How Avipel Works

In many areas of the country, birds are known to destroy hundreds of acres of field and sweet corn before it even has a chance to emerge. To stop this potentially devastating yield loss, a growing number of farmers have turned to Avipel.

Studies of Avipel conducted by the USDA and other organizations have demonstrated Avipel’s efficient protection of planted corn seed and its light environmental footprint.

Avipel is the scientifically formulated seed treatment that stops birds from eating newly planted corn seed. Avipel’s liquid and dry applications surround each kernel with a protective coating that causes birds immediate, yet temporary, digestive distress. After attempting to eat newly planted seed, they quickly look elsewhere, leaving your newly planted field unharmed.

In the lab and the field, Arkion Life Sciences, the manufacturer of Avipel, has been researching and developing bird repellency products for more than a decade. Studies of Avipel conducted by the USDA and others have demonstrated Avipel’s efficient protection of planted corn seed.

AQ, the Active Ingredient in Avipel

Avipel’s active ingredient is 9,10-anthraquinone (AQ), an organic chemical found in a number of plant species, including aloe vera, rhubarb, greater plantains and sennas. While being a particularly effective agent for repelling birds, AQ is non-lethal to them.

For farmers balancing the needs of crops, livestock, land management and groundwater, AQ offers multiple advantages:

  • Is a biopesticide
  • Is ultraviolet light-stable
  • Is insoluble in water
  • Features very low soil mobility
  • Biodegrades with a 28-day half-life in soil