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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

The Science behind Cedarshield Wood Stabilizers

All woods and bamboo contains two different forms of moisture. They are referred to as  “FREE WATER and BOUND WATER.  Free water harbors in the fiber structure of the wood.  Bound water is found in the Hydroxyl molecule that is the sole make up of cellular compounds. A hydroxyl molecule has two tails. A hydrogen tail and a oxygen tail. The uptake of these two compounds creates H20 or water. Expansion and contraction of wood is created when the hydroxyl molecules take on more or less airborne or liquid moisture.
CedarShield is a solvent treatment.  Solvents will instantly displace free water from the fiber structure of wood.  Certain silanes used in the CedarShield formulation are water scavengers.  Since they are of extremely low molecular weight they are capable of penetrating the cell wall structure of the molecule and attacking the water inside the molecule. The water is then replaced with a Si-Jel Matrix, a pliable silicone compound made up of silicone and cedar oil.  This phenomenon is created by a catalytic conversion that uses the bound water to trigger a hydrophobic reaction inside the hydroxyl molecule.  The un-utilized and excess water is then released and exits the wood in the form of ethanol gas. The Cedar Oil component of the formulation is a synergism which allows the solution to bond with the water and subsequently water proofs the wood from the inside out. It further performs as a termiticide and a fungicide that provides additional protection to the wood.
Summary:  When the hydroxyl group molecule is stabilized, the wood is moisture free. The hydrogen and oxygen tails of the molecule are sealed from liquid or air borne moisture and cannot expand or contract as they would in non-stabilized wood. Stabilized wood cannot move and therefore no cracking, splitting, cupping or warping will take place. Fastener rejection is eliminated. Subsequently, the absence of moisture becomes the absence of issues as the early stages of wood Petrification are triggered.  Petrified wood is moisture free wood laced with silicone deposits. The cedar oil component of the formulation is encapsulated in the wood and provides perpetual protection from insect and fungal organism attack.
CedarShield is next generation technology at its best.  It is a patented formulation that when applied correctly provides a ONETIME-LIFETIME Treatment to wood and bamboo of any species.

December 9, 2008 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

The Absence of Moisture is the Absence of Issues”

HOW TO USE CEDARSHIELD DECK-DOCK-FENCE-LOG CABIN

CedarShield is a PENETRANT, not a coating. It is a unique substance that will quickly wick its way through the entire fiber structure of wood. CedarShield will enter the Dark Growth Rings of the wood (spring rings) and from there migrate to all of the surrounding sapwood within the timber. After treatment with CedarShield the wood will no longer expand or contract and will be rendered 100% dimensionally stable. CedarShield is a solvent based wood treatment. CedarCide solvents displace water in wood. CedarShield is a blend of Texas Red Cedar Oil and liquefied Quartz Rock suspended in a White Mineral Oil solution. The Cedar Oil is a Anti-Microbial and a Termiticide. The Quartz substance is a silicon glass-like compound and moisture scavenger. The White Mineral Oil is the carrier that delivers the Cedar Oil and Quartz deep into the fiber and cellular structure of the wood. After application and the internal catalytic conversion back to quartz occurs, the treated wood will take on the early characteristics of PETRIFIED WOOD. “The Absence of Moisture is the Absence of Issues” and from treatment time forward, no moisture will inhabit the wood and subsequently, no insect or wood rot issues will ever affect the timber. CedarShield is a clear transparent liquid which looks similar to water and is about the same viscosity. It is best applied by using a Tank Sprayer often referred to as a pump up garden sprayer. For best aesthetic results we suggest cleaning the surface of the desired treatment area prior to application. REMEMBER, CedarShield will not alter any existing colors or appearances. What you have when you start is what you will have when finished. However, CedarShield will kill any mold or fungal issues on the surface and will arrest any Wood Rotter problems the wood may have. It will effectively penetrate any previous applied stains or coatings but be advised that removal of foreign elements will always create a more eye appealing result. The use of a High Pressure Washer will help in the restoration of the original appearance of the timber by removing the UV graying and impregnated dirt particles. Numerous deck cleaners are available for this purpose. None of these will compromise the CedarShield treatment. SAFETY FIRST:

CedarShield is not considered a hazardous compound. However, in the spirit of safety it is always a good idea to wear eye protection and gloves when handling paints and solvents. Use soap and water to wash away any spillage or to remove any accumulation on your skin. Flush your eyes liberally with water if you accidentally get some in your eyes. If you spill some on your clothes, we suggest you change clothing as any long term exposure to a solvent could create a rash. Always wear a breathing mask when using air assisted spray equipment. (paint guns) If protective clothing is not worn during overhead treatments, we suggest a change of garment is in order upon completion of the treatment process.

APPLICATION TIME:

Application is best accomplished in the heat of the day. Wood expands and contracts with heat until it is treated with CedarShield. Application in warmer temperatures accelerates the penetration levels by expansion of the wood and will subsequently shorten the application time.

Horizontal Treatments:

Apply CedarShield to a defined area of approximately 100 square foot or less. Using the wand or spray head, discharge the liquid in a spray or mist, holding the nozzle very close to the wood. On horizontal surfaces keep applying the fluid until the surface appears glossy wet. Return to the starting point and reapply again when the solution has soaked into the wood. Repeat at least three times or until the last application appears to be resisting rapid penetration. CedarShield will then wick itself into the wood and the fluid will migrate vertically and horizontally throughout the fiber structure. Move on to the next designated area and repeat the above process. Make sure that you have enough liquid to finish the defined area as partial treatment will not produce a ONETIME LIFETIME result. Treatment from both sides is not necessary however adequate amounts of CedarShield must be applied to insure total penetration. For added Ultra Violet surface protection you can re-treat the surface with CedarShield at any later date. The absorption at that time will be minimal and the solution will be contained to the top surface area of the wood.

Vertical Treatments:

When treating Vertical surfaces, start at the top and treat in the direction of the bottom allowing any run off to be utilized by the untreated wood. Patience must be practiced when applying vertical surfaces as keeping the wood surface wet with solution is more difficult than on horizontal areas. Sometimes the use of a brush is more appropriate than the spray nozzle. Application with a airless gun is desirable for large areas such as Log Cabins and Fences. The Airless gun will inject the fluid instantly into the wood triggering a rapid wicking of solution and eliminating any tedious application efforts. Airless units are available at your local rental store. Be sure you request the SMALLEST NOZZLE available for the gun.

APPLICATION OF STAIN OR PAINTS:

Oil based stains or paints are recommended for application to CedarShield wood. These type of coatings are more adaptable to a solvent treatment than the water based formulas. However, either can be used effectively and without any issues. A 24 hour waiting time is recommended for Oil Based Stains or Paints. A 72 hour waiting time is required for Water Based Stains. Surface wear areas such as walkways and heavy traffic will experience higher levels of wear resistance when coated with oil based products. Paints and Stains will experience a extended adhesion when applied over wood treated with CedarShield as the wood will no longer “move”, the phenomenon that is responsible for rejection of all deck, dock, fence coatings and paints.

CLEAN UP OF EQUIPMENT:

Clean up is easy with CedarShield. There is none ! Simply put the cover back on the unused product and store in an area free from any open flame. The product has a perpetual shelf life and will always be ready for you to use on the next project, perhaps the bottom of the doors, door jams or sill plates that insist on rotting. Perhaps the sophet or facial boards of the buildings. Maybe the Picnic table or the children’s playground equipment. Ever think about using a tree stump for a table ? Treat the stump and it will be a permanent Petrified Stump.

December 4, 2008 at 2:19 am Leave a comment


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