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Rodent pests and their control.

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This updated 2nd edition, two decades after the publication of the first edition, combines information from the latest scientific research on rodent pests and their control. It includes 19 chapters discussing: the natural history of rodents and preadaptations to pestilence; commensal rodents; rodents in agriculture and forestry; rodents as carriers of disease; non-chemical and non-lethal chemical ...

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Chapter 5 (Page no: 101)

Rodent control methods: non-chemical and non-lethal chemical, with special reference to food stores.

This chapter describes several non-chemical and non-lethal chemical methods for rodent control, highlighting the effectiveness of these methods to achieve the following objectives: prevent and reduce immigation of rodents; forcing rodents to emigrate; reduction of pest birth rate; and increase pest mortality. Examples of the methods are trapping, shooting, habitat manipulation, and the use of chemical repellents and physical barriers. As food stores, with their provision of a relatively unlimited supply of the factors most commonly limiting population growth, provide an ideal situation in which a rodent population can develop and expand, this chapter outlines the negative consequences of rodent infestation of food stores including: direct consumption of food; food contamination and damage; structural damage; disease transmission; source of reinfestation of adjoining areas; and costs associated with control operations. Finally, the development and application of rodent-control strategies in food stores are described.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The natural history of rodents: preadaptations to pestilence. Author(s): Macdonald, D. W. Fenn, M. G. P. Gelling, M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Commensal rodents. Author(s): Lund, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Rodents in agriculture and forestry. Author(s): Wood, B. J. Singleton, G. R.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 81) Rodents as carriers of disease. Author(s): Battersby, S. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 123) Control methods: chemical. Author(s): Buckle, A. P. Eason, C. T.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 155) The laboratory evaluation of rodenticides. Author(s): Prescott, C. V. Johnson, R. A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 171) Field evaluation of rodenticides. Author(s): Cowan, D. P. Townsend, M. G.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 187) Resistance to anticoagulant rodenticides. Author(s): Pelz, H. J. Prescott, C. V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 209) Damage assessment and damage surveys. Author(s): Buckle, A. P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 231) Rodent control in practice: protection of humans and animal health. Author(s): Meyer, A. N. Kaukeinen, D. E.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 247) Rodent control in practice: temperate field crops and forestry. Author(s): Buckle, A. P. Pelz, H. J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 269) Rodent control in practice: tropical field crops. Author(s): Fall, M. W. Fiedler, L. A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 295) Sociology and communication of rodent management in developing countries. Author(s): Singleton, G. R. Flor, R. J. B.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 315) Ethics in rodent control. Author(s): Smit, F. J. L.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 330) Environmental impacts of rodenticides. Author(s): Smith, R. H. Shore, R. F.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 346) Monitoring rodenticide residues in wildlife. Author(s): Shore, R. F. Pereira, M. G. Potter, E. D. Walker, L. A.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 366) Rodent control and island conservation. Author(s): Howald, G. Ross, J. Buckle, A. P.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 397) Rodent control: back to the future (the sequel). Author(s): Buckle, A. P. Smith, R. H.