performance non-anticoagulant rodenticide bait for faster control of rodent infestations, even in the most challenging situations.

As one of the first small pest control companies to use Selontra bait, PGM & Son Pest Control were well placed to share their experiences with other pest controllers, farmers and businesses. To read the case study <<click here>>

The benefits of Selontra include:

  • Rodent-free is possible in as few as 7 days

  • Saves treatment times and improves productivity

  • Stops the waste of resources

  • Balancing performance and environmental impact

  • Breaks the cycle of resistance

To read more about Selontra <<click here>>


Pest infestations can be a real nuisance and can cause serious health problems and property damage. Fortunately, our reliable pest control services available in Herefordshire and Worcestershire that can help you get rid of all kinds of pests, from rats, to wasps, silverfish, pigeons, bed bugs, and cockroaches

Whether you're dealing with a rat problem in your loft or a wasp nest in your garden, our award winning PGM & SON professional pest control technicians can identify and eliminate the source of the problem and provide you with long-term solutions to prevent future infestations.

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