Avipel* is a product designed to protect newly planted seed from birds. The active ingredient is a naturally occurring substance that has been shown to repel birds. Avipel comes in both corn and rice formulations; however, product labels and availability vary by state, so check your state's page for specific product status.
Planting corn seed treated with Avipel has proved highly effective in preventing a variety of birds from ravaging newly planted fields. It's been used since 2006 in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan under EPA Section 18 emergency labels and since 2009 in Texas.
- Cow Birds
- Sandhill Cranes
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The active ingredient in Avipel is anthraquinone, an organic chemical that occurs naturally in at least 94 known plant species. When birds eat seeds coated with Avipel, they experience an unpleasant, but harmless, gut reaction which they associate with the location. Birds quickly learn to avoid treated seeds and forage for other seeds and insects instead. Studies done by the International Crane Foundation, USDA and others have shown efficient protection of planted corn seed.
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*Avipel is marketed and sold by Arkion Life Sciences, LLC, and is a registered brand name.