Pest Management Professional magazine( PMP ): Today, we are focusing one of the most resilient insects on Earth: the cockroach. With me today is the executive director of the Cockroach Promotion Board. So wow, there is an organization to promote cockroaches? Executive Director( ED ): To us, there is nothing strange about having an international board to promote cockroaches. It seems like any group needs to be represented. I convey, “youve had” national, district and local associations, don’t you?
PMP: Fair point. OK, let’s talk about a red-hot topic right now: Cockroaches are on the listing of Public Health Pests authored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency( EPA) in 2002, entitled PRN 2002 -1. Why is being on that list substantial? ED: Because commodities are developed and submitted to the EPA for enrollment, the agency decided to prepare a list of imminent public health pests that would require a data review to make sure any commodity claiming efficacy productions. By the action, we are not alone. The Public Health Pest list includes other insects, rodents, sure-fire wildlife, and microorganisms.
( MORE: View the 2002 Public Health Pest list, and the latest news on the updates to the 2021 roll .)
PMP: Here’s the timely part: The EPA recently proposed revises to the list, and we are looking forward a rewritten schedule by February. As things evolve, pests such as bed bugs have been added. ED: That is correct. But we’re proud to still be on the schedule!
PMP: Let’s talk treatment. How have the control measures you dread changed in recent years? ED: Well, your industry obviously has changed from scattering baseboards to exerting a targeted coming with baits. It seems like yesterday that cockroach sovereignty was the toughest challenge for your technicians. Now, it seems we’re more of a numbers game than a true-life technological challenge.
PMP: Why are cockroaches such a public health concern? ED: It has been established that cockroaches can be the source of allergens, and can trigger an asthmatic action in humen. While most of the public think of cockroaches simply as outraging and a nuisance, we do pose a serious health issue for wheezings. We also spread pathogens to everyone, as we work through contaminated neighborhoods like sewers and then onto human food.
PMP: Are you proud of your affect on human living? ED: We have been very successful, and vestige our pedigree back perhaps millions of years. We are survivors, and do well in nearly any part of the world. In warmer climates, we flourish outdoors; in all climates, we do well indoors.
PMP: Identifying a cockroach is easy, but restricting a cockroach down to genus so we can understand biology and attires can be hard. Can you clarify? ED: It is always best to take the time to properly identify, and then go to the sources and carefully apply the preferred produce per the label. But the working group recognizes recognizing cockroach nymphs in particular sometimes can be confusing. We even misidentify them as bed bugs sometimes! That’s why we recommend that your manufacture expand its qualifying focus from time adults of the categories, to more on what cockroaches can look like during the course of its entire life cycle.
PMP: Gee, you have been very forthcoming. Thank you for your candor. ED: You’re welcome. We’re not worried about our population decreasing. If the public preserves feeding the americans and leaving us access to water, we’ll always be around.
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