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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.

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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

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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