ZOONOTIC AND VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE RESEARCH

Rodent-Targeted Insecticidal Bait for Plague Control
Plague has proven to be a problem in the western U.S., and many parts of the world. 

This flea-borne disease has been responsible for killing millions of humans over the

centuries.  Traditional rodent control has involved blending baits with toxic chemicals

to kill the rodent in question.  However, killing the rodent frees up the fleas to find a new

host, and potentially, spread the plague bacteria.

In 1999, Genesis scientists embarked on screening scores of compounds that might

serve as a control agent when incorporated into rodent baits. These compounds were

intended to not only kill the the targeted rodent, but also the fleas it hosts. Some insecticides

are absorbed into the blood, are systemic in nature, and are able to kill blood-sucking

parasites such as fleas.  Hundreds of experiments in the lab and field have resulted in

products that can take care of the problem.  Solutions solved!

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