“What gets measured, improves” is a philosophy employed in the business world, but it also can be applied to rodent management. Implementing data tracking (notes) to measure what is being seen in the field can help evaluate the effectiveness of the tools you are using to manage rodents in an account.
Important notes when evaluating how well a rodenticide is performing can include feeding levels (high, intermediate, low), bait issues (melt or mold), and secondary damage (insect or snail). Program success can be measured by reduced “active rodent signs,” such as gnawing, droppings or live sightings.
Bait consumption alone can be a misleading measurement. If rodents continue to consume the bait, but you don’t see a reduction in the population or the active rodent signs, then it may be time to switch to another active ingredient. Tracking this information over time will help you improve your program for the long term.
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