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Clarke's Donated Mosquito Nets Help Achieve Medical Milestone in Nigeria

Clarke, along with The Carter Center and several other organizations, recently hailed the end of a debilitating mosquito-borne disease in two states in Nigeria, thanks to a partnership among the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, The Carter Center, Clarke and other NGOs and corporations.  Plateau and Nasarawa are the first Nigerian states to stop the transmission of lmphatic filariasis (LF), also commonly known as elephantiasis.

This is a noteworthy medical achievement since Nigeria is one of the most endemic countries in the world for LF with 22 million poeple infected and and additional 100 million at risk.  Mosquitoes transmit LF, which can cause excessive swelling of a person's limbs and genitals.  the disease can result in tremendous suffering and social stigma, drastically impacting an individual's quality of life and ability to work and care forhis or her family.

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health and The Carter Center led an integrated team strategy to fight this disease through public education, preventive measures and drug treatment.  In Nasarawa and Plateau states, the national program, in collaboration with its partner organizations, distributed long-lasting insecticidal bed nets, donated by Clarke through its Clarke Cares Foundation, as part of its "Net fo Net Project".

"Clarke's Net for Net Project in Nigeria continues to serve as a shining example of the good that can be accomplished when a company truly cares," said former U.S. President and Carter Center Founder Jimmy Carter.  "Rosalynn and I are grateful for the partnership of Clarke and the rest of the team and look forward to working with you toward the goal of 100 percent coverage of households in Nigeria." ....Click here to read the full press release.


Clarke Earns 2012 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award for Advancements in Environmental Protection

OAKBROOK, Ill. (November 12, 2012) –Clarke, a global environmental products and services company, has been honored by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) with the Governor's Sustainability Award, recognizing its commitment to environmental excellence.

This award is given to companies that demonstrate outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

"Clarke has shown that it is possible to create and maintain conditions under which people and the environment can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations," said Manohar Kulkarni, ISTC Director.

In recent years, Clarke has pioneered innovative advancements in the areas of mosquito control and aquatic weed control, with a company-wide commitment to green initiatives.

"Clarke's green practices serve as a model of environmental stewardship for residents, businesses and institutions throughout our state," said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. "I applaud your prioritization of these important objectives and your accomplishments in these areas."

In 2010, Clarke was honored with the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for its introduction of a new OMRI-listed larvicide, Natular, for use around organic farms and environmentally sensitive areas. This year, Clarke introduced Merus, an adulticide formulated with OMRI-listed ingredients, currently in limited introduction.

"It's incredibly gratifying to see the hard work of the Clarke team recognized in this way," said J. Lyell Clarke, president and CEO of Clarke. "By bringing new chemistries like this to mosquito control, our industry can reduce the pesticide load and reduce toxicity."

June, 2010

Natular™ Mosquito Larvicide Receives 2010 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Clarke, a global environmental products and services company, is honored at the 2010 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for their new Natular™ larvicide, which uses the active ingredient spinosad to control mosquito larvae in aquatic habitats. Clarke is recognized for developing novel, patent-pending plaster matrix that releases optimal levels of product during times when mosquitoes breed.

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March, 2010

Natular DT aids in reconstruction of mosque. 

As recently reported in Aleqt, a Saudi municipal magazine, dengue outbreaks were affecting the health of workers and their families at a major reconstruction project of a mosque in Mecca, the holy city of Saudi Arabia.  saudi-magazine-picIn an effort to avert a health crisis and a halt to the mosque construction, Abdullah Al Sabbagh, Assistant Director of Crisis Management for technical affairs at the Secretariat of the Holy City, called for every home to be treated by the Ministry of Health with Natular DT, "a friend of the environment".

A protective belt surrounding the mosque was established by treating 300,000 houses within this area with Natular DT larvicide.  Larval control began immediately upon the application of Natular DT, with 97% larval mortality reported 63 days after this application.  Overall, dengue fever cases were reduced by 71 % in the control zone.  With the dengue outbreak now under control, reconstruction is back on-course.

April, 2007

New Droplet Optimization Technology in Two New Adulticides

A new water-based formulation technology from Clarke Mosquito Control harnesses the power of evaporation to create potent, efficacious droplets in two new water-based adulticides, AquaHalt™ and AquaAnvil™. This technology, known as Droplet Optimization Technology (or "DOT"), uses a droplet's natural evaporation characteristics to create a more concentrated droplet that has a greater impact on mosquitoes with no increased environmental impact.

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April, 2007


Clarke Mosquito Control today unveiled DUET™, a new dual-action adulticide designed to maximize control of nuisance and disease-carrying mosquitoes.

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March, 2007

New Aerial Application Accuarcy in FlightMaster

Clarke Mosquito Control, the nation's foremost mosquito control company, introduced today the FlightMaster™ Guidance System, the first aerial guidance system written exclusively for mosquito control. With FlightMaster™, adulticide spray flight lines are based on real-time modeling that determines optimal drift cloud movement through the target block. The system is designed to integrate exclusively with the Ag-Nav® GPS aerial guidance system, creating unprecedented aerial application accuracy.

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December, 2006

Clarke Mosquito Control Recognized as IL Family Business of the Year

The Loyola University Family Business Center has honored Clarke Mosquito Control for its strong commitment to family and family business with the prestigious Illinois Family Business of the Year Award.

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June 1, 2003

Media Contact Information

***INFORMATION FOR MEDIA*** To schedule an interview, request background information or to have a specific question answered, please contact Laura McGowan at 630-863-8709.  Press kit and high resolution photography is available by request.

June 2, 2002

J. Lyell Clarke, III Biography

Dr. J. Lyell Clarke III, president of Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., grew up in the mosquito control industry. His father, John L. Clarke Jr., founded Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. in 1946. As a boy, Dr. J. Lyell Clarke III played at the company's early sites, and at the age of 16 became a summer employee for the company.

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June 1, 2002

What Experts Say About Adulticiding

Is Adulticiding Necessary?

"Adulticiding based on surveillance data is an extremely important part of any integrated mosquito management program…Delaying adulticide applications in areas with [West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes and birds] until human cases occur negates the value and purpose of the surveillance system. Ground-based (truck-mounted) application of adult mosquito control agents has several positive attributes. Where road access is adequate…good coverage may be achieved."

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