The benefits of adding a dry flowable bait into your IPM plan


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The benefits of adding a dry flowable bait into your IPM plan

While dry flowable bait may be underutilized in integrated pest management (IPM) programs, this formulation has several beneficial features that can enhance treatment protocols.

It is common for pests to harbor within deep, hard-to-reach voids. These spots are often overrun with pests like cockroaches, are susceptible to continued reinfestation and can be difficult to reach with sprayable liquids and gel baits. Dry flowable bait is designed to drift deep into cracks, crevices and voids when applied with power dusters and handheld application devices that blow air, offering an effective solution for these situations.

Dry flowable bait containing a balanced diet of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins is palatable to many insect pests and can potentially manage any insect with chewing mouthparts, including cockroaches, ants, crickets, earwigs and silverfish. Additionally, dry flowable bait offers secondary control that’s enhanced in social pests like ants and cockroaches. This occurs through the same means as gel and granular baits (i.e., trophallaxis), and by feeding on the feces, vomit and affected carcasses. Dry flowable bait also contains small particles that adhere to the exoskeletons of donor pests, leading to additional control when pests feed and groom each other.

Indoor applications

Dry flowable bait is a strong addition to protocols using liquid residuals, gel baits and glue board traps. It can replace most traditional dust applications indoors and enhances pest mortality as a non-repellent bait. Target areas within clean-out or maintenance service visits should include:

  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, including the false bottom behind the toe kick and voids between cabinet boxes, walls or appliances (these areas may require a drill to make small access holes)
  • Cracks, crevices and voids
  • Motor housings of appliances
  • Compressor areas of refrigerators and freezers
  • Wall voids near plumbing penetrations
  • Outlets, switch boxes and conduits
  • Sink and drain surrounds

Outdoor applications

Perimeter programs containing residual liquids and granular baits/insecticides can benefit from adding dry flowable bait. Like indoor applications, cracks, cervices and voids are the primary target, but any structure opening accessible from outdoors may need treatment. Areas to consider for treatment include:

  • Openings around door and window casings
  • Plumbing and electrical penetrations through exterior walls
  • Foundation settling cracks in concrete and block construction
  • Spot treatments directly on ant trails

As part of its commitment to provide innovative solutions for pest management professionals (PMPs) and help their customers live a life uninterrupted by pests, Syngenta created Advion® MicroFlow insect bait. PMPs can control tough infestations with Advion MicroFlow, which offers:

  • Larger particles mixed with a gradient of finer particles to notably increase ant foraging and appeal to a variety of pests
  • A flexible labeled rate that allows for liberal applications in voids to eliminate pests where they harbor and multiply
  • The MetaActive™ effect, found in all Advion brand products, which activates indoxacarb once ingested by target pests, leaving non-target organisms largely unaffected
  • Packaging designed for large- and small-scale use

Achieve outstanding control of hard-to-reach pests by adding a dry flowable bait to your IPM program. For more information, visit or contact your local Syngenta territory manager.

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