Cockroaches: The worlds most unwanted Guests!

Imagine this the sky is barely bright as you slump your way to the kitchen table where your family is eating some cereal topped with berries. You start to grab some of the same…but wait. What do you see in the container? A cockroach peering at you. Cockroaches can be a significant deterrent to customers and even employees and pose a formidable threat to a restaurant’s profits. Having a cockroach present in your restaurant and seen by patrons likely means they will tell their friends and family, and you could end up being temporarily shut down by health officials.

Cockroaches are attracted to restaurants as they require a relatively warm and moist environment. Besides a place to live these pests need to find food and water. Almost any food can attract and support these scavengers, and infestations can grow very quickly. While roaches do not cause structural damage their presence often indicates unsanitary conditions that may be unhealthy. There are also concerns about them directly causing allergic reactions and spreading disease by contaminating food. When cockroaches attack food, they can spread bacteria through cross-contamination. They pick up bacteria while eating and these bacteria then reside in their guts. When they attack your food, they often leave their waste products (and the bacteria!) on the food. They also may carry the bacteria on their bodies, and pass it on to the food when then touch it. Humans who eat the contaminated food can then be infected by the bacteria and suffer food poisoning. Indeed, cockroach cross-contamination can lead to the spread of, among other bacteria, salmonella, streptococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

They prefer warm and damp areas in out-of-the-way protected places, such as inside walls, called harborages. Roach activity is usually highest at night.

Cockroaches are drawn to areas where access to food and a hiding space is regular and reliable, meaning a cockroach infestation is usually the symptom of poor sanitation, disposal, and cleanliness practices over the long term, and the problem will only get worse the longer these practices remain in place.

Let us have a look at some incidents where cockroach has caused a huge problem to restaurants:

Local fast food restaurant closed due to cockroach infestation

By Mario Montalvo, Kern golden

The fast food joint was closed by the health department after a customer complained about seeing cockroaches.

County environmental health director Donna Fenton said any vermin infestation requires immediate closure because it poses an immediate health risk.

“Often times those cockroaches have been roaming around the restroom,” said Fenton. “They could have been in the restroom. They can contaminate food contact surfaces, utensils, food packaging and even get into the food itself.”

Fenton says infestations like the one at this restaurant are not common.

The last time the restaurant was inspected was in July, and it passed with an “A,” but there were signs of a bigger problem at the time.

“It was noted that they did find cockroaches in the facility, but just not to the extent that they have right now,” Fenton said.

Diners flee restaurant half way through eating meals after cockroach infestation in kitchen

By Sam Fisher Stephen Jones, 16th Feb 2017, Mirror

Diners were forced to down their knives and forks and flee an Indian restaurant when a cockroach infestation broke out in a kitchen.

Their half-eaten meals were left abandoned on tables when health inspectors ordered the popular Sands of Glen field in Leicester closed down on the spot.

Acting on a tip-off by a member of the public, the inspectors visited the restaurant unannounced on Saturday, February 4.

They discovered cockroaches – both dead and alive – in the kitchen, including in the food store and in three of the freezers.

The Leicester Mercury also reports cockroach traps, put down by pest controllers, were also found.

The inspectors, from Blaby District Council, also noted that large quantities of open and uncovered food were left out on kitchen surfaces and that there was food debris, grease, and grime on many surfaces.

The above incidences present a grave picture of the growing pest problem in restaurants. Insecticides are currently the main method used for cockroach control in restaurants. Cockroaches have a legendary ability to develop resistance to a wide range of pesticides used for its control. Moreover, the use of these chemicals though conventional should be stopped as there is a chance of human contact and food contamination.

The time has come for doing all things unconventional and go for a better alternative.

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Termirepel™ is available in the form of lacquer and can be applied to wooden articles such as door frames, food storage cupboards, etc. which can restrict the cockroaches from nesting in these areas.

TermirepelTM liquid concentrate can also be incorporated in the paint to be applied to galvanized and such other surfaces.  Termirepel™ can thus help us effectively keep cockroaches away from our food as well as our lives!

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Pesky Lovebugs!

Ahh…..the lovebug!As you drive down the highways, you may encounter a nuisance in the form of splattered insects on your windshield, hood, and radiator grill. The nuisance may occur in joined pairs that are less than an inch long. Lovebugs can be a big hazard while driving. They love to swarm near roadways and as a result, cars that have driven through the clouds of these insects end up with decreased visibility and a need for a serious car wash! Although referred to as bugs these insects are actually flies. These insects often end up splatted on your windshield and front grill. Many of the cars coming off the highway are covered in insect gunk

They’re more closely related to biting midges and mosquitoes rather than other common bugs like grasshoppers or termites. Their bodies are black with redheads, and they’re usually seen in pairs. The lovebug (Plecia nearctica Hardy) is a species of fly that happens to flutter about as a male and female attached together. Both sexes are a dull black with a red blotch just behind the head.

Annoying to drive, they can swarm so thickly that driving through a cloud of lovebugs may impair your visibility while driving. There have been claims that the lovebug gunk, when left on the car, will etch the paint on a car. At times, the mating of lovebugs become so abundant in an area that they become a serious traffic hazard.

But why are they attracted to roads and vehicles? Lovebugs are attracted to automobile exhaust that has been irradiated with UV light (i.e., sunlight). It has been proposed that the chemicals in car exhaust, aldehydes and formaldehyde, are similar to the chemicals released by decaying organic matter.Even heat is an attractant for lovebugs and heats radiating off asphalt may be attracting these insects. They love to swarm on automobiles as it a very good attractant for them.

Let us look at some evidence:

The pesky lovebug invades the Pine Belt during its fall mating season

7th September 2017, Hattesburg  American

Lovebugs. It seems like they’re everywhere these days hovering in tall grass, swarming around light-colored objects, smashing into the car windshield.”

This is the normal time of year for them to emerge and breed,” said Mike Davis, University of Southern Mississippi associate professor in biology and director of Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. ”

“They’re a pest,” Davis said. “They fly in your mouth when you’re mowing the grass and they fly into your car, but they’re not an agricultural pest.

Lovebug population unusually high, may linger longer than normal

Sep 01, 2017, Arklatex

It’s not your imagination, the lovebug population is unusually high throughout the ArkLaTex this summer.

“I’ve just never seen them all over the place, in every crack, crevice and just all over, it’s kind of nuts,” said Linc Farrington, who we caught up with at a car wash in Bossier City.

The combination of a mild winter and perfect growing season without drought has the insects out in full force.

“Been a good season for grass, so it’s a good season for lovebugs,” says LSU Ag Center Entomologist, Bentley Fitzpatrick, from the Red River Research Station in Bossier Parish.

What can be done when such unwanted guest is invading on our vehicles.

The current methods which are being used to combat against such pests are fumigation and toxic pesticides to combat against this pest menace. Fumigation is tedious and expensive.

Actually, Lovebugs are beneficial, they take care of the decaying plant matter and feed on that. These pesticides kill the target as well as non-target species.

This problem needs to addressed immediately.

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Our products are available in masterbatch, liquid concentrate(which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio) and lacquer. To repel these insects the product can be coated on the automobiles in liquid concentrate or lacquer form. The masterbatch can be incorporated in polymer applications of automobiles to keep the pests away. The products work on the mechanism of repellence and do harm or kill the target species. The repelling mechanism of the product of the product would ward off lovebugs any other insects that could prove a nuisance to drivers and motorists.

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Chirping cricket menace!

In many cultures and even for some Americans having crickets in your house is a sign of good luck. Cricket outbreaks are one of the most predictable pest events of the year in most areas. Crickets belong to the insect order Orthoptera group. The largest cricket outbreaks seem to occur during years of dry springs and summers. Field cricket eggs are laid in the fall; approximately two weeks after females mature and develop wings.

Crickets may occasionally wander into the house, particularly in the fall, when it’s cooler at night and insects are looking for warm places to spend the winter. Field and house crickets are strongly attracted to bright lights, and they can enter the house through open doors or cracks in doors, window frames, foundation or siding. Crickets don’t usually lay eggs or live very long inside homes they usually die in the fall or early winter.

Crickets are a nuisance with their presence and noise. Colonies in rubbish dumps can migrate into houses, causing great distress. They are also prone to damage fabric and foodstuffs.

Field crickets are primarily outdoor insects, and as such are only accidental indoor invaders. Nevertheless, they can become a considerable household nuisance when abundant. Unlike house crickets (the species commonly sold in stores as pet food), field crickets do not breed indoors or establish permanent indoor infestations.

Indoors, crickets may damage clothing, drapes or wall coverings with staining from feces or vomitus, or by their feeding activities. Although crickets do not normally feed on fabrics, soiled clothing or clothes stained with perspiration may be damaged by crickets.  They do not attack clean clothes. However, they find body soil, food and beverage stains and laundry starch very attractive. The cricket will eat the remains of the stain and during its feast will often cut the threads of the fabric.

During severe outbreaks crickets can create an aesthetically unacceptable situation around places of business. Dead crickets quickly pile up, causing odors; and many people are repelled by the sight of large numbers of crickets on walls and sidewalks around offices and stores.

Cricket season takes hold in Central Texas

By Sophia Beausoleil, September 14, 2015, kxan

“The best indication of a cricket outbreak is past history and in the past, Texas has experienced big cricket outbreaks,” explained Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas.

He said those outbreaks in past years happened when there was a lot of food for crickets to eat, followed by a dry summer and then rain at the end of summer.

“Only time can tell, it looks like it might be a good season, but until we see the washes of crickets piling up on our porches, it’s going to be hard to predict,” said Wild.

Exterminators like Joe Cantu, Vice President of Operations for Bug Master, said they tend to see more cricket activity between August and September.

“It’s one of those pests where nobody wants to have around. It’s a nuisance pest, they’re overwhelming, they really smell, so the phone starts ringing,” said Cantu.

Cricket take over Cape town

8th April 2017, News 24

The increasing cricket population in Cape Town has become a nuisance but they are harmless, the city said on Tuesday.

Scientists at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town concurred that the increase in the cricket population was a phenomenon experienced in many parts of the world, said James.

“It is likely as a result of climatic conditions, in particular the mild winter experienced last year coupled with the slightly wet summer, which favours the hatching of cricket eggs and has resulted in a population boom”, said James.

In the interim residents are urged to block any gaps in their homes through which crickets might enter.

Oklahoma City Crickets: Insects Invade Downtown, Overrun Storefronts, Terrorize OKC Residents

By Philip Ross on September 5, 2013, International Science Times

It’s a plague of biblical proportions. Throngs of crickets have ascended on Oklahoma City, covering doors, sidewalks and walls — really, any surface crickets can reach. Residents shudder at the teeming masses of crickets at their doorsteps and storefronts.

It’s a natural process, but a nuisance for the 592,000 residents of Oklahoma City who have to tread lightly lest they slip on a pile of copulating crickets.

The current insecticides are being used to control this menace. However, besides being extremely toxic and harmful to the environment, most insecticides used for mayflies control will destroy beneficial insects.

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