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  1. Natural bait additives improve trapping success of common voles, Microtus arvalis

    Contributor(s):: Schlötelburg, Annika, Jakob, Gerhard, Bellingrath-Kimura, Sonoko, Jacob, Jens

    Common voles are serious pests in European agriculture, damaging cereals, rapeseed and other crops and causing substantial losses per outbreak. Not only might the usual approach of applying rodenticides for population management have disadvantages for non-target species, these rodenticides also...

  2. Individual hunting behaviour and prey specialisation in the house cat Felis catus: implications for conservation and management

    Contributor(s):: Dickman, C. R., Newsome, T. M.

    Predators are often classed as prey specialists if they eat a narrow range of prey types, or as generalists if they hunt multiple prey types. Yet, individual predators often exhibit sex, size, age or personality-related differences in their diets that may alter the impacts of predation on...

  3. Trapping: A continuous integral part of a rodent control programme

    Contributor(s):: H.R. Shuyler, R.F. Sun Jr.

    Trapping is usually considered a rodent control technique of minor importance. Due to the economic situation in the Dumaguete, Philippines program from which this report is drawn, regular trapping was a biological necessity. Four species of rodents and a shrew were of concern. A continuing daily...

  4. Cereal aversion in behaviourally resistant house mice in Birmingham, UK

    Contributor(s):: Humphries, R. E., Sibly, R. M., Meehan, A. P.

    Behavioural resistance of Mus domesticus [M. musculus] was investigated by comparing the food preferences of West Midlands behaviourally resistant (WMBR) mice with those of normal (BC) mice. Nine bait boxes each containing one of 9 different foods (cheese, chicken, tuna fish, peanut butter,...

  5. "Poison-shyness" and "bait-shyness" developed by wild rats ( Rattus rattus L.). I. Methods for eliminating "shyness" caused by barium carbonate poisoning

    Contributor(s):: Naheed, G., Khan, J. A.

    Colonies of wild rats, were offered the choice between two baits-cereal grains, flours, mixtures, oily and sweet cereals, and also grain flour. The rats were poisoned in the preferred baits with barium carbonate (10 mg/g food; 20 mg/g food in oily baits) and then presented with the same choice of...

  6. Potential of three rodenticides to induce conditioned aversion to their baits in the Indian mole rat, Bandicota bengalensis

    Contributor(s):: Parshad, V. R., Kochar, J. K.

  7. Diversity of diet influences the persistence of conditioned taste aversion in rats

    Contributor(s):: Gentle, M., Massei, G., Quy, R.

    Conditioned taste aversion (CTA) occurs when an animal associates the taste of a food with illness, and subsequently avoids consuming that food. CTA can be a significant obstacle to the cost-effectiveness of poison-baiting campaigns when baits contain toxicants that cause symptoms to develop...

  8. The feeding pattern of the Norway rat ( Rattus norvegicus ) in two differently structured habitats on a farm

    Contributor(s):: Klemann, N., Pelz, H. J.

    The adaptation of bait uptake behaviour in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) to the conditions of particular habitats was investigated on a farm in north-west Germany. Live-trapped rats were fitted with individual PIT tags and were automatically registered at bait stations in two differently...

  9. Behavioural resistance towards poison baits in brown rats, Rattus norvegicus

    Contributor(s):: Brunton, C. F. A., Macdonald, D. W., Buckle, A. P.