In her review of Harvard entomologist E.O. Wilson’s first novel,"Anthill," in the April 8 issue of The New York Review, Margaret Atwood encourages anyone interested in ants to “take a look at the daring eco-adventurer Mark Moffett’s spectacular new ant book, "Adventures Among Ants.” Moffett — who studied evolutionary biology under Wilson—has been tracking ants for decades; his research has taken him all over the world, including as a photographer for National Geographic magazine, earning him the nickname “the Indiana Jones of entomology.”
WASHINGTON - Work began on more U.S. houses in April than at any time in over a year and wholesale prices unexpectedly decreased, showing the economy is strengthening without stoking inflation, Business Week reports.
Permits fell last month by the most since December 2008, a sign homebuilding will pause after a tax-induced jump in sales boosted companies like D.R. Horton Inc. Rising raw-material costs aren’t making their way up production lines, the price report showed, underscoring why Federal Reserve policy makers project inflation will be contained.
“It’s encouraging to see starts gain some traction, but the decline in permits takes some of the luster off,” said Jonathan Basile, an economist at Credit Suisse in New York, who forecast the increase in construction and the drop in prices. “Inflation is subdued. There are cost pressures in the pipeline, but they’re not leaving the factory.”
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Connecticut Coalition Against Bed Bugs (CCABB was founded last year under the leadership of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, to address bed bug issues in Connecticut. The CCABB is chaired by Dr. Gale E. Ridge and is represented by Station entomologists, local health departments, DEP, department of public health, and justice to address environmental, health, and legal aspects of the bed bug problem.
According to Ridge, CCABB’s mission is: To train and support health professionals (including health departments), housing professionals (including housing authorities), and pest management professionals in the state of Connecticut; provide information on pest management practices including integrated pest management (IPM); provide and seek funding for public education, support scientific research, and provide legal advice and assistance to citizens of Connecticut.
CCABB ran three successful bed bug forums in the past year reaching out to health departments, pest control professionals, charities, the hospitality industry, housing authorities, and landlord tenant entities. Currently CCABB is engaged in bed bug control research, production of a health department staff training video, and the writing of a bed bug handbook. A recent publication, “Bed bugs how to deal with them”, has been popular because it is in tri-fold format and portable. It can be found at www.ct.gov/caes under the “bed bugs” icon.
BRISBANE, Australia - BioProspect announced recent developments regarding its natural Australian termite solution Termilone for use as a timber treatment and as a soil-applied barrier to prevent termite infestation of buildings and other structures.
Termilone is based on Eremophilone Oil extracted from the native Australian tree species Eremophila mitchellii (False Sandalwood). The product has low mammalian toxicity, making it safe for pest control workers and household pets, in addition to having minimal environmental impact, the company reports.
BioProspect Chief Operating Officer Peter May said the company was actively progressing the Termilone project with the aim of registering end-use products with the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), and had been encouraged by recent progress.
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Termidor termiticide/insecticide has a new label with updated use directions for general pest control.
“Termidor is a more inclusive pest control product than ever before,” said Dr. Bob Davis, market development specialist for BASF. “The new label directions provide pest management professionals with more specific guidance on using Termidor SC termiticide/insecticide and Termidor WG termiticide/insecticide for general pest control.”
The new Termidor label separates “outside surfaces” from “foundation perimeter,” with a listing of structures that includes residential, institutional, commercial and industrial buildings and utility enclosures.
“The improvement to the label directions adds clarity to treatment of structures beyond the one-foot up and one-foot out from the foundation treatments,” Davis said.
Apply 0.06% Termidor SC or WG finished dilution where listed pests enter the structure, where they trail or crawl and hide or where their nests are found. Treat using a low-pressure coarse banded pressure spray up to 18 inches in width around doors, windows, vents, pipes, or any other exterior openings and/or with a Crack and Crevice injection tip into foundation cracks or drilled holes where listed pests could enter the structure. Be especially careful to treat the joint where exterior siding (wood, vinyl, aluminum or any similar material) meets the cement, block or brick foundation. Treat areas where any wires (electrical, telephone or cable) enter the house. The new Termidor label also allows for foam applications into wall voids for general pest control.
Termidor SC and WG kills and provides residual control of the following ants: acrobat, Argentine, big-headed, carpenter, crazy, odorous, pavement, pharaoh and thief. Termidor also kills the following pests: beetles (Asian lady, darkling); bugs (boxelder, pill); centipedes; cockroaches (Australian, Oriental, smokey brown); crickets (house); earwigs (European); flies (cluster); millipedes; silverfish; spiders (black widow, brown recluse, cellar and hobo); ticks (brown and dog); wasps (paper* and yellow jackets).
* Termidor is not a knockdown agent.