August 2014
Upcoming Events





KPMA Annual Summer Meeting Was a Success!
The Kentucky Pest Management Association held their annual summer meeting on July 30. Thank you to our great speakers, exhibitors, and attendees for making this one of the largest attended summer meeting. We are already looking forward to next year.
Mosquitoes Taste DEET and Other Repellents 
Mosquito repellents have been a popular form of personal pest-mitigation for several decades. Until recently, it was believed that DEET (and other repellent compounds) simply interact with odor-recognizing cells inside female mosquitoes and prevent them from landing and feeding. Dr. Jillian Stanford and researchers from Towson University and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Beltsville, MD, have discovered an interesting physiological twist in the interaction between mosquitoes and repellents. By collaring yellow fever mosquitoes, Aedes agypti, the team was able to attach tiny sensors to the area of a mosquito's mouthparts that first contacts human skin, and record electrical impulses in response to different repellent compounds. By measuring and comparing cellular activity after exposure to salts, sugars, and repellents (including DEET, picaridin, and others), the scientists determined that at least three sensory cells within the mouthparts were stimulated, one for each of the tested 'tastes'. This could mean that a mosquito that was undeterred by smelling DEET, may land on someone and then decide against feeding, if the person's skin tastes like DEET.

The paper, titled, "Gustatory receptor neuron responds to DEET and other insect repellents in the yellow-fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti" was published in the journal Naturwissenschaften.
Geographic Information System 

Geographic information technology (GIS), a term used to describe the collection, management, and manipulation of data according to location, has been used to improve outcomes in urban pest management, especially for public health pests in municipalities, for years. A collaboration between scientists and public health officials in Madrid, Spain, has yielded a long-term analysis of an implemented GIS program in Madrid. The program mapped a variety of pest sightings, treatments, environmental, and socioeconomic data; culling information from public health officials and even citizen complaints. For example, a map of Madrid was generated showing citizen sightings of rats overlaid with information about rat bait consumption over the same area. This type of information can improve pest management outcomes and fine-tune overall prevention and treatment efficiency.

This research, "Geographic information technology applications for urban integrated pest management" was conducted by José-María Cámara, Pilar Torres, and Manual García-Howlett and presented at the 2014 International Conference on Urban Pests in Zurich, Switzerland.

A Peek Into the Future of Termiticides? 

The active ingredients available for use in pre- and post-construction soil treatment have proven to be effective and easy to apply; however, that doesn't mean there isn't always a push towards the future and what could drive the next-generation of termite control strategies. Researchers from Louisiana State University and Xavier University, led by Dr. Lucas Veillon, have been investigating the possibility of using myo-inositol (a compound sold as a dietary supplement) and phytic acid (a common compound in plant tissue) as toxicants to the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus. Both compounds are non-toxic to mammals, yet were toxic to Formosan termites within two weeks of feeding on treated filter paper, provided high enough concentrations of the compounds were present. Interestingly, the number of endosymbionts that help termites break down and obtain nutrition from cellulose were reduced after termites were fed myo-inositol. The applicability of these compounds as active ingredients in termiticides may or may not be realized over the coming years, but at the very least, entomologists are amassing more and more knowledge about termite biology and behavior that will lead to new solutions over time.

This paper, titled,"myo-Inositol and Phytate Are Toxic to Formosan Subterranean Termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)" was published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Economic Entomology. Click here to read this paper. Please note, only ESA members will have access to this paper.

Last Chance to Submit Your Nominations for NPMA Awards Submission deadline: August 29

There are only a few days left to submit your nominations for the NPMA Women of Excellence Award and the NPMA Young Entrepreneur Award! Click here to learn more about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award and here to learn more about the NPMA Young Entrepreneur Award. 
Important Hotel Information for PestWorld 2014
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is completely sold out. Please call 800-227-1500 and ask to be placed on the waiting list. NPMA has made additional rooming arrangements with the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. Click here to make reservations at the Sheraton. Please note, this hotel is not within walking distance of the event. Click here for more PestWorld details and registration. 
Mark Your Calendar for the Global Bed Bug Summit 2015 

Save the date for the Global Bed Bug Summit, Jan. 7-9 in Denver, Colorado. The Global Bed Bug Summit is designed to provide you with the information you need from a legal, technical, business, and customer-oriented perspective so that you can not only eliminate the bed bug problem, but also create an environment of trust between you and your customer. Click here for more details and registration. 
Should OSHA Compliance Keep You Up at Night?
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by NPMA's Marcia Duke & Matt Coffindaffer
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The Mobile Revolution - Are You Ready?
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Lee Gientke
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Pollinators, Neonics...What PMPs Need to Know! 
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Dr. Rick Fell, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech and NPMA pollinator health advisor, and members of the NPMA and PPMA public policy and public affairs team.
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Managing the Unmanageable: Considerations for Control of the Brown Dog Tick
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Phil Kaufman, University of Florida
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