Performance of taste enhancers mixed with cereal bases and evaluation of the most preferred bait composition for Bandicota bengalensis (Gray)
Baiting technique if appropriately applied is the most reliable strategy to control rodent pests. Behavior modifying components may play a significant role in developing the most attractive baits. An attempt was therefore made to investigate the behavior revolutionizing effect of taste enhancers including peanut oil, peanut butter, egg shell and fishmeal, on exploratory approaches of rodents. Precise role of additives and impact of particle size of cereal bases has been discussed aiming to minimize bait shyness, neophobia and development of the most preferred bait combination for effective control of bandicoot rat Bandicota bengalensis.
Key words: Bandicota bengalensis, cereals baits, taste enhancers, shyness, neophobia.