A new seed treatment designed to keep birds away from freshly planted fields has received regulatory approval. Arkion life Science LLC. recently gained approval for its Avipel bird repellent from the Environmental Protection Agency. The federal label expands potential registration to all 50 states in field and sweet corn seed.
Avipel is a liquid seed treatment applied to corn prior to planting. It deters birds from eating corn seeds because the animals experience immediate, harmless digestive repellency. After birds experience that once they avoid it.
The active ingredient is anthraquinone, a naturally occurring substance, that is nontoxic, systemic and effective through emergence. It’s active against a number of birds including: Pheasants, blackbirds, crows, cowbirds, grackles and cranes.