SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Apex Bait Technologies has been awarded a highly competitive USDA Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant to develop market disruptive pest control technologies for controlling the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans. Only 10-15 percent of the applicants ever receive this funding.
“I am very happy to receive this grant,” said Dr. Dangsheng Liang, founder and president of Apex. “We have developed several excellent bait technologies that our licensees incorporate into products sold worldwide. We are confident that many other harmful pests can be controlled using bait technologies, and this grant will enable us to investigate one of them – the stable fly.”
Stable flies are blood-feeding pests that can devastate livestock causing estimated yearly losses of nearly $2.2 billion. Current stable fly management methods are limited, and insecticide resistance, environmental concerns, and trap failure cause major problems for the livestock industry.
The USDA grant will allow Apex to develop a liquid bait formulation that utilizes naturally occurring attractants and green pesticides.