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Pest-Control Maker Agrees To Drop Claims

May 28, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The maker of the Decimate ultrasonic pest control device has agreed to stop claiming that the product can eliminate cockroaches, rats, mice and other pests, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

Wein Products Inc., of Los Angeles, signed a consent agreement to settle commission charges that it made false and deceptive claims about the performance and effectiveness of Decimate.

The commission charged that the ultrasonic device does not prevent rodents and insects from entering or remaining in a home.

Under terms of the agreement Wein Products and El Mar Corp. of Carson, Calif., which distributed Decimate, agreed not to make claims that the device will eliminate rodents or insects from homes or businesses, protect places from arrival of pests, protect any particular size area or be able to substitute for conventional pest-control measures, the FTC said.

This is the second consent agreement the commission has issued dealing with ultrasonic pest-control devices. Last year Sentronic Controls Corp., agreed to drop similar claims for its device, Pest Sentry.

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