— This article by Jerry Cates was first published on 14 May 2016, and was last revised and expanded on 21 November 2018. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 17:05(02.1).
Winning the War on Commensal Rodents with the EntomoBiotics Inc. Rodent & Snake Control System (RSCS™)
The proprietary EntomoBiotics Inc. RSCS™ program eliminates rats and mice from commercial and residential sites, then keeps them under control forever. Based on our 38 years of experience in scientific rodent control, the RSCS™ program is the most advanced, practical, and effective means of rat and mouse control we’ve ever developed. To our knowledge, it has no equal, anywhere.
The RSCS™ program is presently being deployed at nursing homes, residences, restaurants, and a variety of other sites throughout Texas. New sites are being added on a regular basis. At each of these sites the RSCS™ program is successfully keeping rats and mice out of sight and out of mind.
Even at sites where others have failed? Yes. We often get called in where some of the most well-known & reputable pest management firms in the world have been unable to control the rats and mice at their client locations. After suffering catastrophic rodent infestations at their sites, then being treated to the rapid, successful solution the RSCS™ program provides, these clients happily attest to its heroic results. The RSCS™ program has never failed, even under the most challenging of conditions. And it keeps on working, day after day, month after month, year after year…
The program has three basic parts, and may — when needed — include a fourth:
(1) it employs a special rodent bait station, modified and maintained in the EntomoBiotics Inc. laboratory, that adheres to stringent RSCS™ standards; this station — which is constantly being updated and improved — is deployed in its most advanced form at new sites immediately, and retrofitted to existing RSCS™ program sites at the next scheduled service visit;
(2) each station is provisioned with RSCS™ certified rodent bait; and
(3) the provisioning and maintenance of each station follows a strict set of RSCS™ program protocols.
This science-based 3-part program lures, feeds, and exterminates commensal rodents quickly and efficiently, and prevents fresh populations from developing.
For some sites, a fourth part — male and female rodent contraception — is added to the RSCS™ program. Where rodents have been nesting in large numbers for some time, the rodent population cannot be controlled simply by exterminating mature rodents alone.
Rats from nearby hog farms, wilderness areas, untreated food processing facilities and waste dumps, for example, may infiltrate the client’s site in regular waves. In such cases, adding rodent fertility abatement measures to the mix halts progeny development while adults are being exterminated. Specialized RSCS™ contraceptive stations are used.
These are provisioned with feeding cartridges containing EPA-approved birth-control formulations that render male and female rats temporarily sterile. Even under what was previously the most intractable of circumstances, no rodent infestation is a match for this 4-part RSCS™ program.
Sites protected by the RSCS™ program are easily identified by the distinctive labels affixed to the bases of each rodent bait station. These labels include a QR code that can be scanned using smart phone cameras to link to this article, enabling anyone curious about the purpose of the station to obtain, immediately, important information about it. Visitors to any site protected by this system can rest assured that the owner or site manager takes their safety and health seriously enough to implement the best rodent control system in the world.
At all sites the RSCS™ program includes intensive consultation with client management and staff. Two-way consultations work to secure the client’s assistance and cooperation in removing and/or repairing rodent ingress/egress ports in the shells of the client’s structures. Habitat that harbors and nurtures rodents on the site is also identified and, in a cooperative effort, remediated. Rodent food sources on the site are also identified and a means of eliminating the identified sources is developed and implemented with the cooperation and assistance of all involved.
Common questions: Why is effective, efficient, and practical rodent control so important? And why does the RSCS™ program include snake control? These questions are addressed in what follows.
Commensal Rodents, Commodity Waste, and Human Disease…
Rats and mice pose significant hazards to humans and our food supply. Eleven diseases are known to be directly transmitted to man by rats and mice; four of these are transmitted by the fecal pellets left behind by rodents when they pass through an area. An additional fifteen diseases are indirectly transmitted to man by the parasites (ticks, mites, fleas, and mosquitoes) that typically infest rodents. These are not trivial diseases, but often lead to death, chronic disease, and severe disability. Here’s one prominent example:
Many Americans who were adults in April and May of 1993 remember those months vividly, as a frightening time when a mysterious fatal disease, never before known to man, first reared its ugly head.
This unexplained pulmonary illness occurred in “the Four Corners,” an arid portion of the southwestern United States where four states — Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah — intersect at a single geographic spot. The region hosts the Hopi, Ute, Navajo, and Zuni Nation American Indian Reservations. Near that intersection of four U.S. States, in April of 1993, a young, healthy Navajo woman arrived at an emergency room in Gallup, New Mexico. She had flu-like symptoms and complained of shortness of breath. On examination doctors found her lungs filled with fluid, and though the physicians and nurses did all they could, she soon died. Five days later, the deceased woman’s fiancee, a young, healthy Navajo man, fell ill while traveling to her funeral. An ambulance was called, but he stopped breathing on the way to the Indian Medical Center emergency room, and despite paramedics performing CPR he could not be revived. The similarity of his symptoms and those leading to the death of his betrothed led the Emergency Room doctors to report his death to the New Mexico Department of Health. Soon it was discovered that, within the previous six months, a total of six other mystery deaths with identical symptoms had occurred. Shortly afterward an additional dozen new cases were reported.
The cause was a previously unheralded disease now known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS. It is spread by deer mice in the genus Peromyscus. Diseases spread by mice and rats are nothing new. In fact, as the Centers for Disease Control discovered in their investigation, unreported deaths from HPS had actually been taking place since the 1950’s. Besides HPS, though, a long list of rodent-borne diseases are common wherever large populations of rats and mice are allowed to congregate, nest, and multiply. As mentioned earlier, rats directly transmit at least eleven diseases to man, and four of these are transmitted in their fecal pellets. Fifteen more diseases are indirectly transmitted to man by their parasites (ticks, mites, fleas, and mosquitoes). Again, these are not trivial diseases. They often lead to death, chronic disease, and severe disability.
Helping mankind avoid such diseases is an important job. It is, in fact, the foundation on which modern pest management stands. EntomoBiotics Inc. has been intimately involved in rodent control since 1980. We’ve always taken that job seriously, which is why we declared war, early on, against commensal rodents. The RSCS™ program represents the culmination of that work.
Now, Let’s discuss Snakes, and their Direct Connection to Commensal Rodents…
Throughout our career in pest management we have, with regularity, received calls about snakes in residences and businesses. The caller asks “How can you stop our snake problem…” Whenever we receive such calls, our first reaction is to explain to the caller that what they have isn’t really a snake problem. Instead, they have a commensal rodent problem that attracts snakes to their residence or business. Of course, other attractants, such as bird nests, lizards, and large insects, may also be involved, but the most prominent attractant of snakes is, hands down, the commensal rodent. Once commensal rodents are brought under control, 90% of the snake problems disappear. That last 10% is still problematic… and is dealt with by bringing bird nesting, lizard populations, and large insects in the area under control as well.
Over the years we’ve developed stellar programs to handle all these issues. The RSCS™ rodent bait station is at the heart of all those programs.
Though it isn’t easy, we’re winning the war on commensal rodents and snakes, and our weapon of choice today is the EntomoBiotics Inc. Rodent & Snake Control System (RSCS™). As described earlier in this article, our RSCS™ is a comprehensive program that combines habitat modification, bait servicing, and — yes — for especially challenging and/or otherwise intractable rodent infestations, even rodent birth control. This system, like the most advanced control systems contrived for other pestiferous organisms, forces the commensal rodents, lizards, and large insects involved to help — unwittingly — in their own destruction.
Much of what that system does is invisible to you, but if you see one or more of our associated Rodent & Snake Control System (RSCS™) devices at a friend’s house, at a restaurant, a nursing home, or at another commercial establishment, you can be sure that friend, Administrator, or proprietor is doing their best to help you avoid rodent-borne diseases. Today, protecting you and your loved ones — from the dangerous diseases spread by rats and mice — is not an option. It is an imperative.
More To Come…
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