December 10, 2010
Members of the Falcon team recently went to Lawrenceville, New Jersey and attended an intensive training course on bed bugs. Bed Bug University was put together by the great folks at Bed Bug Central. The class consisted of both classroom and hands-on, real-life bed bug situations. Bed Bug University is the premeiere bed bug training course in the United States and its founders have been featured on ABC, CBS, and CNN and more.
July 20, 2010
By Laurie J Schmidt from Popular Science
The new bug is the first with complete resistance to the parasite -- and it passes that gene on to its children
Scientists at the University of Arizona have successfully bred genetically modified mosquitoes that are 100 percent resistant to the malaria parasite, rendering the mosquito incapable of infecting humans with malaria.
For years, researchers have tried to engineer mosquitoes so that they're immune to the parasite that carries malaria -- a single-celled organism called Plasmodium. But previous attempts only succeeded in destroying about 97 percent of malaria parasites in mosquitoes' bodies. The difference between 97 and 100 percent might seem negligible, but Michael Riehle, who led the new study, says that 3 percent means the difference between success and failure. "If you want to effectively stop the spreading of the malaria parasite, you need mosquitoes that are no less than 100 percent resistant to it," he said.
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May 25, 2010
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Termidor termiticide/insecticide has a new label with updated use directions for general pest control.
“Termidor is a more inclusive pest control product than ever before,” said Dr. Bob Davis, market development specialist for BASF. “The new label directions provide pest management professionals with more specific guidance on using Termidor SC termiticide/insecticide and Termidor WG termiticide/insecticide for general pest control.”
The new Termidor label separates “outside surfaces” from “foundation perimeter,” with a listing of structures that includes residential, institutional, commercial and industrial buildings and utility enclosures.
“The improvement to the label directions adds clarity to treatment of structures beyond the one-foot up and one-foot out from the foundation treatments,” Davis said.
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April 07, 2010
Great Story on Bedbugs in Apartment complexes in the New York Times from March 22nd, 2010.
March 31, 2010
The Daytona Beach News Journal wrote a very entertaining piece about bugs coming back to Florida homes once Spring hits. We included a little of the story below, check out the full write-up here.
By AARON LONDON, TAKING UP SPACE
March 31, 2010 12:05 AM
Now Atlantic hurricane season doesn't start for a couple more months, and it will be a while before we get into that afternoon thunderstorm weather pattern, but Mother Nature's bounty is becoming increasingly evident with every passing day. That's right, the bugs are back.
Buzzing, flying, biting and certainly annoying, Florida's insect population is reemerging from its winter slumber to make its presence known once again.
It's estimated that there are 12,500 different species of insects roaming about the Sunshine State, and I think each and every one of them has taken up residence in my backyard.
Not a day passes that I don't see evidence of more and more insect activity in my tiny corner or our little corner of paradise.
For those who bemoan the decline of commercial development, I have several contractors from the ant world building elaborate insect condos all around my property.
These elaborate -- and sometimes mind-boggling -- efforts seem to pop up literally overnight and there doesn't appear to be any "No Vacancy" sign anywhere.