“We’ve taken our proven program and shortened it to two and a half days to give our attendees the education they want and need without sacrificing as much time away from their business,” said Robert DiJoseph, President of BedBug Central. “It’s still the same great experience with the unique hands-on training but just in new format and features a new, lower price point.”
The new two and a half day training session held in Lawrenceville, NJ is designed to cover all aspects of a bed bug management program including the science and biology of bed bugs, the hands-on field day where attendees perform “No Prep” services as well as the sales and marketing of bed bug services.
“The new program is concise, thorough and really ‘packs a punch’ for attendees,” said Danny White, instructor for BedBug University and National Account Manager for BedBug Central. “We’re excited to debut this new program and look forward to delivering the education and training that we have been known for the last 10 years. It’s a great opportunity for business professionals who don’t have the time to spend away from their company but still want our quality, hands-on “No Prep” training on bed bugs.”
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a warning regarding the Triatoma sanguisuga insect, more commonly known as the kissing bug. The statement said the bug could now be found in 12 states, including Indiana. Triatoma sanguisuga is best known for transmitting a parasitic disease known as Chagas, which can initially cause flu-like symptoms, but if left untreated can become chronic and even fatal. The kissing bug is native to Central and South America, where the CDC estimates roughly 8 million people are infected.
The presence of a new vector-borne illness is always cause for alarm, but do Hoosiers need to be seriously concerned about the risks caused by kissing bugs? Catherine Hill, professor of entomology and vector biology, said not at this time.
“Unless you’re traveling to an area where Chagas is endemic, your risk of contracting the disease is very low. Currently, the CDC reports only one species that has the potential to transmit this disease in Indiana,” Hill said.
There have been no reports of locally acquired Chagas in Indiana, Hill continued. The behavior of the kissing bug and standard of housing construction in Indiana and around the United States already lower the risk of transmission compared with areas in Central and South America.
“Kissing bugs are often associated with substandard housing. They’re also typically most active at night. Often, they are found in sheltered spaces, like wood or rock piles, and can be common in some rural environments,” Hill said.
Many people believe Chagas, like Lyme disease, is transmitted through the insect’s bite. This, however, is not the case. Kissing bugs pick up the disease from blood-feeding on an infected human, mammal, bird or other vertebrate, but Chagas is transmitted through the insect’s feces, not its bite.
“If you have an infected bug feeding on you it is likely to defecate during the feeding process,” Hill said. “The feces can contain the parasite and if this is rubbed into the wound or introduced to the mucosal membrane then infection is possible.”
Entomologists throughout the state are still trying to determine the kissing bug’s presence in Indiana. One challenge, according to Tim Gibb, professor of entomology, is that the kissing bug strongly resembles other home invading insect species, like the boxelder bug, which is common in Indiana but poses no public health risk. Often times when people report seeing a “kissing bug” it is only something that resembles it.
Hill said the best way to lessen panic about Chagas and the presence of the kissing bug is for the public to educate itself through resources provided by the CDC and land-grant universities like Purdue.
“Before capturing it and sending it someplace, you should educate yourself on what kissing bugs look like. Ask yourself if it really looks like a kissing bug,” Hill said.
If a person is fairly confident in their identification, Hill said, they should not touch the bug or squash it. Instead capture it in a bag or container and send it to an entomologist for identification. At Purdue, suspected bugs should be sent to the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab.
If traveling to a country where Chagas is common, Hill advises the following precautions:
• Repellant won’t work well, but staying in accommodations that are well-constructed is key, and arming yourself with information about where the bug is most prevalent can help you avoid those areas.
• If experiencing symptoms of Chagas after returning from a country where the disease is common, Hill advises seeking immediate medical treatment and getting tested. This will help prevent local transmission of Chagas.
“There are two scenarios where I see the risk posed by Chagas increasing,” she said. “That would be if we detect another species of kissing bug in the state that’s a known vector of Chagas or if we detected local or domestic transmission.”
It’s important, however, that the recent news about kissing bugs not distract from other vector-borne illnesses that currently pose a much more substantial risk than Chagas, like West Nile virus, Lyme disease and others.
“We really don’t want to take our eye off some of the higher-risk arthropods and diseases right now,” Hill warned. “We’re going into West Nile season and, in fact, West Nile has already been detected in several pools of mosquitoes around the state. As we move into late summer the risk of transmission to humans will only increase.”
Source: Purdue University
***updated 8/7/2019 with comments from John Myers***
LOCUST GROVE, Ga. – Rentokil Steritech expands its presence in the Southeast and in Texas with the acquisition of Active Pest Control, based in Locust Grove, Ga. The acquisition closed on June 1. Terms were not disclosed.
Active Pest Control is a $21 million firm that ranked #36 on this year’s PCT Top 100 list. The company operates from 15 locations in Georgia and Texas, offering residential and commercial pest control along with termite protection and wildlife exclusions. Founded in 1985, the company is under the leadership of president and CEO Tony Carder. In April, Active Pest Control moved into a new 20,000-square-foot facility in Locust Grove, Ga., to accommodate recent growth.
“Active Pest Control serves a high pest-pressure area that has a high-growth economy,” John Myers, president and CEO of Rentokil Steritech, told PCT. “They have experienced double digit growth, year after year. We know how hard that is do, and they do it well.”
In 2017, Rentokil Steritech acquired Allgood Pest Solutions, based in Duluth, Ga. Myers said the Active acquisition complements the Allgood acquisition nicely because Allgood primarily covers the north and central Atlanta region, while Active’s footprint is more central and south metro Atlanta.
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – Target Specialty Products announced it will be holding its next Business Growth Webinar Series — titled "Secrets to True 90 Day Control of the Toughest Pests Under the Harshest Conditions" — on Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).
The presenter will be Brian Mount, technical services manager, FMC Global Specialty Solutions, who will provide an overview of FMC’s newest pest management product, Scion Insecticide with UVX Technology. The focus of this summer webinar will include tips for controlling tough summer pests in difficult conditions.