Development of best management practices to manage urban rats, protect public health, and reduce rodenticide use
The research proposed in this study will measure the effectiveness of current pest management against industry-created best management practices that aim to reduce the use of rodenticides. It is unlikely that quick and effective management of urban rodents can be achieved without rodenticides due to the nature of rodent population dynamics and behavior. However, with the development of urban rat best management practices, there may be ways to more effectively manage rats while applying lower amounts of rodenticides. For example, proper placement of both rodenticide bait stations and rodent trapping stations may significantly increase their effectiveness and therefore also contribute to lower amounts of rodenticide being applied in the environment.