STP625

    Proposed Efficacy Test for Aerosol Dog Repellents that Are Designed to Reduce Damage to Garbage Bags

    Published: Jan 1977


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    Abstract

    This efficacy test was designed to provide data to support the registration (by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) of dog repellents that claim to reduce damage to garbage bags. A minimum of eight dogs are tested individually within rectangular arenas for 1 h on each of four days. Three garbage bags are placed at each end of each arena. The bags at one end of the arenas are treated with the repellent, and those at the other end are not treated. The treated bags are sprayed and stored for the maximum length of time (prior to testing) for which efficacy is claimed. The amount of ration placed in each bag is calculated to give the dog one third of an “adequate” amount of nutrients. Consequently, the dog receives a free choice between treated and untreated bags and is not forced by hunger to open any of the treated bags. The damage to a bag is recorded as “opened” or “unopened.” Dogs are divided into groups of four, and a 4 by 4 Graeco-Latin square containing days, arenas, dogs, and point of introduction into the arena is constructed for each group. Percent repellency is calculated for each day, each dog, and the total test. Reference tests using six untreated bags are employed as checks on the activity of the dogs in repellent tests.

    Keywords:

    vertebrate pest control, dog repellent, test method


    Author Information:

    Snider, CC
    Physiologist and supervisor, Animal Biology Laboratory, Chemical and Biological Investigations Branch, Office of Pesticides Programs, Environmental Protection AgencyResearch Products Company, BeltsvilleSalina, Md.Kan.

    McCann, JA
    Physiologist and supervisor, Animal Biology Laboratory, Chemical and Biological Investigations Branch, Office of Pesticides Programs, Environmental Protection AgencyResearch Products Company, BeltsvilleSalina, Md.Kan.


    Paper ID: STP27062S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.17

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27062S


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