A new rodenticide – in a unique foam application – is being launched by Bayer in a bid to tackle increasing rat and mouse populations.
Racumin® Foam will offer an alternative product for pest controllers throughout the UK and Ireland, and represents an exciting new development for the sector.
This specialised water-based foam formulation is designed for use against both rats and mice. It contains the active ingredient coumatetralyl and will be ideal for use as part of an integrated pest management programme (IPM).
Bayer’s Alan Morris explains how, unlike baits which are reliant on palatability for uptake, this product works by using the rodent’s natural grooming habits. “The foam can be placed in areas where the rodents are known to pass, such as access holes, cavity walls and pipeworks. It’s then transferred to the pest’s coat as they brush past and is ingested straight into its blood stream during routine grooming, which is advantageous in limiting non-target species exposure.”
He adds that Racumin® Foam offers a perfect solution in circumstances where other food temptations limit bait uptake, or where traditional baiting methods, such as putting the product inside cavity walls, are not possible. “It also provides an ideal replacement for previous contact activity powder formulations, which are no longer available.”
The new rodenticide formulation is a timely development, given the likelihood of future regulatory changes, “Racumin® Foam provides the sector with a solution to address current pressures on second generation rodenticides, especially in sensitive environments. This first generation formulation should be considered as an additional part of a modern IPM approach within the professional pest controller’s armoury,” adds Alan.
Racumin Foam will be available by the end of 2014.
Racumin® Foam contains 0.4% w/w coumatetralyl (BPR:UK-2014-0860, IE/BPA 7016) USE BIOCIDES SAFELY. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND PRODUCT INFORMATION BEFORE USE. PAY ATTENTION TO THE RISK INDICATIONS AND FOLLOW THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ON THE LABEL