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SPLAT Goes the Beetle

All 19 Western states and parts of Canada are dealing with mountain pine beetle (MPB) attacks, and this ongoing, area-wide infestation has devastated 27 million acres of forests. This caused ecosystem disruption, water contamination, rising carbon levels, and thousands of miles of power line damage due to falling trees.

With USDA SBIR funding, ISCA Technologies introduced a highly effective pest control product that targets mountain pine beetles. The repellent uses one of the beetle’s own pheromones, called verbenone, a chemical which tells beetles to find another host tree.  The repellent, called SPLAT Verb (Specialized Pheromone and Lure Application Technology), is a non-toxic alternative to pesticides.

Learn more about SPLAT Verb.

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