FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced four companies recently earned various QualityPro accreditations.
MBM Extermination, Inc. of St. Bruno, Quebec (QualityPro & GreenPro) Spearhead Pest Control of Ventura, California (QualityPro) Stop Pest Control of NY of New York, NY (QualityPro) Gateway Inspections of Amelia, Virginia (QualityPro)
Teachers Union Files Grievance Over Bed Bugs at School
The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) says school officials aren’t doing enough to handle a bed bug problem, a local news station reported.
BUFFALO, N.Y.— As reported by WIVB, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) filed a grievance against the district for exposing teachers to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. At issue is an ongoing bed bug problem at Buffalo Public School 37, WIVB reported.
Parents received a letter from the district last week that stated an individual in the building had possible bug bites, WIVB reported.
The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) says school officials aren’t doing enough to handle the problem.
A Buffalo parent, Michelle Eggleston, says her 7 year-old son goes to School 37. Eggleston told WIVB she pulled him out of school last Friday because the issue wasn’t resolved. “I’m not sending my son to school and I bring home these bugs, because they’re not going to pay for my house to be fumigated, and I can’t afford it. Thursday, I went in, and there’s stuff everywhere. People are throwing out their classroom stuff, you know people are just- their hair’s all tied up, they say they put rubbing alcohol on the kids, there’s kids still missing from school, it’s not taken care of,” said Eggleston.
The teachers union says the issue should have been dealt with quickly and decisively.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — SenesTech, the developer of ContraPest, announced the appointment of Joe Malinowski as vice president of sales, effective Feb. 1, 2018.
Malinowski joins SenesTech with more than 30 years of experience in the pest control industry. His industry background includes significant management and operating experience at industry leaders including Terminix, and specifically, Orkin, where he served from 1979 to 2002, in positions of increasing levels of responsibilities during his tenure.
Dr. Loretta Mayer, chairman and chief executive officer of SenesTech, said, "I am pleased to have an industry executive the caliber of Joe Malinowski join SenesTech at this important point in the history of the company. His broad industry expertise, as well as contacts throughout the industry, will be instrumental to SenesTech as we work to establish ContraPest as one of the most effective solutions in the pest control industry."
Malinowski said, "I see a great opportunity with a unique solution that can achieve breakthrough results. The demand for effective pest management continues unabated as it has for centuries. I believe ContraPest offers a sustainable solution that traditional poison baits have not been able to produce. I look forward toward working with the entire SenesTech team to develop this opportunity."
NMSU Research: Bed Bugs Can Transmit Chagas Disease Pathogen
Bed bugs are capable of hosting the pathogen that causes Chagas disease for up to 97 days, new research shows.
As reported by Entomology Today, new research from New Mexico State University shows that bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are capable of hosting the pathogen that causes Chagas disease for up to 97 days, and the pathogen can persist even through the bed bug’s molting process between one nymphal stage and the next.
New Mexico State University researchers have investigated the ability of bed bugs to carry Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan that causes Chagas disease, and report their findings in a new article published Friday in the Journal of Medical Entomology. In a lab experiment, the researchers found that nearly all bed bugs they fed with T. cruzi-infected blood later showed live forms of the pathogen in their guts and that T. cruzi frequently survived through its hosts’ molting.
That latter finding, known as transstadial persistence, is notable because bed bug nymphs typically molt after each blood meal, which they do five times before reaching their adult stage, says Alvaro Romero, Ph.D., assistant professor of urban entomology at NMSU and senior researcher on the study. “If T. cruzi could not persist throughout the molting process, nymphs would be less effective as vectors since they would have to feed on an infected host to reacquire the parasite in their guts after each molting," says Romero.