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Rodent Control: Applications

From the subways of New York to the rice fields of Indonesia: Urban and Agricultural applications

Our founders, Dr. Loretta Mayer and Dr. Cheryl Dyer, have received over $21 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the United States Department of Agriculture to develop our technology. Our product has been field tested most recently in the trash rooms of the New York subways and the rice farms of Indonesia where rats contribute to crop failures and famine.

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere

Fighting a losing battle with the rodents who infest trash rooms in the New York Subway, the New York MTA was looking for an innovative alternative. They had tried everything from lethal poisons to hunting sprees by citizen militias. Then they found out about SenesTech’s transformative technology. Wasting no time, the MTA partnered with SenesTech and the National Institutes of Health in a first-of-its-kind pilot program to test our product in one of the world’s toughest environments.

One of the first questions was: would discerning New York City rats ingest the bait, given the massive amounts of human food available? Our bait delivered the liquid the rats needed, was designed to be tasty and it got rave reviews…from the rats. Tracking dye in their whiskers (used only for the study not for our future commercial bait), motion cameras and daily monitoring told the story. The wild subway rats repeatedly visited our bait stations and ate ample amounts.

Rice is for people, not for rats

One of the agricultural applications being tested is slated to reduce the devastation caused by the Southeast Asian Rice Rat in just one growing season. Today, 1/3 of the Southeast Asian rice crop is damaged by field rice rats. The result can be crop failure and famine. Decreased rat population means increased rice production – an increase of 10% will feed another 380 million people.

After SenesTech’s success in Indonesia, a pilot research study was conducted in Savannakhet, Lao PDR to confirm that Laotian rats would consume our bait just as readily. Once again, we showed that we know how to please the most selective rat palate. We are pursuing a partnership for extended field trials with the LAO PDF government represented by Dr. L. Phondalay and World Visision, an NGO.

Other applications

Both directly and through the company’s strategic partners, we are in discussions to apply our rodent control product in a variety of agricultural, urban, manufacturing and wildlife environments worldwide.