Agricultural rodent control using barnowls: Is it profitable

Iddo Kan*, Yoav Motro, Nir Horvitz, Ayal Kimhi, Yossi Leshem, Yoram Yom-Tov, Ran Nathan

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We develop a model to evaluate the profitability of controlling rodent damage by placing barn owl nesting boxes in agricultural areas. The model incorporates the spatial patterns of barn owl predation pressure on rodents, and the impact of this predation pressure on nesting choices and agricultural output. We apply the model to data collected in Israel and find the installation of nesting boxes profitable. While this finding indicates that economic policy instruments to enhance the adoption of this biological control method are redundant, it does support stricter regulations on rodent control using rodenticides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-752
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2014


FundersFunder number
Center for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel
USAid MERCTA-MOU-06-M25-078


    • Agricultural damage control
    • Barn owl
    • Environmental regulation
    • Rodent


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