March 4, 2020

Public health is dominating the news these days as the coronavirus spreads worldwide, with increasing cases confirmed across the United States. As a company that cares about the environment, people, animals and the future, SenesTech is passionate when it comes to promoting proactive solutions for public health. We’re doing our part to keep rat populations under control to keep you out of harm’s way.

What’s the Harm in a Few Rats?

Compared to a sudden outbreak of a highly contagious virus, rats might not seem like that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

But, it’s no secret that rat populations can pose significant risks to public health. Known vectors of disease, a recent connection has been made between rats and the uptick (pun intended) of Lyme Disease diagnoses around the country.

We know what you’re thinking… Wait, don’t ticks carry and transmit Lyme Disease?

They sure do!

However, ticks feed on various animals depending on four stages of their life cycle. Larval ticks prefer feasting on smaller animals, like rodents, long before they set their sights on human hosts.

Decreasing rat populations deprives ticks of a valuable food source, therefore taking a bite out of tick populations over time, which could prove beneficial to public health by eventually lessening Lyme Disease diagnoses.

Treat the Disease, Not the Symptoms

A proactive approach to pest management, specifically rat control requires targeting a very real root cause of infestations: reproduction.

Rats reproduce at an impressive rate, which has historically made controlling their numbers difficult even when relying on lethal rodenticides.

The trouble with lethal rodenticides is that they represent a reactionary response. Generally, you only deploy these products if you actually observe rats on your residential or commercial site. By the time you see them, you’re already outnumbered… and counting. This is similar to treating the symptoms of a disease, rather than the disease itself.

Consider this prognosis: a single pair of breeding rats can produce an estimated 15,000 offspring annually. Lethal rodenticides will impact those numbers, but only temporarily, with rats quick to rebound their numbers when they sense population loss.

It’s easy to see why a different course of treatment is required to combat rat infestations and the risk posed to public health.

The Proactive RX for Rat Control

ContraPest is a proven, non-lethal rat fertility control solution that works in both male and female rats and can be easily added into existing IPM programs to help support and strengthen public health. A proactive and preventative strategy, ContraPest lessens litters and number of pups per litter to reduce rat populations over time.

Do your part to protect yourself and promote public health by ordering ContraPest from the SenesTech Online Store ahead of the rat’s busy springtime breeding season!