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Clara Marin

Biosecurity includes action plans to prevent and control Salmonella and Campylobacter from entering the breeder and broiler houses, including strategies to prevent and control wildlife. However, rodents (rats and mice) can be a significant source of Salmonella and Campylobacter in farms and the surrounding areas. For this reason, we have to apply accurate measures to control it.

1. Traps and baits should be used inside and outside the house and checked regularly. The poultry house is full of food; if the baits are in bad condition, the rodents will never feed on them.Also, rodents are very intelligent, and if these baits are not changing in texture, colour, location, they will not eat them. Because they will know that another rodent has eaten from there and died, and they will not eat it.

2. In addition, always look for burrows. Know where they hide and eliminate them. They will never be inside the house, but very close to it, in its surroundings.

3. By eliminating weeds and debris on the farm, we eliminate hiding places for these and other pests.