Having attended two other exhibitions this autumn where there was little new to see, it is encouraging to be able to report on a selection of novel products soon to reach a distributor near you.
So what caught our eye at Parasitec? Here’s a quick review of items we spotted – no doubt there were more.
Humane rodent trap
Rodents are lured to the trap with a non-toxic attractant, then once the detector is sprung a gas canister cartridge fires a bolt which instantly and humanely kills the rodent. A further novel tweak are goodnature detector kits (basically a small card containing a non-toxic lure) which can initially be placed to initially detect the potential pest and then identify it by the gnaw marks made – as these may be from a non-target rodent.
For use with insect gel baits
The dots incorporate a microscopic suction cap technology, meaning they do not feel sticky at all, yet still adhere to the treatment surface. When baiting is finished, they can be removed without leaving any mark. These are available from MakeSafe.
Versatile protective net
Unlike other dipped nets, this process creates a very strong, long-lasting, slow release mesh that will remain active for several years. UV stabilised, it presents both a physical and chemical barrier to insect pests. It can be produced with a range of different actives and has many possible uses. As well as mosquito nets, it is already being used in a variety of ways to protect stored produce, as well as other uses creative pest controllers will come up with.
Chunky bars for rodents
The first, in Daniel’s right hand, is NARA Liquid, as recently seen at PestTech in the UK. These gel balls contain 99% water with an aroma attractant and can be placed within a bait station, so making it more attractive to rodents.
Seen in his left hand are refinements to two of the NARA products already on sale internationally. The larger of the two items is NARA Bloc. Responding to pest controllers’ requests, this is now to be made slightly smaller, meaning less is wasted after initial gnaw marks are detected and the smaller, flexible bloc means it fits easily into all bait stations. The popular NARA lure now comes in one size, interchangeable for both rats (larger end) and mice.