April 15, 2020

In case the COVID-19 crisis didn’t present enough public health problems, daytime rat sightings are on the rise in some of the hardest-hit hot spots across the country. As a matter of fact, NBC just published this eerie title, “Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America’s rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic.”

This reality is highlighting what those working in the pest management industry already know is a critical initiative: Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Balance Your Efforts with the 80/20 Ratio

According to Dr. Bobby Corrigan, Rodentologist, 80% of IPM efforts should focus on prevention, specifically exclusion, and sanitation. In other words, get out ahead of the problem and work smarter, not harder to control rat infestations. Fertility control certainly counts as a preventative measure. As an innovative, fertility prevention tool, ContraPest integrates seamlessly into IPM initiatives, supporting this 80/20 recommendation.

While COVID-19 arguably felt like an ambush, there is still time to be proactive regarding rat infestations, especially as the rats emerge in search of food and water, making more daytime appearances.

SenesTech CEO Ken Siegel explains why these daytime sightings are on the rise during COVID-19 Crisis:

“The COVID-19 precautions that closed bars and restaurants in urban centers also brought the large rat populations present there into the daylight. Rats normally feed at night scavenging food scraps near restaurants. Now, as has been reported in the media, closed restaurants are forcing rats into the streets and potentially into residential locations in a desperate search for food. As hunger deepens within the rat community, they will become more visible and aggressive in their search for food and water. Additional tools are needed to reduce rat populations and the risk they pose to human health.”

Why You Should Add ContraPest to Your Arsenal

This is where ContraPest comes in, able to make a real and lasting difference. A fertility control tool that works in both male and female rats, ContraPest decreases the number of litters and number of pups per litter born over time.

While lethal rodenticides have traditionally suppressed rat populations immediately, the results do not and cannot last because rats are adept at rebounding their numbers practically overnight, due to their rapid reproductive rates.

That’s why now, perhaps more than ever, ContraPest has emerged as the ideal IPM tool, complementing existing solutions like rodenticides, or when used as a standalone option for less impacted areas.

Currently, SenesTech is partnering with municipalities to deploy ContraPest fertility management as part of IPM programs and has made ContraPest available to homeowners by ordering directly from SenesTech’s Online Store featured on the website. On both fronts, the results have proven positive — evidence that a smarter strategy takes us all further, faster.