Education

What is Liphatech's background?
What makes LTI different from the other rodenticide companies?
What can LTI offer to make my technicians better?
Why is Liphatech's basic research so important?
What makes Generation different from other single-feed rodenticides?
How do I know if rodents are causing a problem in my facilities?
How can I get a handle on the extent of an infestation?
What are the basic steps for implementing a rodent control program?
What if my situation is more complicated?
Will rodenticides cause problems with poultry, livestock or dogs?
How do I compare different rodenticide manufacturers?
Why is proper baiting so important?
What makes one bait better than another?
What other factors should I consider in a bait?
Why is palatability so important?
Why are multiple-feed products cheaper than single feeds?
Why should I buy single feeds?

Q: What is Liphatech's background?

A: Liphatech, Inc. is a worldwide inventory, manufacturer and marketer of rodent control products as well as the US marketing and sales arm of DeSangosse, Agen, France for slug and snail control products.

Liphatech, Inc. originated from the Lipha Pharmaceutical Company with beginnings in France during 1946. As a pharmaceutical company, Lipha conducted substantial research into anticoagulants for the treatment of heart patients. These same anticoagulants went on to become the primary building blocks of many rodenticides; early research resulted in the invention and patenting of chlorophacinone in the 1960s. It was introduced to the U.S. as Rozol, a multiple-feed anticoagulant rodenticide that began to replace warfarin as the rodent control product of choice. In the early '70s bromadiolone was developed in the same fashion. During this time, Liphatech purchased the Chempar Corp., of New York, which had previously been the U.S. distributor for Rozol. In 1987, a new, state-of-the-art facility was opened in Milwaukee, for the manufacturing of Rozol and Maki (bromadiolone). Continuing research resulted in the discovery of difethialone in the late '80s, which Liphatech introduced to the professional pest control market in 1995 as Generation.

In late 1999, Liphatech became the US representative for Aegis Bait Stations, responsible for the production and sales and marketing in the Americas. As the bait station business grew, in late 2002, Liphatech purchased the Aegis Bait Station business for all of the Americas. Our US production, sales and marketing operations are based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also in late 2002, Liphatech, Inc. became a subsidiary of DeSangosse, the world’s largest manufacturer of premier slug and snail control products, (i.e. Metarex) with World Headquarters located in the south of France at Agen.

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Q: What makes Liphatech, Inc. different from the other rodent or slug and snail
control companies?

A: The end result is we can make your people better at what they do, thus reducing complaints, callbacks and unsatisfied customers. We are able to do this because:

  • Our focus on rodent and snail and slug control translates into producing
    effective products.
  • We concentrate our efforts in rodent and slug and snail control markets, allowing us to provide a higher level of service to your company.
  • Our sales representatives have substantial backgrounds in pest control, they are able to tackle problem inspections, conduct technician training and answer questions on how to best control rodents or snails and slugs.

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Q: What can LTI offer to make my technicians, sales people or PCAs better?

A: Our representatives have substantial backgrounds in rodent and snail and slug control, and they know what your people require. Additionally, our keen understanding of the art and science of rodent or snail and slug control means our representatives can conduct training that supports superior control practices. Every year our sales force holds dozens of training sessions for technicians, sales people and PCAs all over the nation.

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Q: Why is Liphatech's basic research so important?

A: Research means we have a clear understanding of how things work. This Information is transferred to our sales representatives, who then train your people in how to best use rodent or slug and snail control products in the most effective ways. This research is our investment in the future of the pest control industry. And it means that when the next advancement in rodent or slug and snail control chemistry is announced, it will probably come from Liphatech. Additionally, we do not develop 'me too' products or copy off-patent products. We are the original inventors and patent holders of these anticoagulant chemistries: chlorophacinone, bromadiolone and the most recent, difethialone.

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Q: What makes Generation® different from other single-feed rodenticides?

A: Generation, made with difethialone, is the newest rodenticide available in the U.S. It’s a single-feed anticoagulant, and so effective, it can be formulated at half the rate (25 parts per million) versus other single feeds anticoagulants (50 ppm). This lower level of active ingredient further increases its acceptance by rodents. Combining palatability with efficacy has been one of the industry's top problems, and in the past rodenticides were either palatable or effective, but not both. Generation has conquered this hurdle with more of what tastes good (food grade grains and flavorings) and less of what tastes bad (active ingredient, wax and dye).

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Q: How do I know if rodents are causing a problem in my facilities?

A: Rodents cause three primary problems. They spread diseases, damage buildings, equipment and wiring and they eat or contaminate your feed or food. It is probably easiest to see evidence of building damage, but disease has the greatest economic impact. Signs to look for include rodent burrows in and around your buildings, holes in ceilings and walls, shredded paper and insulation, droppings and runways or paths along the side of the building.

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Q: How can I get a handle on the extent of an infestation?

A: Take a census right after dark. This is the time when rodents are most active. Find a spot in which to sit quietly and count the number of rodents you spot during a specific period of time (thirty to sixty minutes is sufficient). This will give you an idea of the number of rodents you have. After you have begun or modified your rodent control program, take another census a month later at the same time of day, and for the same length of time to estimate the program's effectiveness. You should continue to conduct censuses periodically, to track the effectiveness of your program.

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Q: What are the basic steps for implementing a rodent control program?

A: You can access different types of rodent control programs by contacting our representatives through our website. This will provide a good starting point for reducing your rodent population and decreasing the risk their presence creates.

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Q: What if my situation is more complicated?

A: Contact the Liphatech customer service line at 888-331-7900 to be put in touch with the sales representative for your area. Or, visit our website under, contact us, where a territory map will help you find the contact information of the Liphatech representative for your area. You can then set up an on-site inspection and obtain a recommend program that fits your situation.

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Q: Will rodenticides cause problems with poultry, livestock or dogs?

A: An important aspect of a good program is putting the bait where the rodents will eat it, but non-target animals aren't able to access it. Different active ingredients have various levels of activity against rodents and non-target animals. Obviously, you want a product that is effective against rodents, but is less likely to cause problems due to accidental ingestion or consumption of rodent carcasses. Vitamin K1 is the antidote for all of our anticoagulant rodenticides. The delayed reaction of the active ingredients typically makes it possible to see evidence of symptoms and treat non targets, saving lives. Yet, there is no substitute for proper and safe baiting.

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Q: How do I compare different rodenticide manufacturers?

A: There are a number of components to making a rodent control program work. Ask questions: 'What services are being offered to make sure a rodent control program will work in my facility?' Many companies can sell you cheap rodenticides, but do not offer complete rodent control training like Liphatech. What active ingredients are in their bait? What mode of action do their rodenticides have? Do they conduct research in order to deliver high quality products?

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Q: Why is proper baiting so important?

A: Bait placement strategy is important because rodents will travel along established paths between their nests and their food/water supply. They won't go out of their way unless forced to do so. Thus, you have to place control devices, such as bait stations, with rodenticide where rodents will eat it, not where it is convenient for you. An excellent rodenticide, improperly placed, will not be as effective as lesser quality bait which is located properly.

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Q: What makes a particular rodenticide better than another?

A: There can be many ingredients in a rodenticide; the active ingredient is only a small portion.
Other ways to compare rodenticides include:

  • Activity against target species (this can be expressed as an LD50 number)
  • Palatability of the bait  matrix (this can be described as acceptance or
    product choice)
  • How well does it stand up to the environment you will be using it in
  • Toxicity to non-target animals (also expressed as LD50)

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Q: When choosing bait, what other factors should I consider?

A: Is the product a single feed or multiple feed products? What is its mode of action (anticoagulant, calcium disrupter, nerve system paralysis)? What type of formulation works best for your situation - Mini-Blocks, Pellet Place Packs, Meal, or Bulk Pellets?

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Q: Why is palatability so important?

A: It is important to remember that many rodenticides show good efficacy in laboratory conditions, but in the real world, the bait must compete with livestock or poultry feed for the rodent's feeding habits. More palatable rodenticides mean greater acceptance, which leads to higher efficacy for your rodent control program.

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Q: Why are multiple-feed products cheaper than single feeds? Why should I buy a single feed?

A: Multiple-feed products aren't cheaper, it takes more bait to kill the same number of rodents. Multiple-feed anticoagulants often require multiple feedings in order for the rodent to ingest enough active ingredient for a lethal dose. These are older products and some that rodents may have developed resistance to, such as warfarin. Another problem with multiple feed products is that the rodent must choose it over its other feed or food sources several times, which is more unlikely to occur. Since they need to eat more, it means that more time and product must be spent in servicing the placements. Single-feed products can deliver a lethal dose in one feeding. These are newer chemistries, such as bromadiolone (BootHill) or difethialone (Hombre). No resistance has ever been demonstrated with single-feed anticoagulants in the U.S. Since it requires fewer feedings, knockdown is easier, as is servicing the placements.

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