Don’t make it a Happy New Year for Pests

The following article is in the Texas School Pest News but contains tips for all of us who are anticipating a long break for the holidays.

As we come to the end of December and before you leave for the holidays please remember these tips so when you return you won’t be returning to unexpected guests. Continue reading

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

Trainings at Texas’s IPM Experience House

From Insects in the City

by Michael Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Are you looking for pest control training using a practical approach? Do you have a new employee that you’d like to provide with some of the best training available?  Then you might be interested in the three new hands-on classes being offered this summer through the new IPM Experience House in Dallas.  Here are this summer’s classes with information on how to register: Continue reading

Northeastern IPM Center presents “The IPM Toolbox” Spring Webinar Series

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has got the answers with their spring webinar series, “The IPM Toolbox.” They’ve asked the experts to join us online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

We have three webinars scheduled this month… Continue reading

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 StopPests.org 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: www.stoppests.org/go/cockroachcontrol

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