||It all began in
an animal hospital in a Boston suburb in 1952 when a young
veterinarian, Dr. Kanin, was experiencing a heavy infestation of
flies on his doors and windows from an adjacent dairy farm. He
experimented with various insecticides and finally formulated a
mixture that when applied to his screens, windows and ceilings
eliminated the problem.
Soon neighbors were
lining up with buckets for the “miracle insecticide.” Word
spread and the demand was so great that Dr. Kanin,
affectionately known as “Doc”, had to make it available for
everyone. This product became known as Shoo-fly Screen & Surface
and that was the start of Lynwood Laboratories.
had a problem with hornets that nested under the eaves of his
two-story house. He could try using the same liquid solution in
his Shoo-Fly Screen & Surface but how would it reach the nests?
Always up to a challenge, he tried his kids’ water pistols and
filled it with the liquid. That gave him a long-distance stream
but he still had to figure out how to put the material into an
aerosol. At that time, aerosols available at hardware stores
could only spray a distance of 4-5 feet - certainly not a
comfortable distance between the hornets and Doc.
So after working with an aerosol company for about 6 months, Doc
developed a long-distance stream that could shoot up to 12 feet
and it was called Shoo-Fly Hornet & Wasp Bomb. Today it shoots a
unique powerful jet stream up to 20 feet and is the top-selling
hornet bomb in the Northeast.
Doc was not the only
creative genius at Lynwood Laboratories. His wife, Doris,
designed the artwork for the entire product line as well as
developed successful promotional strategies that impacted the
In fact, it
was Doris who came up with the novel idea of putting starch in
an aerosol spray bottle despite the opinion of numerous business
experts that thought women would never use it. Shortly
thereafter, Lynwood came out with Shoo-fly Spray & Starch – the
first aerosol of its’ kind in the U.S.
Over the years
we’ve added many new products to our line including SPORT
Mosquito & Tick Stop, Blast, Hari Kari, Ant, Roach & Spider and
others. See the link in the left column for information about
our complete product line.
Today, the Lynwood Labs family
is especially excited about Shoo-Fly SHOO-MOLD,
our first all-natural organic spray that stops mold, mildew and
musty odors without chemicals.
So whether your problem is with hornets,
carpenter bees, mosquitoes, no-seeums, yellow jackets, ticks,
roaches, or even scorpions, Lynwood Laboratories has the best
solution for you. And now for mold and mildew too!
Although Lynwood Laboratories is a small family-owned business,
with Doc still in charge, it has always excelled in creating
innovative products that offer the consumer extraordinary