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Urban Pest Management - An Environmental Perspective. 2nd Edition

216 Pages
Hardback:ISBN : 978-1-80062-292-0
ePDF:eISBN : 978-1-80062-293-7
ePub:eISBN : 978-1-80062-294-4

2nd Edition

Edited by: Partho Dhang

The management and control of pests in the urban environment in the 21st century faces many challenges. Pest populations adapt to changing conditions brought about by environmental changes caused by global warming, human population growth, and increased pollution. Urban pests are able to expand their ranges, densities, and habitats, sometimes causing large-scale damage and disease.

This book provides collective insights from academic and industry experts on perspectives concerning urban pest management and regulatory innovations arising from the rapid onset of recent environmental challenges. Chapter topics address pest biology, advances in urban pest management practices, emerging urban pest control developments, new technologies, and regulations.

The book describes new methods of pest control, their impacts on human health and the environment, and strategies for integrated management limiting the use of chemicals. It provides a practical resource for researchers and policy makers in pest management, urban health, medical entomology and environmental science.

This title provides:

An up-to-date and comprehensive resource on environmental urban pest management.

A resource designed to appeal to pest control operators, public health professionals, and a range of field workers, as well as researching academics and graduate students.

Insights from both academic and industry experts together in one volume.

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Urban Pest Management – An Environmental Perspective. 2nd Edition Book review

Urban Pest Management – An Environmental Perspective. 2nd Edition

Key Questions in Urban Pest Management

May 2022
216 Pages
ISBN 9781800620155

By: Partho Dhang, Independent Consultant, Philippines, Philip Koehler, University of Florida, USA, Roberto Pereira, University of Florida, USA, Daniel Dye II, Brooker, Florida, USA

Urban pests are common all over the world. These include cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, bed bugs, ticks, fleas, ants, termites, rodents and others. These pests thrive in human structures, where there is food, warmth and places to hide. Urban pests are one of the leading causes of illnesses in humans due to allergies, bites, food contamination and phobias. They can also cause significant damage to property and structures.

Knowledge and training in this field is vital for professional and trainee pest managers. This book is specifically intended to provide an aid to such candidates. The book contains 500 multiple-choice questions (and answers) grouped into the following major topic areas:

· The history of urban entomology
· Household pests
· Cockroaches
· Flies
· Mosquitoes
· Bed bugs
· Termites
· Sporadic pests
· Stored product pests
· Vertebrate pests
· Pesticides and pesticide formulations
· Handling pesticides
· Integrated Pest Control

Produced in a convenient format that can be used at any time in any place, the book allows the reader to learn and revise the subject and much more. Its structure allows the study of one topic area at a time, progressing through a simple introduction followed by key revision questions, many of which require students to use their practical knowledge. The answers to each of the questions are provided at the end with short explanations wherever appropriate.

£19.99 | €23.99 | $27.99

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Urban Pest Control - Practitioner's Guide

May 2018
126 Pages
ISBN 978-1786395146

This book provides a handy set of information to practitioners engaged in urban and household pest control. Written following a non technical script, containing illustrations and multiple coloured pictures the book is a useful tool for self learning as well as for training fellow practitioners. The book contains simplified pest identification keys, a vital tool for field technicians to use on their job. Even though the book is written with a Asian audience in mind, the coverage is worldwide.

The book in addition to its core contents covering common urban pests also includes a fair amount of related topics in pest control such as methodologies in pest control, latest formulation in use, information of pesticide handling and tips on rational marketing. Overall the book serves as a complete guide to existing practitioners around the world and also for individual who are keen to venture into pest control business.


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IPM for the Urban Professional: A Study Guide for the Associate Certified Entomologist

IPM for Urban ProfessionalOctober 2015
208 Pages
ISBN 9780996667401

Designed as a study guide for those pursuing the ACE (Associate Certified Entomologists) program run by the Entomological Society of America. Founded in 1889, the ESA has nearly 7,000 members today. IPM for the Urban Professional also serves as a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of integrated pest management (IPM); basic classification, identification points, and pest biology; an outline of pesticide concepts; and an overview of important safety and regulatory issues. The book fills a gap in the structural pest control book market: It is far more comprehensive than an introductory overview, but does not get bogged down in the details on specific management techniques for every structural pest.

IPM for the Urban Professional is designed to be used in conjunction with the NPMA Field Guide as a comprehensive way for a person to prepare for their ACE examination. Written in a light and conversational tone, it will be widely used and adopted by newcomers to the industry as well as long-time professionals.

The publication is not a field guide, a technician’s handbook, an insect identification key, or to be seen as a comprehensive book encompassing all aspects of the pest management professional. That said, as a study guide, it covers in the first 9 chapters, topics from defining IPM, to how to select appropriate control methods, pesticide safety and insect taxonomy and biology. Almost half the publication covers the seven major groups of arthropod pests (insects, spiders, ticks, mites etc.) with some clear and informative guidance on taxonomy for beginners e.g. all insects are hexapods but not all hexapods are insects, and as vertebrates can act as hosts to invertebrate pests, Chapter 10 even concludes with three pages on this topic.

Although written from an American perspective, as noted in the foreword by Dr. Austin Frishman, BCE-Emeritus, “This is a must-read for anyone in this industry whether they are going for their ACE or not.”

Article published in International Pest Control – January/February 2016 issue.

ESA members & ACEs: $75 / Current ACE applicants: $49 / Non-members: $94

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Urban Insect Pests: Sustainable Management Strategies

September 2014
249 Pages
ISBN 9781780642758

With 15 chapters and 21 contributing authors, this book is a completely current review of best pest management strategies with, in addition to the expected chapters on headline pests such as bedbugs, also considers among other chapter titles, ants, termites, mosquitoes, filth flies, fleas, and timber beetles. Written by experts in their field, from the US, Europe, Australia and South East Asia, the book highlights how urban insects, like any other insects, are resilient and successful organisms in the natural world. Only a lack of understanding leaves them considered intruders in the urban environment. As the approach by the pest control industry seems to revolve around pest control products, the practice of controlling urban pests becomes centred on elimination of infestations from homes and buildings without properly addressing the possibilities of future infestations and how to avoid them.

This book brings together global knowledge to discuss, not just the pests but the importance of new technologies, improved designs, modification of environments and public awareness. This is very much a partner publication to the earlier 2011 publication, Urban Pest Management, An Environmental Perspective (P Dhang Ed.).

The new publication emphasizes that pests in urban environment cannot be permanently eradicated. Thus there is a need to develop sustainable methodologies to contain pest. With increasing restrictions on how and where pesticides can be applied and a decreasing armoury of products being made available to today’s pest control professional Urban Insect Pests reviews best practice methods, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how public awareness can help in reducing pest infestation sustainably.

This book will serve as valuable resource for pest control specialists and researchers alike in the field of entomology and urban pest control.

Article published in International Pest Control – November/December 2014 issue.

 £85.00 / $160.00 / €110.00

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Urban Pest Management: An Environmental Perspective

October 2011
248 pages
ISBN 9781845938031

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 housing), the use of specific insecticide formulations (e.g. baits, microencapsulation), the role of monitoring in detecting infestation and targeting the response, and the role of regulatory agencies in ensuring that pest control is properly carried out.

The book contains several examples that illustrate how recent improvements in pest management across a broad range of fronts, have reduced the quantities of insecticide used. For example, the chapter on termite control in Australia shows how the switch from liquid insecticide application to insecticide baiting, has reduced the quantity of active ingredient used per home, from 16,200g down to 1g. In addition to such technology-driven advances, there have also been improvements in the strategies of insecticide use.

The chapters covering Integrated Pest Management illustrate how implementation of a carefully designed IPM programme in schools across seven US states, resulted in a 71% reduction in insecticide usage and a 78% reduction in pest complaints. The chapters covering the regulatory issues around pest management do not provide specific examples of pesticide use reduction, but do provide very useful insight into the wide range of approaches and aspirations of regulatory agencies, intended to reduce the inapropriate use of pest control measures and increase their sustainability.

The scope of this book is potentially enormous, and it has clearly been a challenge for the editor and individual authors to condense the recent improvements in pesticide use, into only 248 pages. Nonetheless, the book would have been even more useful had it contained more quantitative data, together with operational examples of the successful implementation of the strategies discussed, although the comprehensive references should enable the reader to uncover such examples. Overall however, this book will prove a very useful source of information, not only to those seeking an environmental perspective on pest control, but also to anyone involved or interested in current urban pest management.

Review by Clive Boase

Review published in International Pest Control – January/February 2014 issue.

 £90.00 / $170.00 / €115.00

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Rodent Pests and Their Control

Rodent Pests and their ControlNovember 2016
432 Pages
ISBN 978184593178

The most numerous of the world's invasive species, rodent pests have a devastating impact on agriculture, food, health and the environment.

In the last two decades, the science and practice of rodent control has faced new legislation on rodenticides, the pests' increasing resistance to chemical control and the impact on non-target species, bringing a new dimension to this updated 2nd edition and making essential reading for all those involved in rodent pest control, including researchers, conservationists, practitioners and public health specialists.

£95.00 / €125.00 / $180.00

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Climate Change Impacts on Urban Pests: CABI Climate Change Series

Climate Change Impacts on Urban PestsNovember 2016
192 Pages
ISBN 9781780645377

This is the first book to review the influence of climate change on urban and public pests such as mosquitoes, flies, termites, ticks and rodents, with respect to population, distribution, disease, damage and control.

It thematically addresses how climate change impacts on pests differently in urban than natural areas, focusing on increased temperatures of urban locations, the effect of natural disasters, the manner of land use and human habitation. Climate Change Impacts on Urban Pests presents up-to-date knowledge for researchers in urban pests, entomology, and public health, scientists and policy makers involved in climate change, and urban pest management specialists.

£75 / €100.00 / $125

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