StopPests webinars on bed bugs, cockroaches in public housing

StopPests is offering three free webinars on IPM in affordable housing, covering bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents. See the descriptions and the registration links below. Although housing professionals are the target audience for these presentations, we invite pest management professionals and anyone whose work and life is impacted by pests in affordable housing to join us. See these announcements and previous StopPests webinars here at StopPests.org’s webinar page. Continue reading

National pest control pros scurry to Texas Rodent Academy

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

Pest control professionals from companies in Utah, Georgia, New York and across Texas converged in Dallas for three days to train alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension entomologists on controlling rodent infestations.

“We were especially pleased to get Dr. Bobby Corrigan, one of the top rodentologists in the country, to reinvent his New York City Rodent Academy training here in Texas,” said Janet Hurley, training organizer and AgriLife Extension integrated pest management program specialist in Dallas. Continue reading

Lessons from Rodent Academy (from Insects in the City blog)

by Michael Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife

Bobby Corrigan refers to himself professionally as a rodentologist, though he’s slow to admit as much to just anyone. He describes the typical conversation with someone next to him on a plane, or at a casual encounter at a party:

“So, what do you do for a living?” 

“I’m a rodentologist.”

“Oh, how nice!” [crickets]… End of conversation. Continue reading

City of New Orleans Pest Academy, October 10-12, 2017

Join the City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board for a great learning experience at the City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association’s 9th Annual Pest Control Academy.  The Academy will be held in New Orleans on October 10-12, 2017. The Academy will feature interactive and hands-on programs regarding identification, biology, and control methods of many urban pests. The Academy is accredited for Louisiana in a variety of categories. Featured speakers this year will be Dr. Roberto Pereira from the University of Florida, Ms. Janet Hurley from Texas AgriLife, and Dr. Mohamed Sallam from the EPA.     Continue reading

New York City public health team develops indicators for predicting rat infestations

A team of researchers from the New York City Department of Health has developed ways of predicting rat infestations based on the type of neighborhood that people live in.

TV and movies have frequently shown rats in neighborhoods with squalid conditions, in areas near restaurants and near apartment buildings in poor neighborhoods. But these portrayals are based on human perceptions and associations between poverty and pest populations. However, few studies have set out to define factors that could predict where rat infestations would be. Continue reading

Topics at this year’s National Conference of Urban Entomology

Mike Merchant of Insects in the City gives the rundown of discussion topics during the National Conference of Urban Entomology, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. I have included only the bullet points on the topics. If you’d like to read his entire post, go to The Insects in the City blog. Continue reading

Expect invaders as weather gets colder

This post was written for Texas Extension specialists; however, the tips included are applicable to people in all states.

With temperatures dropping, many Texas residents likely will be getting some unwanted guests in their homes around the holidays, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service pest management experts.

“This time of year, squirrels, as well as raccoons, will try to make nests in attics,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension program specialist in integrated pest management, Dallas. “Also several species of ants will nest in the walls of homes for warmth and protection.” Continue reading