In November 2018, an EU workshop on non-chemical alternatives for rodent control was held in Brussels. The overall goal was to take the next step into the direction of rodent control with less risks for the environment and human health. During the workshop, it became evident that rodent traps are already viable alternatives to rodenticides in professional rodent control. However, the lack of criteria for their assessment is hindering the establishment of traps as a first choice control measure and their recognition as non-chemical alternatives within the comparative assessment for (anticoagulant) rodenticides under the EU Biocides Legislation. It was thus decided to initiate a working party. Its tasks should be to define criteria for the assessment and certification of traps and to draft a testing guideline. A broader range of experts is expected to discuss a draft testing guidelines in a follow-up workshop in 2020.
Juliane Fischer, Anton Friesen, Susanne Hein, Erik Schmolz, Stefanie Wieck
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