Building a Better Rat Trap (Hint: Don’t Count on Cats)
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 13, 2018--In groundbreaking new research funded by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), scientists studying individual rat behavior using scent detection and RFID-technology, better known as micro-chipping, also dispelled some long-thought myths about cats as an effective means of rodent control. It turns out that cats do not successfully kill and control rat populations. Although cats’ stalking activity may initially keep rats out of sight, the rodents will patiently wait them out and return undeterred once the cats lose interest and leave the scene. Bad news for those homeowners relying on feline friends to keep a tight patrol.
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The researchers also monitored how often a rat frequented remote sensors and found certain odors to be more attractive than others in luring rodents to a trap or feeding station. “Historically, rats have always been extremely problematic in society as both carriers of disease and threats to our property and food. Despite the risks they present, rats are also one of the most under-researched animals because they are so uniquely adept at living in close contact with humans, but remaining just out of sight,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. “We embarked on this research to learn more about individual rat behavior and to seek information to inform better rodent control methods for the professional pest control industry.”
Key conclusions from the research include:
For more information about the study, rats and rodent prevention, visit PestWorld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit .
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