At SenesTech, part of our mission includes education and communication. In support of those aims, we’ve sponsored QA’s 2019 State of the Market: Rodent Control in Food Facilities. The second annual publication of its kind, the goal of this report is to address Quality Assurance concerns relative to food safety and the threat posed to it by rat infestations.
A Troubling Trend
According to the 2019 State of the Industry survey, there is a troubling trend concerning facility managers and the increasing number of them who are more concerned than ever with the threat of rodents on their premises. Those cited their main concern as food contamination — and with good reason.
Rats are vectors of diseases like Salmonella — a primary culprit of foodborne illness across the U.S. In fact, the CDC estimates that Salmonella contamination has caused an average of 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths per year in the U.S. The source of the majority of these cases? Food.
No wonder then that rats are listed as a Category 1 pest by the FDA, representing the highest priority, motivating the agency to ramp up inspections and crackdown on infractions. It’s not surprising then that 63% of this year’s survey respondents cited inspection/audit citation chief among their concerns.
Fortunately, proven reassurance is available in the form of rat birth control.
ContraPest Keeps Rat Populations Down
Although we can’t stop the speed at which rats reproduce, we can control the outcome. ContraPest is a rat birth control that, when consumed by both male and female rats, targets their reproductive abilities, thereby reducing rat populations.
Fertility control should feature in your IPM program for increased efficacy and protection against rat infestations. SenesTech has made it possible to seamlessly integrate ContraPest into your existing programs for professional pest management that delivers real results.
For more details about QA’s 2019 State of the Market: Rodent Control in Food Facilities, contact us today to receive a copy.