PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 31

❱❱ ASK THE EXPERT
BY MICHAEL BENTLEY, PH.D.,
NPMA STAFF ENTOMOLOGIST

Q:

Why is this summer predicted to
be far worse for some pests than
previous years?

A:

Over the past few months, scientists across the country have been
warning that this summer could be particularly "buggy." Specifically, they are forecasting
that ticks and mosquitoes may become active
sooner and in higher numbers than previous
years. This is largely due to the unseasonably
warm weather conditions that most of the
country recently experienced.
During what would be considered a typical
year, a percentage of pests are killed off by
subfreezing winter temperatures. Those that
survived would not become active until late
spring when air temperatures warmed up and
summer-like conditions begin. This year, however, winter was warmer than usual for most of
the U.S., allowing more insects to survive. The
mild winter was followed by an even warmer
spring, which gave ticks, mosquitoes and other
biting pests a head-start on the year. This larger
window of activity also means more time to
reproduce, further increasing their numbers.
What we are left with is a very "buggy" summer
with more than enough ticks and mosquitoes
to go around.

Q:

My client has an infestation of
confused flower beetles in their
pantry, but they refuse to allow any pesticides in their kitchen. What other options
do I have?

A:

Confused flower beetles, like most
pantry pests, can be frustrating to
control. This difficulty can be compounded
in some cases when a client limits your control options. Luckily, the key to eliminating
most pantry pest problems is a non-chemical strategy: find and remove the source of
the infestation.
Confused flour beetles feed on stored grain
products such as flour, cereals, corn meal,
crackers, spices, beans, pasta, nuts, pet food
and even dried flowers. Begin your search by
looking through the kitchen for any evidence
that the beetles are feeding on any of these
items. If you don't have any luck in the kitchen,

check with your client to see if other items like
decorative wreaths or flower arrangements are
stored in any other location like the garage or
a closet. Once the source (or sources) has been
identified, contain it in a sealed trash bag and
remove it from the property.
Sanitation and storage are also critical steps
to successfully controlling confused flower
beetles. The infested site should be thoroughly
vacuumed and cleaned, paying special attention to cracks and crevices. This eliminates any
insects or spilled food that could sustain the
beetles. Afterwards, recommend that your
client store all remaining or future items in
glass or plastic containers that have tight fitting lids. This serves to prevent contamination
of existing items, and prevents a possible reinfestation when incoming items are unknowingly contaminated.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PestWorld - July/August 2017

Cultivating Confidence
Boost Your Bottom Line
Staffing Challenges as a Pest Management Business Grows
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
How to Fire an Employee Legally and Fairly
President’s Message
Standards: Calibrating Your Business Operations
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Intro
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 1
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 2
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 3
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 4
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 5
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 6
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 7
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 9
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Cultivating Confidence
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 11
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 12
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 13
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Boost Your Bottom Line
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 15
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Staffing Challenges as a Pest Management Business Grows
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 17
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 18
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 19
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 21
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 22
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 23
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - Standards: Calibrating Your Business Operations
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 25
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 26
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - 27
PestWorld - July/August 2017 - How to Fire an Employee Legally and Fairly
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