NEW YORK - On May 12, 2017 at the NYPMA Installation Dinner, Gil Bloom, ACE, President of Standard Pest Management based in Queens NY, received a Lifetime Achievement award from the New York Pest Management Association in recognition of over thirty years of dedication to elevating both professionalism and public perception of the pest management community. Bloom is the third in what is now a fourth generation family owned and operated firm founded in 1929. His accomplishments include instructor in pest control certification courses for two NY community colleges for over twenty years, appointment by Mayor Bloomberg to the NYC Bed Bug Advisory Board, conducting rat training's for the NYC DOH Rodent Academy community outreach program, wrote bed bug training manuals for NYC DOH & HPD and has conducted training programs for several city agencies. Over the years he has held various association positions including two terms as President of NYSPMA, editor of the association newsletter, representative to the NYSDEC, director of public affairs and is the current NPMA SPAR for NY State. In addition Gil, is a member of the SCOPE and Cornell Community IPM Program working groups.
As reported by ESA, a new study from researchers at the University of North Dakota found that Aedes vexans, a mosquito species indigenous to North America, has the capability to transmit Zika. This is the first native North American mosquito species shown to be able to transmit the virus. The results are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
To test the capability of the species to become infected with the virus, the researchers used mosquitoes collected from North Dakota and Minnesota and fed them blood containing Zika virus. Some (about 3 percent) developed infections. Then, infected mosquitoes were tested to see if they could transmit the virus. Surprisingly, Ae. vexans had a higher transmission rate than Aedes aegypti, which was tested alongside Ae. vexans in the study and is the primary vector of Zika.
“Because of its wide geographic distribution, often extreme abundance, and aggressive human biting activity, Ae. vexans could serve as a potential vector for Zika virus in northern latitudes where the conventional vectors, Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus, cannot survive,” write the researchers.
The researchers added that while the mosquito might be capable of transmitting the virus, it doesn’t necessarily mean an outbreak of Zika in northern latitudes is close at hand or even likely.
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Source: Entomology Today
As reported by the Entomology Society of America, the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) is an interesting model for studying the evolution of termites and complex behaviors in eusocial insects.
ESA cited a study published in January in Environmental Entomology that investigated the social behaviors of workers in young and old termite colonies and showed that, as the termite colony matures, the task division according to the age of the workers becomes more complex.
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Source: Entomology Today
Passengers say United Flight 1035 was evacuated at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston following the scorpion sighting.
The flight, which was headed for Quito, Ecuador was delayed for three hours.
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LANCASTER, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man trying to scare away opossums by setting a fire has destroyed his home, CBS News reported.
The news reported the row house blaze on May 10 in Lancaster began when a man used butane to light a pile of leaves in his backyard. The man apparently hoped the smoke would help rid him of the marsupials, which are known for playing dead.
A city fire marshal says the fire got out of control and spread to the home, which was built of wood.
Source: CBS News