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Rodent pests and their control.

Book cover for Rodent pests and their control.


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 ...


Chapter 17 (Page no: 346)

Monitoring rodenticide residues in wildlife.

Rodenticide residues are measured in wildlife to gain information on the scale of exposure and to assess the likelihood of associated adverse effects. Such monitoring are needed because rodenticides are not target specific in their toxicity; wild vertebrates have the potential to be exposed to these compounds and to be potentially adversely affected by them. Exposure can be primary (rodenticide consumed directly), secondary (organism exposed by eating contaminated prey or other material) or a combination of the two. This chapter focuses largely on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) as these are the compounds of greatest concern in terms of potential impacts on wildlife. The chapter aims to describe the evidence that exposure of wildlife to rodenticides does occur; discuss the patterns and magnitudes of residues in wildlife; report the main factors that drive exposure; examine whether exposure results in adverse effects in wildlife; and analyse the relationships between liver residues and effects in wildlife.

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: 5 (Page no: 101) Rodent control methods: non-chemical and non-lethal chemical, with special reference to food stores. Author(s): Smith, R. H. Meyer, A. N.
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: 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.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2015
  • ISBN
  • 9781845938178
  • Record Number
  • 20153154927