Dr. Robert Corrigan, a nationally recognized expert in rodent damage management and author of Rodent Control: A Practical Guide for Pest Management Professionals, gave the keynote address at the Urban Pest Management Conference sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE (February 2, 2010). In that presentation, which outlined various trends in pest management, one in particular caught my attention. He touched on the increase in requests for non-lethal rodent control.
Let’s set some context here. Dr.Corrigan works for the City of New York as part of their rodent management program. It’s a monumental job and one that New Yorkers are keenly interested in as rats comprise their top three complaints about living in the city. But as much as New Yorkers hate rats, requests for non-lethal control of those rats are increasing. Residents are uncomfortable with contemporary rodent control methods involving, snap traps, toxicants, and of course, glue boards.
What do you think? Do you believe that more work should be done in reducing the pain and suffering involved in the control of house mice and rats? I would like to hear your thoughts?
Copyright 2010 Stephen M. Vantassel