D-TER Information and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Information taken directly from the D-Ter brochure (By Lorac Australia) and other FAQ’s given by Sarah of Clever Creatures.
What is D-Ter?
WHAT IS D-TER?
A highly effective and proven animal and bird repellent, fully registered for use against all animals and birds.
It is a very safe product. It is not considered a poison and there is no with holding period. It is immediately effective once dried, has no unpleasant or revolting odour and can be sprayed almost indiscriminately.
D-TER should not be applied in bright sunshine on sensitive plants (e.g. ferns, primula etc.) to prevent any chance of scorching.
D-TER has been found to be effective in repelling all species of vertebrates against which it has been evaluated. Its mode of action is both scientific and clever. D-TER repels by creating a feeling within the creatures that the treated area is unsafe and threatening. This is reinforced when they quickly leave and the feeling disappears resulting in the development of a “learned aversion response”. The advantage of the development of this response is that not only are the creatures harmlessly repelled but the effect lasts far, far longer than the D-TER itself.
D-TER is generally dissolved in water and applied as a spray but can be used as a dust, for example as a seed dressing. It is important to note that after spraying D-TER, its effectiveness begins when it dries under normal conditions 1-2 hours. Published evidence from overseas and local experience suggests that generally D-TER, provided it has dried before dew or rain, can be expected to last for 8-12 weeks. It will usually survive light showers of rain with the effectiveness again returning when it dries. However, after consistent heavy rain, if the problem recommences, re-spraying is recommended.
Local and overseas experience (30 years) has shown to date no staining or untoward effect on paintwork metals or plastics. For indoor use on furniture or carpet for example, to prevent cat scratching or pet fouling first test spray on an unseen area (as a normal precaution) or alternatively spray on pieces of cloth. Allow to dry and pin or lay on affected areas.
D-TER has been used in Australia since 1985 and is fully registered. The product has been cleared in the U.K for agriculture, forestry, veterinary use on food crops and in food storage practice. In addition to home garden uses and is widely used throughout Europe and elsewhere. D-TER has been undergoing continuous development and “fine tuning” for over 35 years and is the most effective to date for general use with increased olfactory effect and improved adhesion for longer life.
D-TER can be used to protect moored yachts, motor c cruisers and marine areas from fouling by roosting seabirds, including seagulls, cormorants (shags), herons, pigeons and swallows. A new approach to this constant nuisance with attendant health risks, time consuming clean-ups and expensive staining. Double strength sprays and double soaked and dried pieces of cloth hauled aloft as ‘pennants’ are just some of the innovative ways D-TER can be used in problem situations.
Considerable damage, unnecessary work and health risk are due to a number of birds common in both urban and rural communities. Roosting and nesting in and around domestics dwellings, commercial buildings, machinery sheds and other farm buildings by Sparrows , Swallows, feral Pigeons and two closely related species the Starlings and the Common or Indian Mynah cause many problems. D-TER has proven highly effective in all these situation. Nesting material blocks gutters and downpipes often leading to flooding, and nest in roof spaces enlarge each year. Many of the birds also shed harmful lice whilst, if not removed, an unpleasant smell develops from dropping becoming a health hazard especially in warm weather. This can also attract other pest and vermin. An effective approach is to hose or to clean off the affected areas then spray thoroughly with D-TER and allow to dry. If nest are present, do not remove initially, rather spray well with D-TER. Remove later.
Using @ 100g/L of water is recommended. Dissolve in a small amount of hot water and top up with cold so that the spray can be used immediately. It is generally not necessary to spray the entire area. It is important; however, to spray at least 1m wide strips over all roosting and nesting areas (and potential ones!). Where birds are roosting on and or fouling patio furniture, window ledges, balcony rails or pipes and wires it is essential to assure adequate additional surface area within 6090cm of where the birds are resting is also sprayed. If these surface areas are small e.g. rails, etc. it is necessary to spray at least twice.
Problems involving birds and windows are also common. Persistence is sometimes needed as one is attempting to break a ‘territorial’ habit where the bird sees his reflection as competitors. We suggest you place newspaper over the lower portion of the window and spray the paper. This has two advantages over simply spraying the window in that it allows for better D-TER adhesion than the glass and temporarily removes ‘the competitor’. Once you are sure the problem has stopped a simple clean up with water is all that is necessary. It is unlikely the same birds will restart. Crows or Peewits (Australian Magpie-lark) attacking flyscreens on doors and windows can also be halted.
Please contact us should you require further technical advice. Sometimes the ‘How’ of how you use D-TER can make a significant difference to the end result.
Will D Ter work against scrub Turkeys? We have just had to have one very destructive male turkey, who was mounding, to be removed. As the nesting season goes from now (Sept) until December we do not wish to pay $160.00 every time one decides to take up residence in our garden. We are a holiday complex and spend a lot of time, money and effort to keep our gardens in good order so do not appreciate untidy non paying guests!nAny information on how to rid these pests would be greatly appreciated.
I can’t guarantee the D-Ter will work for you but it sounds like it’s worth a try as it is registered for use in all animals. I use it myself and have very good results and we do have many repeat customers. I have not tried it for scrub turkeys as we do not have them in our area, however 1 of customers has and was very happy with the results (in fact she calls it magic). I’ll paste her note below.
D-Ter is registered for use in all animals however people using it for birds seem to have mixed results: I think that is because the stronger strength is more effective for birds (as discussed in the section on birds and buildings). What I suggest is that you trial an area; compare an intensively treated area versus a non treated area and see how you go. If you are happy with the results then you can invest in a larger quantity.
ON TWO VERY WINDY DAYS IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS MY DAUGHTER'S SUCCULENTS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY COCKATOOS, NOT AT ANY OTHER TIME EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE AROUND. WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW OFTEN YOU HAVE TO SPRAY WITH D-TER AND IF IT HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE A SUCCESSFUL DETERRENT TO COCKATOOS.
I suggest the D-TER is sprayed twice over a day or two (best to make it up as you need it) and then every 6-8 weeks if required. It is registered for use with all birds and is effective against cockatoos.
DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE USING DTER TO ASIAN GECKOS?
We haven’t personally tried D-Ter for (Asian Geckos) however it is registered for use in all animals and birds.
WE LIVE IN QLD. AND HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BIRDS (MOSTLY MAGPIES & BUTCHER BIRDS) SITTING ON A BACK TIMBER FENCE & GATE AND MAKING A TERRIBLE MESS WITH THEIR CONSTANT WHITE DROPPINGS DOWN THE TIMBER. WOULD YOUR PRODUCT D-TER ANIMAL AND BIRD REPELLENT BE SUITABLE? OR CAN YOU SUGGEST ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE?
If this product didn’t help, I don’t know of other products available for bird repellents. You can purchase sensor activated products, but they are quite expensive. We have very good success with this product, but personally I haven’t tried it for birds. I generally suggest people trial a small area first and repeat the application after a day.
I AM INTERESTED IN USING THE REPELLENT ON FRUIT TREES AND GRAPE VINES. DOES THE PRODUCT NEED TO BE REAPPLILED AFTER A RAIN?
No. D-TER doesn’t have to be reapplied after rain, though prolonged or heavy rain might have voided the effectiveness. Kindly refer to the section “How long does D-Ter last?” above for more information.
I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER USING CREDIT CARD VIA PHONE 2KG D-TER. I DON'T LIKE USING CREDIT CARD ON THE WEB DUE TO SECURITY ISSUES. COULD SOMEONE CALL ME PLEASE TO PROCEED WITH ORDER?
YES. We can call you on the phone and put through the order. We can enter your details onto the website as we speak and you will then get a receipt that will be sent automatically. We will have the transaction record on file for reference. We can also chose the option of chq/money order or direct deposit if you have concerns over credit card security. Ideally you can place your order & in the box next to cheque / money order write 'please call me for cc payment' This will speed up the process.
DOES D-TER MOVE RABBITS ON HARMLESSLY IF SPRAYED NEAR THERE BURROW, OR JUST STOP THEM CHEWING THE VEGGIES?
Generally, with all animals I suggest you move them off slowly; i.e. start on the most important area (in this case your veggie garden) as this will discourage them as they feel unsafe in the area. I then suggest you gradually increase the areas you wish to move them from before finally spraying around the burrow. As they may already move off if their normal territory / range if it seems to be coming unsafe.
In addition to this I would suggest you water your vegies in the morning; that way they are more likely to be dry at dusk when the rabbits start to come out. D-TER isn’t effective when wet as the animal can’t smell it, however it becomes effective once it dries out, to increase the effectiveness spray the veggie gardens and around the immediate area as well. This product is safe to use on edible crops but see instructions for full details.
WE HAVE PURCHASED D-TER. WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS AS PER THE PAMPHLET, AND IT IS HAVING NO EFFECT ON THE ROSES/ KANGAROOS. IS THERE ANY REASON YOU CAN SUGGEST FOR THIS?
We’ll give a few suggestions and if that is not what you think may be contributing to the failure of the D-TER with the kangaroos then please give Michael of Lorac (the manufacturer) a call (02 9589 0703).
Normally it is very effective on Kangaroos; I assume they are wild and not hand raised? If they were hand raised or without that same level of fear (than most native animals) then I’d suggest stronger dilutions and additional deterrent strategies (similar to that of dogs and cats).
If it was excessively wet over there then this can reduce the effectiveness of the D-TER when dry; so if they kangaroos are coming at night and the area is wet (or has recently been reticulated) then it wouldn’t Deter them in the same way as they cannot smell the product (and therefore there is not discomfort associated with being in the area). If this was the case if would take longer for the animals to build up a negative association.
If you hadn’t already then increase the dose as used for dogs and cats. I’d widen the area around the roses with the D-TER spray & more frequent but regular sprays are more effective than just spraying more. Roses seem to be quite a delicacy for kangaroos and possums so I assume for a number of animals it is worth the risk; especially if there isn’t anything else around the put them off; If you can try and put up a temporary barrier so that it isn’t such an easy meal for them. In addition to this lighting, sensor lighting or motion activated devices may also put them off visiting the area.
If the kangaroos were deterred to start with and have started to come back I’d suggest a few more applications. For stubborn animals then repeat the spray a day apart and then again a few days later if needed & use the dose as per use with dogs and cats.
WE MANAGE A COMMUNITY STORE IN REMOTE WA AND HAVE A PROBLEM WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS DOGS COMING IN THE STORE OR CONGREGATING BY THE DOOR.
I hope it can help you with the problem of visiting dogs. Just make sure you use the strength as directed and more frequent applications are better than trying stronger dilutions. When I used this product by my gate the problem almost seemed to get worse before it got better in that the next day after applying it a dog defecated by the gate (which is why I was using it) and then after another application the problem stopped.
Also make sure that there is no reinforcement (or reward) for the dogs to enter (tempting smells or products to steal near to the door) and that the feeling of uncertainly created by the product is met with correction for the dogs to go away. Hopefully people don’t litter food near to the door as of course the temptation for a free feed may be worth the ‘risk’ of danger. It’s definitely worth spraying the product just inside the store as well as the entrance (And if the entranced is washed regularly then spray around the door frames and nearby furniture etc. (just test areas first that they are not marked with whitish areas from the spray.
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