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:

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 truth about cockroaches

The following is a light-hearted post for the beginning of the year. The post is adapted from a feature in PCT Online called “Cockroaches, Fact or Fiction?” I have rewritten the story to list just the facts and some of my interpretations. – RH Continue reading

Webinar: Combating Cockroaches in your school

Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, this webinar will break down the simple steps of implementing a comprehensive integrated pest management program. Presenters will address monitoring, sanitation, maintenance and exclusion — actions that, when performed regularly, will result in a healthier school environment and a less likely place for cockroaches to call home.

When:  Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Continue reading

Addressing indoor environmental issues may be key to controlling asthma

in AAP News

by Stuart L. Abramson, M.D., Ph.D., AE-C, FAAP

Two mothers who don’t know each other complain about their kids getting sick when they returned to elementary school from summer vacation. Both children had significant worsening of asthma, and their parents wanted to home-school them because of this problem. Environmental assessment showed extremely high levels of dust mite allergen and mold in carpeted areas. After remediation, the children returned to school without further significant asthma problems. Continue reading

Better Together: Gaining Buy-In for Optimal Ventilation

This webinar is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency on September 22 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM ET.

Webinar participants will learn how to—

  • Gain buy-in from senior management and other stakeholders by successfully communicating how academic performance can be improved with a comprehensive IAQ management program, which includes providing optimal ventilation.
  • Improve ventilation and save energy by taking critical steps and implementing proven Technical Solutions from the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.
  • Use the School IAQ Assessment Mobile App to increase participation in and accountability for regular assessments of the indoor school environment.
  • Replicate proven strategies used by a successful school district to garner broad stakeholder support for implementing preventive maintenance plans for optimal ventilation.

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