Bed bugs have a new challenger as pest of the year. Stink bugs are proliferating in the Middle Atlantic states, damaging fruit and vegetable crops. They don't bite but they're gross people out because they can creep into almost any room and smell slightly skunk-like when crushed.
A black, two-millimeter-long wasp from East Africa is helping wage war on one of its own kind—the Erythrina gall wasp, an invasive species that's decimated Hawaii's endemic wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) and introduced coral bean trees (Erythrina spp.).
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, rats are an increasing concern in metro Detroit, where several pest control firms say they have seen a significant rise in rat calls.
Troy-based Rose Pest Solutions has logged a 36% upswing in rat calls, a trend largely driven by residential calls in Detroit and suburbs such as Grosse Pointe Farms, Roseville, Warren, St. Clair Shores, Royal Oak and Sterling Heights. And Lake Orion-based A & D Animal Control, which services Oakland County, had about a dozen rat calls this summer, compared with less than a handful in some other years, said Al Krier, owner for 37 years.
The reasons are unclear, but experts suggest several culprits: abandoned properties; a push to demolish empty buildings; even a wetter-than-normal summer, leading to thicker vegetation and more hiding spaces for rodents.\
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Source: Detroit Free Press
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -Among the experts addressing members of the New Jersey Pest Management Association at its annual fall conference on Thursday, Sept. 30, will be two nationally recognized authorities on bed bugs and stink bugs..
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A new concept in bed bug detection from AP&G’s Catchmaster line now offers hotel, hospitality and residence-based industries an innovative, “passive” detection system designed specifically to monitor for bed bugs on a large scale as part of a proactive inspection/intervention strategy. Called BDS (Bedbug Detection System), the product utilizes a patented adhesive dot matrix technology and physical design to capture specimens.
“The growing scourge of bed bugs is a ticking time bomb,” said Jonathan Frisch, AP&G’s vice president, sales and marketing. “According to the National Pest Management Association, 95 percent of pest management companies recently surveyed said they had encountered a bed bug infestation in the last year, compared to only 25 percent before 2000. As infestations increase throughout the hospitality industry, the potential losses in terms of reputation, confidence and litigation are incalculable. That’s why this new and effective system is needed in today’s marketplace.
“We were also driven to create the BDS device by pure economics,” Frisch added. “Current bed bug monitors can range from $20 to $600. Considering these rates, it is hard to imagine a large-scale program being used in a 250-room hotel, or a 400-unit apartment complex. What’s more, the affordability, discrete nature and flexibility of the BDS system allow it to be used almost anywhere, including multi-unit dwellings, hotels, hospitals, military posts, and more.”
When strategically placed throughout the target areas, BDS monitors act as both an interceptor trap, by creating an adhesive barrier when used around bedposts, and as a passive monitor, to provide early detection in sheltered locations, thus allowing chemical treatments to be limited to fewer areas.
In fact, the concept of early detection is supported independently by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which states that the use of bed bug monitoring devices should be part of an overall integrated pest management strategy. Intervention is key to this process because it is most effective when populations are low, hence the value of effective monitoring.
For more information visit www.catchmaster.com.