Thursday, October 23, 2008

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Monday, October 20, 2008

New Insecticide for Chinch Bugs, etc.

On August 28, the FDACS conditionally approved the registration of Dupont’s insecticide chlorantraniliprole (Acelepryn®) to control chinch bug, white grubs, and lepidopteran pests on turf grass, ornamentals, landscapes (interior/exterior), soil areas, and other sites. The EPA registration number is 352-731. (FDACS PREC Agenda, 10/2/08).

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sevin Use May Be Terminated

Manufacturers of the insecticide carbaryl (Sevin®) have voluntarily requested amendment
of the registrations of that pesticide such that it would terminate uses in pets (except collars), pet premises, and all indoor applications. It would also terminate ULV application for adult mosquito control, and all applications by backpack sprayers. Lastly, it would terminate broadcast application of liquid formulation of carbaryl to residential lawns. The EPA is taking comments. Please contact the PIO if you would like to comment. (Federal Register, 8/20/08).

Other termination uses include: on wheat, millet, cotton, and fresh/succulent shelled beans and
peas (subgroup 6B), preplant dip or drench of seedlings or seed pieces, use on poultry or in
poultry houses. It would also terminate dust formulations on agricultural crops, application of granular formulations to leafy vegetables (except brassica).

To see the full article: Visit Chemically Speaking on the Web at: Speaking, September 2008 Page 6

Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Opportunities Available!

A full day learning about bed bug control using mobil fumigation trucks and heat treatment, plus bed bug biology and research updates were taught.
Differences in inspection time and accuracy were compared - dogs overwhelming beat humans in this task! This was a grant funded training, so it was free and CEU were provided.
If you missed it and need GHP, termite or fumigation CEUs please sign up for Pinellas County Extension's December 2nd class at and select "online class registration" button.

GHP Windfall - More Roaches to Control

UF entomologists warn that several new species of cockroaches may one day become common in Florida and the rest of the southern U.S.

As if Floridians aren’t bugged enough by roaches, a growing interest among reptile enthusiasts to farm the insects as lizard food could result in several new cockroach varieties invading the state, University of Florida entomologists warn.

Phil Koehler and Roberto Pereira, researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, wrote an article in last month’s Florida Pest Pro magazine, alerting pest control operators and homeowners to be on the lookout for several new species of cockroach.

Their main worry is the Turkestan cockroach, which has made itself at home in the southwest United States after being brought in by military personnel and equipment returning from the Middle East.

The other types of roach they say Floridians could soon be in danger of stepping on include the Madagascar hissing roach, the lobster roach and the orange spotted roach, none of which are known to be established in the state.

“We have 69 species of cockroaches in the United States and 29 of them were brought in from other countries,” said Koehler, an entomology professor. “And now we have these new species being shipped into the state.”

Pointing at a hefty, 3-inch-long Madagascar hissing roach, he noted wryly: “People just won’t like having that around their house.”

Caladium & Landscape Field Day

CEUs offered. For information about the upcoming (Oct 14th) Caladium and Landscape field day at the UF/IFAS Balm Research and Education Center please visit: