What: Join experts Frank Wong, Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant for Bayer, and Joe Barile, Technical Services Coordinator at Bayer, as they discuss the current regulatory environment and how PCOs and the industry at large can work within, and in anticipation, of a new framework – especially with outdoor applications.
When: Thursday, September 7, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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Dr. David Persse, physician director of Houston's EMS and Public Health Authority, told CBS News that a mosquito explosion could occur in the wake of standing water left by Hurricane Harvey.
"In the short term I'm not too worried about the mosquitoes 'cause all this rain is gonna wash out all the breeding sites for the mosquitoes," Persse told CBS News. "But that'll be only about 10 to 14 days, and then we're gonna have an explosion of mosquitoes 'cause there's so much standing water which is all breeding sites."
Asked if they've had any Zika cases in the area, Persse said, "We've had people who've been here who've been infected with Zika in Central and Latin America but we've not had any local transmission here. But that is absolutely something that is front and center on our radar."
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DynaTrap will be equipping Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., with its most powerful insect traps. The chemical- and pesticide-free traps will help eliminate mosquitoes, wasps, biting flies and other pesky insects for the 2017 BMW Championship Sept. 12-17. The WGA also will use the DynaTraps at the Western Junior and Western Amateur.
The one-acre DynaTrap DT2000XLP device is free from chemicals and pesticides, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly and effective. The trap attracts insects using a combination of UV light and TiO2 coating that generate trace amounts of CO2 to mimic human activity. As mosquitoes approach the trap, the strong yet silent fan vacuums them into the retaining cage where they dehydrate and die, providing users with a safe, silent, and simple solution to insect control.
“We greatly appreciate DynaTraps’ assistance in helping us provide our players and patrons with the best possible environment during our championships,” said Patrick Timson, WGA director of tournament operations. “Taking this additional precaution will ensure the world’s top golfers can focus exclusively on their game, and not be disrupted by unwanted insects or noisy insect traps.”
The DynaTrap team has already begun setting up traps in key areas throughout the course. This allows the traps to maximize their effectiveness in disrupting the mosquito life-cycle in time for the events.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Western Golf Association to provide a pest-free environment on the host course of the 2017 BMW Championship,” said Juan Rocha, President of Dynamic Solutions Worldwide. “We understand the nuisance and annoyance that wasps, mosquitoes, biting flies, and other insects bring, especially on the golf course. We built our traps to silently capture and kill without disturbing the beneficial bugs – like butterflies, honey bees, dragon flies, etc. – or the people around them.”
Editor’s note: Researchers from the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University and industry expert Dr. Bobby Corrigan are working on a research project with the goal of improving rodent management practices at food distribution centers. The researchers are seeking collaboration from PMPs that work in these accounts in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City.
The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to prevent contamination of human foods through risk analysis and mitigation strategies. FSMA's Preventive Controls for Human Food significantly affects pest management practices at food distribution centers (DCs) by calling for proactive programs that prevent pest problems before they arise.
Currently, rodent management programs at many DCs are based on third party auditor ‘guidelines’. Using these templates, rodent stations are placed at 50-100 ft. intervals along exterior perimeter walls, and mousetraps are placed every 20-40 ft. along interior perimeter walls. These templates, however, are not based on rodent biology, have not been scientifically tested, and may not improve the chance of intercepting a rodent. This is because rodents move in complex ways as they forage for food and water inside buildings. Therefore, portions of equipment installed via ‘yardstick templates’ may be ineffective if they are placed in areas where rodents are not active. Such devices may contribute to higher material costs (stations/bait) and service costs (time to visit stations).
In November 2016, researchers from the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University and industry expert Dr. Bobby Corrigan received funding to examine rodent management practices at food distribution centers in New York. This three-year project will evaluate pest activity at devices placed in rodent vulnerable areas, compared to equipment installed according to simple, linear, yardstick templates.
The results of this real-world project can improve compliance of food distribution centers to the new FSMA regulations and demonstrate the effectiveness of preventative rodent control. These results may be extended to food manufacturing plants and food retail outlets that face the same challenges as distribution centers.
Our Biggest Challenge
Pest professionals, quality assurance managers and operations personnel agree that this research is needed to advance FDA’s food safety goals. Nevertheless, researchers have struggled to find study sites that meet two important criteria: sites must have some level of rodent activity and are located in the Hudson Valley, Long Island or New York City. According to a recent paper by Parsons and others in the Journal of Urban Ecology (http://bit.ly/2vQH63G), access to study sites is a common problem for rodent research. The authors explain that although rodents are pests of significant health risk to humans, and that studies on their biology and management are critical, interest in rodent management research is historically lacking.
The authors claim that part of the problem is a conflict between the goals of pest management professionals and researchers. Whereas pest management professionals are hired to quickly and efficiently eliminate rodents, researchers require active populations that can be studied in their natural habitat to better understand rodent biology and behavior. Indeed, these studies are needed to develop more efficient control options that directly benefit the pest management industry.
Call for Collaboration
Pest management professionals, facility/operations personnel and quality assurance managers represent an important link between private organizations and researchers. They can facilitate communication about project details, and more important, understand the benefits that research offers for improving their operation in terms of efficiency, safety and perhaps financially. With this in mind, we are seeking pest management professionals from the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City areas to collaborate with us on this research project.
Features of this research include:
- Anonymity of sites and corporations. All identifying information is kept confidential at all times. Our goal is to study the system, not individual sites. No names of entities, organizations or locations will be used in reports.
- Publicity for PMPs (if desired). According to Parsons et al. (2017), participation in rodent research was beneficial for their collaborating pest management company. Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc. (Lynbrook, NY) was elevated through promotion of research publications and presentations, identifying the company as being forward-thinking and involved in novel approaches to pest management. Indeed, the company moved up in search engine results, making them easier for future clients to find (Parsons et al. 2017)
- Low investment, high return. For this project, we are requesting access to sites and historical trap catch data from pest professionals. In return we will conduct regular evaluations of the site and provide free inspection reports to site management. We will create facility maps if they are not already available, and offer suggestions about monitoring programs where needed. We will help develop management plans for long-term pest problems, and as industry professionals, will offer expertise to participating pest professionals and site management that would normally come at a high price.
For questions or to express interest in participating, please contact Matt Frye, firstname.lastname@example.org, 914.285.4633.
Parsons, MH, PB Banks, MA Deutsch, RM Corrigan, & J Munshi-South. 2017. Trends in urban rat ecology: a framework to define the prevailing knowledge gaps and incentives for academia, pest management professionals (PMPs) and public health agencies to participate. Journal of Urban Ecology 3(1): jux005.