Pest Control News: Less is more


TALON: Less is More

Dealing with rodents is easy with single-feed solutions like TALON 0,005BB – not to mention much more cost-effective.

The key to getting results and saving money, though, is knowing how to use your product effectively. To help, here are some top tips to keep in mind when using TALON 0,005BB to treat rat and mice problems.

Remember that a little goes a long way

Research shows single-feed solutions require far less bait compared to multi-feed solutions on the market.  A lethal dose of TALON’s active ingredient, brodifacoum, is only 0.2g for mice and 1.3g for rats – just 5 per cent of their typical daily feed intake. Although rodents may feed for up to 3 days, the first feed is lethal, with death occurring around 4-7 days after consumption.

Space your baits apart from each other

TALON 0,005BB don’t need to be set up close together; for maintenance situations, up to 30m apart is enough to be effective. This makes TALON a very economical way to deal with rodents, especially given you get 500 wax blocks per 10kg pail.

The science also backs this up: studies show TALON uses 90 per cent less bait to achieve 60 per cent better efficacy compared to bromadiolone solutions, and 75 per cent less bait than difenacoum to achieve over 25 per cent better efficacy.

Use a ‘pulsed baiting’ technique

Built on knowledge of typical rat and mouse behaviour, pulse baiting is when small amounts of bait are put out at weekly intervals. Using this method deliberately prevents rodents from consuming more than a lethal dose, which allows you to deliver quick control with less.

To pulse bait, put out a small amount of bait and wait for this initial amount to be completely consumed. Once the rodents have died, put out more bait – a second ‘pulse’ – to target the rodents that did not eat the first pulse of baits. Repeat this process until there are no signs of rodent activity (usually 2-3 pulses are sufficient).

Be accurate with your data

Keeping accurate data on your bait stations – how far apart they are, how much you use, how quickly its eaten, any changes in rat activity – will help you hone your rodent management system.

For example, if you notice all your bait is gone, then you know to increase the amount next time. Conversely, if there’s some bait left, you can work out how much bait is being consumed each day and adjust your dosage and intervals accordingly.

Place your wax blocks close to rodent activity

You’ll get the best results with TALON 0,005BB if you place your baits in places where rat and mouse activity has been noted, such as warm, dark and quiet areas with droppings, gnarl marks, rub marks and urine stains.

You aren’t limited to indoor areas or good weather either. TALON 0,005BB can be used outdoors as well as indoors, thanks to its uniquely moulded wax formulation. The blocks are also moisture resistant, weather resistant and HACCP certified.

Keep the baited area clean and store your products correctly

To prevent mixing waste products with fresh rodenticide, it helps to carry a broom and a container to place waste material in when doing weekly inspections. Also, make sure you leave TALON 0,005BB in their original container, and store in a cool, well-ventilated area. Storing any unused blocks for prolonged periods in direct sunlight can affect its longevity.