Special Issue "2020 and Beyond: Opportunities for Structural and Household Pest Management"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020) | Viewed by 2264

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Dr. Vernard Richard Lewis
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College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Interests: urban pest management; termite detection; nonchemical control
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Dear Colleagues,

A majority of the globes’ 900,000 described insect species play crucial ecological roles in one or more of the earths biomes.  Recent attention on the indoor biome highlights that insects represent a large part of the arthropod diversity that can co-habit in close proximity with humans and domesticated animals in the built environment.  The pest status of invertebrates whether in households, commercial property or in association with animal husbandry varies between cultures and across economies worldwide.  The often-tenuous relationship between pests and human endeavors will inevitably be impacted by climate change, global commerce, changing land-use patterns, city planners and building architecture. This Special Issue of Insects will broadly address issues impacting or influencing present or future arthropod pest management in the built environment. We invite submissions, including reviews and primary research reports, that address aspects of the biology, ecology and management of arthropod pests and the role that urban infrastructure growth, technology interconnectivity and dependency related to pest detection and surveillance, building construction technologies, and pest service innovations that relates to effectively reducing the health, economic and social costs of such pests.

Dr. Vernard R. Lewis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • structural
  • household
  • pest management

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Long-Tailed Silverfish (Ctenolepisma longicaudata) Control; Bait Choice Based on Primary and Secondary Poisoning
Insects 2020, 11(3), 170; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11030170 - 07 Mar 2020
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Abstract
The long-tailed silverfish (Ctenolepisma longicaudata) has recently made its appearance and demonstrated a tremendous proliferation in Norway, where it is currently considered a major indoor nuisance pest in modern buildings. To reduce the risk of human pesticide exposure, several baits with indoxacarb, [...] Read more.
The long-tailed silverfish (Ctenolepisma longicaudata) has recently made its appearance and demonstrated a tremendous proliferation in Norway, where it is currently considered a major indoor nuisance pest in modern buildings. To reduce the risk of human pesticide exposure, several baits with indoxacarb, clothianidin, fipronil or imidacloprid as the active ingredient were investigated to provide knowledge regarding their potential for integrated pest management solutions. Primary and secondary poisoning, as well as the durability of baits, were experimentally evaluated in bioassays. Baits with indoxacarb, clothianidin and fipronil killed more than 90% of the experimental insects (primary poisoning) when presented in competition with food. Only indoxacarb produced high mortality when dead conspecifics were consumed (secondary poisoning) and resulted in more than 75% mortality. The efficacy of baits with indoxacarb against C. longicaudata was also found to be very long. Laboratory degraded baits were consumed and induced high levels of mortality for more than a month, and field degraded baits for more than 6 months. Adults and juveniles were equally affected in the experiments. Primary and secondary toxicity in combination with long durability and effects on both life stages tested suggest that the bait has high-level potential as a safe control strategy against the long-tailed silverfish if indoxacarb is used as the active ingredient. Full article
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