Compounds for Pest Control and Methods for Their Use


The control of public health pests is critical for numerous vector-borne diseases over much of the world. Pest control is often difficult to achieve and there is a need for an effective pesticide capable of controlling a variety of pests, therefore, the development of safe and effective repellents and toxicants that contain natural products perceived by the public as environmentally friendly and safe are of significant public health importance in the fight against vector-borne diseases.

This new compound, which represents an unidentified class of naturally-derived pesticides, will protect the environment and is it relatively safe for humans, animals, and plants, by replacing many of the synthetically manufactured insecticides and acaricides for area-wide commercial applications such as household pest control, landscape treatment, and personal protection. 

The further development of this invention will involve a formulation of these compounds and to be evaluated in both laboratory and field trials against disease vectoring arthropods.  This includes formulating nootkatone in personal care product formulations to serve as both insecticides and repellents to control ticks that transmit Lyme disease mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus. Desired formulations may include, but are not limited to, pump and/or aerosol spray formulations; “leave on” type applications including but not limited to moisturizers, lotions, suncsreens; and finally insecticidal/repellent soaps, preferably liquid based. 

Additional Information ( publications, web sites and patent links)

Repellent Activity of Fractioned Compounds from Chamaecyparis nootkatensis Essential Oil Against Nymphal Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae).

Use of Novel Compounds for Pest Control: Insecticidal and Acaricidal Activity of Essential Oil Components from Heartwood of Alaska Yellow Cedar.
Patents: 7,129,271; 7,230,033

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Denis Sather
IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
Joseph Karchesy
Gary Maupin
Nicholas Panella
Chemicals / Chemical Engineering
Biological & Environmental Engineering
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