Posts Tagged ‘organophosphates’

Paul Hardy celebrated his 50th year in the pest management industry in 2011. If there is anyone who can guide us through the evolution of termite control it’s Paul. That’s why Bug Off Pest Control Center asked him to speak at the 2011 New York Pest Expo on November 11, 2011.

First and foremost, Paul reminded us that termites are still a problem. Even though they have not been swarming as much as in past decades, they are still active and are still causing damage. We need to stay on top of the newest treatment options when clients start to call again.

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Referring back to a recent article in PCT Magazine, another trend seen in the last decade is the loss of chemistries.  Over the last 10 years the EPA removed two major classes of pesticides from the industry: the organophosphates and the carbamates. The pest control industry relied heavily on these chemical families. Without them we have to work harder; some insects have become tougher to eliminate due to resistance issues; some species are making a comeback; and new, hard-to-control pests are gaining a toe-hold.

Dr. Roger Gold, professor and endowed chair in urban and structural entomology at Texas A&M University, is quoted in this article as saying “loss of chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate, was particularly impactful. I wish we had it back for bed bugs and some other things.”

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