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25 May 2022

Case study: Harmonix Rodent Paste helps PCO's in tricky situations 

PRESS RELEASE

In this article, Bayer Environmental Science talk to Lewis Clarke, LRC Environmental, about the benefits of using Harmonix Rodent Paste.

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Bayer said sales have proven extremely successful as technicians hear more about Harmonix Rodent Paste.

Lewis Clarke, from the Suffolk-based LRC Environmental, jumped at the chance to be one of the first pest control technicians to start using it when he heard about it at a BPCA Forum

Lewis has worked in pest control for nearly 10 years. He started at the age of 17, as one of Rentokil’s youngest technicians, and now owns LRC Environmental, working for residential clients and sub-contracting for multinational and local pest control suppliers.

Lewis is an experienced and professional pest controller, even coming runner up for BPCA’s Young Technician of the Year Award. He’s passionate about pest control and is always looking for better solutions to dealing with pest problems.

At the BPCA Forum in Peterborough, the Bayer team shared details of the product and it caught Lewis’s attention.

Lewis says, “I started using Harmonix Rodent Paste in February, when I realised its potential as a rodenticide but also its ability to front our environmentally friendly image at LRC Environmental.”

Bayer explained, Harmonix Rodent Paste uses the active ingredient cholecalciferol to manage complex rodent infestations, whilst reducing the risks associated with rodenticide use including secondary poisoning.

This allows it to be used in multiple situations including open areas, waste dumps and rat burrows. 

Lewis adds, “I think with it being a new bait to the market which is only for professional use, it gives us a great selling point for the client. It’s something that they can’t just get their hands on in the local DIY store.

“With the added benefit of it having little to no known resistance, it makes it a great product to have in our arsenal.”

I carry out pest control in a variety of settings from wildlife parks, agriculture, right through to built-up industrial areas; this presents me with a range of environmental issues that I need to be aware of before carrying out any toxic work.

Lewis Clarke, LRC Environmental

He says that Harmonix Rodent Paste is ideal for persistent rodent infestations, especially when it is combined with the non-toxic version, Harmonix Monitoring Paste, to increase palatability within an Integrated Pest Management approach.

“I think the two products work great hand-in-hand, ensuring uptake is achieved before placing a toxic bait down. It also means that the area is kept safe between contract monthly visits,” says Lewis.

“I carry out pest control in a variety of settings from wildlife parks, agriculture, right through to built-up industrial areas; this presents me with a range of environmental issues that I need to be aware of before carrying out any toxic work.

“Since having this product in the van, I find myself using it more and more, especially in my wildlife parks for rats and residential homes where mouse activity is present.

“In one situation, we had full palatability for both mice and rats within two weeks, after introducing new boxes with the non-toxic paste bait. This has now been switched over to the toxic bait, with regular follow ups to monitor uptake.”

Bayer explains, "Harmonix Rodent Paste has a stop feeding effect, which means that after only a few days of baiting the rodent consumes a lethal dose and stops feeding.

"This means PCOs will use up to 50% less bait, minimising the amount of active ingredient entering the environment but also saving money".

Lewis concludes, “I’m hoping for quicker control compared to other baits on the market, therefore reducing time on site across the year for contract customers and ultimately improving my profit margins.”

You can find out more about Harmonix Rodent Paste here

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Source: Bayer Press Release

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