NEW YORK — One of every 15 New Yorkers battled bed bugs last year, officials said Wednesday as they announced a plan to fight the spreading infestation, including a public-awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the effort.
An Exosect-led consortium has been awarded a quarter of a million pound grant ($396,782 U.S. dollars) from the Technology Strategy Board to bring to market pioneering biotechnology for the control of grain store pests.
The consortium, led by UK-based Intelligent Pest Management company, Exosect, and consisting of CABI, FERA, Sylvan Bio and Connaught Pest Prevention, have worked together for more than four years during a Sustainable Arable LINK funded project to identify an effective fungal pathogen for the control of a range of key grain insect pests. The outcome of the LINK funded project was so successful that the consortium has just been awarded a significant grant, through the Technology Strategy Board’s ‘New Approaches to Crop Protection’ funding competition, which will enable the consortium to complete product development, create data for the regulatory authorities and bring the product to market.
The product is a formulation of the entomopathagenic fungus, Beauvaria bassiana, and Exosect’s patented delivery system, Entostat powder. A patent for the composite formulation has been filed. The product will be used in grain storage and processing structures, which are coming under consumer and legislative pressure to reduce their use of traditional pesticides.
Martin Brown, managing director at Exosec, said, “This grant is invaluable as it means that the extensive work carried out to date can continue until a product is commercialized”. Brown continues “The global market for insecticide use in grain storage is estimated to be £90m and this excludes processing. The development work so far shows that this technology could easily be adapted to protect commodities beyond the cereals market, such as rice, dried fruit, nuts and pulses.”
Exosect added that the product's initial focus will be Europe, but the company has plans so make it available in the U.S. However, since the product is still in the developmental phase there is no timeline for U.S. availability.
For more information about Exosect visit www.exosect.com
Running concurrently, there are sessions covering all aspects of pest control management
You will certainly see meet some familiar faces from around the globe
|All the leading suppliers are represented within the exhibition|
PestWorld has established itself as ‘the’ international meeting place for pest professionals. This year it will be held Oct. 20-23, 2010, at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
The length of the journey to Hawaii may initially seem a long way to travel, but if combined with a holiday break, or a stop-over en route to do business elsewhere, it becomes a more manageable proposition.
Pest professionals attend a PestWorld event for one of several reasons. First, virtually all the international traders in pest control products will be there. In a couple of days you can meet contacts and customers from around the world which would otherwise take you weeks to visit individually.
Second, the exhibition with over 150 exhibitors is an ideal spot to check out what is new and what might be on its way to your home country. Or maybe there is the opportunity for you to act as agent in your home territory?
Third, there is an enormous collection of concurrently running seminars delegates can attend. These cover virtually every technical and commercial topic relating to pest control. On the final day, there will be a special global bed bug symposium drawing together industry leaders not only from the USA but also from around the world.
Finally, it’s fun! There is plenty of time to share a beer with colleagues, make new contacts, enjoy the sights and maybe have a holiday at the same time. Situated on the island of Oahu, one of the six main islands that make-up the youngest State in the U.S., Hawaii is world renowned as a tropical paradise with pristine beaches and azure skies. The conference hotel is located on Waikiki beach and with temperatures around 25°C during October it’s an ideal time to visit.
Last year when the event was in Las Vegas, there were over 3,600 delegates in total, of which 545 of them came from overseas, representing a total of 58 countries.
For the international visitor there is a hospitality lounge which overseas delegates can use to make their base, as well as a fully functioning internet café. Delegates attending for the first time are invited to a wine and cheese open house reception, as well as the international delegate’s reception which is always a highlight of the event. Lady delegates are also especially welcome at the Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) reception, whilst accompanying partners are invited to participate in the specially prepared spouse’s program.
PestWorld 2010 will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center with hotel rooms at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa. A special registration rate of $295 is available to international delegates if booked before Sept. 3 or $325 thereafter. Special registration rates are available at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Details of these as well as information on the pre- and post event tours to the islands of Maui, Kauai and Oahu can be found at www.npmapestworld.org/events.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Florida has a bad reputation, at least when it comes to bugs. In a national survey, homeowners ranked Florida as the state with the worst bug infestation problems – including ants, termites and cockroaches. Louisiana and Texas were runners-up.
MADISON, Wis. – Santa Fe Products, a division of Therma-Stor, will introduce the the Santa Fe Crawlspace Alert at the PestWorld 2010 Trade Show, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Santa Fe Crawlspace Alert is designed with the pes management professionals in mind. The Crawlspace Alert continuously monitors a variety of conditions in the crawlspace, which are critical to maintaining and preserving a customer’s home, safety and comfort.
If the Crawlspace Alert detects high humidity levels that encourage mold, mildew or fungal growth, the orange warning lamp will light signaling the homeowner to contact their pest control professional. If a power surge or failure occurs, resetting their Santa Fe equipment will not be necessary. Their Santa Fe dehumidifier, the condensate pump and the Crawlspace Alert will immediately resume operating at their previous settings as soon as power is restored. And finally, in the event that the condensate pump switch is tripped for any reason, the Crawlspace Alert will automatically turn the dehumidifier off in order to prevent water from overflowing into their crawlspace.
The Santa Fe Crawlspace Alert mounts to a floor joist near your customer’s Santa Fe dehumidifier. The warning light can be conveniently located either inside or outside the home.
Kathie Mau, Pest Control Account Manager of Santa Fe Products noted, “The Santa Fe Crawlspace Alert gives you and your customer peace of mind by monitoring the conditions of their crawlspace 24 hours a day, visually alerting them to conditions that warrant contacting their pest control professional, and safeguarding their home and family.”
For more information visit www.Santa-Fe-Products.com