Bell Introduces Vitamin D3 Baits

By |  August 9, 2009

MADISON, Wisc. — Organic farmers and pest management professionals (PMPs) alike now have a newly formulated bait to fight rodent infestations using the unique active ingredient: Vitamin D3.

After years of extensive research, Bell scientists have developed TERAD3 Ag for rodent control in the rapidly growing organic production market and TERAD3 for structural pest management.

These Vitamin D3 baits kill anticoagulant-resistant rats and mice yet substantially reduce the risk of secondary poisoning. They also pose low toxicity to birds.

TERAD3 Ag is the first and only rodenticide registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for organic production. TERAD3 Ag can be used in all types of organic production, including food processing, warehousing and storage and animal production. It’s labeled for use in and around agricultural buildings, such as swine, poultry, cattle and dairy facilities.

“This unique bait gives PMPs access to a top quality rodenticide for organic facilities where previously no baiting options were available,” said Suzy Pursell, Bell’s product manager.

One of the most exciting aspects of these new formulations is the development of a Vitamin D3 block bait. TERAD3 Ag BLOX combines the most recent advances in Bell’s bait formulation with the low hazard benefits of Vitamin D3. It’s a denser, tightly compacted 1-oz. extruded block with superb durability.

The highly weatherable BLOX also incorporate an advanced preservation system, making the bait mold and moisture resistant. Its high melting point keeps the bait stable in temperatures as high as 200F. With BLOX, bait translocation is also reduced.

Equally outstanding is the bait’s palatability, and its active and inert ingredients meet the organic materials requirements for Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) listing.

TERAD3 Ag also has a recognized stop-feed action, reducing the need for extensive and continued bait use. Rodents typically stop feeding after a day or two, which ultimately results in lower total bait consumption with greater cost savings.

For the structural pest management market, Bell offers TERAD3 BLOX and pellets.

“TERAD3 uses the same formulation as TERAD3 Ag so it has all the features and benefits of Terad3 Ag – low toxicity to birds, kills anticoagulant-resistant rats and mice, stop-feed action, palatability, durability, weatherability and no secondary poisoning,” Pursell said. “While TERAD3 does not carry the ‘For Organic Production’ statement, it has a broader label for use in multiple applications.”

TERAD3 is available now and TERAD3 Ag will be available in early Autumn 2009, as state registrations are received.

Visit www.belllabs.com for additional information.

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