“Space test“ more realistic than “arm-in-cage-test”?
For the first time, BioGenius tested skin repellents against mosquitoes in the "space test".
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Mosquito repellents: “space test“ more realistic than “arm-in-cage-test”?
For the first time, BioGenius tested skin repellents against mosquitoes in the "space test". The background to this was the question of whether the “space test” possibly gives more realistic results than the classic “arm-in-cage test”. The tests were carried out on behalf of A.I.S.E., the international association for soaps, detergents and maintenance products based in Brussels, which officially represents this industry in Europe.
Carrying out the experiment: Approx. 40 to 50 female, biting-active mosquitoes are released in a room of approx. 30 m³. A volunteer enters the room “under full protection” (see photo). After a short period of acclimatization, the mosquito's biting activity is determined on the untreated forearm. Then the protective effect of a previously applied skin repellent on the other forearm. This test is repeated regularly.
The trial is aborted if e.g. the protection on the treated arm falls below 90% compared to the treated arm.