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    Global Pest Control Market 2020 Research : Detailed analysis of the Growth and other Aspects till 2026 – PRnews Leader - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Global Pest Control Market Report describes the basic elements of the industry and market stats, the recent advances in technology, business plans, policies, possibilities for development and risks to the sector are being described. The two key segments of the report, namely market revenue in (USD Million) and market size (k MT) are presented in this report. The Scope of Pest Control industry, market concentration and presence across various region are described in detail.

    The prominent Pest Control industry players are covered in the next section, their business profiles, product information, and market size. Also, the SWOT analysis of these players, business plans & strategies are covered. It covers the product definition, classification, type and price structures.

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    Major players covered in this report:

    Bayer CropScienceDowDuPontBell LaboratoriesEcolabTruly NolenAdamaTerminixSumitomo Chemicals Co. Ltd.Syngenta AGFMC CorporationAtalian ServestBASFPelGar International

    Market Segmentation:

    By Type:

    InsectsRodentsTermitesWildlife

    By Application:

    ResidentialCommercialLivestockIndustrialOthers

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    In this report Pest Control manufacturing value and growth rate from 2015-2019 will be provided at regional level. The nitty gritty evaluation of segments and sub-segments of emerging industries are clerified. It covers Pest Control industry plans & policies, financial status, cost structures and analyzes of the value chain. The Pest Control competitive perspective of the countryside, the production base, the evaluation of the production method and the upstream raw materials are assessed.

    The gross margin, consumption pattern, growth rate of Pest Control is studied precisely. The top industry players are covered on a regional level and country level with the analysis of their revenue share from 2015-2019. Furthermore, forecast Pest Control industry status is determined by analysis of expected market share, volume, value and development rate. The forecast Pest Control industry view is presented from 2020-2026.

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    Table of Contents:

    Global Pest Control Market Size, Status and Forecast 2026

    1 Pest Control Industry Overview

    2 Pest Control Competition Analysis by Players

    3 Company (Top Players) Profiles

    4 Global Pest Control Market Size by Type and Application (2015-2019)

    5 United States Pest Control Development Status and Outlook

    6 EU Pest Control Development Status and Outlook

    7 Japan Pest Control Development Status and Outlook

    8 Pest Control Manufacturing Cost Analysis

    9 India Pest Control Development Status and Outlook

    10 Southeast Asia Pest Control Development Status and Outlook

    11 Market Forecast by Regions, Type and Application (2020-2026)

    12 Pest Control Market Dynamics

    12.1 Pest Control Industry News

    12.2 Pest Control Industry Development Challenges

    12.3 Pest Control Industry Development Opportunities (2020-2026)

    13 Market Effect Factors Analysis

    14 Global Pest Control Market Forecast (2020-2026)

    15 Research Finding/Conclusion

    16 Appendix

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    Report: Connecticut city is one of the ‘rattiest’ in the country – Middletown Press - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Rats are shown in this 2015 file photo.

    Rats are shown in this 2015 file photo.

    Photo: Sanjay Kanojia / AFP Via Getty Images

    Rats are shown in this 2015 file photo.

    Rats are shown in this 2015 file photo.

    Report: Connecticut city is one of the 'rattiest' in the country

    The fear of mice and rats is called musophobia, and anyone who has it might want to be wary of going to Hartford, Connecticut.

    According to pest control company Orkin's annual ranking, Hartford has one of the biggest rat problems in the U.S. The "Top 50 Rattiest Cities List," ranks places based on "the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020."

    Hartford comes in at number 27, and it's the only Connecticut city on the list. But experts say the state's rat problem may only be getting worse.

    Pest control experts told Hearst Connecticut Media Group that the increase in rodent activity in Connecticut has been going on for a while, and the pandemic is having an effect on it because the food supply has changed since Connecticut went into lockdown in March.

    No longer able to dine at the dumpster behind their favorite restaurants, the experts said, rats have been on the move, away from the closed businesses downtown and in the suburban shopping plazas and to the garbage cans behind our homes.

    I havent been inundated with phone calls about rats, said Rocco Cambareri, owner of Insecta X in Norwalk. But I know for a fact that theres rats running around because of COVID.

    It's an issue that's going on nation-wide, according to Orkin.

    "In an unprecedented year, the visibility of rodents has increased, creating concern for homeowners and business owners alike. As reported in the Spring, the pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources," the site writes.

    And even more troubling: "Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior," Orkin reports.

    One thing that hasn't changed is that Chicago is the rattiest city in the country at least according to this report. The windy city ranked No. 1 on the list for the sixth consecutive year. Los Angeles came in at No. 2 and New York City at No. 3.

    Local rat experts as well as Orkin's experts said that as the weather gets colder, rat sightings will only increase in homes and businesses as the critters seek warmth.

    Rats are rats. Its not like they hibernate, Cambareri told Hearst Connecticut. But you see more of them in the fall and winter because they need warmth.

    Additional reporting by Ed Stannard.

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    Soaring Demand Drives Pest Control Products and Services Market Growth During the Forecast Period, 2020-2028 – Eurowire - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    This report studies the Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 market with many aspects of the industry like the market size, market status, market trends and forecast, the report also provides brief information of the competitors and the specific growth opportunities with key market drivers. Find the complete Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 market analysis segmented by companies, region, type and applications in the report.

    New vendors in the market are facing tough competition from established international vendors as they struggle with technological innovations, reliability and quality issues. The report will answer questions about the current market developments and the scope of competition, opportunity cost and more.

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    The final report will add the analysis of the Post Impact of Covid-19 in this report Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 industry.

    The following players are covered in this report:

    Ecolab

    Rollins

    Rentokil Initial

    Service Master

    Massey Services

    Arrow Exterminators

    Sanix

    Asante

    Dodson Brothers Exterminating

    Target Specialty Products

    Pelsis

    Killgerm

    WinField Solutions

    Univer

    The report discusses the various types of solutions for Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 Market. While the regions considered in the scope of the report include North America, Europe, and various others. The study also emphasizes on how rising digital security threats is changing the market scenario.

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    Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures are also analyzed. This report also states import/export consumption, supply and demand Figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins.

    This report focuses on the global Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 development in United States, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, and Central & South America.

    Breakdown Data by Type

    Insecticides

    Rodenticides

    Other Chemical

    Mechanical

    Others

    Pest Control Products and Services Breakdown Data by Application

    Ants Control

    Bedbug Control

    Beetle Control

    Bird Control

    Mosquito & Flies Control

    Cockroaches Control

    Rat & Rodent Control

    Termites Control

    Others

    Based on regional and country-level analysis, the Pest Control Products and Services market has been segmented as follows:

    North America

    United States

    Canada

    Europe

    Germany

    France

    U.K.

    Italy

    Russia

    Nordic

    Rest of Europe

    Asia-Pacific

    China

    Japan

    South Korea

    Southeast Asia

    India

    Australia

    Rest of Asia-Pacific

    Latin America

    Mexico

    Brazil

    Middle East & Africa

    Turkey

    Saudi Arabia

    UAE

    Rest of Middle East & Africa

    The Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 market is a comprehensive report which offers a meticulous overview of the market share, size, trends, demand, product analysis, application analysis, regional outlook, competitive strategies, forecasts, and strategies impacting the Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 Industry. The report includes a detailed analysis of the market competitive landscape, with the help of detailed business profiles, SWOT analysis, project feasibility analysis, and several other details about the key companies operating in the market.

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    The study objectives of this report are:

    To study and forecast the market size of Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 in global market.

    To analyze the global key players, SWOT analysis, value and global market share for top players.

    To define, describe and forecast the market by type, end use and region.

    To analyze and compare the market status and forecast among global major regions.

    To analyze the global key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.

    To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.

    To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.

    To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market

    To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.

    To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

    The Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 market research report completely covers the vital statistics of the capacity, production, value, cost/profit, supply/demand import/export, further divided by company and country, and by application/type for best possible updated data representation in the figures, tables, pie chart, and graphs. These data representations provide predictive data regarding the future estimations for convincing market growth. The detailed and comprehensive knowledge about our publishers makes us out of the box in case of market analysis.

    Key questions answered in this report

    What will the market size be in 2026 and what will the growth rate be?

    What are the key market trends?

    What is driving this market?

    What are the challenges to market growth?

    Who are the key vendors in this market space?

    What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?

    What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Global Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 Market Overview

    Chapter 2: Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 Market Data Analysis

    Chapter 3: Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 Technical Data Analysis

    Chapter 4: Pest Control Products and Services for Covid-19 Government Policy and News

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    Pest Control Products Market size and Key Trends in terms of volume and value 2020-2025 – Express Journal - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The report specifies the Global Pest Control Products Market share held by the significant players of the business and conveys a full perspective on the focused scene. The market is ordered into various sections with the complete examination of each concerning the topography for the investigation time frame. The report has turned the spotlight on the startling rise in verifiable investigation and evaluations in the Pest Control Products market with its future prospects.

    This research focus on Top-down and Bottom-up research analysis progression, which will help investors to analyze the financial market and to perform desired operations to choose Pest Control Products market investments in the forthcoming year 2020-2025.

    The Pest Control Products market has been predicted to expand at a growth rate during the forecasting years of 2020-2025, driven by various factors. For instance, the development of the market has been very crucial for the advancement of the Pest Control Products Industry globally.

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    Pest Control Products Industry Key Players:

    Pest Control Products Market Competitive Analysis

    The research report helps to identify business competitors and helps to evaluate their business strategies to define the key players strengths and weaknesses associated with the products and services offered by manufacturing industries. It includes a brief analysis of Pest Control Products industry competitors, competitors global and regional sell, competitors market share, past and current strategies, type of media to market product or services, and potential openings.

    Market segmentation

    Pest Control Products market is split by Type and by Application. For the period 2015-2025, the growth among segments provide accurate calculations and forecasts for sales by Type and by Application in terms of volume and value. This analysis can help you expand your business by targeting qualified niche markets.

    Pest Control Products Market Types:

    Pest Control Products Market Applications:

    The report offers in-depth assessment of the growth and other aspects of the Pest Control Products market in important countries (regions), including:

    Key questions answered in this report:

    How much is the Pest Control Products industry worth?

    Who is the largest exporter?

    What is the goal of Pest Control Products market research?

    What is the global consumption?

    What are the largest Pest Control Products companies in the world?

    What is the purpose and importance of the Global Pest Control Products Market analysis?

    The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters:

    Chapter 1, to describe Pest Control Products product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks.

    Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Pest Control Products , with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Pest Control Products in 2018 and 2019.

    Chapter 3, the Pest Control Products competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast.

    Chapter 4, the Pest Control Products breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2015 to 2020.

    Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2015 to 2020.

    Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2015 to 2020.

    Chapter 12, Pest Control Products market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2020 to 2025.

    Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Pest Control Products sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source.

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    Upcoming ‘McKnight’s’ Online Forum to examine impact of COVID-19 on telehealth, pest control – Events – McKnight’s Long Term Care News - August 31, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    McKnights Long-Term Care News and McKnights Senior Living will delve more deeply into the impact of COVID-19 on providers operations during its Online Forum on Thursday, Sept. 10. And attendees can receive continuing education credits for listening to each webinar.

    Two sessions during McKnights Online Forum VII will examine different facets of senior living and care during this period. First is a session on telehealth. Telehealth and Care Collaboration: Unlocking New Possibilities for Virtual Care and Care Coordination will take place at 10:30 a.m. ET. Speakers are Colin Banas, M.D., vice president of clinical product solutions for DrFirst; Petros Karamanlakis, M.D., chief medical informatics officer of health information services for Northwell Health and a member of the Department of Hospital Medicine at Huntington Hospital; and Steven Maly, APRN, a medical informaticist.

    Next is a webinar on pest control. Adapting Your Pest Management Services During COVID-19 will start at noon ET. The speaker is Glen Ramsey, senior technical services manager for Orkin.

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    Packs of baby food damaged by mice leads to recall in New Zealand – Food Safety News - August 31, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Holes found in baby food packaging was likely due to mice, according to officials in New Zealand.

    Initial investigations also looked at the possibility of a manufacturing fault and involved New Zealand Police to ensure the damage was not caused deliberately.

    Supermarket chain Woolworths NZ recalled squeezable baby food pouches from stores nationwide after holes were found in about 30 packets in its Auckland and Napier supermarkets.

    The individual pouches of baby food with damaged packaging were found across six supermarkets in Auckland, and one in Napier. All these products have been removed from shelves. Woolworths New Zealand has also checked all baby food in their stores and distribution centers across the country to ensure no damaged product is still on shelves.

    Damage due to mice infestationThe move follows the discovery of a mice infestation at two of Woolworth NZs Auckland distribution centers.

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reported no associated illness but advised anyone who had health concerns to seek medical advice.

    Gary Orr, New Zealand Food Safety director of compliance, said: It now looks likely that the damage was caused by these mice infestations. However, we continue to work to rule out any other possible issues in the supply chain. In the meantime we are working with Woolworths NZ to ensure corrective actions are taken so that this doesnt happen again.

    Product is being removed from Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice stores across the country.All dates, flavors and batches of Smiling Tums, Only Organics and Natureland brands sold at these stores are affected. None of these items were exported. Organics and Natureland are sold in 120-gram or 170-gram pouches. Smiling Tums comes in a 120-gram pouch.

    Importance of pest controlOrr advised consumers who have any affected product to return it to retailers or throw it out.

    Mice must be kept away from food because they can contaminate the food and packaging with harmful microbes from their saliva, urine and droppings. Any food contamination is serious, but for babies it can be particularly significant, so we ask that parents check every squeezable baby food pouch in their home to ensure it is not affected by the recall, he said.

    Parents should routinely check baby food pouches for damage even if they are not affected by the recall, according to Orr.

    You can do this by giving the packet a light squeeze to identify any holes or other damage. Of course, any product with any damaged packaging should not be consumed. Damage to packaging does occur from time to time as part of the process of manufacturing and distributing food, he said.

    In all the damaged product found, the holes were prominent and easy to see without squeezing, according to officials.

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    Learn to Grow: Try these ideas to manage garden pests – The Mountaineer - August 31, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    This is the second in a multi-part series

    We are continuing on our integrated pest management journey this week with a discussion of mechanical and biological controls for home landscapes.

    Mechanical control is the simple act of physically removing the problem from your landscape with the use of tools such as mowers, shovels, or your own two hands.

    If you have limited mobility, there are many ergonomically designed tools available that will help make weed removal very easy.

    Mechanical control is certainly more labor intensive than using herbicides; however, repeatedly hand-pulling weeds will often stress them to the point that they will no longer grow, or will get out-competed by other desirable plants.

    For weed control in landscape beds, cardboard is an excellent, low-cost option you can put down before you mulch an area. It also has the added benefit of being compostable and can be laid each time you re-mulch landscape or vegetable beds.

    I do get questions about landscape fabrics, and I would recommend avoiding those if at all possible for long-term weed control.

    A main drawback for fabrics or plastic mulches is that they only block annual weed seeds already present in the soil; they do a poor job at controlling perennial weeds and, assuming you add some type of mulch or compost over the fabric, new annual weed seeds will have a perfect environment on which to grow in just a years time.

    A better option is to apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch, which, in addition to cardboard, provides an excellent, biodegradable weed control option each year.

    Coarse bark mulches are well-suited for weed control and, fun fact, hardwood mulches can help adjust soil pH slowly over time, which can be immensely helpful as we deal with our acidic mountain soils.

    Destruction of old plant materials is a great form of mechanical control in vegetable or annual beds. By destroying left over plant materials, you will reduce the amount of habitat that pest insects like to lay their eggs in.

    Tillage can be a great form of control for soil-dwelling insects like Japanese beetle grubs, as well as weed seeds. Exposing these pests to the soil surface will provide a bounty of food for many songbirds and other beneficial insects.

    Remember too that cultural practices like crop rotation or cover crops can be used in conjunction with your mechanical controls and will provide even better control over weeds and insect pests.

    Your yard is alive and teeming with an abundance of beneficial insects, many of which are predators or parasites of insect pests, and all of which rely on nectar and pollen as a part of their diet.

    Providing a diversity of plants that flower at different times of the year is a great way to ensure that you have a sustainable population of beneficial insects each year. Insects like insidious flower bugs, big-eyed bugs, assassin bugs, and tiger beetles are just several of the beneficial insects you might find patrolling your garden throughout the season.

    When selecting plants for pollinators, consider ones like cardinal flower, goldenrod, coneflower, joe-pye weed, crimson clover, and bee balm. These plants provide attractive additions to the landscape, but also serve as a year-round habitat for beneficial insects.

    Thinking about what you want, doing some research ahead of time, and selecting plants more purposefully will give you a leg up in managing pests. Remember that you will have a greater population of beneficial insects if you choose perennial plants and plant in areas that receive little disturbance over time.

    So far, we have discussed cultural, mechanical, and biological control options for pest management in home landscapes. By now, you can start to envision the type of system whereby you are using a variety of options to become more proactive about pest management.

    Next time, I will cover chemical controls, including organic and traditional options for pest management.

    To learn more about IPM, visit http://haywood.ces.ncsu.edu, where you can post your questions via the Ask an Expert link, or contact the Haywood County Extension office. For more information on home gardening in general, visit extensiongardener.ces.ncsu.edu.

    Sam Marshall is the horticulture agent for the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Service.

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    Experts: Connecticut has more rats; pandemic conditions send them to homes – theday.com - August 31, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    As devastating as the human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been, it also has created myriad disruptions to life as we knew it, from remembering to bring a mask to keeping us cooped up at home with our families.

    And, for many, with rats and mice.

    The increase in rodent activity has been going on for a while, said pest-control experts, but the food supply has changed since Connecticut went into lockdown in March. No longer able to dine at the dumpster behind their favorite restaurants, the experts said, rats have been on the move, away from the closed businesses downtown and in the suburban shopping plazas and to the garbage cans behind our homes.

    And we, tossing out more garbage because we're working and eating at home more often, are their new suppliers, experts say.

    However, the changes wrought by COVID have only highlighted what has been occurring over the last few years: an explosion in wildlife populations generally, especially of rodents.

    "It's absolutely mindboggling. This year is unprecedented. I've never seen anything like it," said Rocco Cambareri, co-owner with his wife, Jane, of Insecta X in Norwalk.

    Normally, calls for rats and mice increase in late fall and winter, when the rodents are looking for warm places to hide out and any opening in your foundation is going to attract an intruder.

    "Rats are rats. It's not like they hibernate," Cambareri said. "But you see more of them in the fall and winter because they need warmth."

    But the increased rat sightings this spring and summer may have two COVID-related causes: less business at restaurants and more people noticing the rodents because they're at home more.

    "There's a lot of restaurants where I live and it's right smack in the residential area," said Cambareri, who lives in Fairfield. "Then the residents are seeing more activity in their own yards."

    Rodents have been moving "from the garbage dumpsters to the garbage cans in the residence," he said.

    "I haven't been inundated with phone calls about rats," Cambareri said. "But I know for a fact that there's rats running around because of COVID."

    To make sure they're not running around your house, he advised not leaving pet food or water outside -- rats need fluids -- be sure garbage cans are closed tightly and "look around your foundation. If you see a hole, get it patched up," he said. Garage doors, especially the rubber strip at the bottom, are also potential entryways. "A rat can chew through metal if it wants to. It can chew through concrete if it wants to," Cambareri said.

    Mike Lipsett, owner of Connecticut Pest Elimination in Orange, said "the rodent population in Connecticut and here in New England has gone through the roof" for as much as the last seven or eight years.

    "I have never ever seen the amount of rodent activity that we have right now," he said. "Fifty percent of the calls to our office right now is rodents, rodents, rodents."

    Lipsett said people may be noticing more rats and mice simply because they're home more during the pandemic.

    "Is it possible that there could be more rat or rodent calls because the average household has more trash because they're home and not going out? That's a possibility," he said.

    Lipsett's message is: Be proactive to prevent pests from getting into your house in the first place.

    "If you can control the perimeter you're going to reduce or eliminate what can get in there," he said. Bait boxes firmly anchored to the ground or heavily weighted are best to catch rats, he said. Bird feeders should be removed and overgrowth should be cleared, he said.

    "If you don't bring the food source close it may help you in the long run," he said.

    John Neary, owner of J. Neary Pest Control in Monroe, said he's had more calls for mice than for rats, but that "one of the theories" for the increase in rodent activity "is that because we're home more we're not going out to eat, there's more trash."

    "The cleaner you can be, the faster you get rid of your waste, the better off you're going to be," he said.

    John Curley, technical services manager for Precision Pest Control in Fairfield, also believes COVID-19 has changed the behavior of rats and other rodents.

    "Our theory is because all these commercial properties are closed, offices are closed, restaurants are closed, we've definitely seen a higher-than-usual amount of residential ... mouse and rat activity," he said.

    His company extends into lower Fairfield and Westchester counties.

    Other reasons for the increases: "People being home more. They're also leaving doors open," Curley said. "They're producing more residential garbage, debris." Barbecue grills left uncleaned don't help, either.

    "Residentially we are busier than we normally would be," he said.

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    Lets do it the eco-friendly way – The Tribune India - August 31, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Ramesh Arora

    PESTICIDES are toxic chemicals applied to crops for killing insect pests, plant pathogens and weeds. Less than one per cent of the more than one million identified species of insects are pests. Rather, a large number of insect species provide essential ecosystem services as plant pollinators, nutrient recyclers, trash burners, natural enemies of pests, and act as food for birds, fishes, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals, as components of food chains and food webs. Without these services, agriculture, forests and even human civilisation as a whole will notsurvive for long. Therefore, the pesticides need to be applied with utmost caution to minimise their adverse impact on humans, non-target organisms and the environment.

    Rachel Carson, in her monumental book Silent Spring (1962), effectively focused the attention of the public, scientists and policy-makers on the consequences of the indiscriminate use of pesticides and prompted governments around the world to start regulating the use of pesticides.

    In India, the Insecticides Act, 1968, regulates the manufacture, import, sale, and use of pesticides. Under the Act, the Government of India has over the years banned the production and use of 40 pesticides. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare constituted an expert committee headed by Anupam Varma in 2013 to review the use of 66 pesticides, which were already banned or restricted in other countries. Based on the committees recommendations, followed by the regulators decision and its own decision on the subject, the ministry issued a draft order on May 14, 2020, banning 27 pesticides in the country. Stakeholders were given 45 days (later extended by another 45 days) to file their response to the draft order.

    In view of the order, state agricultural universities (SAUs) are making efforts to replace the banned items with alternative pesticides in their recommendations for the farmers. This is not a desirable approach to integrated pest management (IPM). In Europe, when many chemical pesticides were banned by the European Food Safety Authority, most of these were replaced by the release of natural enemies for biological control of pests. In India also, there is a need to replace the banned chemical pesticides with non-chemical tactics, especially pest-resistant genotypes, cultural control practices and biological control, and shift crop protection steadily towards bio-intensive approaches. Ecosystem biodiversity in the form of inter-crops, trap crops, and plants in adjoining fields/non-cropped areas would help to keep populations of most pests at the sub-economic level. About 350 species of natural enemies (predators, entomopathogens) are commercially produced and utilised in crop management around the world. In India, only about a dozen such species are being mass-multiplied.

    There is unlikely to be an adverse impact of the banning of 27 pesticides on agricultural production because safer alternatives are available in the market. But agricultural universities need to be more stringent while recommending new pesticides for crop protection. Data on the impact of new chemicals on all non-target organisms, especially pollinators, natural enemies, secondary pests and microbiota, must be generated for informed decisions on new recommendations.

    In Punjab, the only significant challenge to replacing the banned pesticides appears to be herbicide pendimethalin, which is widely used as a pre-emergence treatment in direct-seeded rice and other crops. The cultural method of stale seed bed is useful and needs to be popularised among farmers as a component of integrated weed management (IWM). It helps to significantly lower the weed density in the field.

    The banning of the 27 pesticides presents a golden opportunity to agricultural universities, state departments of agriculture and the farming community to take the big leap required towards bio-intensive IPM for environmentally safe crop protection. This can be a win-win situation for farmers and consumers, besides the environment.

    The writer retired as SeniorEntomologist, PAU, Ludhiana

    Originally posted here:
    Lets do it the eco-friendly way - The Tribune India

    Emerald ash borer back to infest trees in the state – Grand Island Independent - August 31, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Emerald ash borer has been confirmed again in Nebraska.

    Confirmation doesnt necessarily mean treatments are in your near future. Find out what treatments entail and what makes trees good candidates for those treatments.

    A quick review of what Emerald Ash Borer is and what it does:

    Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills all species of ash (Fraxinus spp). It is a small, metallic-green beetle about 1/2 inch long. The larvae of this wood-boring insect tunnel under the bark of ash trees, disrupting the flow of water and nutrients, ultimately causing the tree to die.

    EAB-infested ash trees will exhibit thinning or dying branches in the top of the tree, S-shaped larval galleries under bark, D-shaped exit holes and suckers or advantageous growth along the trunk and main branches. Trees can be preventively treated or removed prior to infection.

    If treatments are selected, they need to be made at the right time, to the right tree, and the right proximity to your location. Once EAB has been confirmed within the 15-mile radius of your location, then you can begin the proper treatment applications on healthy trees.

    Treatments are not always recommended for all trees; they must be good candidates for treatment. A tree that isnt a good candidate for treatment is one with a stem girdling root, a tree without a trunk flare, trunk damage or missing bark on the trunk, a tree with more than 50% canopy decline, trees with obvious signs of internal rot (holes with soft or squishy rotted wood) or trees with fungi growing directly out of the trunk (another sign of internal rot).

    Read the rest here:
    Emerald ash borer back to infest trees in the state - Grand Island Independent

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