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Trapping: A continuous integral part of a rodent control programme


Trapping is usually considered a rodent control technique of minor importance. Due to the economic situation in the Dumaguete, Philippines programme 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 trapping programme was developed from a field study of trap bait acceptability. Trap baits were reused every 23 days. Alternate baits were selected. Trap usage techniques were designed to optimize the results. Trap-bait shyness and trap shyness effects were observed but were not a major problem.

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