Cincinnati Magazine recounts Armstrong's career at UC
Wed, July 17, 2019
Article has no nextliveshere tags assigned
Article has no topics tags assigned
Article has no colleges tags assigned
Description is empty
Article has no audiences tags assigned
Article has no units tags assigned
Contacts are empty
These messages will display in edit mode only.
Joshua Benoit, a UC associate professor of biological sciences, helped test P&G's commercial product line Zevo in his entomology lab at UC.
Zevo includes sprays and indoor fly traps. The spray uses essential oils like cinnamon and lemongrass that target nerve receptors in insects, according to Zevo's website. The sticky trap lures flies and mosquitoes with an ultraviolet light that proved effective in UC's lab tests.
Benoit said he has been helping P&G test its pest-control products for about three years at his Entomology Test Lab in Crosley Tower. They helped P&G improve the fly and mosquito traps. The tests are ongoing as P&G rolls out its commercial products this year to retailers nationwide.
"I don't endorse the products I test, but our studies showed they were effective," Benoit said. "We could get an 80 to 90 percent catch rate after six hours."
In return, Benoit said, P&G helped fund graduate research at UC.
"It's been a fruitful relationship. We helped them develop a better product and they supported some undergraduate interns here," Benoit said.
Featured image at top: UC student Gabriela Nine holds up a tube used to transport mosquitoes in a UC biology lab. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services