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ADAIR, Okla. — Trece's Storgard Dome Quick-Change Broad Spectrum beetle monitoring system, has been behaviorally modified, precision engineered, to retain the best features of the original Storgard Dome. Every key feature of the original Dome has been revisited to significantly improve key structural and behavioral features, “synergized” with a new Quick-Change Snugfit lure and trapping system.
A new kairomone lure has been added to complement the already advanced oil-based kairomone lure. This broadens the attractive spectrum, while enhancing the synergy of the key pheromones with the precision-engineered trap design. The new Quick-Change Snugfit lure system has been carefully tuned to manage and control the release of each pheromone and kairomone compound, ensuring optimized, predictable insect capture. The system enhances precision targeting of key insects while providing broad spectrum capture of less evident, but important, insects, the manufacturer reports.
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|The sculpture “Union,” during night (left) and during the day.|
ORLANDO, Fla. — Harvey and Carol Massey, and their family, are proud to sponsor one of the eight recently unveiled sculptures that now grace the downtown area around Lake Eola. The sculpture “Union,” by artist Ralfonso Gschwend, is a wind-driven kinetic stainless steel/aluminum sculpture which features multiple "wings" that move in an unpredictable fashion. As the wings rotate in the wind, they intersect on different levels and in numerous places, creating a moving play of light, shadow and reflections. The public can walk underneath the 60ft tall "wings" as they slowly turn.
“Massey Services proudly supports the arts community and we are pleased to be a part of See Art Orlando,” said Harvey Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services. “The development of this Public Sculpture Project, along with our new performing arts center, establishes Orlando as a vital and vibrant arts community, provides a source of pride for our residents, and promotes growth and prosperity within the Central Florida Community.”
The sculpture is lit with LED lighting so it is visible day and night. Located on the corner of Robinson St. and Eola Drive in Downtown Orlando, Union holds a prominent place at the northeast corner of Lake Eola Park.
WALL, N.J. — Marathon Data Systems has announced its participation in Cyber Monday (Dec. 1). Those interested in purchasing PestPac Software could look forward to discounts off the monthly price of the software, in addition to a $100 PestPac credit. The credit may be used toward the purchase of additional modules or new services during the next six months. Current PestPac customers can take advantage of the same offer when they purchase select additional modules. Inventory, Multi-Unit and Sales assistant will offered at a discounted monthly price and come with the $100 PestPac credit. The one day sale will end at 5pm EST on Monday, December 1, 2013. Those interested in learning more about the PestPac Cyber Monday Sale should call 800-762-0301 or visit http://www.pestpac.com/2013-cyber-monday
GENEVA, NY: The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University is pleased to announce that Joellen Lampman, a Cornell University alum, has joined its staff as a community IPM specialist with a two-prong focus — the nearly 700 school districts and 20 thousand daycare centers that both educate and protect our young, and those who care for the turfgrass that covers about 11 percent of the state.
Lampman’s first task out of the gate: surveying daycare centers as a means of opening doors to this previously underserved group, since a sweeping range of pest and pesticide-related issues affect schools and daycares . Inside and out, schools are complex ecosystems that comprise everything from mice and cockroaches in nap rooms and lunchrooms to crabgrass or even poison ivy in lawns and playfields. Whether it’s homing in on the problems and needs of schools, daycares, and the people who inhabit them; building comprehensive outreach plans; devising how-to demonstrations, apps, and training materials; or cooperating on real-world research projects alongside the people she serves — Lampman will tackle these and more.
“Joellen will have a full plate,” says Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, community coordinator for NYS IPM.
“But with nearly a quarter-century of experience working with a broad range of IPM stakeholders, including people and groups who didn’t know they were stakeholders until she came along, she’s a natural for this position.”
Too often childcare staff have little training in how to use pesticides safely, Lampman says — let alone how to prevent pests in the first place. With at least 20,000 daycares in New York that enroll about 500,000 children, the need for outreach is critical.
“My educational style is to help people really see what they look at every day,” says Lampman. “A well-timed question can lead to awareness. Research-backed information leads to understanding.
Laying out the benefits leads to action. This approach will bring informed solutions to the many child care centers and schools needing help, now, with pest and pesticide issues.”
Lampman’s prior work as programs director with Audubon International focused on helping golf course and school turf managers and staff conserve natural resources, protect water quality, and create mosaics of wildlife habitat — places of beauty — at thousands of properties worldwide. The difference in audiences isn’t as great as it might seem, note NYS IPM co-directors Jennifer Grant and Curt Petzoldt, citing Lampman’s core training as an ecologist at Cornell University and her wealth of experience as an environmental educator and community organizer.
“Plus, Joellen has worked with NYS IPM for years as a member of our Community IPM Coordinating Council,” says Grant. “We’re thrilled to have her aboard.”