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Altriset has now been labeled for Drywood Termites  

Syngenta Professional Pest Management (PPM) announced that Altriset termiticide is now labeled for control of drywood termites, in addition to eastern subterranean and Formosan termites. With this label addition, Altriset can help offer more complete termite control for Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) and their businesses.

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Altriset exceeds expectations for
Leading Edge Pest Management.  

Without the right industry tools and support, a pest management company can risk losing an opportunity to be successful, especially when it comes to termite control. David Roe, operator at Leading Edge Pest Management in Pleasant Hill, Calif., found that Altriset® termiticide from Syngenta Professional Pest Management could enhance his business by providing superior results for his customers.

Roe began using Altriset shortly after it was introduced to the termiticide market in 2010. Roe was interested in the product because of its favorable environmental profile on the label, with its low use rates and ability to kill targeted insects, but he didn’t know how well Altriset would actually control termites.

“Usually I can call companies that had a product before we did to see how it works, but since it was brand new I didn’t know many people that had used it,” Roe says. “Since I tried it early on, now I’m the go-to guy for Altriset in my area, and I tell people it works great.”

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Honeybee diseases spreading

Infectious diseases linked to the colony collapse of honeybees appear to be spreading among wild bumblebees that pollinate crops worldwide, dealing a potential blow to agriculture, according to a new study.

Studies at 26 sites in England found that 1 in 5 bees suffered from deformed wing virus, which can ground and eventually kill the insects, according to a report published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc. will not spray above or around any flowers that are in bloom to protect pollinators which are vital to an abundant food supply.

Article From  P.C.O.C. The voice of pest control operators of California, Winter 2013 issue

Page 17,  Federal Update, By Gene Harrington, Marcia Duke & Bob Rosenberg, NPMA

What is the Buzz All About? ( Excerpts from the article.)  Without question, the hottest pest management regulatory issue these days is protecting bees from unintended exposure to pesticides.  Recently adopted and future public policy will impact pesticide use patterns for all user groups including pest management professionals (PMP’s).

Honeybees and other pollinators are viral to an abundant food supply.  Over the last several years, however, honeybees have been plagued by the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and beekeepers throughout the world are now fighting for their livelihoods.  Some have suggested that the primary culprit is pesticides, while others have stressed the complexity of the issue and the variety of factors involved.

Recent EPA Action Nothing better underscores the urgency of the bee health issue than the mid-August announcement by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that labels of some neonicotinoid pesticide products would be revised to prohibit applications where bees are present.

Soon after the European Commission approved the moratorium, USDA and EPA issued a report finding that multiple factors are contributing to the declining honeybee population, including parasites, poor nutrition, a lack of genetic diversity, and pesticides.

Take Home Message  So what is the meaning of all of the efforts to limit unintended exposure to bees?. …

Regardless of whether PMPs are using neonicotinoids or other pesticide products, they should avoid unnecessarily exposing bees to pesticides, unless bees are the intended target for structural or public health reasons.    …  

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Morris: War on animals waged against wrong creatures

This past week or so I've felt like I've been witnessing a war on animals. In New Zealand, a bird-loving man wants to ban all cats from the country. In Florida, a python hunt has been going on for a few weeks. And bringing it closer to home, I received a letter from a resident of a Berkeley senior housing complex who says the new administrator has issued a ban on pets in common areas.

The amazing thing about all three of these stories is that humans are responsible for all of them.

I can understand the frustration of Gareth Morgan, the New Zealand businessman who wants to ban cats. He has watched the native song bird population dwindle at the paws of outdoor cats, both feral and free-roaming house cats. His reaction is over-the-top, but the problem is real.

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Morris: Could missing owls have met with foul play?

DEAR JOAN: We live in the Oakland hills, facing the valley side. Our neighborhood used to have at least two to three owls living in the streets and the nearby East Bay Ridge Trail entrance.

For past six months or so we have not heard a single hoot. What's up with our owls? We miss them.

Susan M.

DEAR SUSAN: I really hope the answer is that the owls have moved on, finding homes that offer better hunting or cozier quarters. Owls are known to come back to original roosting spots, but they also move around.

My biggest fear, however, is that they have been poisoned, as hundreds of owls and raptors are each year by eating mice, rats and squirrels that have ingested so-called "one feeding kills" baits.

The baits are very popular and easily available. Pest control services also use them, setting the baits out in covered boxes.

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