Accession Number:

ADA246482

Title:

Guide to Commensal Rodent Control

Descriptive Note:

Technical guide

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AGENCY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

This technical guide TG is an introduction to basic commensal rodent biology and control methods. It covers the three species of commensal rodents found worldwide plus limited information on the Polynesian rat and five genera of North American wild rodents that also interact with mans interests. It is intended for use by persons interested in commensal rodent control in the United States and its Possessions. This information was compiled from many sources, not all of which were in agreement. Obsolete materials, methods, and ideas were discarded new techniques and toxicants were added. Destruction of pest species by mechanical or chemical means has been the primary method used in pest control. This approach is not always ecologically sound and seldom achieves lasting results. Integrated pest management takes an ecosystem approach to pest problems. Every species has certain identifiable minimum requirements. By eliminating or restricting those things necessary for survival of the pest species, man can limit the capability of an environment to support the pest.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Ecology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE