STP817

    Design and Evaluation Criteria for Development of Toxic Wicks for Rodent Control

    Published: Jan 1983


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    Abstract

    Research suggests the feasibility of using wicks to deliver toxicants for rodent control, with subsequent rodent ingestion of the toxicant through grooming. Such wicks may overcome disadvantages of more conventional control materials, such as toxic baits and tracking powders for such applications as sites with little space or access for conventional baiting, with attractive alternative food sources, or where potential hazard and contamination are of particular concern.

    Several innovations for developing and evaluating toxic wicks for rodent control are described. These methods are devised to determine optimum wick systems based on considerations of outer device construction, wick configuration and composition, and the nature and concentration of the toxicant in the device. Further, the delivery system to the rodent in relation to rodent susceptibility and behavior, wick placement, longevity, and safety are explored. Although the techniques illustrated involve a brodifacoum-containing wick device for commensal house mouse control, similar considerations and test procedures would have application in developing other toxicants and wick devices for rodent control.

    Keywords:

    rodent control, mouse control, contact rodenticide, toxic wicks, toxic devices, rodent control devices, mouse tube, Actimeter, rodenticides, house mice, vertebrate pest control, toxicants, contact toxicant protocols, motion detector, brodifacoum, simulated field methods, efficacy determination


    Author Information:

    Morris, KD
    Field biologist, formulation chemist (deceased), and technical representative, ICI Americas Inc., Goldsboro, N.C.

    Proctor, RD
    Field biologist, formulation chemist (deceased), and technical representative, ICI Americas Inc., Goldsboro, N.C.

    Kaukeinen, DE
    Field biologist, formulation chemist (deceased), and technical representative, ICI Americas Inc., Goldsboro, N.C.


    Paper ID: STP30179S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.17

    DOI: 10.1520/STP30179S


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