Fasst SealsTM Test Results

University Testing of FASST SealsTM was performed by Dr. Gunter Muller at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. The testing confirmed high repellency efficiency for Bed Bugs, American and German Cockroaches, Pharoah Ants, Carpenter Ants, Meal Beetles, Crickets, Mice and Rats. The impregnated polymer has also demonstrated that it inhibits rodents from gnawing in search of food.

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Testing: Fasst SealsTM

Summary Report

Insect trials:

Repellency rates for insects exposed to Active seals flat on the ground varied from 77.27% to 94.79% while vertical seals with adjusted gaps for the tested insects showed repellency rates from 83.54% to 93.67%. All results for the tested insects are highly significant.

It is noteworthy that crickets and roaches were frequently checking out the seals with their antenna before crossing. If exposed to Active seals they often moved parallel to the strips while repeatedly probing with their antenna. The few specimens that crossed flat Active seals did this in a hesitating way and often with visible extended legs. A similar way of behavior and hesitation was observed with insects crawling under the vertical seals (without visible extension of legs).

Table 1: Calculated repellency rate for tested insects


 

It is important to note that in the field, the seals will be flush with the floor and provide a sealed physical barrier. In addition, the insects will be able to move in an open environment therefore the repellency rate is expected to be even higher.

Rodent trials:

House Mice: Twenty mice (20/24) entered the Control shelter. Four (4/24) mice entered the Active seal shelter.
Mice Repellency Rate 80%

Rats: 21 times (21/24) a rat entered a house with a Control seal and 3 times (3/24) entered into a house with an Active seal.
Rat Repellency Rate 85.72% 

It is worthwhile mentioning that when rodents were examining the shelter with the Active seal they were often only sticking in their head and then, most of the time, immediately retreating. When examining the Control seal shelter the rodents were entering with their full body often without hesitation. We additionally observed that rodents that entered the Control seal shelter stayed, compared to rodents that entered the Active seal shelter, staying only for seconds. 

In the two experiments in which rodents had a choice between two tubes loaded with food, one Active tube and one Control tube, they were in all cases gnawing through the Control tubes and feeding on the peanut butter (24 mice and 24 rats) without touching the Active tubes (no traces of gnawing). 

When rodents were only exposed to the Active tubes, a few rodents superficially gnawed on the tubes without reaching the food. This type of gnawing was observed with 2 rats (2/24) and 5 mice (5/24).

Conclusions:

Insect trials:

The tested Active FASST SealsTM, regardless of positioning, whether laying flat or vertical (with a crawl space gap), repelled highly significantly all the tested insects with percentages ranging from 77.27% to 96.05% . The tested seals were aged by exposure in ambient environment for 4 months prior to testing. Accordingly, the efficacy of the product can be claimed for at least 4 months.

Rodent trials:

If given a choice of suitable shelters most tested mice and rats avoided close physical contact to Active FASST SealsTM. It can therefore be concluded that the FASST SealsTM are a valid rodent repellent barrier. 

If mice and rats had an alternative food source the Active impregnated polymer tubing provided complete protection from gnawing. With Active tubes only, superficial gnawing was observed in a few cases. The unprotected Control tubes were, at the same time, completely destroyed. It can therefore be concluded that the active ingredients in the polymer kept the rodents from damaging the tubes. The results of both experiments safely demonstrated that both fragrance and taste of the actives are repellent.

The tested tubing was aged by exposure in ambient environment for 4 months prior to testing. Accordingly, the product efficacy can be claimed to inhibit rodent gnawing for at least this time period. 

Dr. Gunter C. Muller
Coordinator of the study


 

Testing: Electrical Cover Inserts

Summary Report

Insects Tested:

Adult Bed Bugs and Adult Pharaoh Ants, Juvenile Black Crickets, Juvenile American Cockroaches, Juvenile German Cockroaches (juveniles 2-3 mm).

 

Results:

Insect Repellency Trial I: Release of insects inside common Arena "outside-in"

Repellency rates for insects exposed to Active cover inserts and Control cover inserts varied from 91.78% to 97.33%. All results for the tested insects are statistically significant.

 

Insect Repellency Trial II: Release of insects inside Electrical Box "inside-out"

Repellency rates for insects inserted into electrical boxes with Active cover inserts and Control cover inserts varied from 92.85% to 100%. All results for the tested insects are statistically significant. In the trials with impregnated inserts most of the insects that did not exit into the arena left the electrical box and accumulated in the plastic box at the backside. In the trials with control insects the bulk of the insects that did not exit into the arena remained inside the electrical box.

 

Table 1: Calculated repellency rate for tested insects

Trial I: Release of insects inside common Arena "outside-in" and 
Trial II: Release of insects inside Electrical Box "inside-out"



 

Conclusions:

The tested Active FASST Electrical Plug Cover Inserts repelled highly significantly all the tested insects with percentages ranging from 91.78% in the plate cover repellency test to 100% in the no choice electrical box insertion test. The tested inserts were aged by exposure in ambient environment for 4 months prior to testing. Accordingly, the efficacy of the product can be claimed for at least 4 months. 

The explanation of the fact that in Insect Repellency Trial II most of the insects that did not exit through the front plate into the arena accumulated in the backside of the plastic electrical box in the case of the Control inserts and left the electrical boxes in the case of the Active inserts is that the insects on one hand did not want to cross the impregnated inserts but on the other hand they wanted to escape the vapor pressure that built up in the electrical box and hence they tried to leave through the backside. In practical applications this observation would indicate that the repellent vapor would keep insects from initially entering the electrical box due to a build-up in repellent vapor.

During practical application in the field the Inserts are expected to work both as a physical as well as a repellent barrier providing high insect barrier and repellency efficacy. The experimental test materials and methods were designed to minimize the physical barrier contribution of the Insert. As the Inserts provided a significantly high repellency effect it was deemed to be unnecessary to also test the Inserts in the light switch covers as similar results are expected. 

Dr. Gunter C. Muller
Coordinator of the study


 

Testing: FASST Pipe Gaskets

Summary Report

Results:

Trial I Insect Repellency 
Dual Choice-Release of insects inside 3 chamber test arena

When comparing the number of insects entering the two Treated Pipe Gasket side chambers to the number of insects entering the two Untreated Pipe Gaskets side chambers the Treated Pipe Gasket repellency rates varied from 92.31% to 96.97%. All results for the tested insects are highly significant.

Table 1: Calculated repellency rate for tested insects

Bed Bugs 96.43%
Black Crickets 92.31%
American Roach 96.84%
German Roach 94.79%
Pharoah Ants 96.97%
Meal Beetles 93.51%

 

Trial II Mice Repellency Triple Choice experiment - Release of mice inside 3 chamber test arena

One mouse passed through the Treated Pipe Gasket while 19 mice passed through the Untreated Pipe Gasket. Mice were exploring the chamber and made an entry decision relatively quickly within a maximum of 5 minutes. Repellency rate for mice was 95% which was highly significant.

 

Conclusions:

The Treated FASST Pipe Gasket repelled highly significantly all the tested insects with percentages ranging from 92.31% to 96.97%. The mice repellency rate was 95% and highly significant. This trial confirms results which were obtained in the Door Seals Study. The tested pipe gaskets were aged by exposure in ambient environment for 4 months prior to testing. Accordingly, the efficacy of the product can be claimed for at least 4 months.

The experimental methods were designed to minimize the physical barrier contribution of the Pipe Gaskets and obtain test data to confirm insect and mice repellency product features and claims. During practical application in the field the FASST Pipe Gaskets are expected to work both as a physical as well as a repellent barrier providing high efficacy. The slit in the Pipe Gasket facilitates placement onto existing piping and the gasket cutout grooves make it easy to size the gasket according to the pipe diameter.



Dr. Gunter C. Muller
Coordinator of the study

Test Results

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