A Model for Effective, Reduced-Cost Bed Bug Monitoring

While the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) can target all varieties of human habitats, it is a significant concern in settings such as multi-unit, low-income housing, especially those for the elderly or disabled, where the pest can spread easily and resources for management of the pest are often limited.

However, a new study published in March in the Journal of Economic Entomology offers encouraging evidence that a simple monitoring plan can effectively detect bed bug infestations and potentially reduce management costs. The results show even just one passive pitfall trap placed in a studio or one-bedroom apartment can detect low-level bed bug infestations four out of five times.

Karen Vail, Ph.D., professor and extension urban entomologist at the University of Tennessee and lead author of the study, says the success rate was similar to those found in studies of monitoring plans with greater numbers of traps. “The lower cost of using fewer monitors and less time required to place them may encourage pest management professionals and housing managers to use them more frequently and thus detect bed bugs before they spread,” she says.

Vail and research specialist Jennifer Chandler conducted their study in three high-rise apartment buildings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the winter of 2014. They tested two pitfall-style traps and one sticky trap, and they also varied the number of traps placed per apartment (one, two, or four). Over the course of the eight-week test period, the pitfall monitors detected bed bugs in 79 percent to 88 percent of apartments where bed bugs were otherwise confirmed to be present. The sticky monitor, however, had only a 39 percent detection rate. In the apartments with pitfall traps, there was no significant improvement in detection when placing two or four monitors versus placing just one.

Vail says her long-term goal aims to show housing managers that quick visual inspections combined with optimal number and placement of pitfall monitors can be cost effective and increase adoption of proactive monitoring for bed bug infestations. “Housing managers must realize early detection will provide savings due to reduced treatment costs and that they should avoid basing monitoring program selection exclusively on the cost of the monitoring program alone,” she says.

The full article in the Journal of Economic Entomology can be found online here.

Spotted-wing Drosophila Canadian Webinar Series – Highlights

The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) Canada has new information available on its website regarding the topics presented at a Spotted-wing Drosophila Canadian Webinar series held during the winter months of 2016-17. The series included four sessions highlighting updates on research and extension activities across Canada and management gaps. The webinars were delivered by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group.

The technical working group on Spotted-wing Drosophila (SWD) was established in 2012 in response to grower concerns about Spotted-wing Drosophila in Canada, particularly in tender fruits including cherries, blueberries, caneberries, and grapes. The SWD Technical Working Group (TWG) was mandated to determine research activities, outreach efforts, and priorities related to the detection, monitoring, biology, and management of SWD. The Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group Membership is composed of key researchers, experts and stakeholders and provides scientific and technical advice to the Canadian Horticulture Council – Pest Management Centre Invasive Alien Species Coordination Group (CHC-PMC IAS CG).

Subscribe to The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) e-mail notifications here.

9th International IPM Symposium – Session Proposal Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a concurrent session is next Monday, April 24. This is your opportunity to develop a proposal for a session on your favorite topic, and to educate, engage and learn from attendees from around the world. For this event, your program committee especially encourages proposals that address our theme, and include IPM user perspectives in agriculture and communities, including growers, facility managers, consultants and others.

The 9th International IPM Symposium will be held March 19-22, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Symposium is your premier global event for professional development, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture, communities, and natural areas, with the least impact on health and environment.

In 2018, we will organize around a very important theme, IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability.

Session proposals must be submitted online by Monday, April 24, 2017 for full consideration and may address any aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including research, extension, regulatory, policy and IPM in practice. You will find the online submission form here.

This call is only for multi-speaker sessions, not for individual presentations. If you are interested in participating in a session as a speaker and not the organizer, please contact Michelle Marquart.

Please circulate this announcement to your IPM colleagues.

The proposals should include the title, a proposed slate of speakers, and a 250-word abstract. Program sessions will be organized in ninety-minute time blocks. In addition to multiple speaker sessions, planners will also welcome proposals for discussion, roundtable, or question-and-answer formats on specific topics.

Visit for topic ideas and more details.

Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium..

April 2017 Issue of IPM Insights Published

The April 2017 issue of the Northeastern IPM Center’s newsletter IPM Insights is now available to view and download here. In this month’s edition you can find the following articles:

Beyond Agriculture: The Whole Farm Approach to Pests
Change can be rapid or slow in forming, requiring years of stimuli, until one day something clicks, or just makes more sense.

Applying the “Whole Farm” Concept to Apartment Buildings
That cockroach creeping across your neighbor’s apartment floor is certainly spewing forth tiny asthma-triggering allergens—a vicious band of Wild West gunmen raiding the whole farm of human dwellings.

Plants Have Natural Defense Systems
Some plants emit chemical “help” signals that call natural enemies— such as beneficial insects— to their aid.

New videos from the from the Northeastern IPM Center’s YouTube page are also available to view.

School IPM Coordinator workshops by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is pleased to announce two fall training dates and locations, plus a couple of single day workshops for Overton in May and Amarillo in September.

Location: East TX Area
Date: May 24, 2017
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 FM 3053 N, Overton, TX 75684

Location:Panhandle Area
Date: September 19, 2017
Registration Deadline: September 15, 2017
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo, TX 79106

Location: Houston Area
Date: September 27 & 28, 2017
Registration Deadline: September 24, 2017
Humble ISD: Summer0 Creek High School 14000 Weckford Blvd, Houston, TX 77044

Location: Concho Valley Area
Date: October 18 & 19, 2017
Registration Deadline: October 13, 2016
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 7887 U.S. Highway 87 North, San Angelo, TX 76901

To register for one of these courses visit our conference services website here or call 979-845-2604 Keyword: School IPM
Class time is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with an hour for lunch.
Advanced Cost: $210 for both days, $135 for one day only
Late Registration and Day of Event Fee $240 for both days, $155 for one day
All class participants will receive a 3-ring notebook with necessary forms and paperwork regarding school IPM program implementation.

Day One – Required New Coordinator Training
This class fulfills Texas state requirements for IPM Coordinators under Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 7, Subchapter H, Division 7 School IPM. The course instructors help coordinators understand their role in the school IPM program and help prepare them for TDA inspections. The course will cover legal requirements for schools, an introduction to IPM, how to monitor your schools under the new requirements, and a hands-on exercise to understand the difference between Green, Yellow and Red Category pesticides. Students are encouraged to bring their questions regarding their program and a willingness to learn new things.
Instructors Day 1: Dr. Don Renchie, Dr. Mike Merchant, and Ms. Janet Hurley (Note for One Day Training instructor is Janet Hurley)

Day Two – Advanced Coordinator Training
Advanced training is for both experienced and new school IPM coordinators. This training will offer 6 CEU credits for those who are licensed under the Texas Department of Agriculture 3A/Structural Pest Control Service or need hours towards their school IPM recertification. This year our second day will focus on rodents, cockroaches, school gardens, Ag science programs, and staying in compliance with School IPM rules.
Instructors Day 2: Dr. Mike Merchant, and Ms. Janet Hurley