Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Rats (035)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Three types. Pacific rat (Asia and Pacific islands, small, nests on the ground); black rat (worldwide, often nests in trees) and brown rat (worldwide, mostly in human settlements; nests underground). Important pests.
  • Attack cassava, cocoa, coconut, oil palm, peanut, maize, rice, sweetpotato, and others in storage; also, carry fleas with bacteria causing scrub typhus.
  • Cultural control: do not leave food for rats to eat; aluminium bands around coconuts; snap-traps; cats.
  • Chemical control: Gliricidia leaves (or Barringonia, flesh of fish poison tree) mixed daily with e.g., cooked rice or root crops; alternatively, warfarin or brodifacoum in baits with coconut, wheat or maize (place in e.g., bamboo sections. Put out in evening and collected in mornings.

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