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Novel products for rats and squirrels - LK09121

This project combines expertise from leading UK and international researchers to develop a potential new generation of rodenticides. The project aims to introduce to the EU the first major advance in rodent pest control since the registration of the second generation anticoagulants in the 1970’s. The focus is on developing products with significantly improved benefits for animal welfare.

The new chemistries and pest control products that emerge will be shaped by European Biocides Directives (EBD), farmer and national end-user demand for humane performance, availability of an antidote, efficacy, user and environmental safety. One compound has already been registered for predator control in New Zealand.

If successful there will be direct benefit from the new compounds for UK farmers, feed stuff manufactures, waste disposal contractors, the food industry and for grey squirrel management. The new class of compounds have the potential benefit of minimising or removing the risk of food-web residue contamination and minimising the risk of secondary poisoning of non-target species.

The present project will build on existing research investment and define whether these compounds, analogues or related compounds with similar mode of action are suitable for rat and rodent control in the UK/EU. The welfare of the novel compounds will be assessed for rats and other rodents versus conventional poison baits. The potential new compounds will enable the safer broad-scale management of rats and other rodents.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : LK0921 final report doc   (1464k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2012

Cost: £244,998
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Departmant of Conservation, Sorex Limited, Connovation Limited, Royal Veterinary College, Lincoln University