E2M2C™ Chronicles

This newsletter, authored by Jerry Cates, keeps E2M2C™ program participants informed about the devices in place at their homes and businesses. It is accessible to all who are interested in the general subject of rodent control and the pure and applied research this program is conducting.  © Bugsinthenews Vol. 23:09(01): Re-published, with new content, on 15 January 2021.


Note: The E2M2C™ program for rodent control is one of several projects emanating from our focus on EcoSystem Forensics. Since our last edition of E2M2C™ Chronicles, Texas has experienced a series of freezing temperature events, the kind that cause rats and mice (not just commensal rodents but even our native rats and mice) to move into homes and businesses in droves: We are pleased to report that ALL of the sites where the E2M2C™ program is in place — including restaurants, nursing homes, shopping centers, warehouses, day-care centers, apartment complexes, condominiums, duplexes, farm houses, and single-family residential homes in a wide range of settings — have remained rat-and-mouse-free, without requiring special servicing of any kind. 


E2M2C™ devices for rodent control are now in place at numerous sites throughout Texas. Restaurants, day-care centers, nursing homes, and other kinds of businesses are included, along with residential homes and apartment complexes. Besides quickly bringing rodent infestations to a halt, these devices are contributing to mankind’s knowledge and understanding of rat and mouse behavior.

More to Learn?

Most people think there’s nothing more to be learned about rats and mice beyond what we already know. That’s definitely not the case. As pointed out by several of the lecturers at Texas A&M University’s 2021 Texas Rodent Academy (TRA), conducted on 14-15 December at the Dallas AgriLife Research Center, today’s knowledge about rodent biology remains remarkably sparse. That this is still true, despite the fact that vigorous research projects — ostensibly on this very subject — have been conducted at prestigious universities, worldwide, for centuries, stands as a sobering testimonial.

To some extent, that testimonial reveals the failures of academia. All too often, funds and intellectual energies for rodent-related studies focus more on testing “high-technology” devices — such as expensive WI-FI detectors that impress humans but do little or nothing to to reduce rodent populations — than on pure research into wild rodent biology. Yet, to be fair, it probably points just as poignantly to the extraordinary complexities surrounding rodent behavior in the myriad of settings that commensal rats and mice infest.

The Dangers Posed by Rodents…

At EntomoBiotics Inc., we had no choice but to strike out on our own, feeling our way through a maze of conflicting views on how commensal rodents behave, in an effort to craft practical solutions to today’s rat and mouse problems. We’ve been spurred on by the imperative of solving those problems quickly and permanently.

The dangers rodents pose to human health make them the most serious epidemiological risk most Americans face every day. That, by the way, is a fact about which everybody in academia and the pest management industry agrees. Of all the lectures at the Texas A&M 2021 TRA, those describing the long list of disease caused and spread by rodents seemed clear and on track. 

The E2M2C™  Program’s Amazing Results…

That’s why the E2M2C™ project came into being. When this project showed amazing results, results that persisted for months and years without a single failure, I started posting in-depth articles here explaining what we were learning from our in-house research — conducted all over Texas — on rodent behavior. In case you’ve noticed, I recently removed all those articles from this website. They told too much. Had the information they imparted coincided with conventional wisdom, I’d have left them up. Instead of confirming that wisdom, our findings contradict a number of well-worn, “settled” views on how rodents behave.

Though — for the moment — we’re not describing those contradictions here in detail, the E2M2C™ project continues to reveal new insights into rodent biology practically every day.

What it Does…

We’re using those insights to improve our devices and methodologies, enabling us to quickly, and permanently

  1. solve rodent infestations in places where rats and mice have been endemic for as long as can be remembered,
  2. without a single failure,
  3. at costs significantly below those associated with conventional programs,
  4. without placing non-target animals — including dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, foxes, owls, hawks, eagles, or children — at risk.

Where The E2M2C™  Program Works…

Examples of places where the E2M2C™  program is in place include restaurants, shopping centers, warehouses, day-care centers, apartment complexes, condominiums, duplexes, farm houses, and single-family residential homes in a wide range of settings. Many of those examples had been plagued with rat and mouse infestations for more than 15 years, without a break. Some had hired from 5-10 different pest management firms, and tried a long list of do-it-yourself rat control methods, without success. A surprising number of them had spent $thousands on professional rodent exclusion projects that seemed to work at first but soon failed. in every case, once we installed and fine-tuned the E2M2C™ program there, rats and mice at that site became past history.

The settings where the rodent-control devices associated with the E2M2C™ project are presently placed fit within the range of both typical and atypical settings found throughout Texas. That’s saying a lot, but we say it without hesitation. We’ve never turned down a project. We’ve seen the worst of the worst, and we’ve still succeeded.

23 Texas Cities Down, 1,193 to go…

Ten cities in Central Texas, and 13 cities in the northern half of the state, currently participate in this program. The differences between various placement sites present unique challenges. We’re pleased to report that, at each of these sites — despite all the differences between them — the E2M2C™ project consistently solves rodent infestations quickly and keeps them rodent free. Commercial and residential venues once overrun with rats have been freed of those pests and kept that way, now for a number of years.

It’s exciting to be able to write those words, especially knowing that all our clients who are enjoying the fruits of this project will be reading them. Most of our new sites come, these days, from referrals given by our current clients. That’s amazing by itself, since most business owners and homeowners prefer not to reveal the fact they once had a rat problem, even though it is now fully under control.

Thanks are due to all E2M2C™ program participants for their encouragement, support, critiques and suggestions. This program cannot advance this quickly without the help we receive from program participants, and the more we learn from you, the better. We never forget why we’re doing this: rats and mice spread disease and destroy commodities. Controlling them is a crucial step toward protecting human health. Protecting the environment, along with dogs, cats, birds of prey, and every other non-target animal within that ecosystem, is what we’re all about.

WEATHER AND RODENTS

Cooler weather has now arrived in Central Texas, and will continue for the next several months. I’m still analyzing the forecasts for the next few weeks and months and plan to post a summary of that analysis here soon.

Forecasts continue to signal what appears to be a lengthy period wherein highs will stay below the high 50’s and low 60’s throughout Central and North Texas. As temperatures continue to slide downward, we want you to keep looking for rodent activity in yards, attics, and crawlspaces. We started asking our clients to do that as early as late September.

What About the 2021-2 Texas Winter?

Once temperatures regularly drop below 50°F at night, start listening carefully for noises in the attic or under the floor. Gnawing and scratching sounds, in particular, should be cause for alarm. If those are heard, contact E2M2C™ program management right away. We’ve not gotten any significant reports yet, though out of all the sites we service all over Texas we have received a total of four isolated sighting reports. In three of those cases — all at commercial venues — the sighting was observed only once. In the fourth case, two single sightings were made, over a two-day period, then stopped.

Our investigation at each site indicates that the rodents involved were isolated foragers who got in at night while commodities were being delivered through a door propped open by the delivery personnel. Unfortunately, when our sites are positioned alongside other venues that are not protected by the E2M2C™  program, high rodent populations can exist right next door, and once in a while one of those rodents will get into our protected site, at night, through a propped-open door. We can’t prevent that from happening, but we can — and do — make sure that isolated rodent is neutralized right away.

Time to Prepare…

Those already participating in the E2M2C™ program have little or nothing to worry about from the current cold season. Like last winter’s E2M2C™ participants, who experienced other inconveniences, we’re happy to report that rats and mice were not on their lists and should not be on your’s, this winter. Some who got in on this program earlier — especially residential homes whose participation commenced early in 2019 or before — have fewer E2M2C™ devices than we now recommend. In a few of those cases, the rodent populations in the areas surrounding those homes may still be so high that they’ll begin to see evidence of rat incursions in their yards. If those rats are able to get inside, they may do so. That didn’t happen last winter, but we take nothing for granted and neither should you. Be on the lookout, and contact E2M2C™ program management directly if and when the need arises.

QUESTIONS?

Those who have questions about their particular site, as well as those who are not yet involved with the E2M2C™ project but would like to consider getting on board, should call or text for more information. Current participants already have the number… But, for those who don’t, it’s five-one-two 426-9883.

Jerry

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