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PASADENA, Texas — Control Solutions Inc. (CSI) announced the addition of Dr. Janis Reed to the product development team. Reed will be the technical services manager serving the PCO team. Her first day was April 3, 2017.
Reed has more than a decade of experience with a large, independently owned pest management company as the staff entomologist and technical director, as well as several years of research and pesticide education experience. She brings a rare combination of pest management experience and expertise to the CSI team. Reed completed a BS, MS and her Ph.D. in entomology all at Texas A&M University, with a focus in urban entomology. Her research and interests include social insects, especially ants, as well as foraging and feeding preferences of insects.
Her role with CSI will include collaborating cross-functionally to support product efficacy research in support of the CSI sales and marketing teams while continuing to be an ambassador for the pest management industry on behalf of CSI. “We are delighted that Dr. Reed has joined our CSI family; she brings with her great experience, energy, an excitement for learning and a love of our pest management industry. We are blessed to have such a bright star in entomology joining us” said Marie Knox, director of product development.
Reed resides in (her) center of the universe, College Station, Texas, with her husband and their dog, Murphy. Janis has one daughter who is currently engaged to be married in 2018.
CARSON, Calif. — Bird Barrier’s Tower Guard deters gulls, cormorants, vultures, osprey, hawks, owls and other large birds. It creates both a visual and physical barrier for railings and flat surfaces. Birds are looking for a low “cost of energy” perch that is easy and safe. As they view the Guard, they see that it takes away the perch and it is too small and unstable to land on.
The posts can be easily removed from the bases. This allows for maintenance on antennas and railing where access is important. Tower Guard is made from the same plastic that the telecom industry uses for its outdoor boxes. It’s well documented to withstand UV degradation for many years.
For more information visit www.birdbarrier.com/category/182/towerguard Or call Bird Barrier at 800/662-4637 or (800) NO-BIRDS.
(Pictured: This pier used to be crowded with gulls. After placing Tower Guard on the railings of the pier, the birds stayed away.)
As reported by Entomology Today, new research from Purdue University shows early signs of resistance developing among bed bugs to two commonly used insecticides.
In a study published this week in the Journal of Economic Entomology, researchers at Purdue University found significantly reduced susceptibility to chlorfenapyr among three out of 10 bed bug populations collected in the field, and they found reduced susceptibility to bifenthrin among five of the populations.
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) already shows significant resistance to deltamethrin and some other pyrethroid-class insecticides, which is viewed as a main cause of its resurgence as an urban pest. In fact, 68 percent of pest management professionals identify bed bugs as the most difficult pest to control, according to a 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey of pest management professionals conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky. Little research had yet been done, however, to examine potential resistance to bifenthrin (also a pyrethroid) or chlorfenapyr, a pyrrole-class insecticide, which led the Purdue researchers to investigate.
“In the past, bed bugs have repeatedly shown the ability to develop resistance to products overly relied upon for their control. The findings of the current study also show similar trends in regard to chlorfenapyr and bifenthrin resistance development in bed bugs,” says Ameya D. Gondhalekar, Ph.D., research assistant professor at Purdue’s Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management. “With these findings in mind and from an insecticide resistance management perspective, both bifenthrin and chlorfenapyr should be integrated with other methods used for bed bug elimination in order to preserve their efficacy in the long term.”
They tested 10 populations of bed bugs that were collected and contributed by pest management professionals and university researchers in Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC, measuring the percent of bed bugs killed within seven days of exposure to the insecticides. Generally, populations in which more than 25 percent of the beg bugs survived were deemed to have reduced susceptibility to the insecticide based on statistical analysis performed in comparison to the susceptible laboratory population.
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Source: Entomology Today