Jared Harris, BASF Senior Sales Specialist, highlights what’s happening in the pest control industry. Harris has been with BASF for eight and a half years and represents Montana through Arkansas.
Pest management professionals (PMPs) living throughout Montana and Arkansas are not alone—the pest industry is facing pyrethroid resistance to bed bug control chemistries. Specifically in my region, identifying pyrethroid resistance and finding alternatives are top-of-mind for PMPs.
Pyrethroid resistance was … well, inevitable.
Lately, my bed bug calls are up because PMPs are using less effective pyrethroid chemistries to control this resilient pest. And that’s why BASF advocates PMPs to seek well-balanced chemistry programs including non-pyrethroid products to battle resistance.
I’ve worked with medium- to large-sized pest control companies, helping them refocus their bed bug control programs using these five steps:
Inspect – In the field, operators should gather information that leads to good decision making. Look around and ask where are the infestations, what evidence can you find showing that bed bugs are present?
Prescribe – Develop a treatment strategy to achieve specific goals. I help technicians discuss and discern the type of application needed (e.g., crack and crevice, spot, dust/voids) because that affects the types of products I recommend.
Communicate – It’s not only the technician’s job to identify, treat and follow-up, but it’s also the client’s (e.g., hotel manager, homeowner, apartment complex supervisor) responsibility to communicate the value of continued inspection, monitoring and treatment. This keeps everyone on board and informed regarding proactive bed bug treatment and protocol
Treat – My customers have found success when they’ve chosen effective techniques and materials that support the treatment strategy. For example, if we identify crack and crevice and void treatments as our choice – then we can treat accordingly.Crack and crevice focus areas are associated with beds (e.g., headboards, edges and mattress seams, box springs) and the wall in direct conjunction with the bed or headboard. We also dust in voids for long-lasting control.
Follow-up – Always follow-up. We review what’s worked, what hasn’t and adjust accordingly.
Most technicians are accustomed to pyrethroid-based chemistries, but as mentioned, PMPs should consider a non-pyrethroid product to fight resistance.
For example, Phantom® termiticide-insecticide and Prescription Treatment® brand Phantom® Pressurized Insecticide are chlorfenapyr-based products that deliver long-lasting, nonrepellent control. By using chlorfenapyr, we’re attacking the insect in a new way that’ll kill them, even if they’re resistant to pyrethroids.
Another chemistry class—dinotefuran—is the active ingredient in the family of Alpine® products. Alpine® WSG Water Soluble Granule Insecticide, which we’re launching now and will be available in early 2013, and the already-available Prescription Treatment® brand Alpine® Dust Insecticide are both effective on bed bugs resistant to pyrethroids and have flexible labels.