WyeBugs offers a comprehensive
range of services to SMEs and larger companies wishing to include studies on
insects or other arthropods in their R+D programmes.
Pesticide efficacy evaluation
We are certified by the Pesticides
Safety Directorate as an Officially Recognised Testing Facility / Organization
UK (ORETO 190) in the agriculture / horticulture category under standards laid
down in Commission Directive 93/71/EEC, conducting work to the latest EPPO
Evaluation of prospective
We can undertake evaluation of
new biocontrol agents over a range of temperatures and humidities to predict
temperature limits and thermal constants for modelling development in the field
and glasshouse, and particularly conditions found in Mediterranean climates. We
will undertake specific studies on encapsulation rates of parasitoids and the
effects of prey type, plant morphology, and secondary chemistry on host
location, oviposition and developmental success. We are able to examine
development, fecundity, longevity and predator/prey relationships to provide
functional and numerical responses and general life table data, including
intrinsic rates of increase, under defined conditions.
We can offer independent testing
of commercially produced insects, following IOBC or other guidelines, measuring
size, fecundity, longevity and activity.
Production, storage and
We can undertake investigation
and analysis of production and packaging problems; for example due to
contamination by plasticisers, heavy metals and residues. Using a suite of
controlled environment facilities we can undertake experimental work on the
effects of temperature and humidity to evaluate optimum storage and packaging
conditions to maintain fitness of product.
We can help commercial producers
obtain DEFRA licences for the release of non-indigenous biocontrol agents by
undertaking cold tolerance and host range studies. Where required we can offer
a complete service including literature searches and submission of
Evaluation of non-biological
We can offer independent
evaluation of non-pesticide methods of control, such as physical barriers,
dusts, pheromones, kairomones and non-toxic chemical attractants and
We will be pleased to undertake
small-scale commercial production of insects for commercial distribution; for
example specialist parasitoids or predators. Where stock is relatively short
lived we can despatch these direct to customers on behalf of producers,
incorporating logos and paperwork.
We can undertake work on UK
notifiable pest species in our DEFRA licenced quarantine unit - for example,
rearing strains of parasitoids on the notifiable whiteflies Bemisia
argentifolii or B. tabaci.
We use insect behaviour studies
to assess the efficacy of attractant and repellent materials using specialist
arenas, wind tunnels, olfactometers, and electro-antennography. For studies in
the control of domestic pests we keep cultures of cockroaches, housefly, ants
and mosquitoes, but can also use customers own insects as required.
We will be happy to offer advice
on management of insect nuisance associated with waste products such as
composts and animal manures.
Above: Microscopic examination of insect
ovaries to determine fecundity
Below: Insect cultures in quarantine
Above: Bench trial in glasshouse
Cultures of housefly Musca domestica