Outdoor Area-Wide Mosquito Repellency Testing

When you need data to support your claims for outdoor mosquito repellents such as candles, torches, coils, heated pads, and similar products, the options are certainly limited. Traditionally EPA has required open field tests but such methods rarely provided suitable results. Over the past few years, EPA

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Mosquito Arm-In-Cage Bite Tests

With the Zika concerns, we are getting a lot of requests for Arm-in-a-Cage testing for mosquito repellents. Mosquito bite tests for repellents are highly regulated test methods since 2006. Yes, there are plenty of videos showing mosquitoes biting, and being repelled from treatments on the arm. But

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25b Exemption Laws… NOT ‘Anything Goes’

Wow. I have long since stopped being shocked about what many manufacturers think is true about the 25b exemption laws. Not a week goes by that I don’t have calls from people with 25b formulations with a host of myths and mis-understandings about the 25b laws. The

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Bed Bug Mattress Protector

The bed bug epidemic has been an increasing problem for the past decade, with bed bugs infesting homes, apartments, and hotels as well as hospitals, nursing homes and even subway cars. Bed bugs are one of the most challenging pests to eradicate because of their rapid reproduction rate.

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‘Certification’ for Bed Bug Mattress Encasements

Nearly every client that is looking for a test on their bed bug mattress encasement will eventually ask about ‘certification’ of their product.   This was started by one company and one test several years ago.  The facts as I understand them are simply that the researcher that

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Appropriate Surfaces for Residual Claims

Residual studies are tests that involve applying a product over a surface and then allowing it to dry for a specified period of time before insects are placed on the treated surface.   The budgets for a residual test need to be 4-10x higher because these tests can

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When the Dead Come Back to Life

One of the most common types of feedback I get from clients is questions about data that doesn’t make sense.   Most commonly – “How can we have 8 out of 10 ‘dead’ at 4 hours and then only 2 out of 10 dead at 24 hours?” Actually

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