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Dust Mite Inhibitor for Carpets.

Interface, Inc., is offering a product designed to protect carpets from dust mites: Smite. When incorporated into the carpet backing, Smite, a special form of the insect control agent permethrin, has been proven to reduce the occurrence of dust mites in carpet by as much as 90 percent, for up to five years.

Smite can be combined with Intersept, another Interface product, which protects carpets from bacteria, mold, and mildew.

Meant primarily for the institutional market, Smite (along with Intersept) will be incorporated into the backing of all Interface products designed for schools and health care facilities, including Solenium, Interface's resilient textile flooring product. Smite is also available in other Interface Flooring Systems products.

Tested extensively at the Ohio State University Acarology Laboratory, Smite has been shown to be safe and effective. The low-toxicity insect control agent permethrin has been used for years to treat military uniforms and as the active ingredient in head lice medication.
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Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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