Catchmaster, Texas A&M Collaborate on COVID-19 Fly Study

Catchmaster, Texas A&M Collaborate on COVID-19 Fly Study

Catchmaster fly control products have been donated to support efforts to study flies near COVID-positive households.

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October 23, 2020

BAYONNE, N.J. – AP&G has been working closely with members of the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University by providing Catchmaster fly control products to support efforts to study flies near COVID positive households. 
 
Catchmaster products, including Gold Sticks Fly Traps, Fly Jars, Fly Bags and Window Fly Traps, were recently donated by AP&G Co. and deployed at COVID-19 positive households. The samples of flies will be tested for SARS-CoV-2. The goal of the research is to determine if flies can be used to detect areas of active transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
“We are excited to see our Catchmaster fly products being used in the research by Texas A&M University. Nothing beats seeing our products working in the field, especially when they are tied to research of this importance," said Jonathan Frisch, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
 
The Catchmaster team has been working closely with Gabriel Hamer, PhD, Associate Professor and Christopher Roundy, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University to provide the appropriate products for sampling flies. In addition, Sarah Hamer PhD, DVM, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and her team are deploying the traps inside and around COVID-19 positive households.