Regulating Rodents | January 10, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 2 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 2 | pp. 33-34
Issue Date: January 10, 2011

Regulating Rodents

Pacifichem News: Scientists aim to control pests while minimizing harm to other species
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: rodent, rat, anticoagulant, rodenticide, pesticide

In the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the piper rids a 13th-century German town of rats by using a magic pipe to lure them to drown in a river. Then, as now, rats were seen as a scourge. They and other rodents are a public health threat, capable of transmitting bacterial, viral, or parasitic diseases through urine, fecal matter, or saliva. They can also be an ecological menace—when introduced to islands, they can . . .

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