Posts Tagged ‘Jim Ballard’

The warmer weather is finally on its way. With that experts are forecasting bed bug infestations to be on the rise. As we continue our bed bug series of posts following up on Dr. Ballards presentation at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo we want to provide some useful information to prepare for a bed bug treatment.

Bed Bug Checklist

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With the exception of Charlie Sheen’s latest rants the biggest headline today seems to be bed bugs! They’re everywhere and escaping them is priority #1. With that said, we wanted to continue our bed bug series of posts following up on Dr. Ballards presentation at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo.

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Bed bugs are making the headlines everyday. That’s why we had Dr. Ballard discussing them at the 2010 New York Pest Expo. That is also why the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Michael Potter conducted a survey to better understand the resurgence of these pests and their impact. Following is a report on that study.

Highlights Of The Global Bed Bug Study (2010)

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So, now you know what bed bugs look like, how you may have gotten them, and how to control them. Next we want to share with you how to treat an infestation and avoid any future ones. Please enjoy this next post in our series Invasion of the Body Snackers – Bed bugs are back supporting Dr. Ballards presentation at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo

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At Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo Dr. Ballard reviewed the advances in bed bug controls from thermal techniques to insecticides, to detection tools. In part 4 of our series we will provide a detailed approach to controlling bed bugs.

Control

The control of bed bugs is a challenge even for the most experienced and talented pest control professional.  It requires thorough inspections and meticulous applications and even so, retreats are common.  Treatment options are not as wide as those for roaches or ants and the need for customer cooperation is greater.  The major reason for bed bug retreats is poor customer preparation.  The client must assist in allowing access to all areas, removing clutter, laundering bedding and clothing and in some cases, disposing of contaminated items.


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If you’ve been following this series of posts about bed bugs you now know a little bit about their history and description. Following up on  Dr. Ballard’s presentation at the NY Pest Expo 2010Advances In Bed Bug Control Protocols we will now help you understand how an infestation can happen.

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We hope you enjoy Bug Off Pest Control Center’s latest post. This is the second part of a series of posts to follow up Dr. Ballard’s presentation at the NY Pest Expo 2010Advances In Bed Bug Control Protocols. Please feel free to leave your comments.

A Description

Adult bed bugs are about 1/8-inch long and reddish-brown with oval, flattened bodies.  Four-segmented antennae are attached to the head between the prominent compound eyes. The proboscis is located beneath the head and passes back between the front legs.

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Our article Invasion of the Body Snackers – Bed bugs are Back was written long before bed bugs were making the daily news. We wanted to bring it back to your attention because it is a great follow up to the post covering Dr. Ballard’s presentation at the New York Pest Expo 2010, Advances In Bed Bug Control Protocols.

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Another amazing presenter at the New York Pest Expo 2010 was Dr. Jim Ballard. Dr. Ballard holds a PhD in Entomology and is the Director of Ballard Pest Management Consulting, a firm that provides product development and pest management solutions to manufacturers, distributors, inventors, pest management firms and other related entities. He has been a Senior Development Biologist for Dow Chemicals and Product Development Manager and Senior Urban Entomologist for FMC Corporation.

Dr. Ballard’s presentation was titled Advances in Bed Bug Control Protocols: Advances in insecticides, thermal techniques, site preparation and detection tools. We all know how important this presentation was based on all the bed bug reports recently.

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