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A NEW DIMENSION IN RODENTICIDE BAITS?

New from Ensystex, Rodenthor Gel Rodenticide offers pest managers a novel alternative to traditional block and sachet baits. 

Rodenthor Gel Rodenticide is a new concept in rodent baits that exploits Ensystex’s latest ‘Lipogel technology’. This technology allows various food ingredients and specially developed aromatics to be blended in a balanced and stable manner, creating an attractive soft gel bait that is used inside bait stations in place of traditional wax, block and sachet baits. The Lurent Aromatics used in the gel bait are a unique blend of distinctive aromas that rodents find exceptionally inviting, actively drawing the rodents to the Lipogel placements.

Ensystex’s regional director, Steve Broadbent, explained, “Our Lipogel technology allows us to blend the finest food ingredients, together with specially derived Lurent Aromatics, to create a gel bait that retains qualities of long-term stability, attraction, moisture retention and palatability.

“Rodenthor Gel is not just another ‘soft bait’; it is a uniquely derived formulation that is produced in a dedicated production line where we blend various vegetable fats and proteins, enriched with cereals and sugars, together with our Lurent Aromatics, to create a soft, creamy bait.

“The production facility uses a food-grade stainless steel, hermetically sealed, planetary mixer to blend the ingredients, which locks in the Lurent Aromatics. This ensures rodents are lured to the bait, where the fine food ingredients and high moisture content provide for improved palatability and fast results.”

 

Rodenthor gel is blended using planetary mixer blades (left) within Ensystex’s hermetically sealed facility (centre), producing the unique soft, blue rodenticide gel (right)

 

Rodenthor Gel uses brodifacoum within the increased water activity Lipogel formulation to provide efficacy, as well as the convenience and capacity of rapid baiting. The availability of brodifacoum in the gel format allows for rapid absorption into the rodents’ soft tissues for faster kill.

Rodenthor Gel is ready-to-use and supplied in 300 g caulking tubes. This means it is simply applied with a caulking gun, which allows it to be placed more quickly into bait stations, without the worry of spillage. It is non-allergenic which means it can be used by people and in areas where allergies (such as nut allergy) are a concern.

The gel bait has been formulated to ensure a high level of adhesion to any type of surface and has shown firm adhesiveness in all weather conditions. It will not freeze, nor dry out, and does not degrade in damp environments or melt under high temperatures. This means it will stay in rodent stations and will not be removed by the rodents, as can occur with block baits or soft bait sachets.

Mr Broadbent added, “What has been most amazing is just how much the rats love this product. It is the most palatable bait Ensystex has ever developed. On our website, pest managers can see a video taken at a piggery where the rodents actually come out and eat the bait from the caulking tube as the pest manager is baiting them!”

Ensystex’s Western Australia area manager, William Killen, who performed some of the regulatory trials with local pest managers, also witnessed excellent results.

“I had one property where a lady just sat and watched mice run around her house. The mice droppings in the place were unbelievable. After three days, there was nothing, all the mice were gone. I set my motion sensor camera up in her horse stables where rats were present. There was so much activity that the camera battery ran out on the first night. The end result was that all the rats were cleaned out in less than two weeks. The palatability was obvious.”

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