Dr. Bobby Corrigan joined us this year at the New York Pest Expo 2010.  He discussed Rodent Control in 2010. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bobby’s background, he is the Director of RMC Pest Management Consulting, Richmond, IN. He has published over 150 technical publications in pest control and is a regular contributor and columnist for Pest Control Technology and Pest Management Professional. Dr. Corrigan is the author of Rodent Pest Management: A Practical Guide for Pest Management Professionals; the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control on rodents; and co-author of The Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations. In 2008, Bobby was inducted into the Pest Management Hall of Fame.

Dr. Bobby Corrigan informed us all that rats are survivors. They can withstand changes in the environment and burrow and feed just about anywhere. Just last year 3 new species of rats were discovered! They are strong, evolving and not to be underestimated.

To fully understand how to approach and treat a rat infestation pest management professionals must inspect first! It rules our science. We must track the source to understand the best approach and how it will impact the surrounding areas.  We need to be more of an investigator.

Get as close as possible to the activity center. In the case of rats, Bobby recommends locating sources of food as a starting point. Rats instinctively live near food sources. Look for droppings and know their identification.  Once you identify the presence of rats use biomonitoring and tracking tools. These baits will identify traffic areas allowing the pest management professional to track and eliminate the problem.

Biomonitoring and tracking systems will eventually educate us on the movements and habits of rats in urban environments. This knowledge will help us understand the pests better and how to treat them more effectively.

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