3 years ago

New food baits for trapping house mice, black rats and brown rats

New food baits for trapping house mice, black rats and brown rats
We have recently developed new food baits (SFU Mouse Bait, SFU Rat Bait) for trapping granivorous house mice, Mus musculus, and black rats, Rattus rattus, and for trapping omnivorous brown rats, Rattus norvegicus. Both baits contain synthetic long-range volatile food attractants that represent favourite rodent foods. They draw foraging rodents to the baits where feeding stimulants induce feeding on them. Our objectives were to test the SFU Baits in comparison to three commercial mouse and rat baits, and peanut butter on trap captures of wild house mice, black rats and brown rats. In paired-trap experiments, traps baited with the SFU Mouse Bait captured (i) 6.6 times more mice than Provoke® Mouse (P< 0.001), (ii) 3.4 times more mice than Liphatech® (P< 0.05), (iii) 6.3 times more mice than Propest® (P =0.001), and (iv) 3.4 times more mice than peanut butter (P< 0.05). Traps baited with the SFU Rat Bait captured (i) 5 times more brown rats than Provoke® Rat (P< 0.01), (ii) 3.5 times more brown rats than Liphatech® (P =0.01), (iii) 12 times more brown rats than Propest® (P< 0.01), and (iv) 3.4 times more brown rats than peanut butter (P< 0.001). In a trapping location co-inhabited by both black and brown rats, traps baited with the SFU Mouse Bait captured 13 black rats (P< 0.01) and 5 brown rats, whereas traps baited with SFU Rat Bait captured 1 black rat and 25 brown rats (P< 0.001), revealing species-specific differential attractiveness of these two baits. The superior performance of the SFU Mouse and Rat Baits is apparently due to the combination of their food attractant blends and their grain-based feeding stimulant matrix. When combined with novel rodent pheromone and sonic technologies, and possibly self-resetting traps, the SFU Baits have the potential to make rodent trapping as effective as rodent poisoning.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0168159117303258

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.