The Recording of “The ABC’s of Pest Control: Allergens, Baits, and Cockroaches” is Now Available to View

If you missed the March 2nd StopPests webinar “The ABC’s of Pest Control: Allergens, Baits, and Cockroaches” you can now watch the recording at by following the above link. Dr. Coby Schal of North Carolina State shared his research results on effectively managing cockroaches with baits in contrast with ineffective bug bombs or TRFs (total release foggers). Not only are the chemicals in the over-the-counter bug bombs ineffective but they unnecessarily expose people to chemical residues left behind. Dr. Schal’s research indicates a significant reduction in cockroach allergens is possible with an IPM approach including monitoring, baits and vacuuming. You’ll hear advice on effective cockroach baiting techniques including bait rotation, and placement, and product suggestions. This webinar is for all housing staff, pest management professionals, and advocates for safe pest control in housing.Watch the video of his presentation, get a pdf of the presentation, view the Q&A and even download a certificate of completion after viewing at this page on the StopPests website:

Avian flu discovered in Tennessee

Although this post is more biological health-related than pest management related, the principles can be applied to IPM situations. We would also like to get the word out to other states that may not have had incidents yet.

Article by Aimee Nielson, University of Kentucky

Two years ago, the worst outbreak of bird flu to hit the United States wiped out more than 48 million birds. But it also taught poultry producers how to fight back against future outbreaks.

Recently H7, highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, or HPAI, appeared on a large poultry farm in Tennessee by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists are urging all poultry producers to take precautions and to stay aware. Continue reading

AgriLife vegetable breeding program to develop better cultivars

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A unique vegetable breeding program at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could bring improved onion, watermelon, tomato and black-eyed pea varieties to producers in South and Central Texas.

“The uniqueness of this multidisciplinary breeding program, involving breeders, physiologists, pathologists and entomologists, is the screening and development of new germplasm and ultimately improved varieties are conducted in real-life environmental conditions,” said Dr. Daniel Leskovar, center director and vegetable physiologist. “This will ensure the cultivars we breed are highly adaptable, as well as have abiotic and biotic stress tolerance and provide high yield and quality. Continue reading

North Carolina Ag Awareness Day is March 15

Ag Awareness Day is an annual event in Raleigh, North Carolina, open to the public to meet elected officials, see ag-related exhibits and celebrate the tremendous contributions agriculture provides to North Carolina and the world. Exhibits are downtown. NC State University will celebrate Ag Awareness on campus from March 20-23 with contests and ice cream.

See the website for more information.