Since the 1300’s the public health adversely affected by rats, rodents and other invasive species has concerned families, communities, and countries. The — Pied Piper of Hamelin captures the classic struggle. Authorities seek a remedy. A pied piper arrives at the peak of panic. A bounty is agreed and the rats follow the pied piper out of town and into a body of water where they drown.
Now New Zealand captures the imagination of the world with the greatest eradication ever attempted.
July, 2016, John Key, prime minister of New Zealand, announced the shared government and private sector campaign to eradicate invasive species from every single portion of the country by 2050. Twenty-five million native birds fall victim every year. As if the goal is not already massive in scale, the campaign includes the establishment of the Kermadecs as the world’s largest protected oceanic sanctuary and granting improvement to their fresh waterways and regional sea.
Monitored since 2013, the predator population has crested to such a level as to threaten New Zealand wildlife, the chief of which is the prized kiwi bird, as stated by Sir Rob Fenwich of Predator Free NZ. It is as serious as $3.3 billion annually when total summed, including the infection of bovine tuberculosis, property damages, health problems, and tourist trade. The only native New Zealand mammals are marine and bat species and they have been dramatically reduced by these invasive species.
New Zealand has previous experience with attempted predator management and some are still in operation. Project Taranaki Mounga attempts to rid the same undesirables from Egmont Nation Park. Other remote areas have their own projects, some even being subjected to aerial deposits of 1080, a poison that has artificially caused a rise in the price of possum fur. These efforts will most likely be included in the campaign to totally eradicate rats, stoats and possums.
The government has already provided an initial investment of $28 million specifically toward the project despite an already committed annual pest control expenditure between $60 to $80 million. By the time local government and private enterprise dollars are added to the efforts, there is little wonder why a concentrated shared effort seems the preferred strategy. The simplified offered is a one to two match of financial resources where the government will fund one dollar for each two dollars spent by the private sector and local council in the crusade to kill off these pests.
Others have tried and New Zealand has been keen on learning from their efforts. Canada has called on its Agricultural Division to establish and maintain “rat-free” zones. Bon Accord (just north of Edmonton) in Alberta Province constantly patrols the region under the supervision of Phil Merril with seven agents alert to the “rat control” zones. Alberta Agriculture particularly monitors the Saskatchewan border in anticipation of inbound rodents hitching rides on RVs. Residents share the vigil and notify the authorities with any suspected infestation.
Best of luck to the ambitious campaign launched by New Zealand. All countries should make a similar contribution to the overall global control and management of our public health and safety. These concerns are really as basic as any concerns handled by local pest control company like pestcontrolmatrix.com on a daily basis. All homeowners, whether in New Zealand, Canada, or a local neighbourhood have the same goal in mind: eradicate the pests that bring disease and discomfort upon a family, a community, or a country.
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