In 1284, while the town of Hamelin was suffering from a rat infestation, a man dressed in pied clothing appeared, claiming to be a rat-catcher. He promised the townsmen a solution for their problem with the rats. The townsmen in turn promised to pay him for the removal of the rats. The man accepted, and played a musical pipe to lure the rats with a song into the Weser River, where all but one drowned. Despite his success, the people reneged on their promise and refused to pay the rat-catcher the full amount of money. The man left the town angrily, but vowed to return some time later, seeking revenge. On Saint John and Paul's day while the inhabitants were in church, he played his pipe yet again, dressed in green, like a hunter, this time attracting the children of Hamelin. One hundred and thirty boys and girls followed him out of the town, where they were lured into a cave and never seen again. Depending on the version, at most three children remained behind. One of the children was lame and could not follow quickly enough, the second was deaf and followed the other children out of curiosity, and the last was blind and unable to see where they were going. These three informed the villagers of what had happened when they came out of church.
Another version relates that the Pied Piper led the children into following him to the top of Koppelberg Hill, where he took them to a beautiful land and had his wicked way, or a place called Koppenberg Mountain.
This version states that the Piper returned the children after payment, or that he returned the children after the villagers paid several times the original amount of gold.
Fast forward to the present and we are again in a mess with rat control. This time we have allowed multi-feeding of poisons and allowed the rats through their mother's milk to transfer immunity to the next generation. This in time has cumulative effect and results in rats that are tolerant to the current licensed products. Thankfully the most commonly used toxin - warfarin - has been banned by the EU from 01.05.2014. The even more toxic compounds - the second generation anticoagulants are due for review in a few years time. There are elements of the chemical manufacturing businesses and the pest control industry who are lobbying politicians to allow them to use even more toxic concentrations of these products. This will just accelerate the rate of tolerance and resistance to these compounds - in short it is an extremely irresponsible approach and is based on profits not pest control efficacy or human safety. Using our system society will once again be put back in control of the pest problem. Our product will humanely kill all of these current poison-tolerant rats and give us a chance to reset the rodent control clock.