Los Angeles, Calif., will begin implementing SenesTech Inc.’s ContraPest solution in its current integrated pest management (IPM) programs through the city’s contracted pest company, Cats USA Pest Control, at various locations.
SenesTech is a developer of proprietary technologies for managing animal pest populations through fertility control. ContraPest targets the reproductive capabilities of both sexes in rat populations, inducing egg loss in female rats and impairing sperm development in males. The product is dispensed in a liquid formulation using a proprietary bait delivery method. According to SenesTech, ContraPest is designed, formulated and dispensed to be low hazard for handlers and non-target species such as wildlife, livestock and pets, where the active ingredients break down rapidly.
Cats USA provides residential and commercial service throughout Southern California.
“Our ambition is to provide our customers with effective alternatives to the ever-growing concerns regarding anticoagulant rodenticides,” says Michael Hunt, service manager of Cats USA. “ContraPest is a perfect fit, and we are pleased to be able to integrate this state-of-the-art technology into our IPM portfolio.”
ContraPest will initially be deployed at six animal shelters located throughout the Los Angeles area, where companion animal safety remains a priority. An estimated 65 ContraPest stations will be installed across the animal shelters to provide a non-lethal approach at managing rodent populations at these facilities. SenesTech and Cats USA are working closely with the city, collaborating on additional deployments in populated downtown areas.
“Working with Michael and the city officials is a great opportunity for us. This will not only aid us in expanding ContraPest throughout California, this also aligns with SenesTech’s vision of continuing to make animal safety and wildlife protection a priority,” states Brandy Pyzyna, VP of scientific operations and technical services.