publication . Article . 1992

Evaluation of aversive agents to increase the selectivity of rodenticides with emphasis on denatonium benzoate (Bitrex) bittering agent

Kaukeinen, Dale E.; Buckle, Alan P.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 1992
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Aversive agents are proposed as potential additives to rodenticides to increase selectivity to the target species. Examples of various aversive agent categories are given, including odorants, tastants, and emetics, with examples of evaluations. Tastant additives have been found that do not interfere with rodenticidal efficacy. Denatonium benzoate (commercially available as Bitrex®) is an intensely bitter but non-toxic substance, being increasingly used to adulterate common household materials to reduce the potential risks involved with accidental exposures. No known prior research results have been published concerning the incorporation of Bitrex in rodenticides...
free text keywords: DENATONIUM BENZOATE, Bitrex, hazard, nontarget, formulation, rodenticide bait, Microtus pennsylvanicus, Microtus pinetorum, NORWAY RAT, HOUSE MICE, ROOF RAT, adulturant, rodent bait, safety, rodenticide, Mus musculus, Rattus rattus, Rattus norvegicus, voles, efficacy, Life Sciences
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