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Measures to Prevent Entry of Citrus Pests ‘Appropriate’

Measures to Prevent Entry of Citrus Pests ‘Appropriate’

Existing measures are effective at protecting the EU from two serious diseases that attack citrus plants. That is the conclusion of risk assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Phyllosticta citricarpa, the organism which causes citrus black spot, and Xanthomonas citri, which causes citrus canker. Both pathogens present a risk to […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2014

International news in brief – January/February 2014

Australia: Border immigration and snakes on a plane The Operational Science Program (OSP) within the Department of Agriculture uses entomologists and plant pathologists across Australia to identify pests and diseases detected by frontline biosecurity officers. A Mandarin rat snake (Euprepiophis mandarinus) was found on a Qantas plane at Sydney Airport. Coming from Asia, exotic reptiles […]

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International pest news in brief – November/December 2013 issue

International pest news in brief – November/December 2013 issue

Netherlands: Black sticky trap is an additional tool in fight against Tuta absoluta Koppert is introducing a new black version of the famous Horiver sticky trap.  Tests in Spain have shown that a black Horiver captures certainly twice as many Tuta absoluta a very harmful insect pest with a strong preference for tomato. Until now, […]

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Public Health

Facing the resistance crisis in Malaria Control by developing and evaluating “Resistance-Breaking” products

Facing the resistance crisis in Malaria Control by developing and evaluating “Resistance-Breaking” products

Prevention of malaria is best achieved by controlling the mosquito vector which, today in Africa relies almost entirely on the use of residual insecticides inside the home. Wide scale implementation of tools such as indoor residual spraying (IRS) and long lasting insecticide impregnated bednets (LLINs) have led to impressive decreases in malaria transmission in some […]

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IPC and PestEx scientific poster competition

IPC and PestEx scientific poster competition

International Pest Control magazine has teamed up with PestEx to launch a poster competition for innovative research in public health pest control. PestEx takes place on 25-26th March 2015 in London, and attracts a global audience of over 2,000 people. Reflecting the world-wide appeal of PestEx, entry to the poster competition is open to anyone […]

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Exploring the world of disease vectors in London

Exploring the world of disease vectors in London

In October 2012, the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases hosted ISNTD Bites, the  first parasitology and vector-control conference to showcase and discuss major issues surrounding vector evolution and control methods. To continue on the momentum of this event the second ISNTD Bites, a year on, provided emphasis on disease & vector surveillance methods and […]

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Agriculture

The effect of hydraulic nozzles on the deposition of <em>Steinernema feltiae</em> through a crop canopy

The effect of hydraulic nozzles on the deposition of Steinernema feltiae through a crop canopy

Growers strive to minimise the impact of crop pests in order to increase yield and quality of horticultural products supplied to an exacting market.  A wide array of crop pests such as Frankinella occidentalis, Delia radicum and Thrips tabaci can be controlled at the larval stage with soil applications of entomopathogenic nematodes. Two techniques exist […]

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Fumigant and repellent activity of six essential oils against the Red Palm Mite in Trinidad

Fumigant and repellent activity of six essential oils against the Red Palm Mite in Trinidad

Abstract Fumigant and repellent tests were conducted to evaluate the efficiency of six essential oils (clove, banana, jasmine, peppermint, eucalyptus and cassia) against Raoiella indica. Oils tested had attractant or repellent properties at different concentrations. Cassia and peppermint oils exhibited both repellent and vapour-phase mortality effects at 1% oil concentration and > 88% mortality over […]

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Underground fungal networks activate plant alarms against pest attack

Underground fungal networks activate plant alarms against pest attack

Insect pests are a major cause of damage to the world’s commercially important agricultural crops. Food crops are destroyed by over 10,000 species of insects and cause an annual loss of about 13.6% globally (Benedict et al. 2003) and 23.3% in India (Dhaliwal et al. 2010). During a pest attack, plants, being immobile, do not […]

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Forestry

Tropical epiphytes and collateral control with copper fungicide

Tropical epiphytes and collateral control with copper fungicide

 Weeds are plants growing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Grasses and broadleaved weeds grow under and around trees to compete with their root systems for water and nutrients, and in the case of tall vigorously growing weeds around small stature trees for light and space as well. ‘Lower’ plants like lichens, mosses […]

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Alert over caterpillar pest in London and Berkshire

Alert over caterpillar pest in London and Berkshire

People in parts of London and South East England are being reminded this Spring by the Forestry Commission, Public Health England and local authorities not to touch caterpillars of the Oak Processionary Moth, which are beginning to emerge in oak trees in these locations. They are also advised to keep children, pets and livestock away […]

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Hypovirulence hope for management of sweet chestnut blight

Hypovirulence hope for management of sweet chestnut blight

In 2012 sweet chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, was found for the first time in the United Kingdom (UK) on trees imported from France in 2007 and planted at two sites, one in Warwickshire in the West Midlands and the other in East Sussex in southern England. If the UK plant health […]

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Special Features

Exploring the world of disease vectors in London

Exploring the world of disease vectors in London

In October 2012, the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases hosted ISNTD Bites, the  first parasitology and vector-control conference to showcase and discuss major issues surrounding vector evolution and control methods. To continue on the momentum of this event the second ISNTD Bites, a year on, provided emphasis on disease & vector surveillance methods and […]

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Company Profile…IGEBA – First choice fogging equipment

Company Profile…IGEBA – First choice fogging equipment

For ages, human beings have suffered vector borne diseases and agriculture crop loss; due to attack by pests and other vermin that attack stored products, causing severe damage. In view of the increasing environmental difficulties, choosing the right pest control application technique, to protect the environment and public health, is becoming of greater importance. Since […]

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Advances in flying insect control improve food  safety

Advances in flying insect control improve food safety

The  European horse meat scandal dominated  food  safety  headlines in  2013.  How  the  supply  chain became contaminated is still a topic for debate and the controversy will no doubt rage on in boardrooms around the world. In the wider context of legislation, the Food Safety Modernisation Act introduced by  the  FDA in  2011  is  impacting  […]

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Amenity Horticulture

Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an important pest of fruits and vegetables. To counter them, some home gardeners use pheromone-baited traps that are designed to attract, trap, and kill them. However, new research from entomologists at the University of Maryland suggests that the traps may actually increase stink bug damage to […]

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Himalayan Balsam and its control on the River Monnow in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

Himalayan Balsam and its control on the River Monnow in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera is sometimes cultivated for its flowers but is now widely established in counties such as the British Isles and the United States and in some situations has become an invasive species weed. Aggressive seed dispersal, coupled with high nectar production which attracts pollinators, often allows the Himalayan Balsam to outcompete native […]

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Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

The right combination of compounds produced by a beneficial fungus could lead to grasses that require fewer pesticides and are safer for wildlife and grazing animals, according to Purdue University scientists. Neotyphodium is a fungus called an endophyte. It lives symbiotically, feeding off many species of grasses while providing the grass with protection from insects […]

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Latest Posts

Service Pro Inc. Announces Commercial Mobile Application for ServSuite on iOS, Android, and Windows Tablets

Service Pro Inc. Announces Commercial Mobile Application for ServSuite on iOS, Android, and Windows Tablets

| April 9, 2014

Service Pro Inc. a trusted resource for enterprise class Pest Control Software (www.theservicepro.net) and leader in mobile application development for PCO’s worldwide is proud to announce their newest version of ServSuite Mobile for Commercial Applications.  This version will extend all of the operational efficiencies that customers currently expect from ServSuite Mobile, but will now offer […]

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Measures to Prevent Entry of Citrus Pests ‘Appropriate’

Measures to Prevent Entry of Citrus Pests ‘Appropriate’

| April 2, 2014

Existing measures are effective at protecting the EU from two serious diseases that attack citrus plants. That is the conclusion of risk assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Phyllosticta citricarpa, the organism which causes citrus black spot, and Xanthomonas citri, which causes citrus canker. Both pathogens present a risk to […]

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Facing the resistance crisis in Malaria Control by developing and evaluating “Resistance-Breaking” products

Facing the resistance crisis in Malaria Control by developing and evaluating “Resistance-Breaking” products

| April 2, 2014

Prevention of malaria is best achieved by controlling the mosquito vector which, today in Africa relies almost entirely on the use of residual insecticides inside the home. Wide scale implementation of tools such as indoor residual spraying (IRS) and long lasting insecticide impregnated bednets (LLINs) have led to impressive decreases in malaria transmission in some […]

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Service Pro adds Holt as Territory Manager in Sales and Training

Service Pro adds Holt as Territory Manager in Sales and Training

| April 1, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio, (eReleases) Service Pro, developers of ServSuite, one of the most popular and powerful Pest Control Software solutions (www.theservicepro.net) is proud to welcome the newest member of the team, Adam Holt, as Territory Manager of Sales and Training. Holt comes to Service Pro with a strong background in Entomology, training field technicians and a […]

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Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

Stink Bug Traps in Gardens may Increase Damage to Tomatoes

| March 25, 2014

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an important pest of fruits and vegetables. To counter them, some home gardeners use pheromone-baited traps that are designed to attract, trap, and kill them. However, new research from entomologists at the University of Maryland suggests that the traps may actually increase stink bug damage to […]

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Urban pest management:  an environmental perspective

Urban pest management: an environmental perspective

| March 22, 2014

Editor: Partho Dhang. Published by: CAB International, 2011. ISBN-13: 978 1 84593 803 1. 248 pp The book consists of a series of chapters, each written by a different author. The choice of chapter topics ranges from the control of specific pests (e.g. bed bugs, mosquitoes, termites), pest control in specific environments (e.g. schools, low-income […]

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Pesticide drift and the pursuit of environmental justice

Pesticide drift and the pursuit of environmental justice

| March 11, 2014

Jill Lindsay Harrison. Published in 2011 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press USA in the Food, Health and the Environment series. ISBN 978-0-262-51628-0 Paperback This book is really about environmental justice for those living on or near farm land which includes a large number of immigrant farmworkers, concerned about pesticide use in California and […]

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IPC and PestEx scientific poster competition

IPC and PestEx scientific poster competition

| February 13, 2014

International Pest Control magazine has teamed up with PestEx to launch a poster competition for innovative research in public health pest control. PestEx takes place on 25-26th March 2015 in London, and attracts a global audience of over 2,000 people. Reflecting the world-wide appeal of PestEx, entry to the poster competition is open to anyone […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2014

International news in brief – January/February 2014

| February 12, 2014

Australia: Border immigration and snakes on a plane The Operational Science Program (OSP) within the Department of Agriculture uses entomologists and plant pathologists across Australia to identify pests and diseases detected by frontline biosecurity officers. A Mandarin rat snake (Euprepiophis mandarinus) was found on a Qantas plane at Sydney Airport. Coming from Asia, exotic reptiles […]

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