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    Microtus Dry Bait Laboratory Efficacy Test Method

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    This laboratory test was designed to determine the effectiveness of toxic baits used against pine and meadow voles. The test is adaptable for both single-feeding and multiple-feeding rodenticides. A new challenge diet for voles has also been developed, and the rationale for its use is discussed. A vole toxicant tested with this method is considered satisfactory if a 90 percent vole mortality is achieved.


    vertebrate pest control, rodenticides, voles, test method

    Author Information:

    Byers, RE
    Associate professor of horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va

    Palmateer, SD
    Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Animal Biology Laboratory, Beltsville, Md

    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.17

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34964S