Folk Rodent Control Techniques
Farmers all over the world, even from the primitive agrarian systems, have been developing a wide variety of traps and techniques collectively called as folk measures, in order to control rodent pests. In India, almost every village has their own techniques to trap the pests and mice, as they form delicious dishes to their menu. However it is interesting to know that farmers of Kerala have many traditionally developed and used, effective traps which are species specific or location specific. They are eco-friendly, made out of locally available materials, cost-effective and has very high rate of trap success. Bamboo-pole trap (Kuzhalkkeni) for B.benghalensis; Large Plank trap (Valiya Palakakkeni) and fence trap (Veli Adivillu) for B.indica and R.rattus; Small Plank trap (Cheriya Palakakkeni) for house mouse are some of the excellent examples of such folk traps in Kerala. However, as their assembling and making is a skillful affair with lot of associated risks, modern farmers have almost neglected such traps. Nevertheless, improvement of such traps with more user friendly aspects and trap success can provide a sustainable solution to rodent problem in many situations.
TIES has developed and improved, user-friendly versions of many such traps in order to conserve the traditional knowledge and to popularize it among the modern farming community. Regular training programmes are arranged at TIES campus for farmers, scientists, agriculturalists, members of neighborhood groups, and entrepreneurs who wanted to produce and sell their product at a commercial level. Such workshops are conducted three to four times in a year (quarterly). Contact TIES office for exact dates in each quarter.