SUFFERN, N.Y. — The Pest Management Training Center’s President Barry H. Stangel announced the training center’s expansion program for 2012. For the past 20 years the company has been offering training & consulting services in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Now they are ready to expand their educational programs on a nationwide basis. They have developed a series of new continuing educational programs that will be offered to a nationwide audience. The categories will be as follows: General Pest Management, IPM, Ornamental & Turf, Termite, Aquatic Insect & Plant & Public Health. As part of this expansion program, they will be hiring experienced pest management professionals as presenters of their program. This will be an exciting opportunity for experienced trainers to provide continuing educational programs several times each year in the geographic areas where they live. The programs will be offered in training seminars in multiple states on the same day. Each training program comes with workbooks that are produced in English or Spanish. These workbooks can be used to develop a reference library for individuals attending our workshops. Each program will be pre-approved by the state’s regulatory agency and re-certification credits will be awarded to eligible participants. Experienced trainers that are interested in joining this growing organization can apply at www.pestmanagementtraining.com.
BETHLEHEM, PA. — AB Bait Co., supplier of the Brigand Rodenticide lines, announced the addition of Wildlife Control Supplies of East Granby, CT to its distribution network.
According to AB Bait Co., WCS will greatly add to the availability of Brigand Soft Bait and Brigand Wax Blocks to PMPs in the Northeast US. The Brigand lines of rodenticide are new, highly palatable baits manufactured by PelGar International in the UK.
BLACKSBURG, Va. — A research team at Virginia Tech has discovered some of the genetic mechanisms for the bed bug's resistance to two of the most popular pyrethroids — deltamethrin and beta-cyfluthrin.
The discoveries will accelerate efforts to understand the biochemical basis for insecticide resistance in bed bugs, and in the meantime provides molecular markers for surveillance. "Different bed bug populations within the U.S. and throughout the world may differ in their levels of resistance and resistance strategies, so there is the need for continuous surveillance," said Zach Adelman, associate professor of entomology with the Vector-Borne Disease Research Group at Virginia Tech and lead author.
The research was published in the Oct. 19 issue of PLoS One, the Public Library of Science open-access journal, in the article, "Deep sequencing of pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs reveals multiple mechanisms of resistance within a single population," by Adelman, Kathleen A. Kilcullen of Ashburn, Va., a 2010 graduate with bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology in the College of Science; Reina Koganemaru of New Britain, Conn., a Ph.D. student in entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Michelle E. Anderson, research technician with the Fralin Life Science Institute; Troy D. Anderson, assistant professor of entomology with the Vector-Borne Disease Research Group; and Dini M. Miller, associate professor of entomology with the Dobson Urban Pest Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech.
Adelman and colleagues studied two populations of bed bugs -- a robust, resistant population that had come from Richmond, Va., in 2008, and a non-resistant population that had been collected from Ft. Dix, N.J., and raised in a lab since 1973. A bioassay conducted to determine the susceptibility of each strain to the pyrethroids determined that it requires 5,200 times more deltamethrin or 111 times more beta-cyfulthrin to kill the Richmond bed bugs than the lab bugs during a 24-hour test.
Because the bed bug's genome has not been sequenced, the researchers sequenced the bed bug transcriptome – that is, the genes that are actively expressed. They looked at the expression profile of the Richmond bed bugs compared to the non-resistant bugs. They were able to identify genes (cytochrome P450 monooxygenases, carboxylesterases, and glutathione S-transferases) that are commonly used to produce enzymes that can bind to, deactivate, and break down insecticides; and the researchers found that production of few of these was turned way up in the insecticide-resistant bed bugs. The researchers also found a mutation in the sodium channel gene, the target for pyrethroid insecticides, which makes the bed bug nervous system partially resistant to the toxic effects of insecticide treatment.
The researchers conclude that highly-resistant bed bug populations can have multiple genetic mechanisms conferring resistance to pyrethroid and possibly other insecticides. "It is reasonable to suggest that the genes responsible for both acquired insensitivity to these neurotoxicants and their enhanced detoxification have been selected for in populations that have been subjected to long-term insecticide pressure."
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — Breda Pest Management of Atlanta, GA., is the most recent company approved for bedbugFREE membership. Breda Pest Management joins an expanding national network of pest management firms committed to the guidelines and practices of BedBug Central.
Breda Pest Management (BPM) has provided the Metro-Atlanta area with pest control services since 1973. As leading pest management provider in Atlanta, the family-owned company sought to become bedbugFREE for the third party verification on the quality of their services.
“We wanted to make sure our treatment methods were in par with the latest advances in the industry,” said Matt Breda of BPM. “With a company like BedBug Central that has the resources to evaluate and test various treatment methods, we realized it was imperative that we became bedbugFREE approved.”
bedbugFREE is a network of “like-minded companies sharing the philosophies of BedBug Central”. All companies undergo a rigorous screening process overseen by research entomologists Rick Cooper and Jeff White. Approved companies are then listed as bedbugFREE on BedBug Central’s website and in turn, receive referrals as part of the bedbugFREE network.
BedBug Central was created in response to inaccurate information available to pest management professionals treating bed bugs and consumers faced with bed bug issues. Their website serves as an information resource for professionals and consumers regarding bed bug products, research, prevention and treatment methodology.
As a bedbugFREE approved company, Breda Pest Management becomes a part of the growing network of pest management firms committed to BedBug Central treatment methods.
“BedBug Central is widely known as one of the leading sources for information on bed bugs. Being approved by BedBug Central qualifies us as being a company that has established treatment methods that are superior in our industry,” said Breda. “When you are recognized for your treatment methods and in this case bedbugFREE approved, it qualifies us as being a leader in the bed bug industry. “
Companies seeking to accelerate the bedbugFREE approval process may attend BedBug University. BedBug University is a four-day course designed to shorten the learning curve of companies that want to increase bed bug revenues and enhance their bed bug business model.
NEW ORLEANS – FMC Professional Solutions launched the Verifi bed bug detector at NPMA PestWorld in New Orleans, on Oct. 19. Verifi is the first bed bug detection device to provide up to three months of active detection before re-activating with affordable replaceable components, allowing for long-term monitoring.
The Verifi bed bug detector is discreet, affordable and effective, allowing PMPs to provide their customers with ongoing bed bug service, while generating a valuable reoccurring revenue stream.
Verifi eliminates the possibility of false positives (indicating bed bugs are present when they are not). By providing ongoing active detection, the device allows PMPs to offer their customers peace of mind. The detector is small, unobtrusive and easily installed on walls or behind furniture.
FMC’s bed bug detection technology features three attractants in a patent-pending combination to lure bed bugs over both short and long periods. They are:
- A CO2-generating cartridge which mimics a living, breathing host for about 24 hours
- A liquid kairomone lure that works to attract bed bugs seeking a meal
- A liquid pheromone lure that encourages bed bugs to aggregate - or gather together - in the device
"The exclusive combination of these three attractants provides a synergistic effect greater than the sum of the parts, making Verifi one of the most effective and irresistible detectors on the market,” said Rick Ekins, marketing manager at FMC.
By continuing to detect bed bugs for up to 90 days, Verfi works on three levels: detecting that an infestation is present, confirming that treatment was successful and providing ongoing detection to ensure that bed bugs are gone or to identify any new bed bugs that are introduced.
With Verifi, there’s no need for PMPs to disassemble a room to do a thorough inspection, according to FMC. The self-adhering detector fits almost anywhere, including behind and underneath furniture. A single technician can easily install it within minutes, reducing the cost and time required with a traditional two-person inspection team. After installation, a technician can return within one to seven days to inspect the device. Depending on results, a bed bug treatment may be required or the device can be refilled and returned to service for another 90 days.
It is important to note that Verifi is not a control product. It is designed to detect only. FMC offers a variety of products and formulations registered for use in bed bug management programs.
Online training is available through www.verifibedbug.com. Group training may be arranged by contacting your local FMC Market Specialist. To view a video about the new breakthrough Verifi bed bug detector, visit www.verifibedbug.com. Below is video from the Oct. 19 Verifi launch press conference .