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Treated textile samples from Insectpel, originals and after 30x washes were evaluated in standard World Health Organization (WHO) Tubes with yellow-fever mosquitoes. (Aedes aegypti).
Test mosquitoes were exposed to the treated surface for 5 minutes, after which insects were removed from the WHO-Tubes by an aspirator and kept in small cages in insecticide free air for further observation.
The number of knocked-down mosquitoes was documented after 60 minutes and the mortality rate was calculated after 24 hours. Each sample was tested in 5 repetitions on a total of 50 mosquitoes. An untreated control sample was used to determine the natural mortality of the test mosquitoes, it was also tested in 5 repetitions.
The toxicity of four Permethrin treated textile samples, Insectpel (initial unwashed, after 30 washes, after 50 washes and after 100 washes), were evaluated in standard World Health Organisation (WHO) Tubes. Tests were performed according to a procedure published by the World Health Organisation (WHO, 1998) and The German Armed Forces Technical Delivery Standards (TL-8305-0331). The test sample was fixed to the inner walls of standard WHO plastic tubes, afterwards 10 test mosquitoes were introduced into the tube and exposed to the treated surface. The time until all test mosquitoes were knocked-down was documented. In addition, the time until the first and fifth test mosquito was knocked-down was also recorded. Positive knockdown was defined as inability to fly and staggering. Each sample was tested in 3 repetitions on a total of 30 test mosquitoes. The general fitness of the test mosquitoes was followed in a tube with 10 mosquitoes that were exposed to an untreated cotton cloth.
The technical delivery specification TL 8305-0331 by the German Armed Forces (version Dec. 2014) demands bioactivity tests of Permethrin treated textiles, which had been laundered 100 times. During these tests, a 100% Ae. aegypti knock-down must be documented within 71.5 minutes.
The bite-preventing efficacy of four Insectpel treated fabric samples (originals and after 30 washes) was evaluated in a cage test study with yellow-fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti). The textile samples were attached to the forearms of the volunteers and exposed to host-seeking cage populations of yellow-fever mosquitoes. During a test period of 2 minutes, the number of biting mosquitoes was documented. An untreated sample of the same fabric was used to determine the biting permeability of the used fabric.
The dermal hypersensitivity of Insectpel Fabrics were evaluated via a non-invasive human skin observational study. Tests were performed according to the ISO 10993-10:2010(E) Guidelines. The patches were applied progressively to the upper arm of volunteers, starting with a duration of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and up to 1 hour, 3 hours and 4 hours and evaluated at least up to 72 hours in order to ensure that any delayed irritant reaction is adequately assessed. At the end of the exposure period, the residual test material was removed and the treatment sites examined for any sign of irritation. The responses were scored immediately. The Insect Protection Blanket made of 100% cotton treated with Permethrin is a non-irritant. The results show that the test product is skin compatible.
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