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Cockroaches on remote control may save humans

Cyborg Cockroach

Cockroaches, labeled by many as the ultimate household and commercial pest, may turn out to be the insect to count on in the event of a disaster. Fortune.com has recently featured a research that could make cyborg roaches unlikely allies of emergency first responders in navigating disaster wreckage.  A cockroach with miniature camera can be controlled remotely to get a first look at the situation.  Click on the image to the right to learn more about the said study that utilizes video game technology also used in Xbox….

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Food processing plants can be shut down due to cockroach infestation

Foster Farms truck courtesy of NBC news

Don’t underestimate the power of insect pests over your business.  Business owners in the food and hospitality industry, especially restaurants and hotels, are very conscious of what pests can do to their brand and image.  Food manufacturing firms should be equally aware that infestations can shut their operations down and tarnish their reputation as well. This is what happened to a poultry plant in California where United States Department of Agriculture inspectors found cockroaches in its fresh chicken processing facility.  The inspection and resulting shutdown are in line…

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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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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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