Why do you need to implement a rigorous biosecurity program for rodent control?
For health reasons and for economic reasons!
Rats and mice are responsible for the spread of numerous diseases. Rodents contaminate feed supplies with viruses and bacteria that are detrimental to the health of your livestock. Therefore, a rodent control program is of primary importance to prevent infestations.
Rodent infestations cause damage to buildings. Holes, walls and insulation material have to be repaired or replaced: Rodents gnaw on these materials to grind down their continuously growing teeth.
Rodent infestation adds stress to your livestock, resulting in decreased production. Rodents consume your feed supplies.
For example, a single Norway rat can eat up to 11 kg (24 lb) of feed in a year.
THE KEY IS CONSISTENCY
To have a good rodent control program, consistency is important to prevent infestation. Well-attended bait stations and devices will keep your farm buildings less attractive to rodents seeking feed and nesting for reproduction.
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