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NON-TOXIC RODENT SOLUTIONS

With the Nara range entering the Australian market, pest managers now have a new choice in non-toxic rodent control solutions.

Ensystex is pleased to introduce the Nara range of rodent management products to Australian pest managers. The Nara product range gives pest managers a range of non-toxic, allergen free rodent monitoring tools.

Nara Bloc is a bait and monitoring lure for rats and mice made from an aromatised synthetic material. The fact that the Bloc is allergen free makes it suitable for use in food production companies – a huge benefit to the food industry, where allergen management has become a major topic of discussion. Nara Blocs last up to 12 months indoors and outdoors and are available in a range of flavours.

The use of rodent monitoring tools are an ideal tool to reduce the use of baits, as rodent activity can be confirmed and mapped before bait placement, and using a synthetic monitoring block offers significant benefits over food-based baits. Ensystex regional director, Steve Broadbent explained, “Food-based monitoring blocks have a critical disadvantage as they serve as food for rodents, helping them to survive and increase the risk of rising reproduction.

“Moreover, they are prone to mould formation in damp areas and are often infested by non-target organisms, such as flour beetles, cockroaches, ants and snails. This simply makes it impossible to determine the rodent species present. With Nara Blocs you can identify the species present according to visible bite marks on the blocks.”

Nara Spray is an aerosol lure, based on the hunting practice where hunters drag a dead rabbit towards a trap to catch foxes.

Non-toxic Nara spray
Non-toxic Nara spray

“Rodent stations and traps are made of plastic, which has its own chemical smell. If you hold a lighter to anything plastic, it smells extremely toxic. This can be compared to what rodents smell when entering a rodent station,” explained Mr Broadbent.

“Nara Spray seals away this plastic smell, making stations more attractive to rodents. The scent lasts around 2-3 months and needs to be renewed, but after repeated application it will slowly soak into the material. Renewing the scent every few months adds fresh attraction to stations, luring in new generations of pests.”

Nara Spray can also be used to spray a bait line towards stations to lure rodents from nearby bushes or holes. Scientific trials have shown that rodents are curious and follow the smell with their sensitive noses over large distances, even up to 40 metres. Nara Spray is not only an aroma scent, but it also feeds the rodents with a nutritious vegetable oil, so they feel the desire for more. The spray consists of highly refined vegetable rapeseed oil that is nutritious for rats and mice and has its own natural scent that is enhanced with an added meat/beef aroma mixture.

Gorilla Rodent Traps with Nara Lures complete the Nara range. Gorilla Traps are strong yet humane break-back traps and are baited with the allergen-free Nara Lures, which lock in place. Gorilla Traps are CE certified and approved by the German and Swedish Environmental Government Offices, due to their humane kill method.

The strong springs of the Gorilla Trap ensure a quick and humane kill for rodents
Nara Bloc showing easily identifiable rodent
gnawing marks

Mr Broadbent noted, “Rats and mice are clever, and we have seen more and more cases of mice taking bait from traps and not being caught. This can’t happen with Gorilla Traps and Nara Lures. Trials in the UK comparing the commonly used peanut butter with Nara Lures showed that Nara Lures caught close to 50 per cent more mice, largely since the mice were able, with other traps, to remove the peanut butter without being caught.”

With snap traps, mice are required to put pressure on the treadle in order to be caught. Gorilla Traps are baited with Nara Lures that are locked into the trap, meaning rodents are unable to remove the bait without firing the trap.

“These Gorilla Traps also fit specified HACCP-certified Rodenthor Rodent Stations. If you add the Emitter Beep unit, the trap ‘beeps’ loudly to let people know a rat or mouse has been caught. A great innovation when setting traps in roof voids,” added Mr Broadbent.