It was a privilege to be invited to testify before the Senate committee meeting today to support California's consideration of a bill that will propel the state forward in its environmental stewardship. I was joined by our Vice President of Scientific Operations, Brandy Pyzyna and Dr. Stephen Shuster of Northern Arizona University, said Dr. Loretta Mayer, Chief Scientific Officer and co-Founder of SenesTech.
The meeting was well attended by pest management professionals who, although not in favor of the bill, were informed of an alternative, ContraPest, that will be available state-wide for their integrated pest management programs in place of SGARs with the passage of AB1788.
Pest management professionals discussed the need for as many tools in their toolbox as possible to control rodents in California. Using ContraPest can help reduce populations before they become risks to businesses and residents. ContraPest can also help prevent any resistance to SGARs that are used incorrectly, said Brandy Pyzyna, Vice President of Scientific Operations and Technical Services of SenesTech.
Rodenticide resistant rats also leave progeny that are rodenticide resistant. This means that stronger or higher concentrations of toxic chemicals must be applied when the population of rats, who are all now rodenticide resistant, rebounds. And they always rebound because their non-resistant competitors are gone, said Dr. Shuster, Professor of Invertebrate Zoology at Northern Arizona University.
The next steps for this bill are to go to the Senate Committee for Natural Resources, then to the full Senate for approval and ultimately to Governor Newsome for signature. As this process moves forward SenesTech continues to prepare to serve the wildlife, citizens and environment of California.