Missed Dennis Judy’s March 14 Webinar on Bed Bug Resistance? Watch it Here!

If you missed it, check out the March 14 webinar on bed bug resistance by Dennis Judy. In the webinar, Judy examined all aspects of resistance as well as how to combat it.

Resistance is the issue of synthetic pesticides becoming less effective over time in killing or controlling various pests. As species of pests evolve, they become more resistant to existing chemicals and harder to control. Judy, a longtime industry expert, discussed resistance overall, how it came to occur, best practices for resistance management, and the products that are experiencing issues with bed bug resistance.

Here’s a link to the recording!

https://www.gotostage.com/channel/b598dfa9867946d79b96efa9388c27ea

EcoRaider Featured in Two-Page Article in PCT Magazine about Effective Green Bed Bug Solutions

EcoRaider – the leading green bed bug product on the market, was featured in December’s issue of PCT Magazine in an article discussing effective green solutions for bed bug control. Click below to view the article as a PDF.

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INTERVIEW: How Bad are Bed Bugs? This month’s Interview is with a Midwest Housing Authority Executive Director

This month’s EcoRaider Interview is with Michelle Perkins, Executive Director of The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb. Home to Northern Illinois University, DeKalb is about 75-90 minutes west of downtown Chicago.

ECO: How much of a problem are bed bugs?

MP: It’s a national epidemic and even though we are incredibly proactive and our pest control firm is great and they have great documentation sometimes you just have more reclusive tenants that keep to themselves or they have shame with the bed bug stigma so the only time we find out is when it traveled to another unit.

We try to let them know it’s a part of quality living and it’s not about being dirty, it’s an issue and they were brought in from somewhere. Bed bugs will travel, they will hitchhike and it’s not that they have necessarily done something wrong. We’ve tried to demystify that.

ECO: Is there any pushback from residents?

MP: The biggest issue is trying to get them to comply. The procedures are somewhat complex when there’s an infestation so having the tenant bag everything in a clean bag put it in the free dryer to clean everything, and then put everything in a new clean bag while we’re working to get the unit decluttered – that is the biggest stumbling block.

ECO: Where are most of the bed bugs found?

MP: Definitely in the mattresses and you’ll find them in a Lay-Z-Boy or in couches. They’ll generally be there but they can hide everywhere: in dressers, cracks in wood, in outlets and they travel and hitchhike on shoes and backpacks on seats in theaters, planes and buses. Kids leave with backpacks and go everywhere with them and there’s all sorts of contact.

When someone is suspected of bed bugs, either they’ll come notify us or our pest management professional will find it during an inspection and come tell us that they think we have a live situation and we’ll have to talk about treatment and go from there. Bed bugs can lay dormant for like 18 months without a blood meal so without a mattress encasement or getting rid of them completely, they’ll come back again.

ECO: Are there any trends regarding bed bugs?

MP: People are paying more attention now. We are in a college town and there’s lots of college housing and any multi-family housing that’s where you’ll see the problems. I know you see them in single-family homes but it’s a much bigger problem in multi-family units. The fact that the bed bug issue is being talked about in city codes and in the media, and tenants are complaining to landlords wondering who’s responsible who’s the bad guy … That conversation is continuing to be had as people are paying more attention to the issue.

ECO: Do you use encasements?

MP: Yes we purchased them on a grant and the residents could pay us back $10 a month and that would allow them to use it. It helped and they were happy about it and they wanted them. It’s a good thing to do too because it’s proactive.

ECO: How important is it to have a Green or Natural bed bug solution?

MP: It’s very important. We don’t use any chemicals. Green responsibility is something that’s incredibly important to us. Also so many tenants have sensitive needs like respiratory situations and some fear the chemicals so we have a handful of units that are literally designated as “no spray.” The heat treatment is not a full solution you have to be 100 percent prepared to fight bed bugs. You can apply heat in one part and green products in another but there’s no perfect solution.

ECO: What advice would you give to a peer who handles bed bug situations at another housing authority?

MP: The worst thing you can do is panic. Be diligent and open the lines of communication. If you panic you’ll set off all sorts of bells and whistles and that stops the communication and that’s the key to getting things done. You have to be diligent and follow up and stay on top of it.

EcoRaider® Bio-Insecticide Expands Application Use to Include Perimeter Ant Control

EcoRaider®, the botanical bio-insecticide that gives Pest Management Professionals a fast, effective, and green bed bug solution with residual, is now effective for ant control applications.

EcoRaider is a botanical-based, broad spectrum bio-insecticide that has been very effective against bed bugs. The new application for ant control provides a strong natural solution that delivers both an immediate kill and long-term residual against ants.

Research by Purdue University’s Grzegorz Buczkowski, Ph.D., associate professor in the school’s Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management, shows that EcoRaider provides a number of key benefits, including:

  • Kills ants on contact in one minute
  • Repels ants for up to four weeks
  • Prevents foraging ants from penetrating structures
  • Disrupts existing ant trails

This new application of EcoRaider gives Pest Management Professionals a proven bio-insecticide for perimeter treatments that not only has a fast knockdown, but a long residual. The quick kill EcoRaider provides is ideal for eliminating perimeter ants immediately, while the residual lasts for up to four weeks – making a difference in keeping an infestation from coming back.

EcoRaider’s residual strength lies in its ability to repel ants for weeks, breaking their natural trails and disrupting infestation problems near a structure. In addition, EcoRaider is an indoor / outdoor product with no caution words making it ideal for homes with children or pets. The product also delivers a natural solution that allows PMPs to “Go Green Effectively.”

The product carries no signal words or cautions, has no label restrictions or precautions on usage, and is a green product, making it an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. It also can be incorporated with other treatment methods such as heat or steam.

About EcoRaider

EcoRaider is a ready-to-use, naturally derived bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere ants or bed bugs are found without restriction. EcoRaider can be used in various environments, including schools, health-care facilities and public spaces.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call (201) 751-0011. Also, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Visit the EcoRaider Booth #440 at PestWorld This Week!

Visit Our Booth! EcoRaider® Bio-Insecticide Now Effective for Ant Control!

Visit the EcoRaider Booth (#440) and learn about the control, residual and high efficacy of EcoRaider! This show we’re debuting a new application for EcoRaider – ants!

The new application for ant control provides a strong natural solution that delivers both an immediate kill and long-term residual against ants. Also, learn how you can get one free gallon of EcoRaider as part of our trial program!

The Life Cycle of the Bed Bug

Knowing what to look for is the first step in identifying and controlling bed bugs. There are many bugs that look like bed bugs so an accurate identification is a critical first step to avoid costly treatment for the wrong bug.

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The types of bugs that look like bed bugs will vary somewhat depending on your region of the country.

Adult bed bugs are:

  • About the size of an apple seed
  • Long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently)
  • Balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated (if fed recently)
  • A “true bug” (characteristics of true bugs include a beak with three segments; antenna that have four parts; wings that are not used for flying; and short, golden-colored hairs)
  • Smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of the body.

Young bed bugs (also called nymphs) are:

  • Smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color;
  • If not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size.

Bed bug eggs are:

  • Tiny, the size of a pinhead
  • Pearl-white in color; and
  • Marked by an eye spot if more than five days old.

No matter what stage of bed bug you encounter, EcoRaider kills bed bugs effectively without lingering environmental effects. EcoRaider is a ready-to-use, naturally derived bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs are found without restriction. EcoRaider can be used in various environments, including schools, health-care facilities and public spaces.

For more information, call (201) 751-0011. Also, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

EcoRaider® Fall Promotion Geared to Bed Bugs: Buy Four Gallons Get One Free

EcoRaider®, the botanical bio-insecticide that gives Pest Management Professionals a fast, effective and green bed bug solution with residual, is now available in a “Buy Four Gallons, Get One Free” promotion from Sept. 1st through Nov. 30th.

EcoRaider, available at distributors throughout the country, quickly kills bed bugs on all stages without adversary environmental effects. The product, named “the most effective bio-insecticide for bed bugs” by Entomological Society of America-published lab data in the Journal of Economic Entomology, offers PMPs a variety of benefits. Its uncompromising field performance comparing to leading pesticides are proven in recent report by USDA IR4 Public Health Pesticide Program.

More and more PMPs have added EcoRaider into their bed bug tool box. Technicians that have used EcoRaider in bed bug jobs experienced a quick knockdown and immediate kill, while providing an extensive residual to ensure for continued performance against bed bugs.

“EcoRaider has helped us increase our percent control and reduce our bed bug callbacks,” according to Bill Hastings, Technical Director of Rose Pest Solutions in Chicago.

The product carries no signal words or cautions, has no label restrictions or precautions on usage, and is a green product, making it an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. It can be used as primary treatment or incorporated with other t methods such as heat or steam.

Pest management professionals placing orders of gallon size EcoRaider RTU Insect Killer through pest control industry distributors during 09/01/2015 -11/31/2015 can participate the program. Pest professionals can submit invoices from distributors to: order@ecoraiderpmp.com by 12/31/2015 to receive one free gallon for every 4 gallons ordered.

About EcoRaider

EcoRaider offers ready-to-use, naturally derived bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs are found without restriction. EcoRaider can be used in various sensitive environments, including schools, health-care facilities and public spaces.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call (201) 751-0011. Also, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

 

USDA IR-4 Study Measuring Efficacy of Green Product for Controlling Bed Bugs in Apartment Buildings

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. – The USDA IR‐4 Public Health Pesticides Program recently published the results of one of their funded projects, a field study conducted by the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University in 2013. Results of the study revealed that EcoRaider, a 25b exempted bio-insecticide, shows similar control on bed bugs to that of a leading professional pesticide.

The field study was conducted in a high-rise public housing apartment building in Irvington, NJ with a known bed bug infestation. Temprid SC was used for means of comparison because it is a popularly used product previously proven to be highly effective against bed bugs and used by many professionals. After 12 weeks of evaluation on 24 treated apartments, the study concluded that “no significant difference was found between Temprid SC and EcoRaider” in the overall bed bug reduction rate.

Bed bugs can be difficult to control in public housing settings. The apartments are often inhabited by the elderly who are reluctant to vacate the premises, typically have more clutter and are willing to do less prep work. Tenants often struggle with long-term infestations and have gone through a variety of treatments with consumer or professional pesticides. According to researchers from Rutgers University, bed bug populations in such environments are typically found to have “moderate to high levels of resistance” to pesticides.

Since bed bug work requires treating the bed and sleeping areas, there is a concern over misuse of pesticides and the associated health concerns that might have. Therefore, having this study identify a ‘low-risk and effective alternative pesticide’ is an important initiative for the USDA IR-4 Public Health Pesticides Program. The program supports the development of new pesticides to protect public health.

Pest professionals are also recognizing the benefits of utilizing green products in their service offerings. Bill Hastings, Director of Ancillary Services Rose Pest Solutions in Chicago, shares his experience with green products, “Many botanical products that we’ve tried had some performance/efficacy issues coupled with an odor problem. With EcoRaider, we are getting great efficacy without any long lasting or offensive odor issues. We haven’t received any performance or odor complaints using EcoRaider. We have included EcoRaider in our bed bug protocol with chemical and heat treatments and especially for use in sensitive accounts.”

EcoRaider is a 25b exempt minimum risk pest control product manufactured by Reneotech Inc, North Bergen, NJ.  It carries no signal words or cautions, and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage. As a green product, EcoRaider is ideal for sensitive environments where low impact methods are advised yet high efficacy is needed.

Bed Bug Wars: Notes from the Field

A dirty bed bug job, a dedicated PMP, and a cooperative client. Plus a bonus.

 

Pest control professionals are on the front lines every day protecting the health and welfare for their clients and for the public. It’s not uncommon for the professionals in this industry to go the extra mile to solve a tough problem and relieve the discomfort, anguish, and even health issues that can arise from a particularly heavy pest infestation.

And it’s truly a wonderful day for any pest control professional when they have the full buy-in and cooperation from the client on those really tough pest control problems. It makes the job a lot easier. It’s even better when there is a bonus at the end of a very tough job. This is one such tale.

On a hot steamy day in mid July I met with a local PMP who was about to undertake a particularly difficult assignment in a small rural community outside of Memphis. When I arrived a little before 10 AM, the temperature was already 93 in the shade and heading to 97 or higher for the day. Mid July in the south can be like that.   But in spite of the heat and humidity, this was going to be a good opportunity to see EcoRaider in action on a heavy bed bug infestation.

A 92 year old woman was being eaten alive by bed bugs, and her family had returned from Michigan, California, and Alabama to help. Grandma had been a seamstress and quilter in her younger days. In addition to the accumulation of old books, papers, furniture, and favorite knick-knacks, grandma had accumulated boxes and boxes of remnants and scraps that were part of her trade. Some were nearly as old as she was. To her, they were an important part of her past, her history, and her memories. Relinquishing possessions, no matter how mundane, can often be difficult and emotional, especially for the elderly. And that was the case here.

Like many of her generation, she grew up in a time of poverty and discrimination, lived through the Great Depression and World War II years, worked hard, sacrificed for her family, and her children and grandchildren were able to better themselves and become successful. Now they were back to help. And they had followed the PMP’s pre-treatment instructions to a tee. The PMP had talked with one of the local family members in person, and with the rest of the out of town family by phone to lay out the plan prior to treatment day. The house was clear and ready. The family had moved the furnishings outside under a carport or under the shade of old oak. Clothing had been bagged to take to the nearest laundry. They did everything right.

Bed bugs had taken over the ramshackle old house. They were everywhere – in the carpet, behind the floor and window moldings, the door frames, in the sagging drop ceiling, even in the bathroom. And of course, the mattress, box springs and other furnishings were heavily infested. This was not a good or healthy environment for anyone, much less a rather frail 92 year old.

By early afternoon, after a long and very hot day and a lot of hard work, the entire job was finished. All that was left was to vacuum up the bed bug debris. Steam had been used for the initial knock down, followed by EcoRaider for extra penetration, kill insurance, and for residual. Everything was treated; floors, window moldings, ceiling areas, and furnishings. For the mattresses and upholstered furniture, using steam on edges and crevices and an application of EcoRaider on the edges and surfaces, most of the furnishings were salvable. This was a bit of a bonus for the family who had planned on replacing all or most of the furnishings. That money could now be put to use for other things that grandma might need in the future.

By the time we left, we all felt pretty good about the job. The family returned to the local motels where they had been staying and where grandma was resting comfortably out of the heat, and out of reach of bed bugs. Tomorrow they would return to move furniture back inside and put the house back in order.

After about two weeks I had almost forgotten about that hot summer day in the country. I got a call late one afternoon from the PMP who had done all the detailed work to rid this family of the bed bug infestation. She told me that her follow-up inspection came up clean. She only found one bed bug on a throw pillow, and likely it was one that had been brought back in after the treatment. Good news indeed. Everything worked. EcoRaider did its job. And a hardworking, detail oriented PMP did hers.

But she also told me there was more good news. After I had left, the family paid the bill in full – and much to her surprise gave her a bonus of several hundred dollars extra in appreciation of all her hard work, attention to detail and professionalism in dealing with this very difficult problem. And I could tell that she was touched by that gesture.

But there’s more. One of the granddaughters (who was pretty much ‘in charge’ for the whole operation) had been wearing a Disney character t-shirt on treatment day. Our PMP had mentioned that she was a Disney fan and she and the ‘in charge’ granddaughter chatted a bit about different Disney movies and characters while the work was going on. Just casual conversation. But a week or so later, our PMP received a package of Disney merchandise, and a very nice thank you note from the ‘in charge’ granddaughter in California. This was just icing on the cake.   A cash bonus and gestures such as this are probably quite rare in the pest control industry I would imagine.

While important and noteworthy in themselves, more significantly, that bonus and gesture of appreciation was a tangible symbol and recognition of a job well done, a problem solved, and of true pest control professionalism at work. And we at EcoRaider were proud to play a part in it.