This Week In North Carolina Pest Control (Week Of April 11, 2016)
April 14, 2016
This weekly series from Go-Forth Pest Control highlights the top news and notes regarding the pest control industry in North Carolina.
1. "New technology could improve insect control in cotton"
"A new biotech trait currently in the development stage could provide improved control of thrips and plant bugs in cotton, according to researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Scott Graham, graduate student in UT's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology presented the findings March 14 at the Entomological Society of America's Southeastern Branch Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina."
2. "N.C. Safe Plates course aims to prevent foodborne illness"
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases yearly. Instruction is given on a variety of topics including: personal hygiene, purchasing and storage, eliminating cross-contamination, handling allergens, pest control and facility design and correct temperatures for storing, preparing and holding foods."
3. "Ask SAM: How do I keep groundhogs out of my garden?"
"I need help! I have groundhogs in my yard. Last year, they ate my radishes, green beans and cucumbers. Does anyone know how I can get rid of them? Answer: James Tomberlin, a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, said that the most common complaints the commission gets about groundhogs include.... Click the button to read the rest of the answer."