NCSU Entomology graduate Samantha McPherson is the 2019 recipient of the North Carolina Pest Management Association Graduate Student Scholarship. The $1500 scholarship is awarded annually by the NCPMA’s Education Foundation. Samantha is working under the direction of Dr. Jules Silverman and Dr. Coby Schal and studying diet affects the reproductive success of German cockroaches.
Researchers at NCSU have published a study showing that “Total Release Foggers” (or “TRFs”) are ineffective at controlling German cockroaches. The study published in BMC Public Health found that the foggers do not reach areas where cockroaches may be hiding and can increase pesticide concentrations in homes by as much as 600X (a median of 85X). Baiting is far more effective at controlling German cockroaches and reducing potential asthma triggers that result from infestations and the use of certain insecticides. For specific details of the study, click HERE
In the aftermath of severe weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, cleanup efforts are complicated enough without being hampered by a host of pest problems. Visit the Cooperative Extension Disaster Website for helpful information about cleanup and controlling pests.
- Pest Problems After Storms and Other Disasters
- Protective Measures of Beehives During Hurricanes
- NC Disaster Information Center
Read Dr. Matt Bertone’s article dispelling some misundertandings about spiders in our homes. – https://theconversation.com/should-i-kill-spiders-in-my-home-an-entomologist-explains-why-not-to-95912
The weather has turned favorable to outdoor activity but some pests, such as termites, might also turn their attention to indoors as well. Visit this page for more information about termites: https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/2018/04/april-showers-bring-may-flowers-and-termites/