This was a big challenge as the rats had been left to their own devices for a long period of time. This allowed them to establish themselves and get dug well in at at least a dozen different locations on the site under floors, building banks and containers.
We had to hit them with everything we had using a strategic baiting plan. This involved baiting directly down burrows, underneath floors, containers and throughout the building.
A trapping campaign using traditional non-baiting trapping techniques checked twice daily alongside night-time shooting using low powered air rifles with high-tech night vision. This meant we had reduced the numbers significantly and a total of 258 rats were physically removed from the site within the first three weeks.
We have now formulated a monitoring/service programme, which includes twice monthly visits to the site, but we will pay this site extra attention during and after harvest due to it’s rural location.
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