Implementing Ecologically Based Rodent Management

In Rodent Green we believe that to manage rodent populations and minimize their negative impacts, we need to clearly understand the ecological requirements of the rodents. Rodent populations are known to grow exponentially given the right conditions. We assess how the environmental circumstances are created in which rodent populations expand beyond acceptable levels. These acceptable levels vary in hospitals, food industry, croplands, plantations, storage areas, urban settings, …  Health risks, economic losses and hygiene standards define the specific tolerance levels. Once this assessment is done we proceed to the next step, Ecologically Based Rodent Management (EBRM).

In EBRM, our first step is ‘to prevent’ the surge of rodent populations by managing the local environment in such a way that rodent populations never grow beyond the tolerance levels. This means controlling access to food and water, reducing shelters and preventing migration. This requires hygienic, operational and construction measures. The second step is ‘to control’. In case of infestation, the population is reduced by using natural enemies, mechanical measures and by applying bio-rodenticides. In addition to these services, we provide tailored trainings, setting up living labs and share our experiences.

We work closely with our clients and affected communities throughout the process of implementing effective rodent management. In this process, we follow three steps:

Step I: Client intake - Client intake to understand the extent of the problem, associated risks and the tolerance levels.

Step II: Field inspection - This includes the collection of all data necessary to understand the extent of the rodent problem at scale. In addition, the circumstances promoting the presence of rodents are mapped out and the possible harms to crops, plantations, humans, animals, storage and the environment are assessed.

Step III: Joint planning & implementation of EBRM action - This includes the selection of best suited measures and actions, tailored trainings and awareness activities and integration of EBRM operational procedures into the routine activities of the client.

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