Pest in the News: Cockroach in the White House

Pest control is once again in the minds of many people as news about the White House, the home of U.S. President Barack Obama, being plagued with roaches hit the internet this week.  This is not the first time in the 213-year history of this famous landmark that problems on pests and pest control became news. Thirty six years ago and also in the month of September, then President Jimmy Carter was furious when mice scampered across his office during a state visit of the Italian Prime Minister. …

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Keeping its commitment to raise the standards of pest control in the Philippines, Bio-Tech Environmental Services Philippines, Inc. successfully passed the second surveillance audit on its ISO 14001: 2004 certification early this month.  The Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars, a global independent third party certification body, performed the annual audit of the company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) at the Main Office in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The maintenance of ISO standards helps leading companies keep their edge in many industries especially because of the continual improvement framework…

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Why effective cockroach control products fail?

cockroach control

At the hands of the untrained, cockroach control products, no matter how effective, are a “hit-or-miss” affair.  Today’s pest control products, especially the recently developed ones, are more specific and targeted, thus safer to humans and non-target organisms.  This characteristic while desirable also demands more from those who intend to use it effectively and efficiently. Pest control professionals are expected to possess product knowledge, have undergone technical training and have acquired practical skills necessary to employ the right product at specific pest situations.  In the case of baiting…

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Cockroach personalities and urban pest management

Cockroach personality interview

Have you ever wondered why certain commercial or residential areas get reinfested by cockroaches sooner even though cockroach treatment was more or less uniform in all areas? Differences in environmental characteristics like temperature, humidity, and availability of food and hideaways surely contribute to the persistence of these pests in such problem areas. But there is another factor that is less often considered when designing a pest management program for German cockroaches: personalities. For example, there are variations in the attraction of German cockroaches to baits. Entomologists and pest…

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Pest Contro Association of the Philippines hosts Pest Summit 2012

“Protecting the future, Sustaining the Industry” That was the theme of this year’s Pest Summit held last October 24 to 26 at the Ecoville Resort and Convention Center in the beautiful island of Boracay, Philippines. Organized by the Pest Control Association of the Philippines (PCAP), the Pest Summit 2012 drew delegates from the ASEAN region and other parts of the world including pest management professionals, researchers and members of the academia, innovators, and representatives of pest management-related industries. The Pest Summit is an international biennial conference on urban…

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