6 useful areas for humans you may not know about Laboratory research and testing: Rats are commonly used in scientific research to study a wide range of medical and biological issues, such as genetics, disease, and behaviour. Drug development: Rats are used to test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and medical treatments. Detection and mine clearance: Rats have been trained to detect landmines and other explosive devices, making them valuable tools in demining operations. Search and rescue: Rats have been trained to locate people trapped in rubble or other debris, making ... Read More about What tasks are rats used for?
NEARLY BLIND MOLE RATS DETECT MAGNETIC FIELDS USING THEIR EYES
An alternative explanation for why Green Shield units work on rodents? New Scientist is reporting that although certain mammals are able to detect magnetic fields, where the sense originates was not known. Now, the organ that houses magnetic sensors in Ansell’s mole rat (Fukomys anselli) has been identified. This species of mole rat, known for digging long, subterranean tunnels, has poor eyesight and tiny – but structurally intact – eyes. Mole rats were placed in an arena in which magnetic fields could be used to artificially change the direction of magnetic north. They found that the mole ... Read More about NEARLY BLIND MOLE RATS DETECT MAGNETIC FIELDS USING THEIR EYES
How does an oscillating magnetic field affect the behaviour of rodents?
What research shows is the likeliest explanation We at Green Shield are often asked how our units work. First, you need to understand that an oscillating magnetic field is a type of electromagnetic energy that fluctuates back and forth. When rodents' brains feel this type of energy, it can change the chemistry of the brain. This is by affecting the levels of certain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals send signals between nerve cells in the brain. They are involved in many important functions such as memory, mood, behaviour, and other brain functions in the rodent. Of ... Read More about How does an oscillating magnetic field affect the behaviour of rodents?
The best mouse deterrent
Ros Ellis discovered she had moved into a house with a mouse infestation. This is her story about the best mouse deterrents she discovered. "My husband and I bought a beautiful old Victorian house in north London some years ago, and moved in with our little baby. It was on our second day in the house, whilst relaxing in the conservatory after a marathon of unpacking boxes, that we first saw the mice. There were four of them running up the guttering outside the conservatory. They looked the same size as the mice or rats you sometimes see under the tracks on the London Underground, and I ... Read More about The best mouse deterrent
You don't want to meet one in real life though. We at Green Shield, will make sure you don't have to. We like to be rid of them, and our Pest Repeller makes sure of it. In the meantime, civilisation's constant co-habitation with rats seems to have got to people's heads, read on. The Egyptians deified rats. Depending who you believe, you're never more than 10 feet, a few feet, or just three feet from a rat. That said, rats are not evenly distributed. Of course, some people like to have rats breeding in their homes. Rats are like people. They enjoy eating, playing, sleeping, and ... Read More about Rat Facts
The Glis Glis Problem
They live in your attic, breed like rabbits, and wake you in the night. They chew through wiring, strip trees in your garden - and you can't touch them since they're protected. If you're here, you know the Glis Glis, aka the Edible Dormouse, now endemic in a triangle of land across 200 square miles of England. There has been an explosion in the numbers of these pests recently, but Glis Glis are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 so only pest controllers with a special licence are permitted to trap and execute the pests. Green Shield has supplied our units to home ... Read More about The Glis Glis Problem
CASE STUDY: Getting rid of mice in animal feed
How Green Shield helped Connolly’s Red Mills Connolly’s Red Mills increased protection in their animal feed storage premises Mice in animal feed – not a nice idea, and one which can place a strain on the customer-supplier relationship – a challenge that moved James Doyle, Operations Manager at the Irish animal feed manufacturer Connolly’s Red Mills to consider enhancing their pest control with the revolutionary anti-rodent protection system for their product stores. Green Shield, a member of the British Pest Control Association, has developed a system of pest repelling using an ... Read More about CASE STUDY: Getting rid of mice in animal feed
Insect Traps not considered Biocides
In an about-face, the European commission has agreed with representations made by the BPCA that insect traps will not be considered Biocides. The BPCA said: "The hard work of BPCA, its Members and their clients working together have resulted in a victory against a proposal to class insect monitoring trap pheromones as biocides." Through a two-pronged attack at the European Commission and lobbying of the UK’s representatives on the Standing Committee on Biocidal Products, we were able to convince them to abandon plans. Had these gone through unchallenged, the binding decision would likely ... Read More about Insect Traps not considered Biocides
Asian Hornets in the UK?
Originally a queen is thought to have stowed away on a boat from China to France. It won't take much for them to invade our shores. Although their sting is no worse than a Bee or Wasp sting, the main threat is to our Honey Bees, as the Asian Hornet preys on the Honey Bee and other pollen-gathering insects. They hover around the entrance to the hive, and intercept returning pollen-laden bees who they drag to the ground where they decapitate them. ... Read More about Asian Hornets in the UK?