Rotta kuntalaisena – rottien esiintyminen ja hallinta

Translated title of the contribution: Rat as a municipal citizen – rat occurrence and control

Nina V. Nygren, Tuomas Aivelo

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Norwegian rat (Rattus norvegicus) is a common synanthropic species in Finland. Rats are categorised as pests, and municipalities have an important role in controlling them, since municipalities are responsible for providing a healthy living environment for their inhabitants. Municipal rat management has not been studied much before, especially in Finland. We conducted a survey to municipal actors involved in rat management to capture a general view of rat management in Finnish municipalities. Rat management spreads out to several municipal sectors, citizens and private companies, and the rat problem was seen to be connected especially to bird feeding and waste management. The respondents did not believe in peaceful coexistence with rats and many thought that current management methods are not efficient enough. However, respondents were happy with current rat management practices. Most did not anticipate that the number of rats would grow, and both the municipal collaboration and the collaboration with others was considered to function well.
Translated title of the contributionRat as a municipal citizen – rat occurrence and control
Original languageFinnish
JournalEläinlääkäri : Suomen eläinlääkärilehti
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)331-337
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • 1172 Environmental sciences

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