Apex Bait Technologies was recently awarded a $650,000 Phase II grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research (USDA SBIR) program.
The grant will fund two years of advanced research into controlling the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, a species with a painful bite that pest management professionals (PMPs) often encounter at horse stable accounts, but can even find in large piles of grass clippings at both residential and commercial accounts. The pest is also responsible for estimated yearly losses of nearly $2.2 billion to the U.S. livestock industry.
“We are incredibly excited to have been awarded this grant,” Dr. Abhinav Maurya, chief technology officer at Apex Bait Technologies, said in the news release. “This funding will significantly accelerate our research and enable us to further refine our stable fly control technology. We’re not only developing next-gen technologies, but we’re aiming to create solutions with global implications.”
Since its inception, Apex Bait Technologies has been committed to creating innovative solutions for pest control. The company has developed a range of bait technologies that have been licensed and incorporated into products sold worldwide. According to the news release, “this new grant award highlights the company’s continued dedication to improving pest control technologies and strategies and their dedication to technical excellence.”
“USDA funding for Apex-FLB provides unique third-party validation. We are deeply grateful to the USDA for recognizing our work and are eager to continue advancing our mission to create more sustainable, efficient, and effective pest control solutions,” said Dr. Dangsheng Liang, founder and CEO at Apex Bait Technologies.
About Apex Bait Technologies
Founded by Dr. Dangsheng Liang in 2002, Apex Bait Technologies is based in Santa Clara, Calif. Its current products include gel bait matrices for cockroaches and ants; granular bait matrices for house flies and “universal” pests; an ant liquid bait matrix and a bait matrix for darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae).