Liphatech collaborates on NYC rodent program

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June 20, 2024

NYCHA technicians recently completed three days of classroom and in-the-field pest management training with Liphatech, including the treatment of active rodent burrows at a NYCHA development with the IGI CO₂ system. PHOTO: LIPHATECH

NYCHA technicians recently completed three days of classroom and in-the-field pest management training with Liphatech, including the treatment of active rodent burrows at a NYCHA development with the IGI CO₂ system. PHOTO: LIPHATECH

The New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA’s) Pest Management Unit has partnered with Milwaukee, Wis.-based manufacturer Liphatech for rodent control, education, solutions and support. Fifty-five NYCHA technicians are now trained in the use of IGI Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) Powered by Liphatech. IGI CO₂ is a trademarked, alternative solution registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for controlling burrowing rodents in municipal areas, including next to occupied buildings.

This collaborative partnership was initiated and coordinated with New York City Director of Rodent Mitigation Kathleen “Rat Czar” Corradi and Edwin Arroyo, program manager for NYCHA’s Pest Management Unit.

“More than just a pillar area of the 2019 HUD Agreement, pests represent a significant challenge in NYCHA’s mission to provide decent, affordable housing to public housing residents,” NYCHA Vice President of Pest Management Josephine Bartlett said in a Liphatech news release. “We are investing in more efficient equipment and are using more effective methods to address pests across the portfolio. We remain extremely dedicated to addressing pest concerns at NYCHA developments, and ultimately improving the quality of our residents’ lives.”

 NYCHA staff learn how to treat active rodent burrows at a NYCHA development using Liphatech's IGI CO₂. PHOTO: LIPHATECH

NYCHA staff learn how to treat active rodent burrows at a NYCHA development using Liphatech’s IGI CO₂. PHOTO: LIPHATECH

A technical team from Liphatech, the provider of IGI CO₂ and a leading manufacturer of rodent control products, recently led and completed the three-day training with the technicians. It included classroom pest management continuing education units (CEUs) and in-the-field live training with the IGI CO₂ system, with technicians treating active rodent burrows at a NYCHA development.

Liphatech’s IGI CO₂ gas is approved for use in municipal, residential, commercial and field settings. It is non-flammable, invisible and odorless and is an effective solution that works quietly underground to get rid of harmful rodents by treating the burrows where they live.

“Every NYCHA technician was trained with the IGI CO₂ system. The response to the system was overwhelmingly positive and the efficacy was apparent when a return visit to the site showed a significant reduction in rodent activity around the burrows we treated,” Barry Pitkoff, Liphatech’s Northeast technical manager in the U.S., said in the news release.

About Liphatech

With U.S. headquarters based in Milwaukee, Wis., Liphatech is a worldwide manufacturer of pest control products. It is considered to be the developer of three of the industry’s active ingredients: chlorophacinone, bromadiolone and difethialone. The company was founded in France in 1946 io develop anticoagulants for the treatment of heart patients. It developed chlorophacinone in the 1960s and branded it as Rozol, a family of products that includes grain and pelleted products for field and structural use, and a tracking powder for use in and around structures. In the 1970s, Liphatech developed bromadiolone, its original second-generation rodenticide active ingredient.

The innovations continued with the opening of its U.S. facility in 1987. Research there and in Europe resulted in the discovery of difethialone during the late 1980s, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration as an active ingredient in 1995.

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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at hgooch@northcoastmedia.net or 330-321-9754.

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