SenesTech partners with Hawaii natural resources program

By |  September 26, 2017

SenesTech Inc., developer of proprietary technologies for managing animal pest populations through fertility control, revealed a sales agreement and initial delivery of ContraPest to a Hawaii natural resources program. The product will be used for the control of rodents in an outdoor setting, under an experimental use permit to control wild rats that prey upon native birds and plants in the preserve.

“We are particularly excited to be a part of a solution to address the devastation to our island communities by rodents that are increasing at an unusual rate as the changing climate favors more fruiting plant growth, providing resources for increased rat reproduction,” Dr. Loretta P. Mayer, Chair, CEO and co-founder of SenesTech says in a news release.

The agreement calls for ContraPest deployment on the island of Oahu over a total of 20 acres in a tropical forest region. The bait stations were placed on a grid by preserve personnel who have hiked into the remote area.

Rodent management on this site provided in excess of 10 years of population data and was selected strategically to demonstrate the sustainability of a fertility control approach to rat infestations in island ecologies, the company says. The total area of all projects managed by this natural resources program is 16,163 acres.

The ContraPest product is being provided by the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research in support of the experimental use permit. ContraPest baiting began in August, at the height of the rodent population expansion season.

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