A number of available toxicants are effective in controlling rats, but almost all are non-specific and have associated risks of non-target poisoning (children, domestic pets, wildlife, livestock). Landcare Research have developed novel rodenticides that specifically target rats, while remaining harmless to other rodents and mammals. The action of the toxicant has delayed onset overcoming bait shyness encountered with other toxins.
The technology has been developed to be used with offshore aquaculture systems but could be applicable to any use in marine or freshwater environments where weather and/or wave action is an issue or where it is desirable to be able to set a system in place and not have to check it regularly. Other potential applications would be in offshore drilling and mooring systems.
Proof of Principle - Laboratory demonstration of principle only