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Team Embraced Animal Behavior, Ecology & Safety to Build Proprietary Development Methods

Understanding How Animals Engage Their Environmental Circumstances

The EPIC Research & Development team’s experience, and our development of proprietary methods of combining natural substances, sets us apart as the manufacturer of America’s Finest™ Animal Repellents.


Developing America’s Finest™ Animal Repellents begins with our team understanding how animal behavior engages their ecological environment. Over many years, EPIC has developed proprietary theory that defines animal behavior, points to combinations of natural ingredients that deter animals, and predicts the impact our repellent formulas have upon the animals, people and the environments in which they live.


EPIC’s R&D team zero-bases each new formula rather than imitate competitors’ ingredients. We start with the study of the target animal -- its biology, habitat, range, diet and behavior -- and how manmade changes to our environment create more habitat to be damaged by these animals.

For example, as residential areas are developed, the "edge habitat" preferred by deer increases. Individual properties often use trees and shrubs to define property boundaries, In and around subdivisions, parklands and greenbelts are often defined. Many are developed with dramatic landscapes that contrast with nearby/adjacent bottomlands. Deer use this edge habitat as a means of protection and refuge, emerging to feed on attractive landscapes only when safe.

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Our Method: One and Only One Animal Pest at a Time

EPIC's extensive knowledge base predicts many animals’ reactions to a wide range of natural organic substances. Internal study and analysis lead us to develop a theoretical framework that predicts the substances that act effectively, given a particular creature’s biology and behavior. The EPIC R&D team’s experience and resources enable us to select for ingredients only the highest grades of active organic by-products, natural oils, herbal components and unique organic carriers.

Browsing deer quickly damage and destory valuable landscapes, gardens, shrubs and trees. A single deer can eat 5 to 10 pounds of vegetation in the course of one day.

EPIC can safely say, no other line of animal repellents work as well as America’s Finest™.

Every natural and organic animal repellent developed by EPIC is designed for JUST ONE “target animal” or pest. Combining formulas for more than one animal species dilutes the effectiveness of that repellant upon each animal species. Certainly, all commercially sold repellants work but many have drawbacks remaining effective in wet weather. Some emit bad smells or require a lot of applications, sometimes with expensive equipment. EPIC can safely say, no other line of animal repellents work as well as America’s Finest™ all-natural animal repellents as designed for the creature on the label.


The fun begins with testing formula variants. EPIC stages much of its analysis at several locations with appropriate animal populations near our headquarters in Kirkwood, New York. We developed relationships for testing with companies, scientists, universities, professional pest and landscaping firms, as well as interested and dedicated individuals (one of our team members once was among our retail customers!). Test sites are further located across nearly 20 states.

Our Testing Procedures Establish:

  • the ingredient blend that works best

  • the carriers used to manufacture and disperse active ingredients

  • the best method for application to effectively repel the target animal

  • and how long the repellent will effectively last.

EPIC’s proven methods produce a full line of America’s Finest™ all-natural granular animal repellents. Safe for animals, people and the environment.

EPIC's newly developed ARMADILLO SCRAM armadillo repellent attests to this ethic. Many EPIC customers in the Southern states need help with armadillos that tear up lawns and gardens. There are no armadillos even close to our headquarters in New York, and many of our R&D team had never even seen one! Still, the EPIC team studied armadillo biology and behavior and applied our materials-predictor theory. We already had test sites situated in Texas and Florida, run by professionals with many years of trying to deter armadillos. These professionals repeatedly told us “NOTHING WORKS!” on armadillos. We finalized a test blend that made good sense and mixed it into an organic, granular carrier. Both professional testing sites reported OUR VERY FIRST FORMULA WORKED! We tweaked that formula to extend both its effectiveness and how long it lasts, and our testers reported even better results! Armadillo Scram now ranks as the finest natural, organic and safe repellant for armadillos.

EPIC soon put similar procedures into the development of Scram for Dogs and Scram for Cats last year. Developing all of America’s Finest™ granular animal repellents require several tests and variations before the results meet our standards and requirements, and when EPIC released Scram for Dogs and Scram for Cats, the repellants were awarded “Best in Show” at the (year) National Hardware and Lawn & Garden Show in Las Vegas. Scram for Dogs and Scram for Cats now ships to stores across the country. Consumer testimonials affirm for how well they work.

America’s Finest™ All-Natural, Granular Animal Repellents

EPIC’s proven methods and experienced Research & Development team have produced a full line of America’s Finest™ all-natural animal repellents -- organic, effective and 100% guaranteed granular animal repellents for domestic and wild animals. Look for EPIC’s full line of Scram animal repellents online and in fine home-and-garden stores everywhere.

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