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Rodent Control: Challenges

Rodent control: an enormous global market in search of alternatives

Rodent control: an enormous global market in search of alternatives
Despite all efforts to control them, rodents are a persistent problem, causing over $27 billion in annual infrastructure damages in the United States alone. They also contribute to crop loss, food contamination and disease. In SouthEast Asia, 1/3 of the rice crop is damaged by field rice rats. A mere 10% increase in rice production would feed an additional 380 million people.

Traditional methods are not sustainable

There has been no innovation or change in rodent control since the Middle Ages, and the world still has a growing rat problem. The primary products used to manage rodent populations are lethal rodenticides and traps. Current methods are not getting the job done and the search for alternatives has become more urgent.

Poisons can enter the ecosystem where they can persist in the environment, and cause harm to pets and wildlife if not used as directed. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, over 10,000 children are accidentally poisoned by rodenticides each year in the U.S. alone. Killing rats does not result in a sustained population reduction. It often creates a rebound effect. Poison can knock down a rat population. However, rats are opportunistic breeders and take advantage of smaller numbers and more resources by reproducing even more quickly. The rebound population can often surpass the original infestation.

In recent years, the EPA has been placing increasing restrictions on lethal rodenticides, particularly anticoagulants. U.S. states, cities and municipalities have also begun to restrict their use.

A market worth $1.4 billion in the U.S. and $45 billion worldwide

Annual sales of rodenticides in the United States can be estimated to be $1.4 billion. In other nations, crop damage by rats impacts both human survival and that of various endangered species. Globally, over $40 billion is spent on rodent control. SenesTech expects to be in a position to capture a meaningful share of the U.S. market.