Pest Control Alerts

The Pest Control Alert is an email newsletter and blog from UGA for the structural pest control industry. These Alerts are designed to anticipate industry needs and to use UGA resources to address emerging issues like pesticide resistant insects, integrated pest management of emerging pests (Africanized bees, kudzu bugs, Formosan termites, etc.) and pesticide regulatory changes. The newsletter is coordinated by the Center. The key contributor to the Alerts, the Urban Pest Management Program at the UGA Griffin campus, responds to challenges with up-to-date research, reports and trainings.

The Pest Control Alerts are emailed to nearly 500 people, many of whom share the information with co-workers. An on-line readers survey indicates that 96% of those responding have learned something they plan to use from the Alerts. The Alerts are impacting the Georgia structural pest control industry!

Examples of industry comments on the Pest Control Alerts include "Timely news - your site DELIVERS!" and "Keep them coming."

Extension personnel comments include "I ... always learn from your alerts. Our industry professionals also love to receive it as I pass it on to all of them." "Our office staff and Master Gardener Volunteers use these pest control alerts to educate themselves for our clients. These alerts let us know what is out there."

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Latest Pest Control Alerts

Zika Virus and Outdoor Workers: Include Insect Repellent on your list of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Inherently, agricultural and outdoor workers experience a greater risk of mosquito bites that can vector illnesses such as chikungunya, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, and Zika virus disease.  The CDC and EPA recommend using EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol to protect workers against these infections. Fact sheets and posters have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) outlining the Zika virus to promote education and communication regarding practices to reduce worker exposure.

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Limit Access to Food to Practice Proactive Pest Management

Smokybrown cockroach nymphs

Proactive pest management begins with identifying the pest and using information on the biology of the offending creature to decide upon a plan of action. One of the main methods of proactive pest control is to limit the pest’s access to food. Information is taken from the UGA publication Management of Pest Insects in and Around the Home.

Home IPM Workshop planned for August 13

The IPM Workshop Program is scheduled for the UGA-Griffin campus on August 13, 2015. This training addresses the development of critical thinking skills required for pest management professionals to develop an IPM mindset. Workshop programming includes classroom lectures and discussion, on-site demonstrations, identification laboratories, and interactive field activities. During the insect identification laboratory session, participants will see dozens of pest species commonly found in Georgia’s urban environment.  Find more info here

Georgia’s Arboviral Survey results available in the Georgia Mosquito Control Association newsletter

Results from the latest Georgia’s Arboviral Survey were published in the Georgia Mosquito Control Association newsletter. In 2014, Georgia reported 13 human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), with 1 death. Eleven (84.6%) of the 13 cases experienced WNV neurologic illness (altered mental status, paralysis, encephalitis, and/or meningitis) and 2 (15.3%) were diagnosed with WNV fever. See the entire survey in the May edition of DIDEEBYCHA, the newsletter of the Georgia Mosquito Control Association.

Water is the condition allowing many household pests to persist

Do you recognize this cockroach and know how to control it?

The preferred living environment for most humans also provides the necessities many pests need to live.  This is the reason pests enter homes, businesses, and schools. What is the most important condition allowing many types of pest infestations to establish and persist inside? If we can remove this condition, pest control measures can be much more effective.

Pest Management: EPA’s Managing Pests in Schools Website Updated

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed our Managing Pests in Schools website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information on school Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones. The address for the new website is

May has been warmer and drier

Temperatures are running about 1.5 degrees above the 1981-2010 normal, while the precipitation is much below normal and in some areas none has fallen at all.  Atlanta broke their record for the driest start to May before finally getting rain on 5/17.  Athens GA is the driest May to date on record and Macon is tied for the driest, although rain is likely at both locations this week. For the rest of the month, warmer than normal temperatures are expected to continue.  Rainfall is expected to increase and may even be above normal for the rest of the month, although it will be spotty.

Florida Scientists Discover Super Termites, and They’re Not Genetically Modified

Formosan subterranean termites and Asian subterranean termites are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas. Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males mating with Asian females  and their hybrid offspring seem to grow colonies twice as fast as their parents.

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