A revolutionary new approach to rodent pest control
Biotronics started the work on a novel Pest Control Device (PCD) about ten years ago and affte some small local grants we had to move the project forward with a much larger project.
PiedPiper as a project has won two EU grants - the first was an FP7 R4SME grant. This configuration of PiedPiper was a consortium of universities and small companies that have come together to develop a new generation of pest control devices for rats and mice. Over the period of the allocated grant and beyond, this site will be used to document the progress of the initial FP7 project and will include other topics of interest such as the ongoing development of the research and the path to being marketed in the EU. We will be adding to the website on a regular basis with updates and topical articles relating to rodent problems.
The second part of this website covers the period from the end of PiedPiper R4SME to the end of the current grant - which is an FP7 DA grant scheduled to run for 15 months from 1.12.2014 for 15 months. DA in EU terms means Demonstrator Activity of pre commercialization.
The PiedPiper project which is funded by the EU Commission through REA (the Research Executive Agency) through the Seventh Framework or FP7. The grants for these projects are specifically called "Research grants for the advantage of SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises)" and Demonstrator Activity, are highly competitive, and applications are accepted from consortia throughout the whole EU, but only the best 100 or so projects each year get funded. This grant process takes place annually and is of great assistance to small innovative companies and groups who don't have the research capability or resources to put their innovations into practice.
Rodents have always been a risk to mankind. Rats and mice carry over 70 diseases that can be transmitted to humans; they also cause economic damage to crops, buildings and infrastructure that runs into billions of Euros per year. The rat population of the world is expanding rapidly and our current control systems are just not effective. All of the current electro-mechanical devices have a carbon footprint with daily visits to reset/re-bait them and remove dead animals. The toxin (e.g. warfarin) bait systems also require frequent visits to check on consumption and to re-bait.
Kenyatta university confirm successful wild rat field trials.
Prime Minister John Key of the New Zealand Government announced the Zero Invasive Predators project.
EU announce the banning of anticoagulants for amateur / domestic use by 2018.