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ISOTeam squashes bugs with launch of new eco-friendly pesticide

Samantha Chiew
Samantha Chiew11/1/2021 05:59 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
ISOTeam squashes bugs with launch of new eco-friendly pesticide
ISOTeam squashes bugs with new eco-friendly pesticide.
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ISOTeam has launched a new solution to rid cockroach infestations in Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats with its new chemical-free plant-based pesticide – CnO Remover.

Developed by a partner of ISOTeam, the CnO Remover is suitable for closed bin-chute systems and targets cockroach infestations while at the same time neutralising unpleasant odours by reducing methane accumulation.

The product has undergone and passed the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) stringent criteria, which included more than two years of testing under both physical and laboratory conditions, and has received the green light for commercial use and sale.

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Made mainly from edible plant oils, the non-toxic and environmentally friendly product has shown positive results in the four-week field trial conducted in early 2021 at a HDB block in Tanjong Pagar Town Council.

Results from the trial showed that within the first week of treatment, the CnO Remover significantly reduced active cockroach infestations at the block by more than 75% and demonstrated residual efficacy with infestations over the subsequent three weeks kept at four-times lower than the pre-treatment condition. Overall, more than 80% reduction in cockroach infestation was observed by the end of trial period when compared with the infestation level prior to conducting the study.

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The CnO Remover does not cause a flushing effect where cockroaches are expelled from hiding en masse into homes. It has 90% ready biodegradability at 28 days and can be naturally broken down by environmental bacteria.

The cost of treating bin chute systems with the CnO Remover is about the same as chemical pesticide fumigation but its lasting efficacy makes it more cost effective in the long run as less frequency is required. In addition, it does not harm the environment nor cause water pollution.

The group estimates that there are about 100,000 bin chute systems, bin centres and transit centres in HDB estates and plans to target these HDB estates and also NEA markets and food centres islandwide.

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Anthony Koh, executive director and CEO of ISOTeam says, “Being the first chemical-free pesticide of its kind for commercial use, the CnO Remover has gone through more rigorous testing than any other pest-control products in the market today. The potential applications for its use are tremendous but we intend to start by targeting HDB rubbish chutes. So far, our discussions with several Town Councils have been very encouraging and we hope to bring this product to every residential neighbourhood across the island and eventually offer it to commercial customers too.”

Shares in ISOTeam closed at 13 cents on Nov 1.

Photo: The Edge Singapore/ Albert Chua

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