The billion-dollar bug: Corn rootworm

The corn rootworm is a species of leaf beetle which is considered to be the most widespread and problematic insect pest of corn. It is one of the most devastating insects in North America.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously estimated that the damage caused by the pest and costs associated with controlling it typically total $1 billion annually—including approximately $800 million in yield loss and $200 million in treatment expense and hence it is referred as the “billion-dollar bug.”

The corn rootworm rapidly expanded its range in North America and has now spread to various parts of Europe.

Rootworm larvae can complete development only on corn and a few other species of grasses.

Beginning in late May or early June the larvae hatch and begin their single generation life cycle. The larvae are immediately attracted to corn roots by the emission of CO2 from the root tips and begin feeding. Since corn roots are the primary food source for the larvae, extensive damage can occur with a high population of larvae in the soil. After the beetles emerge from the pupal case, they dig their way up to the surface of the soil. Progressive feeding on the roots causes difficulty for the plant to take up moisture and nutrients. Injured roots are also easy entry points for fungi and bacteria that may increase the severity of root and stalk rots and premature death.

The evidence for same is reported below:

OMAFRA Report: Corn Rootworm can cause damage and economic loss

September 24, 2020

Corn rootworm (CRW) has historically been one of the most important pests of corn in Canada and can cause extreme economic loss and increased management costs.  High CRW pressure in Ontario in 2020 is challenging current Bt corn rootworm hybrids and several growers of Bt rootworm hybrids are reporting unexpected injury by CRW to trait providers and research and extension scientists. Specifically, several fields in Huron, Perth and Durham Counties have been identified with injury to various Bt rootworm traits, providing an early warning of possible resistance development by CRW to some Bt traits. There is the potential for resistance development to be occurring in other regions of Ontario where use of Bt rootworm traits in continuous corn is prevalent.

Corn rootworm resistance to Bt traits are widespread in the United States and resistance may be a factor contributing to unexpected injury on Bt corn rootworm hybrids in Canada. While most of the injury by CRW larvae has already occurred by August, growers should still scout their fields as soon as possible to determine whether root injury, lodging, goosenecking, or high levels of adult CRW beetles are present.

Conditions ripe for corn rootworm hatches

Tom C. Doran, AgriNews Publications │ June 12, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — A large portion of central Illinois and western Indiana are at high risk for corn rootworm hatches, according to weather-based predictions.

“Rootworm hatches are pretty timely and has been well correlated to heat unit accumulations,” said Sean Evans, Channel North America technology development manager.

Rootworms begin to hatch around 600 soil growing degree units, and once it reaches 750 GDUs, a 50 percent rootworm hatch is typical.

Based on the prediction by insectforecast.com, there was a significant hatch around Memorial Day weekend, when the first alert came out.

Several insecticide products are available that come applied to the corn seed. But these are harmful to humans as well as the environment since it degrades the soil. Using pesticides to combat the nuisance is not a feasible way. Also, resistance to pest control practices in the corn rootworm is nothing new. This insect is notorious for developing resistance to control tactics such as insecticides and crop rotation. A destructive insect’s growing resistance to genetically modified corn seeds is costing American farmers as much as $1 billion annually.

C Tech Corporation can offer an eco-friendly solution to the nuisance caused by the corn rootworm. Our product TermirepelTM is low-toxic, non-hazardous and insect aversive. Our products work on the mechanism of repellence and they do not harm or kill the target species but generate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keep the pests away from the application.

Our product works on the mechanism of repellency.

The green technology-based product can protect the crops and prevent the loss caused by the corn rootworm and other insects as well.

TermirepelTM is available in lacquer form. These products can be directly sprayed or applied to the application as a topical application. It can be applied to the already laid pipes and tubing in the farm. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, metal, concrete, polymers, ceramics, etc.

Our TermirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated with various polymeric applications like agricultural and other protective films, pipes, wires, and cables etc. while they are manufactured. This will prevent the pests from gnawing on the polymeric application.

TermirepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be mixed in paints and be applied on the fences in the garden and farms. Thus, using our products, you can get an effective solution to fight menace caused by cicadas and many such insects! Product is also available in spray form, making it easy to use.

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Formosan Subterranean Termites: Invasive and voracious species

When homeowners hear the word termite they often break into a sweat, and rightfully so. Termite damage can cost thousands of dollars. In some cases, homes are demolished because the termite damage is so extensive. Also, the damage by termites is typically not covered by homeowner’s insurance.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. residents spend at least $1 billion on Formosan termite control and repairs each year. Some experts estimate the number is closer to $2 billion.

The Formosan subterranean termite is an invasive species of termite.

The Formosan termite was described from Taiwan (Formosa) in the early 1900s, but is native to southern China.

They are found in many states across the southern U.S., including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Smaller populations of Formosan termites have also been discovered as far north as the Canadian border.

A mature Formosan termite colony can eat about 31 grams or 1+ ounce per day. At this rate, such a colony could completely consume one foot of 2X4 wood in 25 days – causing severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months.

They commonly enter through expansion joints, cracks, crevices and utility conduits in slabs. Any wood-to-ground contact is an arrival invitation for Formosan subterranean termite infestations. In some occasions, however, Formosan subterranean termite can form colonies that are not connected to ground, called aerial colonies.

In addition to structures, Formosans infest living trees and shrubs, utility poles, landscape timbers, wooden railroad trusses and even boats. However, this termite is also known to attack non-cellulose materials such as plastic, plaster, asphalt, and thin sheets of soft metal (lead or copper) in search of food and moisture. They are also known to chew through the coverings of telephone and electric cable insulation, resulting in costly damage and power outages in cities.

Of course, termites cannot digest plastic, but Formosan subterranean termites will easily penetrate PVC plastic if it means reaching food. Not only have Formosan termites broken underground plastic water pipes, causing shut-downs in water service, but they have also destroyed electrical wires within PVC pipes, resulting in power outages.

In the city of New Orleans where this termite species was introduced in the 1950’s, the control and repair costs due to Formosan subterranean termite are estimated at $300 million annually (Suszkiw 1998). It is considered the single most economically important insect pest in the state of Hawaii.

Recent news reported are:

Destructive ‘super-termites’ discovered in Israel for the first time

The termite “destroys railroad tracks, telephone poles…and underground electricity lines causing power outages,” said Dr. Gilad Ben Tzvi.

By Eve Young

September 23, 2020

Formosan “super-termites,” known as the “most damaging termites in the world,” were identified in Israel for the first time on Wednesday.

The termites were discovered in Petah Tikva by termite expert Tomer Low, who reported the finding to the Environmental Protection Ministry’s Pest-Control and Pesticides department.

Termites are known for their ability to cause extensive damage that can result in high costs for extermination and repairs. More than a billion dollars in damage is caused by termites each year in the USA alone, according to NPR.

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said that “invasive species present a serious threat to public health, the environment and the economy. Termites especially may cause great damage to property and infrastructure.” She went on to say that as climate change worsens there will be an increase in the amount of invasive species in Israel.

The Ministry has set up a termite task force to work on finding an extermination method and to advise local authorities and exterminators. The task force includes representatives from the Ministries of Health and Agriculture, alongside exterminations experts and academics.

Destructive ‘super-termites’ discovered in La Mesa

‘Super-termites’ discovered in La Mesa

Amanda Brandeis, ABC10.com │August 13, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Homeowners in La Mesa are being warned their houses could be at risk of a destructive pest: Formosan subterranean termites.

San Diego-based company Thrasher Termite & Pest Control made the unfortunate discovery this month in a La Mesa home.

They’re deemed “super-termites” due to enormous colonies up to two million strong. The pests can cause significant structural damage within six months unlike traditional dry-wood termites, which take 10-15 years to do similar damage.

The invasive species of termites was first discovered in La Mesa in 1992. Efforts to eradicate the population were thought to be successful, but pest control experts say that’s no longer the case.

Aggressive termites invading Houston area, establishing new colonies in South

By Stephanie Whitfield, USA Today│ May 7, 2018

HOUSTON — Swarms of winged bugs are invading Houston-area neighborhoods from Fifth Ward to the suburb of Baytown, Texas.

The insects are an aggressive species called Formosan termites, and pest specialists don’t know how to eradicate all of them once they’ve established a colony in an area, University of Florida etymologists say.

“What you’re seeing are winged individuals that are the kids. They’re job is reproductive,” said Bryan Springer of Coastal Exterminating in the Houston suburb of La Porte. “They’re starting new colonies. They’re not expanding old colonies. They’re literally starting new colonies.”

When traditionally used methods to combat this nuisance have failed, an effective solution is the need of the hour.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by termites. Termirepel™ – anti termite additive is an ideal solution for the prevention and control of termites.

Termirepel™ works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the liquid concentrate, lacquer, and masterbatch.

Liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints and organic solvent in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the storage area, ceiling, panels exterior and interior of the homes, buildings, etc. as to be protected from termites.

Our product in the form of lacquer can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed, etc.

Our product in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like pipes, wires, cables, polymeric tree guards, polymeric material, instruments and equipment’s which are attacked by termites. Termirepel™ can be incorporated during the extrusion of wires and cables making them pest repellent.

Termirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them.

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The defoliator moth – Gypsy moth

The tiny critters with hairy bodies feast on leaves and wreak havoc on trees.

Those are the gypsy moths who cause this nuisance.

Gypsy moth caterpillars are easy to identify because they possess characteristics not found on other leaf-feeding caterpillars. They have five pairs of blue dots followed by six pairs of red dots lining the back.

The moth (the adult stage) is usually present in July and August. The male moths are brown and tend to fly in zigzag patterns. The female moths are white or cream colored and do not fly at all. The female lays her eggs in masses, usually on branches and trunks of trees. Egg masses can also be found on patio furniture, recreational vehicles, and other outdoor items. The egg masses are cream or buff in color and about an inch or so in length.  The eggs inside is black and palletlike. Each mass may contain 400-600 eggs.

They are responsible for causing mortality of susceptible host trees. Gypsy moth caterpillars prefer hardwood trees and are known to feed on more than 300 tree species including, but not limited to oak, apple, some poplars, willow, alder, and hawthorn.  The caterpillars are defoliators; they eat the leaves of the host trees. Young caterpillars eat small holes in the middle of the leaves, while older caterpillars feed on the outer edge of the leaf inward. Heavy defoliation by the larval stage of this pest causes stress to the infested host plants. Gypsy moths defoliate millions of acres of trees in the United States yearly; repeated infestations weaken and kill the trees.

The nuisance caused by the gypsy moth is spreading vastly and the evidence for it is here!

Gypsy moths becoming a ‘bigger and bigger issue’

Seeking help, resident turns to county commissioners

September 18, 2020

BIG RAPIDS — After conversations with the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners about a month ago, Pine Ridge Subdivision resident Gregory Buydaert addressed the commission again, asking if there is anything they can do regarding the influx of gypsy moths in their area.

Aircraft to spray for invasive gypsy moths in Snohomish Co.

by Associated Press

Thursday, May 14th 2020

Hokkaido gypsy moth (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

WOODWAY, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have scheduled an aerial drop of insecticide to stop an invasive moth and to prevent forest foliage damage.

The Daily Herald reported that the state Department of Agriculture announced about 2 square miles in Woodway and in an Everett neighborhood will be sprayed with more than 655 gallons of soil bacteria.

Department spokesperson Karla Salp says the treatment is scheduled for Friday, depending on weather conditions.

Pest control methods have been used to stop the menace the caused by these insects. But those methods did not work to stop the nuisance.

To stop the nuisance caused by these pests there is a need for an effective solution and C Tech Corporation has one!

The unique product TermirepelTM manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an insect aversive repellent which repels insects.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and lacquer which can be applied topically to the applications.

To keep the insects at the bay TermirepelTM lacquer can be sprayed or coated on the tree trunks. The already installed tree guards can be coated with the lacquer.

TermirepelTM is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated with the polymeric applications like tree guards, irrigation pipes, agricultural films, wires and cables etc. to keep the gypsy moth away. The polymeric tree guard can be manufactured incorporating our masterbatch into the applications while they are manufactured.

The product is also effective against a multitude of other insects and pests like beetles, mayflies, thrips, aphids, etc. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off the scale insects and other insects that could damage the trees. Thus, using TermirepelTM would effectively ensure that the area around us remain safe and protected from the pests for a long period of time.

If you are facing problems from the sneaky pests that contact us on technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com

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The fruitfly Menace

If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they’re probably fruit flies. These pesky pests can be found throughout the world, in homes, gardens, warehouse, grocery stores, wineries, restaurants, etc. They are readily attached to any number of materials, especially that of moisture. Fruit flies can be a problem year round but are especially common during late summer/fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.

But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. Hence, they also cause various bacterial diseases.

Fruit flies damage the larger proportion of agricultural production and even to crops grown in the gardens which are susceptible to attack by fruitflies. Commercial producers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on control measures and also suffered production losses.

Tomatoes, melons, mangoes, squash, grapes and other perishable items are often the cause of an infestation. Fruit flies are also attracted to rotting bananas, potatoes, onions and other products.

You see, when the fruit is overripe or starts to go bad it begins to ferment, producing alcohol, which attracts fruit flies. They continue to gobble up the fermenting fruit, and in the process, lay hundreds of eggs which hatch into larvae in mere hours.

Female fruit fly lay their eggs into healthy, ripening fruit on the tree. Fruit flies lay their eggs up to 500 at a time! When the larvae hatch, they feed on the moist surface too.  The entire life cycle from egg to adult takes only about eight to ten days so they proliferate with great rapidity.

Although fruit flies don’t bite humans (they actually don’t have any teeth), many people are allergic to the bacteria they carry, resulting in tiny red bumps on the skin.

Let us look at some evidences of damage done to fruits by these pesky little fruitflies:

Fruit flies could affect Fiji’s exports to New Zealand

The presence of fruit flies in any commodity exported by Fiji to New Zealand can be detrimental, also possibly affecting current bilateral quarantine agreements. Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Biosecurity Authority are keeping a close watch to ensure that fruit flies do not leave the nation’s shores. Fiji exports pawpaw, mangoes, breadfruit, and eggplant to NZ.

The Fijian fruit fly (Bactrocera passiflorae) and the Pacific fruit fly (Bactrocera xanthodes) if found in these commodities sent to New Zealand, will have severe repercussions.

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Ritesh Dass says it is important that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent fruit fly presence in any export commodity. Dass says the treatment is available to ensure that these fruits are fly free before being sent off. He says the Ministry’s Fruit Fly Unit of the Crop Research Division is creating awareness programs on the pest as well as its management during field visits and agriculture shows.

Kenyan farmers battle fruit-fly menace as climate warms

by Caroline Wambui | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sunday, 12 April 2020

As the planet heats up, growing pest numbers threaten Kenya’s lucrative mango, avocado and other fruit crops

KIRWIRE VILLAGE, Kenya, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Gideon Gitonga inspected his avocado orchard in central Kenya with military precision, revealing that some of the fruit were tinged with a worryingly familiar yellow colour.

Yet again, it was the same culprits attacking his crop on the farm in Kirwire village in Meru County: fruit flies.

“Most of the fruits you see with a ripening colour are not ripe,” he said. “(They) have been punctured by fruit flies and are in the process of rotting and eventually falling off.”

As the planet’s climate heats up, rising temperatures have driven a massive increase in Kenya’s fruit fly population, say agricultural experts.

Farmers in fruit fly-infested areas are losing on average up to half their crops each year to the tiny pests, said Onesmus Mwaura, a research assistant at the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).F

The current insecticides are being used to control this menace. However besides being toxic and harmful insecticides kill the species. Repeated exposure to insecticides builds up resistance in insects, until finally the insecticide has little or no effect. Frequent insecticide applications make the problem worse.

C Tech Corporation offers a range of extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard insect aversive repellent, which can be successfully used to keep pesky creatures at bay. TermirepelTM can be easily described as an insect aversive repellent, used against all types of insects and which works on the mechanism of repellency. It means that it does not kill the target insects but only repel them, thus balancing the ecology and helping in maintaining the goal of sustainability.

TermirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in agricultural films, mulches, grain bags, protective coverings, etc. during processing. TermirepelTM liquid concentrate which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio can be applied to fencing and garbage bins.

TermirepelTM lacquer can be applied topically on the applications. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, EU BPR, NEA, REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Kudzu bugs – Nuisance to the humans as well

“Kudzu bug: New bad bug appears in southern states” – Daily Press

Why there’s so much of havoc spread due to these bugs?

Although known to feed on Kudzu plant, they have started causing nuisance in human dwellings as well.

The spread of kudzu bug began when the Kudzu plant, a native to Japan was imported to the Southern United States in the 1800’s to enrich soil depleted by tobacco.

The import of the plant brought bugs along with it to the States and this is how the pesky bugs started spreading all over.

The kudzu bug is also found in some Eastern states, particularly Tennessee, as well as Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina.

The plant, kudzu is often planted to reduce erosion, but, despite its name, the kudzu bug eats more than just this plant. The bugs also feed on soybeans and can dramatically impact crop production. It chews into the veins of a plant’s leaves to suck out nutrients, causing the leaves to dry out and wither and the plan to lose nutrition.

These bugs are approximately 4 to 6 mm long as adults.  They are a mottled green and brown color. Many people mistake them for beetles, but they can easily be differentiated by their beaklike piercing-sucking mouthparts. The bug has a hard shield and is sometimes confused with stink bugs too.

The kudzu bug feeds and lay eggs through summer into the fall, then seeks out sheltered areas where it can pass the winter, such as under bark or rocks, or in leaf litter, or behind siding or in gaps or cracks of buildings.

The kudzu bug can become a very annoying pest of homes. Homeowners usually are more concerned with kudzu bugs because of their overwintering habits. During the warm summer months, people do not see the bugs. Once fall temperatures start dropping, kudzu bugs congregate in massive numbers on sun-exposed surfaces to warm themselves.

The mass sightings of the adults are the most disturbing sign for homeowners. If large numbers are disturbed, they can produce a strong odor. Host plants also may show sign of damage as the bugs feed.

Next, they locate sheltered voids, cracks, and crevices to survive the winter, which can include people’s homes. Once indoors, they do not feed or reproduce. They are dormant during the winter, unless there is a warm day, and will vacate the building with the warmth of the spring. It is attracted to white surfaces such as the walls of houses or white vehicles, because of the high reflectance of the white surfaces as it relates to the bugs’ simple eyes.

Invasive bugs on the rise in South Georgia, exterminators warn of big problems

By Simone Jameson

April 28th 2020

Local exterminators say that invasive bug sightings are higher since the COVID-19 quarantine began. They warn that stink bugs and carpenter bees will become more problematic as summer approaches.

Kudzu bugs, stink bugs and carpenter bees are expected to be active for the next three to four months, and can cause significant damage to the home, and to clothing. Kudzu bugs are olive-green-colored beetles, about the size of lady-bugs, that can enter the home through cracks, and leave stains and a foul-smelling odor on clothes if killed.

Invasive pests like carpenter bees are known to drill holes in decks and other wooden structures that support the home, leading to significant structural damage. Ben Tallent of Arrow Exterminators encourages homeowners to take preventative action to protect all belongings.

The CBS news says that Native “Asian Kudzu Bugs Threaten Crops in Maryland”

By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Right on the heels of the Asian stinkbug invasion comes a new pest. This one’s called the kudzu bug.

Alex DeMetrick reports–it packs a real potential for trouble.

The kudzu vine spread up from the deep south into Maryland years ago. But now something new has arrived: The kudzu bug.

A native of Asia, it hitched a ride with cargo imported to Georgia in 2009. Although small, it breeds in huge numbers. And it’s not pleasant.

“We do have reports from the south of them staining furniture, drapery, wall coverings,” said Dr. Mike Raupp, University of Maryland entomologist. “And if you handle these things, they will stain your skin. And in some cases, they can actually cause severe skin irritation. So this is not going to be a good performer.”

Many pest control methods are used to stop the menace caused by Kudzu bugs, but all of them have proved ineffective.

This is a situation where the menace is increasing and the conventional methods used to stop the menace are proving useless.

In such a situation an effective method is needed which provides protection from the menace caused by the Kudzu bug and hence C Tech Corporation has introduced an insect aversive named TermirepelTM.

TermirepelTM is an extremely low toxic, non-hazardous, insect aversive repellent.

TermirepelTM is developed on green technology and chemistry. It is effective against a broad spectrum of insects such as Kudzu bugs, wasps, whiteflies, termites, beetles etc.

TermirepelTM works on the mechanism of fear, discomfort, aversion, mating disruption, oviposition deterrence and feeding disruption.

Masterbatch is to be incorporated with polymers while processing them and can be used for producing agricultural film, pipes, wires and cables, polymeric parts for agricultural utilities, automobile parts etc.

The liquid concentrate is to be mixed with paints in a proper ratio and can be applied to interior and exterior of houses, offices, areas of mass transits etc.

Since the Kudzu bugs are found in the areas like roof spaces, plywood built spaces, eaves, ceilings etc. places we need to repel them from such places. Our lacquer form product can be applied on wooden applications to which the pests are attracted the most. The lacquer is compatible with a variety of surfaces like metal, polymer, ceramics, wood, concrete etc.

TermirepelTM is the best protection against the Kudzu bugs!

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Bed bugs in the library

Bedbugs are very minute and can be hidden anywhere and since it becomes hard to detect at the early stage of infestation. They hide in the cracks and the crevices. There is the urban myth about bedbugs that they cannot occur in plastic and metal equipment and there is no design, furnishing or material that is resistant to bedbugs. Bedbugs are present on any surface that contains cracks and crevices can provide a harbor for them and making it difficult to detect.

When bedbugs invade libraries and other locations or places where people do not sleep, the nocturnal bedbugs look to feed on people rather than feeding them at night time. Since we all know that a pair of bedbugs can multiply in a short period of time with the large infestation.

There are people entering the libraries on a daily basis where the bedbugs get the opportunities to enter the library and to eat as well as to migrate. The fact that people prefer coming to the library because of the silence and space they get for a long period of time but in the library, the reading tables provide these wingless insects significant opportunities to feed.

The bedbugs carry the greatest risk as the books are returned to the library from all sorts of residences and situations, and therefore the bedbugs can infest the building itself, moving from books to the furniture.

Let us have a look at the evidence,

Bed bug infestation forces Hudson library to temporarily close

HUDSON, Fla. – The Hudson library says it is temporarily closed due to a bed bug infestation. The library located at 8012 Library Road is expected to be closed for 1-2 weeks for fumigation treatment. 

According to the library, staff discovered the bugs in an isolated area of the building two weeks ago. The county used a pest control contractor to begin isolated treatments, but the treatments were not successful, so it decided to close the building a do a full fumigation.

Health officials say bed bugs are not dangerous, but their bites can cause discomfort or an allergic reaction in some people.

Bed Bugs Complaint Closes Milpitas Library       

MILPITAS, CA — The library will remain closed for at least another day upon receiving a report last week from a patron about possible bed bugs in the Santa Clara County facility.

The library told its Facebook readers it ordered an inspection and received information that “localized activity” was detected. This means bed bugs were discovered.

As a precaution, the library will remain closed until the facility has been treated and the issue eliminated.

Libraries need to develop plans in advance of any infestation.

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Farmers grapple with Armyworm Horror

Just when the farmers across countries in eastern Africa were tackling with the devastating drought situation, they were being threatened by an invasive pest. The fall armyworm.!

The Fall Armyworms are spreading like a wildfire and causing a havoc.

The fall armyworm can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops in its larvae stage which causes large economic damage. Larvae can also burrow into the growing point and affect the growth of plants. The larvae penetrate crops and feed from the inside. Larvae cause damage by consuming foliage. Young larvae initially consume leaf tissue from one side. The larvae may do the damage but the adult moths ensure the rapid spread of the pest. Moths are very strong flyers, covering vast distances, so the infestation can occur in very short time.

Fall armyworm larvae can wreak havoc on a wide range of crops based on their food preferences. Destruction can happen almost overnight because the first stages of a caterpillar’s life require very little food, and the later stages require about 50 times more.

The pest reproduces at a rapid speed; an adult female can lay up to 1844 eggs/female (Barros et al. 2010), and several and overlapping generations occur every year.

In its larval stage, it can cause significant damage to crops, if not well managed. The pest mainly feeds on maize/corn but can attack and survive on more than 100 plant species including rice, sorghum, sugarcane, cabbage, beet, peanut, soybean, alfalfa, onion, cotton, pasture grasses, millet, tomato, potato, etc. It poses an enormous and wide-scale risk to the agriculture sector and it stands to intensify global poverty and hunger.

It is estimated that almost 40% of those species that armyworms target are economically important.

The fall armyworm was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 and has quickly spread to almost all maize growing countries in Africa and reached South Africa in 2017. Because of trade and the moth’s strong flying ability, it has the potential to spread further. The farmer’s livelihoods are at risk as the non-native insect threatens to reach Asia and Europe.

The Fall armyworm has been reported to cause annual losses of US$600 million in Brazil alone.

There are 208 million people dependent on maize for food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Maize also provides crucial income for small-holder farmers in the region.

Currently, more than 300 million Africans depend on maize as their main food source, and 46 of 53 countries in sub-Saharan Africa cultivate the crop.

Fall Army Worm has cost African economies billions of pounds in crop losses

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) chief scientist Dr. Matthew Cock said: “This invasive species is now a serious pest spreading quickly in tropical Africa and with the potential to spread to Asia.”

If proper control measures are not implemented, the fall armyworm could cause extensive maize yield losses of up to $6.2 billion per year in just 12 countries in Africa where its presence has been confirmed, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI).

The damages are reported as follows:

Armyworm infestation breaches the Pacific

The recent spread of *Spodoptera frugiperda, *or Fall Armyworm (FAW), in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province is causing concern in the Pacific region.

Fall armyworm is a pest that preys on food crops such as maize (corn), sweet potato, vegetables, and wheat, and has the potential to cause significant damage to several important crops in PNG, including maize, sugarcane and rice.

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Land Resources Division Pest and Management Advisor Fereti Atu warns the invasive pest can affect the region if precautions are not heeded. “We are closely monitoring the situation and have procured fall armyworm pheromone traps and lures from Costa Rica for distribution,” he said. “With the current rate of spread, the Melanesia island group faces a direct threat through this potential pathway initiated from Australia. It is now in PNG and next will very likely spread to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, etc.”

Mr. Atu stated that the armyworm is also a biosecurity problem. “This moth is high flying, and it is very difficult to stop its spread. Moths caught in the whirlwind of cyclones in the southern belt from Africa to Southeast Asia could be one of the causes of it reaching the shores of Australia and then Papua. Stringent biosecurity measures, including lures at periphery of the infested area, should be adopted.”

Fall armyworm found near Broome

21 Apr 2020

The invasive pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been confirmed near Broome following earlier discovery of the pest in Kununurra.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has identified two specimens, the first collected on forage sorghum south of Broome and the second on Rhodes grass on a property east of Broome.

Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.

Since 2016 it has rapidly spread to and throughout Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China and Southeast Asia. It has been found in north Queensland and the Northern Territory.

DPIRD is working with growers and industry to help ensure industries are prepared for and can minimise the impacts of fall armyworm.

Pheromone traps have been distributed in Kununurra, Broome, Carnarvon and Geraldton, as part of surveillance to help determine spread of the pest.

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Our product works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

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Colorado potato beetles at large!!

Haldane discussed the prevalence of stars and beetles in his book “What is life?” published in the 1940s;

_69607665_thinkstock106564984“The Creator would appear as endowed with a passion for stars, on the one hand, and for beetles on the other, for the simple reason that there are nearly 300,000 species of beetle known, and perhaps more, as compared with somewhat less than 9,000 species of birds and a little over 10,000 species of mammals. Beetles are actually more numerous than the species of any other insect order. That kind of thing is characteristic of nature.”

One among the 300,000 species is Colorado potato beetle. An adult beetle is around 10mm long and is orange or yellow with black or brown stripes. The beetle’s main food is potato leaves – a single larva can eat 40 sq cm of leaf per day.

Colorado_potato_beetle_lgThe pretty yellow-and-black-striped Colorado potato beetle is native to wild Solanaceous plants of the semi-arid western United States. Colorado beetles are a serious pest of potatoes.. Both adults and larvae feed on foliage and may skeletonize the crop. . The problem with it began when the beetle broadened its gustatory interests to include cultivated plants in the same family, such as potato, eggplant, and tomato.

Going through the life cycle of the Colorado potato beetle, in late summer, Colorado potato beetles fly to nearby wooded areas and overwinter beneath bark or other cover. In mid-spring, they emerge and walk until they find potatoes or another suitable host plant. After a little light feeding, mated females lay clusters of orange eggs on leaf undersides. The eggs hatch about two weeks later, and the larvae feed for a couple of weeks before entering their pupal stage. In cool weather the entire life cycle can take 45 days or more, but 30 days is more typical. This means that a second generation can emerge at the perfect time to sabotage midseason potatoes.

kg26-colorado-potato-beetle-01_lgColorado potato beetle causes heavy monetary damages. The article named “Last Meal for Colorado potato  beetle?” in USA Agriculture department gives the estimate of the economic loss due to the species, “The pest’s larvae devour the leaves of eggplant, tomato and potato plants, causing $150 million annually in crop losses and chemical control expenses”

The problem of Colorado potato beetle is mentioned in yet another article,

Japanese Beetles Are Treating Colorado Gardens Like a Buffet

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Ryan Hodnett.

Becky Talley 8/24/20

The irridescent, green-copper beetle is easy to spot. Getting rid of them on the other hand …

‘Tis the season for garden devastation and destruction, all at the seemingly insatiable appetite of a tiny beetle.

Enemy of the eggplant, lawbreaker of the lawn, scourge of the soil, bad guy of the backyard. You get the picture. Japanese beetles have made their annual appearance in Colorado gardens and are eating their way through their life cycle. It’s not hard to spot the beetle (they are actually kind of pretty) or their damage, which will leave lacey-looking holes on plant leaves—they are voracious consumers of hundreds of plant species, so basically everything is part of their buffet.

These invasive pests first came to the U.S. in the early 1900s, and they hitched a ride on nursery stock purchased from the Midwest in the early 1990s. They aren’t fans of dry conditions, but the lush, watered landscapes of urban areas in the state are the perfect breeding ground for beetle mania.

Some Growers Say Potato Beetle Becoming Intractable Problem

Anecdotal evidence suggests the Colorado potato beetle has increased its range in Estonia, and some farmers say the situation is dire, especially as the state declassified the colorful bug as a dangerous pest in 2011.

With potato fields flowering, ETV reported on one Saaremaa island field where the beetle had not been seen before, but which is experiencing a major infestation.

Officially, the farmers are advised to manually pluck the larvae and repeat every day, and only resort to pesticides for larger infestations.

There are some areas of Saaremaa where the beetle is well-established and can’t 220px-Potato_beetle_larvaeapparently be eradicated, farmers said.

Aadu Grepp, one farmer, said that beetles could be found on every fourth or fifth stalk in his fields.

“You have to spray with some toxin at the right time to get rid of it. In a couple days, it will eat a plant, leaving just a stalk.” He said it had been that bad for two or three years. “The bug hatches from the soil and and there’s nothing to do, the only cure is chemicals. There’s so many and it will return in a week or so.”

Grepp sprays his fields several times a year and said some Leisi growers had stopped planting potatoes.

The areas on Saaremaa affected tend to be on the coasts, as the adult beetle gets an assist from the wind. The biggest potato grower on the island, Guido Lindmäe, who has 22 hectares in the interior, says he yet to see a live beetle.

Opinions vary on whether the mainland is worse off. The Crop Research Institute’s Luule Tartlan says it is worse, while the Agricultural Board says that the potato beetle has ceased to be considered a dangerous pest as of 2011.

220px-Kartoffelkaefer_fg01eThe Colorado potato beetle have shifted from its original wild hosts in southwestern North America, it has spread throughout the rest of the continent and has invaded Europe and Asia. Currently its distribution covers approximately 14 million km2 around the world. It has also started appearing in central Asia, western China and Iran. They have started appearing in new regions because of heavy export from the infected area.

Insecticides are currently the main method of beetle control on commercial 78farms.Colorado potato beetle has a legendary ability to develop resistance to a wide range of pesticides used for its control. Plants in the family Solanaceae, which are natural food sources for this insect, have high concentrations of rather toxic glycoalkaloids in their foliage. These toxins protect them from a wide range of herbivores. However, the Colorado potato beetles evolved an ability to overcome toxic defenses of its hosts. Apparently, this ability also allows them to adapt to a wide range of human-made poisons. Also, high beetle fecundity increases the probability that one of the numerous offspring mutates, just as buying 800 lottery tickets increases probability of getting a winning one compared to buying 8 lottery tickets.

Resistance mechanisms in the Colorado potato beetle are highly diverse even within a relatively narrow geographical area. Furthermore, the beetles show cross-resistance to organophosphates and carbamates, and multiple resistance to organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids.

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Brown marmorated stink bugs

 Brown mkarmorated bug 3Brown marmorated stink bug are sporadic pests of most deciduous tree fruits and can occasionally cause severe damage. The name stink bug comes from the insects’ habit of exuding a fluid, which has a strong and usually disagreeable odor, from glands between the legs.

The brown marmorated stink bug is an agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to fruits and vegetable crops. In Japan it is a pest to soyabean and fruit crops. In the U.S., the brown marmorated stink bug feeds, beginning in late May or early June, on a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other host plants including peaches, apples, green beans, soybeans, cherries, raspberries and pears. It is a sucking insect, a “true bug” that uses its proboscis to pierce the host plant in order to feed.

This insect has done severe losses in some apple and peach orchards by damaging them.  Stink bugs also have been found feeding on blackberry, sweet corn, field corn and soyabeans.  In neighboring states, they have been observed damaging tomatoes, lima beans, and green peppers.

These insects can produce allergic reactions in some individuals who are sensitive to the bugs’ odor (an aeroallergen). These chemicals are produced by dorsal scent glands. Individuals sensitive to the odors of cockroaches and lady beetles are also affected by the stink bug.  Additionally, if the insects are crushed or smashed against exposed skin they have been reported to produce dermatitis at the point of contact.  This is particularly important regarding agricultural workers picking fruits and vegetables.

Since its arrival in the United States, it has caused millions of dollars of damage to several economically important crops, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, ornamentals and row crops. Additionally, it can be an extreme nuisance in and around buildings.

The article below would better explain the damage caused by these insects.

The brown marmorated stink bug is a new Florida pest
Muhammad Haseeb
Guest columnist
Notice the distinctive black and white bands on the antennae of this brown marmorated stink bug adult on a developing blackberry fruit.

Unfortunately, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is a new invasive pest in Florida. First specimens of the pest in Leon County were collected by scientists at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida A&M University in June of this year on chestnut and persimmon trees. The pest was later confirmed by Susan E. Halbert of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Since its introduction into Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1990s, the pest has spread to at least 46 states. The species is native to Eastern Asia and can feed on over 300 different plants.

Brown mkarmorated bug 2Management options for this invasive insect are currently limited. Agricultural setting management relies on chemical control. Brown marmorated stink bug is susceptible to several widely used insecticides but they are ecologically harmful to both target and non-target species.  Leaching of these insecticides in the ground causes soil pollution and also reduces the fertility of the soil.

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Devastating locusts invasion

Locusts have probably been an enemy of man ever since he began to grow crops.

Locusts do damage by eating the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark and growing-points, and also by breaking down trees because of their weight when they settle in masses, and sometimes even by spoiling plants with their excrete.

Large swarms of locusts can completely strip the foliage and stems of plants such as forbs and grasses. Some species consume a variety of plants, while others have a more specific diet. 

There are as many as 80 million locusts in a swarm. They wipe out massive areas and affect entire economies.

Locust swarms devour every crop in their path. Locusts eat plant material.

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day.

Locusts wreak havoc on East African agriculture
  • CHARLIE MITCHELL
  • 19 AUGUST 2020

Each day, specialised pilots climb into planes and helicopters and take flight above Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. On the ground, experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), government teams and farmers direct them towards the threat. Upon arrival, they spray gallons of pesticide in a desperate attempt to subdue the worst locust plague in decades. 

In recent months, teams have saved 600,000 hectares of vegetation and crops, says Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer at the FAO. That is equivalent to 1.2m tonnes of food, or sustenance for 8.2m people. “The efforts that have been achieved so far have had a very positive impact, yet it’s not enough,” he says. “We still have locust swarms.” 

According to the World Bank, the infestation will cost East Africa and Yemen $8.5bn this year, exacerbate food insecurity and send shockwaves through the economies of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and others. While the coronavirus captures the headlines, the insects are wreaking their own distinct form of havoc. 

Locusts in Penal village destroy crops

By Stacy Moore


Locusts rest on on a plant at Mendez Trace, Penal, yesterday. PHOTO BY VASHTI SINGH

A plague of locusts has swept into the village of Mendez Trace in Penal, destroying hundreds of crops and plants. Residents said four days ago they started seeing the locusts on their crops and the numbers increased within a few hours.

“In a short time they destroyed hundreds of crops,” one resident said, adding that he had to run inside for cover,

But another man, who recently moved into the area, said, “Some of them even got inside our homes. We could not go outside.

These past few days were something else. This is the first time I have experienced something like this.”

Others said it was the second locust infestation within the last two years.

Usually, these locusts are trapped using net, or insecticides are spread on crops to kill them. But how feasible are these remedies? Are they even effective? Definitely not. So what measures can be taken to keep these locusts away from your plants?

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Intolerable hospital patients

Going to the hospital is already a stressful situation, and it can be even worse when you find out that you’ve been exposed to bed bugs there. 

A hospital, with the constant movement of patients, employees, staff, and visitors offers many opportunities for the introduction of bed bugs. 

The bedbug can live without blood — its food source — for up to 18 months. “Females can lay up to 4 eggs a day in hidden locations; up to 5 to 10 a week and up to 500 in her lifetime,” according to Eisenberg.

Sighting bedbugs in your hospital facility can affect the reputation and defame a brand.

Dealing with a possible bed bug infestation in a healthcare facility is a delicate situation. It must be made clear that a bed bug problem can happen to anyone and anywhere. Also, rectifying the situation is contingent on the cooperation of all parties. Help your employees, patients, and residents feel comforted by the fact that your healthcare facility has a bed bug control plan in place.

Mom says daughter’s room at Sacred Heart children’s hospital was crawling with bed bugs

Colin Warren-Hicks

A mother whose daughter with brain cancer was admitted to Ascension Sacred Heart late Thursday night says she and her daughter were both woken up in a hospital room around 3 a.m. by an uncomfortable sensation — itching. 

Clusters of bed bugs were crawling on the hospital bed, couch, recliner, down her own arms and across her daughter’s chest, Brandy Matt told the News Journal. And the bugs were biting, she said.

“I don’t want another family to come in here with a sick child and wind up getting them, too,” Matt said, explaining her decision to speak with the News Journal about her experience. “Considering everything that happened this past weekend, I feel frustration, anger, anxiety and depression.”

Mom says bedbugs found at Hendersonville hospital
  • Nancy Amons
  • October 22, 2019

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Bedbugs in a hospital room?

One mother, who just had a baby in a Sumner County hospital, said bedbugs bit her 11-year-old daughter in the hospital’s labor and delivery suite.

The mom said the suite had a couch on it and she said that’s where she saw the bedbugs that she said bit her daughter.

Jamie Turner had just given birth to her third child on Oct. 16 at TriStar Hendersonville Hospital. That’s where she said she took a picture of a bedbug crawling on her 11-year-old daughter. She said the girl was sleeping on the couch in the same room where she had just given birth.

“I thought it was very disgusting to see the bugs there, period,” said Turner. “I just had a baby and that’s one of the things you wouldn’t think of to run across, to have bedbugs in the room with a newborn baby.”

You can see bumps in her 11-year-old daughter’s face. There are marks on her arm too.

“She was complaining about itching,” said Turner.

With bed bugs come a multitude of business challenges, including employees and patients returning to their homes with bed bugs, cost of treatment and the impact bed bugs can have on your brand. Although bed bugs don’t transmit diseases to their victims, they can put patients at risk. The presence or even the suspicion of bed bugs can be very stressful. Bed bugs can also leave an itchy welt on their victims, which may become infected and pose a threat to sensitive patients. 

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Our product in the form of lacquer can be directly applied to the already installed application such as furniture, attics, wooden articles, sewage pipes, wires, cables, etc. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like metal, wood, concrete, polymer, ceramic, etc.

Masterbatch can be incorporated into polymeric applications like water pipes, wires, cables, polymeric equipment from hotels, etc. This would result in the final application being insect repellent.

Our product is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Hence by using Termirepel™ in the hospitals, you can get rid of the bedbugs and other insects and thereby making a pleasant stay for the guests.

You may also use our CombirepelTM product which is all in one pest repellent effective in repelling rodents, insects, and birds.

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Battling the lanternfly infestation!

Spotted lanternflies have been around for quite a few months and we had discussed certain solutions in one of our previous blogs.

Because spotted lanternfly, a phloem feeder, consumes large quantities of a plant’s sugary sap looking for nitrogen and amino acids, it expels large quantities of excess sugar (honeydew), that encourages the growth of black sooty mold. This mold is harmless to people, however it causes damage to plants.

A recent study says that:

Spotted lanternfly treatment poses threat to non-target wildlife species

by Samantha York

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) – A preventative measure used to stop the spotted lanternfly is now raising concerns among wildlife rehabilitators across Pennsylvania, especially in southeastern parts of the state.

Rehabilitators, like Centre Wildlife Care Executive Director Robyn Graboski, warn that while sticky bands are effective in catching the insect, they also pose a serious threat to non-target species, “It’s bad. It’s really bad. There’s already so much in the environment that’s detrimental to wildlife and our birds are declining in numbers. They do not need one more thing.”

She explains the treatment is becoming a trap for other wildlife, “The biggest problem that rehabilitators are seeing is, once these finders find these animals, they try to get the animals off themselves. That is not a good idea because you could pull feathers out, you could break skin, you could hurt the animals. Even little animals are coming in with broken bones.”

Trapping the insects or using some pesticides won’t help. Now, we no longer have to depend on conventional, toxic insecticides to deal with these pests!

We need a long-term and effective solution to control their nuisance.

TermirepelTM, an insect aversive repellent is a C Tech Corporation product which is a solution to prevent the infestation against these pesky little black flies.

TermirepelTM liquid concentrate can be diluted in paints in a specific ratio that can be applied to the concrete fences around farms, homes, etc. to keep the lanternflies away.

TermirepelTM lacquer can be coated as a topical application on the surface of the wood, concrete metal, etc. It can be applied on the tree trunks to keep these pests at a bay.

Besides this, we offer Termirepel™ masterbatches that can be added to tree guards, agricultural film, pipes, even cables to protect them from the ravaging insects.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you are facing problems with insects.

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Leafminers chewing our Leaves- A Cause for Concern!

privet-leafminerWe have often come across leaves that look as if someone doodled squiggly lines on them. These squiggly lines are in fact the action of a species of insects known as leafminers. Not all leafminers zig-zag their way through leaves. They also cause damage in the form of a whitish transparent blotch. Blotchy leafminer damage is often mistaken for some type of disease. These insects infest plants and trees, which could make them unsightly and weak. As the larvae feed they consume the plant tissue leaving clear mines that, when they die, turn brown and crispy. Usually by the time the damage is observed, the larvae have already left the leaves and are pupating underground.

The damage done by these garden pests to our plants is easy to spot because of the “mines” created as the bugs chew inside the leaf. In some instances the leafminer will cause a light colored blotch on the leaf, in really bad cases the plant will look discolored and/or drop leaves. It is rare that leafminers do enough damage to kill a plant, what they destroy mostly is the aesthetic value of your ornamentals for a short period of time. Found in greenhouses, home gardens and landscaped areas across the country, leafminers are the larval (maggot) stage of an insect family that feeds between the upper and lower surfaces of leaves. On heavily infested plants it is not uncommon to find 6 or more maggots per leaf. Although damage can restrict plant growth, resulting in reduced yields and loss of vigor, healthy plants can tolerate considerable injury. Host plants include beans, blackberries, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, and a variety of ornamental flowers, trees and shrubs. And in the case of such vegetables grown for their leaves, like spinach, chard and beet greens, leafminers can mean a loss of a crop.

Leaf_miner_damageLeafminers are insects that have a habit of feeding within leave s or needles, producing tunneling injuries. Several kinds of insects have developed this habit, including larvae of moths, beetles, sawflies and flies. Most of these insects feed for their entire larval period within the leaf. Some will also pupate within the leaf mine, while others have larvae that cut their way out when full-grown to pupate in the soil. Injuries caused by leaf and needle mining insects can superficially resemble symptoms produced by leaf spotting fungi or other abiotic problems. They can be differentiated by pulling apart the blotchy area. If damaged by insects the leaf or needle will have a hollow area and may expose either the insect and/or its droppings. Leaf spotting fungi cause these areas to collapse, without any tunneling.

The article given below will further explain the damage caused by these leafminers.

Locust leaf miner cause of browning roadside trees

By Rebecca Finneran

Dramatic browning of black locust, a common roadside tree in the lower peninsula of Michigan is being caused by a small leaf-mining beetle (Odontota orsalis.)This small (one-eighth of an inch long), colorful beetle deposits eggs inside black locust leaves where the larvae feed, creating leaf mines that eventually turn the leaves brown. Heavy infestations cause entire trees or groups of trees to turn brown.

“If this has happened to trees on your property, don’t panic and cut them down,” says David Smitley of Michigan State University Extension. Late season browning or defoliation may weaken trees, but it rarely kills them.

Infestations tend to be every couple of years but one site in Grand Rapids, Michigan has had the damage nearly every year with no ill effect to the trees themselves. With a native range from Pennsylvania to Georgia, black locust is a very adaptable plant with dense hard wood that will survive even the toughest conditions. It can be easily found in Michigan and older stands can be quite beautiful when in bloom.

columbine leafminer 6_0Although injuries produced by leafmining insects can be unattractive, it is rare for them to significantly affect plant health. Also, most leafminers have important natural controls which normally check populations before too much injury is done to plants. Therefore we need a solution that helps protect our plants and trees from damage, while at the same time does not harm the environment in any way. So, how do we fight this pest?  Keep reading!

At C Tech Corporation, we offer a safe and foolproof solution to deal with these tiny insects. Termirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous product that primarily repels insects from the application. It is a broad spectrum repellent which works against almost 500 species of pestering bugs thus efficaciously fending them away from the application. The best feature of this product is that it is environmentally safe and causes no harm to the insect as well as humans and the environment. It is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, and as a liquid solution. To keep these insects at bay, this product can be coated on the tree trunks in lacquer form. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off the blue ash aphids and any other insect that could harm our trees.

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The pink bollworm menace

The pink bollworm is an insect known for being a pest in cotton farming.

The pink bollworm is native to Asia but has become an invasive species in most of the world’s cotton-growing regions.

Pink bollworm larvae specifically target cotton and are difficult to control because this damaging stage is found inside the boll. The female moth lays eggs in a cotton boll, and when the larvae emerge from the eggs, they inflict damage through feeding. They chew through the cotton lint to feed on the seeds.

The National Cotton Council of the USA estimates that the pink bollworm costs American cotton producers more than US$32 million each year in control and yield losses.

News was reported that:

Pink bollworm threatenscotton crop in M’wada

Prasad Joshi  | TNN | Jul 28, 2020

Aurangabad: Pink bollworm has been found to have infested cotton crops in some parts of Marathwada, prompting the authorities concerned to ask farmers to use pheromone traps and pesticides.

The danger to the ‘cash crop’ from the pest ahead of likely bumper kharif season due to the good monsoon has left the farming community worried in Marathwada, which is known as the cotton cultivation belt.
Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, has alerted the farmers against the attack of pink bollworm on the cotton crop.

‘Pink bollworm is out of control in India’

KV Kurmanath, Hyderabad | March 13, 2019 

That pink bollworm has developed resistance to Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab (or Bollgard-II) — the two biotech solutions currently available in India to tackle pink bollworm — is no news.

Virulent attack of the pest is destroying the fibre crop on lakhs of acres across the country, particularly in the West, Central and Southern parts.

An American pink bollworm expert says that it is impossible to tackle the menace with the current two Bt toxins being used in the country. “It has gone out of control. It’s too late. Too little,” he points out when asked about the likely control mechanisms.

“The two genes that are being used in India are now ineffective. The resistance is widespread. There is no way we can set the clock back if we use these two Bt toxins,” Bruce Tabashnik, Head of Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona, who studies pest resistance and has done extensive study on pink bollworm and its resistance to Bt toxins, told BusinessLine.

Along with the deficient rainfall, the pest has triggered concern among farmers, even as futures and spot prices of ginned cotton continue to rule firm. 

Pink bollworm resistance towards the insecticides is a major issue of concern. Preventative treatment that might be applied during the pre-bloom period is discouraged because this can destroy many beneficial forms that keep bollworms and other pests under control. What can be done to get rid of the bollworms?

TermirepelTM a C Tech Corporation product is best to deal with the nuisance caused by this pink bollworm.

Termirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH, ISO, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Our product works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, i.e. the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Our TermirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in the agricultural films, polymer materials, greenhouse films, polymer sprinklers, irrigation pipes, plastic parts from pumps and tractors used in the fields.

The product in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints and be painted on the concrete walls around the farms.

Our lacquer product can be applied to already installed applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like metals, wood, polymers, concrete, etc. It can be applied on the wooden fences around the farms and already installed pipes.

TermirepelTM does not kill the target species but only repels them thus balancing the ecology and thus helping in maintaining the goal of sustainability.

This product works on the mechanism of green technology. The product does not have any adverse effect on humans. Therefore, significant in today’s time and date as ecology salvation has become the prime focus.

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Bed bug threat in cities!

images (2)Bed bugs are basically parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. The name “bed bug” is derived from the preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius: warm houses and especially nearby or inside of beds and bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed. Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts primarily by carbon dioxide, secondarily by warmth, and also by certain chemicals. Bedbugs prefer exposed skin, preferably the face, neck and arms of a sleeping individual. Although under certain cool conditions adult bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding, under typically warm conditions they will try to feed at five to ten day intervals and adults can survive for about five months without food.

It takes between five and ten minutes for a bed bug to become completely engorged with blood. In all, the insect may have spent less than 20 minutes in physical contact with its host, and it will not attempt to feed again until it has either completed a molt or, if an adult has thoroughly digested the meal.

Once feeding is complete, a bed bug will relocate to a place close to a known host, commonly in or near beds or couches in clusters of adults, juveniles, and eggs which entomologists call harborage areas or simply harborages to which the insect will return after future feedings by following chemical trails. Bed bugs use pheromones and kariomones to communicate regarding nesting locations, feeding and reproduction.

Let us take a look at the below news article;

Helpless Matuga residents fear for their health as bedbugs invade homes

Makongeni residents say they have unsuccessfully tried to get rid of the ‘uninvited guests’.

In Summary

  • They say the traditional pesticides are inferior and cannot kill the bedbugs, yet what they earn is too little to enable them to acquire effective insecticides.
  • They now want the county government and good Samaritans to assist in finding a remedy.

BEDBUG MENACE:

Makongeni residents in Matuga live in fear of contracting skin diseases as bedbugs continue to invade their homes.

This comes barely a month after Maledi locals decried increased presence of rats that caused great damage to food crops in Lunga-Lunga constituency.

Led by Amina Bakari, the Makongeni residents said the invasion is worrying. They have unsuccessfully tried to get rid of the “uninvited guests”.

“We have tried everything but the bedbugs won’t leave us in peace,” Bakari said.

Washington DC Is Most Bed Bug-Infested City In US: Orkin

Washington, DC, rose to the top of Orkin’s 2020 rankings of the most bed bug-treated cities in the country.

By Deb Belt, Patch Staff

Jan 13, 2020

Washington, D.C., is ranked as the most bed bug-treated city in the country for 2020, according to Orkin. (Shutterstock)

WASHINGTON, DC — They are the two words no homeowner wants to hear: bed bugs. Orkin, the pest control and protection service, recently released its annual rankings of the 50 most bed bug-treated cities in the nation, and Washington, D.C., had the dubious honor of finishing in first place. Two Virginia cities also made the creepy crawly list.

It’s bad news for DC, which rose from its No. 2 ranking on last year’s list to the top of the bug-plagued heap.

The rankings were based on metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2019. Both residential and commercial treatments were included.

The best product to combat the bed bug problem is Termirepel™, a product by C Tech Corporation.

Termirepel™ works by the mechanism of repellence by virtue of which it does not allow the insect/pest to come near the application and thus it negates the possibility of an infestation. Moreover it is available in the form of polymer compatible masterbatches as well as in lacquer form to be applied on wood and other furniture. Thus it is easy to apply and safe to use. Spray products are the easiest to handle and a special bedbug repellent spray is available for use.

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Termirepel™ to protect our Crape Myrtles!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACrape myrtles are beautiful trees that showcase their beauty in candy colors every summer. Unfortunately, the trees that brighten our hottest months are under attack by a foreign invader. Have you seen a strange white cottony growth on the trunks of beautiful crape myrtles? If you look closely, you’ll notice that it is alive! Meet the crape myrtle scale. It destroys the bark of crape myrtles causing a lot of damage in a small amount of time. It’s also accompanied by heavy layer of black sooty mold on the branches. Crape myrtle Bark Scale is a small insect that appears as a white or gray felt-like encrustation.  They may be found anywhere on crape myrtles, and often appear near pruning sites and branch crotches of more mature wood.

Generally, the first sign of crape myrtle bark scale is the black sooty mold on the tree bark. The scale excretes honeydew that coats leaves and limbs, resulting in a sticky coating from the excess sugars excreted from the insects’ feeding. Sooty mold grows on the honeydew.  This results in a black coating that appears on the bark of the branches and trunks of crape myrtles. Additionally, white cases are visible, and they enclose the adult female scales. The tiny pest was first identified in the Dallas area about 10 years ago and is believed to have entered the country from Asia. Since then, it’s been slowly making its way across the South, arriving in Shreveport-Bossier City about four years ago. Infestations have also been verified in Houma, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia.

CrapeMyrtleBarkScaleShreveportIILOWIt was reported that out of the 430 Crape Myrtle trees on the campus of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 60 percent of these iconic trees are affected by the Bark Scale. Scales can be found on various parts of the tree as oval, white, crusted clusters of insects with a powdery waxy appearance. The insects don’t seem to be fatal to trees, but they are unsightly and weaken trees so they aren’t likely to bloom profusely. The bark scale has been known to stress the tree and make it less healthy. The scale gives these beautiful trees a burnt appearance which makes them look unsightly and weak.

The below article would explain the situation better.

Invasive crape myrtle pest found in South Carolina

September 26, 2019

Posted by Julianne Mobilian

Crape myrtle bark scale, an invasive pest from Asia, was discovered in South Carolina, according to a media release from The Newsstand. Per its name, the Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae insect infests the crape myrtle plant. It was first discovered in Texas in 2004 and has spread to other states, but this is the first time it was sighted in South Carolina.

The parasite feeds on plant sap and leaves a residue behind, which can damage the crape myrtle trees, especially stems and trunks. According to the media release, the crape myrtle bark scale was found in parts of metro Columbia.

“It’s been there a while as the infestation is quite expansive,” said media release source Steven Long. “An investigation to determine the source of the infestation is under way.”

7-4-11 001Crape myrtle is one of the few trees that bear colorful flower displays through much of the summer, come in a variety of stunning colors, is easy to grow, and until now has been relatively pest free. Unfortunately, the pest-free reputation is changing with the advent of the bark scale. With their extremely high reproduction potential, there could be at least two generations of the bark scale in one year. This can be a difficult pest to control and it may take multiple years of treatment.  So, how do we fight this pest?  Keep reading!

C Tech Corporation provides a unique non-toxic product called Termirepel™ which is an environmentally safe insect repellent. It can repel more than 500 species of insects on account of it being a broad spectrum anti-insect repellent. The most striking feature of Termirepel™ is that it neither kills the target species, nor the non-target species. It will simply keep the insects away from the application. Termirepel™ in lacquer form can be coated on the trunks of our beloved crape myrtles, which would effectively keep the bark scale from infesting and causing the trees any damage!

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Termirepel™ in paint application

When we think of paints we usually think of rainbow colors spread everywhere on a canvas or on buildings. Paints and coatings are no longer limited to decorative applications. It’s not just houses that get painted. Virtually all consumer durable products, as well as all types of industrial equipment, have to be coated in some way or another. Coatings are applied everywhere from prodigious bridge connecting shore of river to even a wrapping of chocolate. Nowadays paints and coatings have found its place in various sectors and various applications. 40% of the coatings are used to decorate and/or protect industrial products. Without coatings, product life might be shortened drastically and many products would not even be marketable.

Coating is a film forming substance which protects a substrate (i.e. a surface of material) against potentially damaging elements in its environment, as well as enhancing its appearance. Coatings are applied to the application to protect them from corrosion, abrasion, chemical reaction, etc. In the protective coating industry, certain coats have different functions for different industries, like reducing internal temperatures for the storage tank industry, or camouflage for military applications.

Paint industry is undergoing all transfusion in recent years. The multiplicity of cement paint, furniture enamel and epoxy paints, ponder coatings, and high performance coatings which are gaining popularity. The market has shown healthy increase in recent years. The paint and coating industry in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan is mature and generally correlates with the health of the economy, especially housing, construction, and transportation. In Japan, however, consumption of paints and coatings will experience relatively slow growth during this period (0.5%), as a result of no growth in major markets such as automotive OEM, machinery, and appliances.

Various equipments used in aerospace, defence, marines, automobiles, boats, etc. are coated with different coatings which are specially made to protect these equipments. These equipments are often damaged by animals, insects, birds, etc. Equipments like missiles, aircraft, junction box, panels, etc. are very sensitive devices. Any damage caused to them can lead to mechanical disruption, communication loss, fire hazard, monetary loss, etc.

Insects like mold, wood-decay fungi, termites, etc. damage wooden objects. There is a wide variety of pest organisms that can cause damage to buildings and inconvenience to occupants. Only in the US, pest infestations cause millions of dollars in property damage a year, the worst damage occurring in coastal areas, such as Florida.

Animals like mice, squirrels are attracted to the attractive color of the coating. These animals have two pairs of growing incisors which grow throughout their life and to keep them in check they chew on hard objects. This can further damage the technical and mechanical aspects of that object. Most bird droppings, especially those of pigeon and gull, fade paint finishes by actually damaging the protective coating and the paint itself. The longer the droppings are allowed to sit on the paint, the more damage it will do.

These pests attack on the application and damage the aesthetics, coatings of the application, etc. Conventional methods like the use pesticides, moth balls, etc. are not proven to be effective to prevent the damage caused by these pests. Pesticides are toxic in nature. They kill target as well as non target species. They are hazardous to human health as well. There is a need of non toxic non hazardous solution to prevent damage caused by these pests.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome this problem. Combirepel™– anti rodent and anti insect polymer additive is an ideal solution to repel insects like termites, ants, grasshopper, beetles, bugs etc. and rodents like rats, mice, squirrel, beaver, gopher etc. While Termirepel™ works well aginst a wide set of insects. Combirepel™ concentrate can be blended in polymer base coatings. Combirepel™ lacquer can be directly coated on the wooden, metal application. It can be also added to the flooring to prevent the damage.

Combirepel™ follows 6 pronged strategy which is extremely effective on insects as well as rodents. It is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you are facing problems with insects.

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Destructive lantern fly!

Beautiful though invasive, no one would have imagined these pretty creatures to be destructive! But the fact is they are indeed resulting in menace in areas where they are spotted.

They call it the lantern fly!

Adult lantern flies are inconspicuous spotted, brownish-grey plant hoppers about 1″ to 1¼” long. The front wings are grey with black spots, and the hind wings are red, black, and white. The legs and head are black, and the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Inconspicuous, that is until they hop or take flight and show off their bright orange-red and white underwings.

The Spotted Lanternfly is native to China, India, and Vietnam, and can cause major damage to grapes, fruit trees, and other trees and shrubs in other areas, such as the U.S. First detected in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania in September 2014, they are spreading rapidly and present a serious threat to gardens, orchards, and woodlands.

This insect is considered a threat to crops and many people are working to try to prevent it from spreading. Soon the females will begin to lay eggs. Each female will lay up to 100 eggs or more this fall, so by destroying even one female, you are reducing the potential population for the future.

Egg masses adhere to flat surfaces, including tree bark. Freshly laid egg masses have a grey, waxy, mud-like coating, while hatched eggs look like brownish, seed-like deposits in four to seven columns about an inch long. Trees attacked by the spotted lanternfly will show a grey or black trail of sap down the trunk.

As they feed, the insects excrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which is rapidly colonized by sooty mold, turning leaves, stems, and trunks black. It also attracts ants, wasps, and other insects that feed on the sweet substance.

They are back:

Spotted lanternfly invasion of South Jersey has begun

by Frank Kummer, Posted: July 23, 2020

These Cherry Hill residents are experiencing a full invasion of the pest from Asia that first appeared in the United States in Berks County in 2014. The invasive insect has already swept through 21 counties in Pennsylvania. This year, the spotted lanternfly seems to have fully established itself in densely populated South Jersey counties like Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington.

The first season of eggs, laid in fall and hatched in spring, are now fully grown, wildly colorful adults hopping from tree to tree.

Recently spotted lanternfly has potential for devastation

By Hilary Holladay Orange County Review Feb 4, 2018

ORANGE — Watch out for the spotted lanternfly.

That’s the word from Shawn Appling, associate extension agent for horticulture, serving Orange, Culpeper, and Madison counties. The invasive insect was spotted in Frederick County in early January, and it is the menace of potentially devastating proportions.

The red-winged, black spotted bug sucks the life out of grapevines and fruit trees and typically makes its home in the tree of heaven, an invasive tree that is all too familiar to property owners in and around Orange County.

Many measures are used to prevent the damage caused by the lanternfly such as the use of insecticides, herbicides, cutting down the trees infested with lanternflies etc. These all methods have proved to be ineffective.

Now, we no longer have to depend on conventional, toxic insecticides to deal with these pests!

We need a long-term and effective solution to control their nuisance. We at C Tech Corporation have a solution to combat against the lantern fly.

TermirepelTM anti-insect repellent is a C Tech Corporation product which is a solution to prevent the infestation against these pesky little black flies.

TermirepelTM does not kill the target species but only repels them thus balancing the ecology and thus helping in maintaining the goal of sustainability.

Our product works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

TermirepelTM liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints in a specific ratio can be applied to the concrete fences around farms, homes, etc. to keep the lantern flies away.

TermirepelTM lacquer can be coated as a topical application on the surface of the wood, concrete metal etc. It can be applied on the tree trunks to keep these pests at a bay.

Besides this, we offer Termirepel™ masterbatches that can be added to tree guards, agricultural film, pipes, even cables to protect them from the ravaging insects.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you are facing problems with insects.

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