Approved by the Environment Protection Agency this week, the pilot project is designed to test if the genetically modified mosquito is a viable alternative to spraying insecticides to control the Aedes aegypti. It's a species of mosquito that carries several deadly diseases, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
The mosquito OX5034 has been altered to produce female offspring that die in the larval stage, well before hatching and growing large enough to bite and spread disease, CNN reports. Only the female mosquito bites for blood, which she needs to mature her eggs. Males feed only on nectar, and are thus not a carrier for disease.
BORCHEN, GERMANY: In a wide ranging interview undertaken as part of the new Talking Pest Management series, Dr Bobby Corrigan of RMC Pest Management Consulting, NY casts his eye to the future and discusses the rapidly increasing use of remote sensing digital technology. “Remote sensors can capture data, but it cannot interpret it. Technicians will never be replaced by new technology,” Corrigan predicts.
This is one of the many predictions on to the future of pest management expressed by Bobby Corrigan in this interview with Daniel Schröer with Talking Pest Management, the new topical international interview series. CLICK HERE to listen.
Corrigan explains how it is the obligation of professional pest managers to not just treat the pests but to profile the population, so progress can by assessed. Remote digital monitoring provides the means of doing this. Interpretation of the data will enhance the standing of the technician, not threaten them. The technician of tomorrow is one of an observational biologist.”
This view very much echoes the thoughts expressed by Hakan Kjellberg, the technical director of Anticimex, based in Sweden and also recently interviewed by Schröer. Kjellberg neatly sums up the difference between the old and the new way of collecting data as the difference between “Guessing and knowing.”
Tesco, with nearly 7,000 stores worldwide, has certainly embraced this new technology as revealed by Tony O’Donovan, the company’s global head of pest control in another interview in the series. In what O’Donovan thinks must be the largest contract for connected technology in the world, he says “This surely marks the tipping point for digital pest control in our industry. For Tesco, data is gold. We need to know what is going on and why.”
Talking Pest Management is a new series of short topical video interviews undertaken with pest professionals around the world – made by pest professionals and aimed at pest professionals. All can be seen on YouTube with a reminder sent either direct to individual’s emails or via WhatsApp each Tuesday when one is released. Everyone is invited to sign up at https://www.futura-germany.com/kunden/Kunden-anfragen-tpm.php.
The series is the brain child of Daniel Schröer, based in Germany and CEO of specialist product manufacturer, Futura. An interview is undertaken each week by Schröer with an industry leader, entrepreneur, technical expert or practical pest controller. Those selected are known for saying what they think and are not afraid of sharing their opinions. Each interview is informal, recorded in the interviewees office and shown uncut and unedited. There are no commercial references to products or any advertising. Each interview varies in length, ranging from 15 to 50 minutes.
- Owners and managers of pest management companies
- Pest management technicians and sales representatives
- Product manufacturers and distributors
- Industry researchers, educators, and students
- Manufacturers and Distributors of Products and Equipment for Pest Control, Rodent Control, Termite Control, Mosquito Control, Bed Bug Control, Nuisance Bird and Wildlife Control, and Lawn Care
- Mold Remediation Suppliers
- Companies that Provide General Services and Products for Small Businesses such as Cell Phones, Credit Cards, Insurance, Legal, and Security Video Systems
- Vehicle Equipment and Accessory Suppliers
- Computer Systems Technology Vendors
- Human Resource Consultants