Cockroach Allergens, Baits and the Sweet Science of Glucose Aversion

The Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a webinar on Cockroach Allergens, Baits and the Sweet Science of Glucose Aversion.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Join us and learn from the cockroach whisperer. A live Q/A will follow after the webinar. Get your questions answered. Continue reading

The cockroach webinar is worth watching

This post is reposted from Insects in the City

by Michael Merchant

In case you’ve never heard of him, Dr. Coby Schal is the Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Urban Entomology at North Carolina State University. As one of the most respected researchers in cockroach biology and management, Dr. Schal is a friend of the pest control industry, and a talented communicator to boot. All this to say that if you ever have a chance to hear Coby talk about cockroaches, you should take advantage.

So here’s the good news. On March 2, Cornell University’s StopPest program will host Dr. Schal for a cockroach control webinar specifically designed for people working in multifamily housing.  While designed for multifamily apartment managers, this session should also be useful for pest management professionals. Continue reading

Free Webinar: the ABC’s of Pest Control: Allergens, Baits and Cockroaches

Cockroach infestations can get out of hand quickly in multifamily housing. Best practices and treatments can turn things around to help maintain control. Join StopPests in Housing for a webinar on reducing asthma triggers in housing with effective cockroach control. 

On March 2nd, 2017, 2:00-3:30 EST, you’ll hear from Dr. Coby Schal, Ph.D, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University. He will speak about his research on effective baiting techniques, and ineffective controls like total release foggers (bug bombs). Cockroach allergens have been linked to the development and increase in symptoms of allergies and asthma in cockroach sensitive individuals. You’ll learn how allergen levels can be significantly reduced with cockroach control alone, the most effective approach being gel bait treatments. Dr. Schal’s work shows how an integrated pest management (IPM) approach with intensive, targeted cockroach control can lead to both dramatic reductions in cockroaches and clinically significant declines in cockroach allergens. You’ll get the information you need to advocate for and implement an IPM approach to cockroach control. Continue reading

“The ABC’s of Pest Control: Allergens, Baits, and Cockroaches” Dr. Coby Schal to present May 10th

From StopPests IPM in MultiFamily Housing blog

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hosting a webcast on asthma triggers in housing, sponsored by their Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. Hear from Coby Schal, Ph.D, Blanton J. Whitmire, Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University on May 10th, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm EDT. Visit this website to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to the webcast. Note: The link to the webcast will not be visible until the day of the webcast.The event will be recorded and you will have an opportunity to view the recording if you can’t make it to the live event.   Continue reading

NC State researchers sequence bed bug genome

by Mick Kulikowski, NC State University

In a paper published in Nature Communications, researchers tease apart the genomic framework of Cimex lectularius, the common bedbug, and report some of the unique features leading to some of the insect’s most reviled and bedeviling characteristics. The findings will lead to further study of some of these attributes to learn more about how to disarm the ubiquitous pest, says Coby Schal, Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State and a co-leader of the bedbug genome sequencing project. Continue reading

Graduate student’s discovery can enable tick population management

From NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences News

Doctoral student Ann Carr is hard at work developing ways to attract ticks so that the general population can avoid them.

Under the direction of Department of Entomology professors Dr. Charles Apperson, Dr. Michael Roe and Dr. Coby Schal, Carr recently discovered that two chemicals – acetone and ammonium hydroxide – attract high numbers of the tick species Amblyomma americanum.

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NC State Entomologists Receive Grant to Find Answer to Insecticide-resistant, Bait-averse German cockroaches

Now that research has determine why some German cockroaches are averse to glucose, scientists want to know if some of those roaches are also resistant to the bait insecticide, and if they are, how they can be controlled.

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