According to a 2021 study, New York City has about two million rats that may be a source of a coronavirus variant.
With the new partnership, EcoClear Products, supplier of RatX, a non-toxic rodent control solution, has joined the effort to help the city reduce its rat problem.
EcoClear Products plans to help NYPMA and NJPMA control rat populations in the city and address outbreaks across each state. EcoClear Products will also share research and information to advance understanding of the pest management field.
EcoClear reports that despite decades of efforts, the rat population in New York City has increased in recent years. In 2021, rat sightings were up more than 30 percent compared to 2019 totals.
Rodent infestations pose disease transmission risks because the animals carry bacteria such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Salmonella, E. coli, and Leptospira, and viruses including sapoviruses, cardioviruses, kobuviruses, parechoviruses, rotaviruses, hepaciviruses, and Seoul virus.
In a study published this month in the journal Nature Communications, a University of Missouri virologist suggested rats were the origin of previously unknown types of coronavirus found in New York City wastewater.
The NYPMA’s role is to ensure the state’s pest management professionals are properly trained and prepared to deal with this growing problem. Through this new partnership, EcoClear Products will leverage the NYPMA’s opportunities to help control the increasing rodent population, as well as outbreaks in other areas in the Northeast.