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Vetx Entomology | Vetx Research

Laboratory and field testing capabilities for

all stages of insecticide product development.


Vetx Entomology | Vetx Research

Laboratory and field testing capabilities for

all stages of insecticide product development.

Vetx Entomology - Services and facilities

Vetx Entomology has comprehensive laboratory and field testing capabilities that can deliver all of your product development and registration data. This makes Vetx Research a convenient choice for clients who seek a comprehensive product development package.

  • Insectarium with major pest insect and tick species under culture
  • Fully equipped entomology laboratory

  • Access to a range of field sites to meet your needs

  • Statistical analysis of data and report writing

  • Validated and robust protocols for insecticidal screening and pest control product testing

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Insecticide Screening | Vetx Research

Insecticide Screening | Vetx Research



The Vet x Entomology Laboratory offers you the opportunity to conduct in-vitro testing and screening of your experimental compounds on the major ectoparasites of small and large animals. Ian Ridley (BRurSc) and Chrissie Jackson (BScHons), with a combined 40 years of entomological research experience, can provide you with the early development stage data on your new technical grade active constituents.

Vet x Entomology enables you to compare the insecticidal activity of experimental active constituents with currently registered compounds utilising validated in-vitro test protocols.

Our standard screening tests for Veterinary products include;

Australian sheep blowfly

  • Ovicidal – egg dipping
  • Larvicidal – contact, flystrike dressing and feeding studies (IGR)
  • Adulticidal – treated filter paper and micro-applicator

Sheep body lice

  • Contact adulticidal
  • Feeding/contact IGR

Cat flea

  • Ovicidal – egg dipping
  • Adulticidal - contact filter paper/conical flask
  • IGR – treated carpet test

Australian paralysis tick, brown dog tick and cattle tick

  • Ovicidal
  • Larvicidal - larval tarsal test or larval packet test
  • Adulticidal – adult immersion test and adult feeding test

Buffalo flies

In-vitro testing will also be available against field collected Buffalo flies during late spring to early autumn (October to April in Australia)

  • Adulticidal – treated filter paper

Additional target organisms can be obtained on request.


Screening of experimental insecticide compounds on household, garden and turf pests can be undertaken using insects under culture in the Vet X Insectarium or from field collected samples.

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Pest Control Product Testing | Vetx Research

Pest Control Product Testing | Vetx Research


Vetx offers efficacy testing services for all consumer and professional pest products covering home, garden, turf, commercial, glasshouse and animal housing situations. VetX can design ad hoc protocols to meet your product development needs, as well as carry out standard protocols for the generation of data for product registration packages, whether laboratory, field or in-use studies. Vetx product testing capabilities include;

Household pests

  • Rodenticides
  • Termiticides
  • Aerosols (flying & crawling)
  • Baits (cockroach, ant, housefly)
  • Flea products
  • Fabric pests
  • Stored product pests

Insect repellents

  • Mosquito
  • Fly
  • Midge

Garden / Turf Pests

  • Caterpillars
  • Aphids
  • Snails and slugs
  • Lawn armyworm
  • Black beetles and billbugs

Glasshouse pests

  • Whitefly
  • Thrips
  • Aphids



Insectarium | Insect cultures | Vetx Research

Insectarium | Insect cultures | Vetx Research


Vetx Entomology has a fully equipped Insectarium and supporting laboratory with fume cabinet, analytical balance, cold table, micro-applicators and other application equipment. Major pest insect and tick species are maintained under culture to support research and product evaluation activities;


  • Australian paralysis tick
  • Australian sheep blowfly
  • Brown dog tick
  • Bush tick
  • Cat flea
  • Sheep body lice

General Pests

  • Cockroaches (American and German)
  • Housefly
  • Mosquito (Domestic container mosquito - Aedes notoscriptus)
Tick larvae

Tick larvae

Stored goods pests

  • Darkling beetle
  • Indian meal moth
  • Rice weevils

Fabric Pests

  • Silverfish
  • Variegated carpet beetle

Other pests for studies (e.g. Cattle tick, ants, spiders, termites, etc) can be field collected as required.

Darkling beetle larva

Darkling beetle larva