Bait avoidance and habitat use by the roof rat, Rattus rattus, in a piggery

Leung, LKP and Clark, NM (2005) Bait avoidance and habitat use by the roof rat, Rattus rattus, in a piggery. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 55 2: 77-84. doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2004.07.004

Author Leung, LKP
Clark, NM
Title Bait avoidance and habitat use by the roof rat, Rattus rattus, in a piggery
Journal name International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-8305
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ibiod.2004.07.004
Volume 55
Issue 2
Start page 77
End page 84
Total pages 8
Editor Dr. Harold W. Rossmoore (Editor-in-Chief)
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
300802 Wildlife and Habitat Management
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract The acceptance of four anticoagulant rodenticide baits was evaluated in a piggery. The bait bases were cracked wheat, wax block, pig feed, and Racumin Paste(R). Mean daily consumption of each bait was poor (< 5 g). Mean activity index measured with tracking plates did not change significantly throughout pre-baiting (3 days), baiting (37) or post-baiting (7), indicating that the baits had no impact on the population. The same baiting regime applied simultaneously in nearby stables with lower feed availability induced a significantly higher mean consumption of the cracked wheat based bait, and the activity index declined to zero at day 23, indicating that the rats were eradicated. The failure of the baits to control rats in the piggery was possibly due to the poor bait acceptance caused by the abundant feed supply. Results of live-trapping and radio- and spool-and-line tracking indicated that the population was confined within the piggery; lower windowsills were the most used above-ground structure for movements; and minimum home range span was 17 m. We suggest that rodent control should be implemented within the confines of the piggery to reduce the risk to non-target animals, and that mortality agents should be placed less than or equal to 17 in apart arboreally for the roof rat. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Rodent Control
Bait Acceptance
Rattus Rattus
Activity Index
Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Environmental Sciences
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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