FLORA AND FAUNA ISSN 2456-9364(Online) 0971-6920(Print)
         
2018 Vol.24 No.1 PP 119-125
CHEMICAL CONTROL OF RODENTS IN ANIMAL FARMS (IZZAB) IN QATAR STATE
ELSIDDIG M. NOURELDIN
National Center for Vector-Borne Diseases,
MOH-JAZAN, SAUDI ARABIA
*Corresponding Author :
Email : siddignoureldin@hotmail.com
ABSTRACT
The aim of this study is to develop a control program for rodents in animal farms (Izzab) in Qatar. The preliminary baseline survey for rodent-infested Izzab revealed that 1506 Izzab out of 1814 was infested (83%). The overall percentage reduction in the rodent-infested Izzab after 6 months of the control programme was 77%. Towards the end of the control programme, a special strategy was adopted to control rodents in 327 Izzab in which rodents’ activity was still observed. A 75% reduction was attained in these Izzab at the end of the control programme. The overall reduction in the infested Izzab was 94% at the end of the control programme. The most predominant rodent species found in Izzab is the Norway rat Rattus norvegicus, making burrows inside and outside Izzab buildings. Fewer incidences were noted for the House mouse Mus musculus associated with Izzab buildings. It is recommended that bait consumption and rodents’ activity are to be monitored regularly so as to locate the farms that are still having problems and to detect any new foci or outbreaks. Implementing of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technique is also highly recommended.

Key words : Infection, Qatar, Rodents.
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