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Biosecurity



Biosecurity

Rodent control is an integral part of any biosecurity program.

  • Rodents are a Biosecurity Risk
    • Rodents can be reservoirs for disease, which can live inside the rodent's body and be excreted in their urine and feces.
    • They are also well adapted to living with, or in close proximity to, humans and farm animals. This co-existence increases their likelihood of transmission.
    • Rodents are prolific breeders, which can result in large rodent populations in a short period of time. If disease organisms are present within these populations, they can be widely and rapidly distributed to uninfected areas and animals.
  • Diseases Include
    • Salmonellosis
    • Cholera
    • Leptospirosis
    • Bordetellosis
    • Hanta Virus
    • LCVM (Lymphoiyti Chronimeigitis Virus)
    • And many others
  • Rodents Cause Feed Contamination & Facility Damage
    • Rats consume 25g per day, mice consume 3g per day, but they contaminate as much as 10x that amount with droppings and urine.
    • A one point increase in feed conversion could cost a million bird complex $10,000 per week.
  • Damage Cost
    • Curtain and insulation damage increases energy costs and repairs are expensive.
    • Structural damage: wood/framework/wiring.
      • Rodents gnaw at least 30 minutes every day.
      • Foundation - rodent burrows can cause foundations to lose integrity.