About Project APOLLO

Insect Research Systems Ltd is developing APOLLO: a bespoke solution that will enable the global hospitality industry to reproducibly and accurately monitor for the presence of bed bug infestations. Our near real-time monitoring system can be used to rapidly screen premises and will be quicker, less subjective, more accurate and more affordable than a manual inspection.

When utilised as part of an appropriate management strategy it can form a due diligence defence in the case of a customer complaint. It may also be used to determine if a treatment has been successful in eradicating the problem.

APOLLO is based on years of practical pest control experience and know-how of developing instruments for planetary and solar systems exploration, including ESA’s comet chasing Rosetta mission.

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Project APOLLO FAQ’s

Hotels within 100 miles of Manchester, with more than 30 rooms

The study will take place periodically up until the end of 2016

The study is in two stages:

  • Characterisation of Hotel Rooms – samples are collected and sent to a university for analysis on a commercial instrument. This will characterise the range of compounds in hotel rooms that could interfere with the measurement of the target species. This study will feed in to the design of the prototype instrument.
  • Field Trial of Prototype - samples are collected in the same way as above but they are analysed in the hotel using the portable unit developed specifically for the purpose. This study will take place from mid 2015 onwards.

No, we understand the sensitivities and the importance of discretion. We are prepared to sign a binding non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement.

No, the studies are to inform the product development and evaluation only.

In addition, all samples are assigned a unique identifier and are therefore anonymous to anyone outside the study.

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Insect Research Systems participates in the ESA Business Incubation Centre Harwell. Visit their website.

Be Part of Project APOLLO

Get in touch today to take part in a pilot study, which we are hoping will change the face of pest control in hotels across the U.K.