AMVAC Environmental Products (AEP) is a division of AMVAC Chemical Corporation, a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management and public and animal health. The focus of AEP is in the protection of you and your family, your pets and animals, the property you own, the places where you work. Our products protect your homes from insects and termites. They protect your lawn, the soccer fields where your children play, and the golf courses you enjoy, from pests and diseases. And for the last five decades, our products have protected your communities from the deadliest animal in the world, the mosquito.
AMVAC Environmental Products serve a diverse group of customers in markets including public health, turf and ornamentals, professional pest management, and consumer and animal health. Our products and services deliver solutions that protect public and animal health, safeguard property from damaging pests and enhance the quality of the environment where we live and work.
GLOBAL Aedes aegypti Project
AMVAC has incorporated the control characteristics of Dibrom® Concentrate and Trumpet® EC with the use of today’s rapidly improving aerial application technology and continues to develop control results that were thought to be impossible just a few years ago. Through our global Aedes aegypti Project (GAAP), we have four years of data and have had some very promising results. In the 4th year of the trials, the Zika epidemic reached Miami and the Miami officials were very public about the contribution that naled (Dibrom® Concentrate) made in the effort to stop transmission in the Wynwood area when used in an IPM/IMM Program. Results from the GAAP project and the recent experience in Miami has challenged the historical perspective that Aedes aegypti cannot be controlled using aerial adulticiding techniques.
Research Collaboration on Promising Techniques for Mosquito Control
In November 2016, AMVAC entered into a Research Collaboration Agreement with Harvard University to develop and potentially commercialize new, Harvard-owned technology aimed at control of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. From the November 28, 2016 press release:
“AMVAC is a leader in the U.S. vector control sector, supplying the most effective aerial-applied mosquito adulticide used in professional public health mosquito control – Dibrom® Concentrate and Trumpet® EC. Municipal officials, regional mosquito control districts and contractors for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rely on AMVAC’s products to mitigate the threat of mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. With the recent focus on the spread of the Zika virus in the United States, AMVAC has intensified its search for additional safe and effective technologies which could help combat vectors of this potential viral epidemic.
Under the collaboration agreement, AMVAC will support a research project led by Dr. Flaminia Catteruccia, Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The technology under study is the subject of a patent application filed by Harvard; the collaboration agreement grants AMVAC certain license options for commercial development of spray- or fog-based mosquito control products.
Dr. Peter Porpiglia, Vice President of AMVAC’s Product Development Department commented: ‘We are excited that this collaboration with Harvard researchers could identify new directions and methods for addressing this significant public health danger. Controlling mosquito-borne diseases is a difficult challenge and this research agreement is one of several insect control initiatives that continue to define AMVAC’s commitment to innovation and new technology development. We look forward to working with the Harvard team to understand the potential of their research findings and identify how that knowledge can help devise meaningful solutions to reduce this human health threat.’”
The female mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet. On an average day around the world, mosquitos transmit diseases that kill around 2,000 people a day.