Webinar Recording is Online: Developing a Pest Exclusion Program for Cockroaches and Rodents

You can view the recorded webinar Developing a Pest Exclusion Program for Cockroaches and Rodents with Dr. Matt Frye here: http://stoppests.org/go/exclusion

Housing staff can now view this on-line training to learn about a vital part of any IPM program: exclusion. Keeping pests out of buildings is a priority in effectively addressing any pest infestation, but rodents and cockroaches in particular. To date there are no training guides on how to implement exclusion for pest management, which may prevent pest control companies from creating exclusion protocols. However, housing staff, especially maintenance and facilities staff and pest management professionals are uniquely qualified to identify entry points and harborage for cockroaches and rodents. This webinar emphasizes the steps in developing an exclusion program from the basics of identifying entry points to recommendations for sealing openings of different sizes and for different pests. Continue reading

Watch the Recording of Rick Cooper’s Presentation “Turning Failure into Success: Bed Bug Management in Affordable Housing”

Chronic bed bug infestations and severe bed bug infestation rates in multifamily buildings are becoming more common due to the lack of effective bed bug management programs. But Bed Bugs can be controlled! Watch the recording of Rick Cooper’s presentation Turning Failure into Success: Bed Bug Management in Affordable Housing to learn how bed bugs are successfully controlled with examples of assessment-based management plans. You can find out 1) how and why bed bugs spread throughout living communities resulting in high infestation rates and escalating management costs, 2) why bed bug management has been largely ineffective in affordable housing communities 3), what methods are most effective for controlling bed bugs, 4) to apply a scientifically proven method for complex-wide management of bed bugs in affordable housing communities that results in long-term cost savings and improved quality of life for residents. Continue reading

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

Webinar: Tools for Eliminating Mice in Multifamily Housing

All too often, mouse infestations in multifamily housing complexes persist for many years with histories of sporadic outbreaks followed by temporary quick fixes using glue boards, snap traps and baiting efforts. Unfortunately, these “traditional” efforts tend to merely address a monthly complaint list given to a hired exterminator. Rarely will such efforts address the harder-to-reach breeding sources of the building’s and the apartment’s population of mice. As a result, the surviving population members replace the individual mice harvested out from the complaint-driven pest control service. A more comprehensive program is needed, especially because mice in apartment buildings are important health pests carrying diseases and triggering asthma attacks.  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

Taking a Bite out of the Holidays: Bed Bug Central’s Holiday Charity Matches PMPs with People in Need

From StopPests in MultiFamily Housing

Do you know anyone who needs bed bug treatment but can’t afford it? Taking the Bite Out of the Holidays, which started in 2009, is a charitable program sponsored by BedBug Central that offers free bed bug services to those in need who are suffering from bed bug infestations and cannot afford the required treatment to better their living situation. Anyone in financial need may apply for the charitable program, including group homes, shelters and nursing homes. Continue reading

‘Bed Bug Control Starts with Good Contracts’ Webinar

StopPests in Housing is holding a webinar “Bed Bug Control Starts With Good Contracts” on March 22nd, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. Property managers/landlords, procurement and other housing staff will gain an understanding of the importance of good pest control contracts in effective bed bug management. Speakers, Dr. Dini Miller from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Dr. Stephen Kells from University of Minnesota will share their extensive knowledge of contract language and the oversight needed to ensure an integrated pest management (IPM) approach is taken with proactive inspections, record keeping, monitoring, and appropriate treatment protocols. This webinar is open to anyone to participate but will specifically address the issues and needs of affordable housing providers. Registration is limited to the first 1000 people. The webinar will be recorded and archived at stoppests.org. To participate in the live event register here Bed Bug Control Starts With Good Contracts .

The Boston Housing Authority Addresses Hoarding and Clutter Among Residents and Reduces Incidences of Pest Reports

Hoarding, poor sanitation, and excessive clutter are potential barriers to the success of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in affordable housing. These conditions create harborages and food sources for pests, not to mention the fire and tripping hazards, blocked egress, structural problems and possible evictions. Pest infestations are rarely confined to just one apartment in multifamily housing. An infestation in one unit can quickly become a building-wide issue. With help of researchers from Boston University and the University of Nebraska and funding from the Northeastern IPM Center, John Kane at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) set out to address the association of pest infestations and levels of clutter with an intervention program aimed at helping residents.  Continue reading