MADISON, WIS – Debuting October 17 at PestWorld 2012 in Boston, Bell Laboratories introduced its first soft bait to the pest control industry, FINAL Soft Bait with Lumitrack. Accompanying new FINAL Soft Bait, Bell Labs introduced DETEX Soft Bait, a non-toxic monitoring soft bait, with Lumitrack.
“We’re very excited about FINAL Soft Bait,” said Bell’s product manager, Kate Mella. “It’s a new rodenticide formulation containing a carefully balanced matrix of proteins and fats that delivers unrivaled results.”
FINAL Soft Bait offers PMPs fast acceptance and sustained palatability, the company reports. “Soft baits have typically demonstrated solid initial palatability but long-term results were less impressive,” Mella pointed out. “Bell’s FINAL Soft Bait was developed to achieve both fast acceptance and to hold a rodent’s interest. It works well for long-term applications, especially in situations where rodents are accustomed to fatty or oily diets.”
Once rodents eat FINAL Soft Bait, its powerful, single-feed active ingredient, Brodifacoum, goes to work controlling even difficult-to-control mice.
New FINAL Soft Bait is also formulated to hold up in extreme hot and cold temperatures. In cold climates, the bait won’t freeze or become brittle; when temperatures and humidity rise, FINAL Soft Bait is both mold- and heat-resistant, Bell Labs reports.
“FINAL Soft Bait also features a hole in the center of each bait, allowing easy and consistent bait placement on bait securing rods,” Mella added.
FINAL Soft Bait contains Lumitrack, a special additive that aids PMPs in identifying and tracking rodents by making rodent feces glow bright neon green under UV lighting. FINAL Soft Bait, EPA Registration No. 12455-139, will be available for shipment January 2013.
“DETEX Soft Bait is a highly palatable, non-toxic bait formulated with Lumitrack for monitoring and pre-baiting,” said Mella. “The soft bait formulation makes it an essential element in an IPM program, especially in environments where rodents are accustomed to fatty or oily diets.”
Like Bell’s other soft bait, DETEX Soft Bait with Lumitrack is formulated for sustained palatability to quickly gain and hold rodent acceptance. Once rodents consume the bait, the special additive, Lumitrack, enables PMPs to identify and track rodents faster and easier.
Droppings from rodents that have consumed Lumitrack appear normal color under regular light but glow a bright neon green under black light, enabling PMPs to identify the specific species and size of the infestation, as well as locate rodent entry points, pathways and harborage areas. Armed with this information, PMPs can place rodenticides and traps more effectively.
“PMPs can use DETEX Soft Bait alone or in conjunction with DETEX BLOX with Lumitrack to determine a rodent’s bait form preference,” Mella said. “Pre-baiting ensures ready acceptance when the preferred bait form is substituted.”
Besides its tasty formulation and monitoring capability, DETEX Soft Bait is highly weatherable, according to Bell Labs. The soft bait is unaffected by freezing temperatures and, in hot, humid conditions, the bait is mold and moisture resistant. An extruded hole in the center of the bait makes it easy to place the sachets on bait securing rods, whatever the conditions.
Available in January 2013, DETEX Soft Bait is ideal for monitoring in schools, food warehouses, and other sensitive accounts, according to Bell Laboratories.
For more information visit www.belllabs.com.