August 7, 2008

Central Life Sciences Donates Altosid(R) Mosquito Control Product to Nine Flood Ravaged Illinois Counties


Contact: Blair Ciecko, +1-708-655-2045, [email protected], for Central Life Sciences

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The experts at Central Life Sciences, whose founders invented insect growth regulator technology more than 30 years ago, know that standing water can significantly increase mosquito populations. Following June's Midwest floods, stemming from heavy rains and compromised levees, many municipalities faced heightened control challenges.

Responding to those challenges, Central Life Sciences donated 60 cases of Altosid(R) XR-Briquets, an insect growth regulator (IGR) that prevents mosquitoes from becoming breeding, biting adults, to nine health departments throughout the state of Illinois. The company worked directly with the Illinois Department of Public Health to identify which areas were most in need.

"The impact from natural disasters like the recent Midwest floods causes large amounts of standing water and huge mosquito problems," said John Neberz, Business Manager in the Zoecon Professional Products Division of Central Life Sciences. "Obviously, the first thing is to clear communities of as much standing water as possible, but even with those efforts, there are pockets of remaining water where nuisance and potential disease- spreading mosquito populations can explode."

Neberz continued, "Because of immediate concerns, some communities simply cannot focus on what happens weeks down the road as mosquitoes begin hatching. With these Altosid(R) donations, we wanted to prevent that from happening. We looked at communities right here in our home state and really had a desire to help out."

Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said, "The Illinois Department of Public Health is very appreciative of the larvicide Central Life Sciences donated to Illinois after the flooding in June."

"The most effective method of mosquito control is preventive larviciding, or the treatment of locations where mosquito larvae are present, such as water in roadside ditches or in the bottom of catch basins," he finished.

Health Departments that received the Altosid(R) donations include Clark County, Coles County, East Side Health District, Hancock County, Henderson County, Jersey County, Mercer County, Pike County, and Winnebago County. Neberz said most of the locations are applying the Altosid(R) into catch basins, ditches and areas where pooling is still evident.

Dan Stretch, Director of Environmental Health at the Coles County Health Department, said, "We received two cases of Altosid(R), which we've shared with the city of Mattoon, and we are targeting more of the flood prone areas. It saves us time because the monitoring of our sites has shown the larvicide has provided a good knock-down."

Altosid(R), which comes in a variety of formulations including briquets, liquid, pellets and granules, contains (S)-Methoprene, an insect growth regulator (IGR) that stops mosquitoes from becoming breeding, biting adults. (S)-Methoprene is target specific, and will not affect fish, waterfowl, mammals or beneficial predatory insects. It has the industry's lowest toxicity rating and residual larvicidal activity reduces adult populations and the need for adulticides.

About Central Life Sciences

Central Life Sciences is a strategic business unit of Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT). Central Life Sciences is dedicated to creating healthier environments and making life better for people, plants and companion animals around the world. As inventors of insect growth regulator (IGR) technology more than 30 years ago, the founders of Central Life Sciences pioneered biorational pest control: using the insect's chemistry as a means to reduce pest populations. For information about Central Life Sciences call 1-800- 248-7763 or visit online at

Altosid is a registered trademark of Wellmark International.

SOURCE Central Life Sciences

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