In recent years rat poisons, have become a popular method of control with annual sales of lethal rodenticides in the United States estimated to be $1.4 billion, but according to the American Association of Poison Control, between 12-15,000 children are accidentally poisoned yearly.
As a result, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been placing increasing restrictions on lethal rodenticides, particularly anticoagulants. In the UK, farmers spent £80 million on rat poisons in 2015 – £400 per farm, with the new Farm Assurance Standards an added burden, requiring a licensed operative to visit farms to lay down the poison at a cost of £50 per visit. The rats who eat the poison take several days to die as their internal organs painfully disintegrate.
What’s The Solution?
Current pest-control methods are not sustainable and the search for alternatives in a global market where over $45 billion is spent annually has become more urgent and this is where Ratagon can play a significant part.
Two years ago, a BBC programme highlighted hot spots in the UK where rats have become immune to poisons. With little regulation in use, and given the huge volumes involved, it is inevitable that worldwide, to take responsibility, an ever increasing number of governments and regulating authorities are prohibiting the use of poisons.
Our focus was to find a novel product that would provide a solution to this problem and the idea came from a 1999 news programme. Payne Stewart the successful American golfer, was being flown in his own jet plane from Florida to a tournament in Texas, when inexplicably at an altitude of 37,000 feet it suddenly lost cabin pressure and everyone in it fell asleep and died. We considered that it may be possible to design a painless rat-killing system that would replicate what happened to Stewart and his colleagues.
As a result of this, we have developed a system that efficiently and without cruelty can catch rats. The rats are then dispatched in the Ratagon Dispatching Chamber using hypoxia. In a controlled, proven, scientific manner, air is drawn from the chamber providing a pain-free demise, putting them to sleep in a matter of minutes. The devices can be employed to catch rats in the field, farm or building.
In all, our technology provides a painless demise for animals in a manner that is currently unavailable anywhere, solving the major pain points in the customers’ total solution, and raising the level of environmental friendliness high above the industry standard. What we have invented is something that could impact this industry in a way that will be irreversible.