The Buzz about Integrated Pest Management

Evidence of Pesticides in Farmland Streams and Groundwater:

The Heinz Center Reports … In this study it was found that all of the streams monitored in farm areas had “at least one pesticide at detectable levels throughout the year, and about 75% had an average of five or more.” In 83% of the streams, at least one pesticide was present in amounts exceeding aquatic life guidelines. In 4% of the cases, human health standards were also exceeded. Groundwater fared better. Although 60% of farm wells had pesticide at detectable levels, less than 1% exceeded health standards.

http://www.heinzctr.org/media_clippings/trade/Know_your_environment.htm

A 2006 US Geological Survey review of 51 studies over ten years reported that 96% of fish, 100% of surface water, and 33% of major aquifers sampled from 1992 to 2001 contained one or more pesticides. Nearly 10% of stream sites and 1.2% of ground water sites in agricultural areas, and 6.7% of stream and 4.8% of ground water site in urban areas contained pesticides at concentrations exceeding benchmarks for human health derived from US EPA standards and guidelines for drinking water.

Our human body is similarly contaminated with pesticides, pesticide-related compounds and other synthetic chemicals. A 2002 study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers.  A total of 167 chemicals were found in these individuals, none of whom worked with chemicals occupationally or lived near industrial facilities. Of the 167 chemicals found, 17 were pesticides or pesticide breakdown products. Seventy-six were carcinogens, 94 neurotoxins, and 79 developmental or reproductive toxins.

Pests can also become resistant to pesticides, increasing control costs, crop losses or other pest damage. Many natural enemies of pests are killed by pesticides, freeing pests from these natural controls.

Please see our previous post on a study  concluded that Bed Bugs and may be other bugs may have developed resistance to conventional Pesticides and Insecticides.

Let us introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM)!

IPM is an approach to solving pest problems by applying our knowledge & experience about pests (A pest is an organism which has characteristics that are regarded by humans as injurious or unwanted) to prevent them from damaging crops, harming animals, infesting buildings or otherwise interfering with our livelihood or enjoyment of life.

IPM means responding to pest problems with the most effective, least-risk option. It is control and Management of such nuisance pests by attempting to prevent, control and prevent without initially using any pesticides to kill or eradicate the pests.

IPM  is designed to target the troublesome pest, and limit the impact on other organisms and the environment. Using pesticides to crops, animals, buildings or landscapes on a routine basis, regardless of need, is not IPM. Spraying of pesticides are always the last resort in an IPM program.

Pesticides are powerful chemical solutions for responding to persistent pest problems. It’s not smart, effective or affordable to use these chemicals when they are not necessary.   Using IPM to prevent pest problems and minimize reliance on pesticides is the best solution for a healthy environment for everyone.

In recent years the majority of new pesticide registrations have met criteria set by EPA for “minimum risk” including lower hazards to human health and non-target organisms, and reduce potential for contamination of groundwater, surface water, and other environmental resources.
These EPA “minimum risk” pesticides include bio-pesticides, which are naturally occurring substances, microorganisms, or insecticidal substances produced by plants containing genetic material introduced specifically to control pests.

December 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

New York City Bed Bugs are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides

University Study Reports : New York City Bed Bugs are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides.  Bed Bugs which was mostly eradicated, but have outsmart the current Chemicals and insecticides called Pyrethroids… mainly deltamethrin.

This study states that in urban areas like New York City, the chemicals or insecticides used are shown to be ineffective. The failure to control these blood – sucking pests is evident and toxicologists have shown that some bed bugs have developed resistance to Pyrethroid Neurotoxins. In the past spraying pyrethroid Toxins was effective because these Nervous system poisons paralyzed these bugs and killed them, but this is no longer the case, because these bugs have developed resistance to these Nervous System Poisons. Resistance means mutations are acquired over time with Pyrethroids, which resulted in neuronal pores no longer respond to the toxic effects of such pyrethroids. Toxicologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Korea’s Seoul National University show that these pores in New York City bed bugs are now as much as 264 times more resistant to deltamethrin.

The researchers are not sure how widely this resistance has spread, that is, whether the bugs that infest hotels, apartment buildings and homes in places other than New York City have developed the same type of immunity to chemical control. But as Clark notes, “This type of pyrethroid resistance is common in many pest insects and the failure of the pyrethroids to control bed bug populations across the United States and elsewhere indicates that resistance is already widespread. The researchers are not sure how wide spread this resistance is, whether the bed bugs that are resistant are common in Hotels, Motels, Hostels, Homes, Apartment complexes only in New York city or such Pyrethroid resistant bugs are also in other states. Immunity to chemical control may be widespread due to the fact that this type of pyrethroid resistance is common in many pests, insects, parasites and also the failure of the pyrethroids to control bed bug populations in many other States indicates that resistance is already widespread. The researchers collected hard-to-control bed bugs from New York City, plus easy-to-control bed bugs from an untreated Bed Bugs in Florida, The New York Bed Bugs was determined to be highly resistant (264 times more resistant) to deltamethrin compared to the Florida Bed Bugs by contact exposure. They found that resistance was not due to the increased breakdown of Pyrethroid chemicals (in this case deltamethrin) by the resistant bed bugs but appeared to be due to an insensitive nervous system. For additional information please visit http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/547929/

We like to take this opporchunity to comment that our Bed Bug control products do not attack the nervous systems of the BUGS but either clog the breathing pores of the insects on their body or force them to molt. Thus it is safe to us, our children & pets plus Bugs cannot develop resistance to our Non Toxic and Organic products.

January 16, 2009 at 12:14 am 2 comments

Greenhouse Gases and Pest Control

Why Controlling Termites will reduce in Greenhouse Emissions:

Actively seeking green solutions and learning how we can reduce the Greenhouse Gases has become part of my everyday living, you may wonder what that has got to do with Pest control.  Below is a table which shows the factors  that determine how much impact a particular greenhouse gas has. 1. Global Warming Factor (GWF) – its ability to absorb and then release heat. The GWF is  set to 1 for carbon dioxide (CO2). The values for the other gases indicate their potency relative to CO2.

2. How much of the gas there is in the atmosphere. This table shows both factors for some greenhouse gases. Although CO2 is a weaker greenhouse gas than the others, there is much more of it in the atmosphere, so it has the greatest impact.

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Global Warming Factor         Concentration parts (ppb*)

Carbon Dioxide – CO2         1                                              379,000
Methane – CH4                      21                                             1,760
Nitrous Oxide – N2O           310                                        320
Chlorofluorocarbons – CFCs  5,000 to 14,000       less than 1

* parts per billion

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Lets take a closer look at Methane CH4

Methane is produced naturally by bacteria called methanogens, which feed on plant and animal material in environments with no oxygen. Methanogens live under stagnant water in swamps, where they produce bubbles of methane called “swamp gas” or “marsh gas.” Methanogens also live in the digestive systems of animals, where they help to break down grass and other organic matter into nutrients. Termites produce a lot of methane. Each termite produces only about half a microgram per day, but there are so many of them in the world that together they produce about 20 million tons per year.

Some agricultural activities also produce methane. Rice is usually grown in flooded fields. The stagnant water covering soil encourages methanogenesis like in a swamp.

So controlling Termites will not only save our homes & other structures but also reduce Methane, which will also reduce Methane release thus help our planet.

January 12, 2009 at 12:11 am 2 comments

Enzymes A BIO-STIMULANT : Golf Course

A BIO-STIMULANT WHICH REDUCES WATER USAGE ON FAIRWAYS AND GREENS -

Alters the tension of water which helps release bound up soil nutrients and improves water absorption and retention capabilities preventing drought and excess water turf stress ~ protein enables plants/grass to absorb moisture better. May be used in sprinkler systems, hose-end sprayers, and large tank sprayers. PEST POPULATION GREATLY REDUCED – Can be applied manually or through irrigation systems. Each application reduces the current insect population. Kleen Green is an approved bio-pesticide. Enzymes breaks down the outer shell (exoskeleton) of an insect, causing death quickly. Algae in ponds will be thing of the past. Works great to clean the Golf carts and equipment.

Digests grease, dirt and germs causing bacteria inside club, with its superior odor control. Since enzyme products are designed to be incorporated into water at very low levels; its introduction into the environment will not create an unsafe situation. All regulated components of products have been rigorously tested for human safety, biodegradability and aquatic safety using the guidelines listed below:

http://www.xerobugs.com/gediklgr.html

December 16, 2008 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

Enzymes used in Golf Ball Washers

GOLF BALL WASHERS – Kleen Green� Enzymes contains natural enzymes that safely breakdown contaminants caused by dirt and residue from golf balls. Prevents water molds and eliminates odors. Safe for all surfaces; rubber, plastic and metal. Will not harm grass beneath the ball washer. Mix one ounce per one gallon of warm water, dispense directly into ball washer. For ball washers with apparent odors, mix two ounces of product per one gallon of warm water. Use as often as ball washers are refilled with fresh water.

Kleen Green  Naturally Enzymes are bacteria free. Our enzymes have the ability to absorb odors, providing a clean and natural smelling ball washer. Enzymes slowly eat sludge and other organic contaminants, which means less maintenance. Ball washers are full of contaminants, such as grass, mud, pesticides and fertilizers. Enzymes have the ability to break down these contaminants and stop cross bacteria contamination.

Like it or not, golfers will lick their golf balls. If a golfer notices a spot on their golf ball, they will lick it off, meaning whatever was in the ball washer will now be in the golfers system. Kleen Green Enzymes stops cross-bacteria contamination and makes it safe for golfers to lick their golf balls.

December 16, 2008 at 2:07 am Leave a comment

Non Toxic Bio Agent kills Bed Bugs, Fleas, Mites, Lice

BED BUGS HAVE INVADED THE NATION
Do you wonder what has been biting you and your children at night ? Chances are it was a bed bug. Not since the bed bug outbreak of the 50′s has there been such a increase in the population of this blood sucking pest. History reveals the 50′s epidemic was brought under control with the use of a nerve gas by-product called DDT. But alas, this carcinogenic is no longer available for use in controlling parasites.

Furthermore, it is no longer prudent, legal or politically correct to use organophosphates, carbomates or pyrethroid substances to eradicate this pest.  And rightfully so. Millions of Americans exposed to these toxins have fallen victim to incurable ailments ranging from breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, autism, compromised immune systems and other ongoing ailments.
I like to introduce  a Biological Product used in the control of parasites such as bed bugs, fleas, ticks, lice and mites. This breakthrough technology will go down in history as the greatest arthropod control invention ever formulated. Exposure to the treatment results in INSTANT DEATH to its recipient.

However, the level of safety is so high it can be applied to new born mammals and their nursing mothers. Unlike chemical counterparts that attack the nervous system of the insect to prompt its demise, This new technology delivers the cedar oil active ingredient in a NANO size molecular weight that instantly triggers closure of the bed bugs breathing spherical pores and its subsequent suffocation.
Bed bugs are nocturnal. In the wee hours of the morning they visit their human victim. They hide in the beds headboard, the folds of the mattress, in the cavity of the box spring, in your luggage, in your shoes, in the ceiling and baseboard trim of the room, in the electrical outlets, dresser drawers and behind the pictures on the wall. They travel up to 150 foot a night in search of a blood meal that you or your children will provide. They hitch a ride home in your luggage or clothing after your stay at the highest quality hotels in the World who often remain in denial as to their high levels of bed bug infestation. Your children bring them home from the College dormitories. Their best friends deliver them to you in their overnight bags. Just a cure that results from their eradication. Our non toxic and Chemical Free BEST YET formulation is the undisputed solution and the preferred method of bed bug eradication.

December 15, 2008 at 12:11 am 1 comment

Deter Snakes by eliminating Moles & Grubs

SNAKE-MOLE-GRUB CONTROL

SMG Concentrate is formulated with Cedar Oil and Ethyl Lactate Bio Solvents. In concert with a water carrier, the two actives are instrumental in both killing and surfacing Grubs from the infested turf currently harboring this destructive insect. The eradication of Grubs interrupts several food chain cycles. The food source for Moles is Grubs. Moles tunnel in the areas below the turf in search of Grubs.

The food source for Venomous and heat seeking Snakes are Moles. Snakes frequent Grub infested turf in search of the Mole. SMG when applied properly will eliminate the EGG LAYER CYCLE of the Grub. After treatment and subsequent to the surfacing of the existing Grub population, the aroma of Cedar Oil will repel the May Beetle or June Bug. Future generations of Grubs will be avoided by repelling the bug that lays the egg, that evolves into the Grub worm.

Areas continually treated with SMG manually or through a irrigation system will be perpetually Grub free. Venomous Snakes, like non beneficial insects are pheromone driven. The aroma of Cedar Oil masks existing Kairomones (aromas) as well as impairs the mental faculties of the Snake and deters them from entering the area. Initial treatments with SMG should be done to obtain a 1 inch depth penetration of moisture in the soil. Suggested application with a hose end sprayer or any other type of high volume water disbursement device is recommended. Application prior to rainfall will promote the leaching of SMG into the soil and enhance the treatment results.

The treatment is effective on numerous species of insects including but not limited to Mosquitoes, Flies, Fleas, Chiggers, Ticks, Mole Crickets and others. SMG will dissolve the eggs and larvae of all insects. SMG is classified as a Minimum Risk Pesticide by the EPA and is Safe to use around Children and Pets. It is recommended for use on any type turf such as Residential, Commercial and Golf Course. No applicators license is required. Recommended application rate is 400:1 to a soil penetration of 1 inch.

December 14, 2008 at 11:12 pm 1 comment

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