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  • Please give us a call at 717-258-1183. Many orders are customized to suit the user's needs. That makes it impractical to have an on-line ordering system. We want you to have exactly what you need, when you need it.

  • All of our insect species are pests that require specialized knowledge for successful rearing and use. Therefore we only sell them to companies, academic institutions, and government agencies having personnel trained and equipped to handle them.

  • A USDA 526 permit is required for receiving any plant pest species from Benzon Research, even if the pest is native to your state. Generally, permits are not needed for mosquitoes, cockroaches, or house flies, but you should check with your state authorities. Permit applications can be made online at this website:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/permits/organism/index.shtml. The permit is normally delivered as a PDF file that you can email to us. We are required to include a copy with every shipment.

  • Eggs are provided in lots of 1000. Substantial discounts are given for higher volumes as well as for multiple shipments and standing orders. Our minimum order for eggs is 1000.  For other stages, the minimum order is $50. We ship more than the requested number of insects to account for loss of viability in shipment.

  • Most orders for Lepidoptera or Aedes eggs received before 1 pm EST can be shipped same day.  Other species or stages may require some lead time. Approximate lead times are provided in the pricing sheet. We can ship Lepidoptera larvae of any instar on artificial diet. Call us with your special needs.

  • Most insects are shipped in insulated cartons via Fedex Priority overnight. There is a flat $5.00 packing charge per order for insulated packaging. Cold packs or warm packs may be added depending on the season. We receive a significant discount from Fedex, and we will charge you no more for shipping than Fedex charges us. We can use your Fedex account number if you wish.

  • As a convenience to our customers, we can sell small quantities (2 liters or less) of prepared artificial diets in cups, multi-cell trays, or blocks. For diet mixes in larger quantities, we recommend Southland Products Inc. (870-265-3747).

  • Master Card and Visa, as well as company or institutional purchase orders are accepted.

  • BENZON RESEARCH NO LONGER SHIPS INSECTS OUT OF THE USA. Required pre-export inspections, along with frequent delays obtaining customs clearances have made overseas shipments of live insects impractical.


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