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Posted on January 11, 2013 with No Comments
Stink bugs are still a problem in New York.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent a stink bug infestations..
J.P. McHale Pest Management offers the following stink bug prevention tips:
The best way to address overwintering pests is also the most difficult: exclusion. These insects are adapted to exploit tiny cracks and crevices leading to safe harborage areas. Eliminating entry points is a guaranteed way to provide long-term control. Here are just a few tips to keep overwintering pests out of your home.
- Screen exterior vents that lead into the home
- Seal pipe chases and openings around wires with expanding foam
- Eliminate cracks, crevices, and openings around doors, window frames, fascia, etc. with caulk (silicone)
- Replace or repair damaged screens or doors
- Remove window air conditioning units that provide direct access to interior
If an infestation has developed, a licensed pest professional should be contacted to evaluate and assess the severity problem.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), so named for the production of an alarm pheromone when disturbed, is an invasive species introduced to Allentown, PA in the 1990’s. This insect is approximately 3/4 of an inch long, has a 5-sided, shield-shaped body, and can be distinguished from native stinkbugs as having an alternating black and white pattern on wing margins and light-colored bands on the antennae. The BMSB feeds on plant juices with piercing/sucking mouthparts, thus damaging fruit and rendering apples, pears, peaches, etc. aesthetically unacceptable for sale. From September to November, BMSB seeks southwest-facing, light-colored structures such as rocks, homes or offices. Gaining access through tiny cracks and crevices, stink bugs can enter homes in large numbers to spend the winter. When ambient temperatures warm up in the spring, stink bugs emerge from their overwintering phase and leave homes from April to June.
If you see Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in your home, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Posted on November 26, 2012 with No Comments
The plan involves creating a clearinghouse for existing tools and information and increasing demand for school IPM.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its strategic plan for school IPM, detailing the Agency’s role reducing pest and pesticide risks to children and staff. EPA has committed to creating a clearinghouse for existing tools and information, increasing demand for school IPM by working with state agencies, school-related professional associations and others, and creating a center of expertise for school IPM based in Dallas, Texas. The Agency has also committed to growing four stakeholder-led working groups that have been advocating for and supporting adoption of high-level IPM in schools since 2007 with funding from EPA, the USDA Regional IPM Centers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others. EPA’s strategic plan can be downloaded here.
Posted on July 2, 2012 with No Comments
The research of two Mississippi medical professionals — Dr. Richard deShazo and Dr. Jerome Goddard — brought the nation some welcome news in 2009: Bed bugs leave nasty bites that are hard to treat but no evidence exists to indicate they spread disease.
Tiny bed bugs will suck your blood but do they carry disease?
Their article appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association and landed them a spot on NBC’s “The Today Show.”
Until the review by deShazo, chairman of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Medicine, and Goddard, a Mississippi State University an entomology professor, little was known about the risks associated with bed bug bites.
Three months ago, deShazo and Goddard published a paper in the American Journal of Medicine on treating the blistering psychological effects of bed bug attacks.
In the 2009 article, their research determined bed bugs do not transmit dangerous diseases such as HIV or hepatitis. Even today, though, deShavo is not entirely sure the parasitic bed bugs are entirely free of pathogens.
“We have to keep a close eye on this,” he said.
One problem in assessing bed bug bites, according to deShazo, is that many bite victims have no reaction at all. Many others will get only a brief itch.
But “people who develop allergies to them or are bit repetitively get these skins reactions that persist for weeks.
“We use to miss them because it was such an unusual thing. But now we look for them when people come in with a rash.”
He estimates that around 40 percent of bite victims have some kind of irritation reaction. Fortunately for the victims, no reports of post-bite lethargy or lingering aches and pains have been reported.
Nonetheless, a person with open sores from bites could incur infections of some sort, according to deShavo, who does a weekly call-in show on Mississippi Public Radio titled “Southern Remedies.”
In their recent article in the American Journal of Medicine, deShavo and Goddard concluded that bed bug infestations and associated bites produce a variety of emotional and psychological reactions. Some of these may meet criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, they said, though more research is needed to determine to what extent PTSD may occur after attacks by bed bugs.
“It is not a surprise that awakening from sleep with severe itching associated with the visible presence of bed bugs on the skin and bed covering may cause panic, a sense of isolation, embarrassment, and insomnia,” they wrote, and concluded that bed bug attacks “cause moderate-to-severe psychological effects and PTSD in certain susceptible individuals.”
Source: Mississippi Business Journal
Posted on May 9, 2012 with 2 Comments
New federal labels are coming on line that will restrict how pest management professionals use pyrethorids.
The revised pyrethroid labels contain mandatory and advisory language in two areas: environmental hazard statements and directions for use including “To protect the environment, do not allow pesticide to enter or run off into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters.”
Applicators are advised to apply the product in calm weather when rain is not predicted for the next 24 hours. Liquid concentrate users should rinse application equipment over the treated area, and broadcast granular users should sweep granules off sidewalks, driveways and streets back onto the lawn or garden to help avoid run off to water bodies or drainage systems. “In our judgment, these changes to the label are advisory, not mandatory, and are not enforceable,” said Rosenberg.
JP McHale Pest Management has reviewed the new restrictions with our staff and all technicians are thoroughly educated and trained to follow such protocols. For more information on the changes being made to pyrethroid labeling, you can visit the the Fact Sheet in the Pesticide Section on the EPA’s website; or read The National Pest Management Association’s public policy on changing pyrethroids.
Posted on May 3, 2012 with No Comments
Being a partner with Copesan has allowed JP McHale Pest Management to form an alliance with premier pest management companies that are united as a single entity for the sole purpose of providing quality pest solutions to businesses with locations throughout North America.
JP McHale Pest Management is devoted to serving the pest management needs of the residential, commercial, and national account market throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
As a Copesan client, you can expect:
- Technical expertise applied at the local level
- A service program supported by a vast network of knowledge
- IPM service specialists trained in the most advanced pest management techniques
Posted on April 10, 2012 with No Comments
JP McHale Pest Management Inc. provides pest control services the tri-state area including White Plains! Our techician’s love visiting the city of White Plains where we offer all of our services, including Full Service Pest Control, Tree & Turf Programs as well as EnviroCare Air Quality Restoration Programs.
Pest Control Company - White Plains, New York
Did you know that White Plains is the commercial hub of Westchester County, an affluent suburban county that is home to almost one million people, just north of New York City. It is located in south-central Westchester County, about 4 miles east of the Hudson River. White Plains is bordered to the north by the town of North Castle, to the north and east by the town/village of Harrison, to the south by the town/village of Scarsdale and to the west by the town of Greenburgh.
JP McHale Pest Management is located in Buchanan, New York. Here at JP McHale 100% customer satisfaction is our #1 priority. We want to make sure your business, employees and family stays healthy and pest free in and around your home or office.
If you have any pest or environmental concerns, we can help protect you! We value all feedback and we want to make sure your experience with us is pleasant.
Posted on April 2, 2012 with No Comments
|The male spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, can be identified by the dark spots near the tips of its wings.
|Peter Jentch, senior extension associate in entomology, set apple cider vinegar traps in the Hudson Valley Laboratory grape vineyard in March. Such traps are one way for growers to monitor the spotted wing drosophila.
Late last summer, a single fruit fly dropped into a vinegar trap in the Hudson Valley, alerting extension specialists to spotted wing drosophila’s (SWD) arrival to New York state. This tiny fruit fly may spark big changes for growers of berries and other soft-skinned fruits in the Northeast this summer.
“Based on what is occurring in places like Michigan and North Carolina, I expect the SWD to be a serious issue for small fruit growers in New York,” said Cornell professor of entomology Greg Loeb. “Until now, we have not had to spray a lot of insecticide on our small fruit crops, but SWD could be a game changer for pest management.”
An Asian native, Drosophila suzukii first appeared in California in 2008 and subsequently became established in the Southeast. Hurricane Irene is credited with helping it expand northward last year to the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes and Long Island.
According to Loeb, summer fruits with soft skins are at risk, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries and strawberry varieties, which produce fruit through late summer. Grapes are potentially at risk, but they do not appear as vulnerable as the others.
Although the SWD are small — about the size of common kitchen fruit flies — their damage to crops can be massive. Adult females use specialized, serrated ovipositors to stow their eggs beneath the fruit skin. The maggots that subsequently hatch from them destroy the fruit’s commercial value.
“Although unappealing, eating fruit that might contain SWD is not harmful or poisonous to consumers,” noted Julie Carroll, fruit IPM coordinator with New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.
To prevent crop losses, Cornell research and extension specialists hope to reach all potentially affected growers before the growing season starts.
“The punctures from egg laying are so small that they will be hard for growers to spot with the naked eye,” Carroll said. “Growers will likely first notice infested fruit, which will develop darker, soft regions as the SWD develop.”
Monitoring is the first line of defense, according to Peter Jentsch, senior extension associate in entomology at the Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, N.Y.
“It’s crucial to determine the earliest appearance of SWD adult females to prevent the onset of egg laying,” Jentsch said. “With only 10 to 15 days from egg to egg-laying adulthood, populations can erupt very quickly, making them difficult to control as harvest approaches.”
According to Carroll, two insecticides have been granted special approval for use this season, including one for organic production. However, guidelines for spray regimes will likely evolve over the growing season, in part because the newcomer harbors some secrets. For example, although the insects are presumed to be present all summer, they don’t show up in traps until late summer or early fall. In addition, sprays must be carefully timed to target the adult stage, because the eggs and worms are shielded by the fruit.
“What’s most important is for growers to be tuned in to their Cornell Cooperative Extension specialists and extension entomologists, because there is a lot we will learn as the season progresses,” Carroll said.
Researchers plan to use this growing season to learn as much as they can about the SWD. Loeb and collaborators have initiated five local and regional research projects to better define effective control, including trials to test pesticide efficacy, monitoring to determine what crops are most at risk, and alternative approaches to managing SWD populations, such as “attract and kill” traps and repellants.
Source Credits: Cornell University; Amanda Garris is a freelance writer in Geneva, N.Y.
Posted on March 28, 2012 with 1 Comment
Sham products, wacky wives’ tales, harmful behavior…Consumers hear about all kinds of crazy treatment approaches and are going to ask PMPs whether they work, said Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, entomologist at Cornell University.
A consumer told Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association, she was investing in silk sheets because you can’t “get” bed bugs with them.
A quick Internet search found several do-it-yourself pest control remedies to rid the pests: applying lavender oil or cayenne pepper to the bed, scrubbing one’s skin with a dry bristle brush and washing hair with a tar-based shampoo.
Unfortunately, a do-it-yourself approach to bed bug control can turn dangerous. In a 2011 survey conducted by NPMA and University of Kentucky, PMPs reported consumers had:
- Doused a room and its contents with kerosene, gasoline or diesel fuel.
- Sprayed themselves with off-the-shelf pesticides.
- Treated furniture and themselves (even bathing) with isopropyl alcohol.
- Over-used and misapplied (sometimes illegally gained) pesticides without regard to label rates or the presence of children.
- Sprayed mattresses with pesticides not labeled for that use, such as garden or agricultural products (or even pesticides not labeled in the United States).
- Applied hairspray, lighter fluid and undiluted bleach to bedding.
- Covered the floors, furniture and bed in pesticide dusts and diatomaceous earth.
- Set off excessive bug bombs or foggers in a room.
- Used space and commercial heaters in an attempt to heat-treat a room.
- Set the mattresses and furniture on fire.
Educating consumers has never been more important. It’s best to leave bed bug control to the professionals.
Content source: Pest Control Technology
Posted on March 27, 2012 with No Comments
Warm weather means that ticks will be out early and spring and summer are on track to be a horrific season for lyme disease. Are you prepared?
The Wall Street Journal reports that The Center for Disease control (CDC ) is conducting the first study of its kind to determine whether spraying the yard for ticks can not only kill pests, but also reduce human disease. “Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity at CDC’s bacterial-illness branch, says preliminary results from about 1,500 households indicate that a spray reduced the tick population by 60%.”
The Wall Street Journal Online has an interactive display that you can click on to learn how to prepare your yard for tick season. Some of the recommendations include:
Firewood piles and bird feeders should be kept away from your house.
Restrict the use of ground cover and plants that may attract deer.
Keep your grass mowed.
Keep your pets out of the woods.
Consider having targeted pesticides applied as a targeted treatment barrier.
JP McHale’s Pest Management Tick Protection Program can help protect your family and pets from diseases carrying ticks. Ticks are very small insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, mice, deer, and, of course, people. A tick will latch onto the skin, dig in its feeding apparatus, and then bite. When the tick is full, it swells in size. Then it drops off the host, only to repeat the cycle again later.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, landscaping, and integrated pest management. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tick-borne diseases as well.
Applications are recommended based on statistics generated from the Center for Disease control studies that show reported cases of Lyme Disease. Statistically New York and Connecticut continue to be the areas with the most reported cases of Lyme Disease. Organic Treatments to reduce tick population are available upon request. As well as a free risk assessment for you property.
Please contact us if you are interested in our Tick Protection program.
Posted on March 14, 2012 with No Comments
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a system for reducing pesticide risk and exposure to humans, particularly children. Put simply, IPM is a safer and usually less costly option for effective pest management in a school community.
The EPA Region 2 recently reached agreements with the New York State Pest Management Association (NYSPMA) and the New York City Pest Management Association (NYCPMA) to have these organizations promote to their membership adoption of IPM as the day to day operational method. The same is also talking place in other EPA Region 2 states. For more information visit the EPA website or contact JP McHale Pest Managment Inc.