Editor’s note: The incorrect photo ran with the following product releases in the April issue. The correct text and photo appear below. PCT apologizes for the error.
BirdBuffer says its products control flying birds in open spaces by emitting a lighter than air, invisible vapor created from liquid bird repellent. These fluids contain the active ingredient methyl anthranilate (MA). MA is concentrated grape skin extract and is FDA-approved for many uses, including bird control, the firm says. BirdBuffer Q-4 and TD-II systems are electrically controlled, automated machines, programmed to vaporize MA and keep fresh vapor in the air at pre-set intervals. They are strategically placed in zones where birds are actively flying. The machines emit micronized vapor particles at up to 60 mph, allowing protective coverage over large areas, using a small amount of fluid.
Tiny particles of vapor (less than 10 microns) penetrate the flying bird’s mucus membranes. BirdBuffer says the vapor penetration causes a safe, yet irritating response in birds’ trigeminal nerves. The firm says this process acts as a natural, eco-friendly repellent, causing birds to fly away and relocate. When birds try to return, they breathe the irritant and fly away. Birds remember there’s an irritant in the area and will stay away as long as the vapor is in the air. This is the key element in keeping birds away from target areas, BirdBuffer reports.
To educate customers, Bird-X has created a page on its website dedicated to how solar power works with its products, which products are compatible and what size solar panel is necessary for each device. In remote areas or places without constant electricity, bird and pest control can be difficult and usually must be handled manually, which takes time and labor.
Kness Mfg. Co.
Kness Mfg. Co. announced the release of Flies-No-More Solar Trap, a product custom designed to trap house flies, cluster flies, barn flies and other flying pests.
Kness says Flies-No-More features an innovative solar-powered LED light attractant and a banana-scented glueboard, which are designed to attract flies and other insects. The durable, molded-plastic construction of the trap comes in a blue color. Kness’ new fly trap is easy to inspect and the scented glueboard can be quickly replaced when it has reached its capacity, the manufacturer says.
Made of polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer, and resistant to stains and odors, Flies-No-More Solar Traps are easy to clean and can be reused, Kness Mfg. says. The pre-formed openings on the base allow for easy vertical or horizontal installation on an exterior wall.
EcoVia WH Stinging Insect Killer jet aerosol, a new FIFRA 25(b) exempt and research-based botanical insecticide, is now available from Rockwell Labs. EcoVia WH aerosol delivers fast knockdown of wasps, yellowjackets and hornets, Rockwell Labs says. Its foaming jet spray reaches up to 18 feet to ensure thorough coverage of the nest and it is also effective on spiders. Like other FIFRA 25(b) products, there are no notification requirements (PMPs should verify with their state regulations), and no pyrethroid application restrictions. Since it is a water-based formula, it will not leave behind an oily residue. EcoVia WH is available in a 16-ounce can.
Avitrol Corporation is inviting visitors to explore its new website at www.avitrol.com. The site features intuitive search features for finding information on bird control quickly, an improved navigational menu, full mobile compatibility for access to bird information on the go, improved access to purchase Avitrol bird control products, unique information on pest birds with high-resolution images and treatment suggestions. The site also features the ability to find the best bird control treatments, quick access to the Avitrol Bird Control App complete with bid calculator, easily accessible video tutorials and more, the firm says.
SenesTech recently announced the issuance of its patent on “Reducing The Reproductive Capacity Of Mammals.” This intellectual property is a key aspect of ContraPest, SenesTech’s flagship product that targets the reproductive capabilities of Norway and roof rats. The patent application was filed in August 2013 and was issued earlier this year. The patent describes a composition that can be used to reduce the reproductive capacity of mammals. In particular, the compositions induce ovarian follicle depletion when administered to female mammals as well as having an impact on male mammals. The patent also describes methods of reducing the population of mammals with the use of the compositions.
“This patent is the key of our intellectual property portfolio. It protects use of the combination of two active ingredients in causing both ovary and testis to fail. To simplify the science, rats that consume our bait, ContraPest, do not reproduce, ultimately reducing the population,” said Dr. Cheryl A. Dyer, co-founder, president and chief research officer of SenesTech. ContraPest targets the reproductive capabilities of Norway and roof rats. As a highly palatable liquid, the formulation promotes sustained consumption, helping to reduce fertility in both male and female rats, bringing populations down and keeping them down.