Look What’s Out There
Integrated Pest Management
John F. Baniecki, Ph.D., Coordinator, Pesticide Safety Education Program Issue 6– June 2006
M. Essam Dabaan, Ph.D., Pesticide Safety Education Program http://www.wvu.edu/
Rakesh S. Chandran, Ph.D. Coordinator, Integrated Pest Management Program
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With the growing season on us in full swing, pest John F. Baniecki.
problems will be increasing. We will be
receiving these problems from the counties. Regulatory Changes Requested on Pest Strip
Diseased plant specimens will be coming in, as and other DDVP Products
well as plants damaged with insects or insects for
identification. A diagnosis is hopefully made and As a result of EPA's evaluation to ensure that all
a recommendation is given for management of pesticides meet current health and safety
the pest. Weed specimens are forwarded to Dr. standards, the manufacturer of insect pest strips
Rakesh Chandran. At times, we will receive containing the organophosphate pesticide DDVP
them, but we will forward them to Dr. Chandran. (or dichlorvos) has asked EPA to remove certain
We have offered a first detector training dealing uses and further restrict where the pest strips can
with procedures in handling pest problems, as be used in homes. As part of the standard
they are processed. Eight Extension agents regulatory process, EPA will publish the
attended the training and were certified as first proposed changes and its revised risk assessment
detectors. Such training is associated with a for DDVP for public comment before issuing a
national and regional Plant Diagnostic final decision. The request from the
Information System. manufacturer would remove the largest pest strip
use (100 grams) from the registration, and for the
We have received approval from the Northeast remaining sizes (both "large" and "small"), new
Plant Diagnostic Network to make the training restrictions would be added to product labels.
available on CD to those interested to be Specifically, the larger strips could not be used
certified as first detectors. A CD of 3 Powerpoint in homes except in garages, attics, crawl spaces,
presentations, a pre-test, along with a manual and sheds that are occupied for less than four
will be sent to those who register on- line. After hours per day. For the smaller pest strips, use in
going through the Powerpoint presentations on the home would be limited to closets, wardrobes,
your own, please notify us by e-mail to receive a and cupboards. During the transition to the more
post-test and evaluation. A certification of restrictive labeling, existing products can
completion will be awarded after our receiving continue to be used until the phase-out is
the completed post-test and evaluation. You complete. EPA reminds consumers of the
must register on line to enroll and receive the CD importance of reading and following all label
and manual. directions to ensure pesticide products are used
correctly. The pest strips are sold as Alco® No-
Pest Strip, AMVAC Insect Strip, Alco® Pest Contact: Liang-Shiou Lin. Email:
Strip, AMVAC No-Pest Strip and Swat Pest Llin@CSREES.usda.gov.
Strip. Additionally, the manufacturer is Further information at:
voluntarily deleting other uses of DDVP http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm?f
including: mushroom house, greenhouse, and onum=1521
warehouse hand held fogger uses; total release
fogger, as well as lawn, turf/ornamental and Agricultural and Environmental News
crack/crevice uses. The company has also
requested label amendments to increase worker
protection for the mushroom and greenhouse • The U.S. Environmental Protection
uses. DDVP will also be included in the Agency recently settled with Maxim, L.L.C. of
organophosphate cumulative risk assessment, Phoenix for $57,200 for violations of federal
which will be issued this summer (US EPA, pesticide regulations. The EPA alleged the
News, May 16, 2006). More information on company, located at 1101 West Melinda Lane,
DDVP: sold and distributed products “Pedi Redi Plus”
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/ddvp/ddvp_ and “Satin-ize” to various manicure salons. The
changes.htm products claimed to kill or control germs and
Contact: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / bacteria on manicure dishes and pedicure spas.
email@example.com Spa disinfectants are defined as “pesticides,”
which require registration under the Federal
New Defenses Against the Daunting Asian Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
Longhorned Beetle However, neither product was registered with
the EPA (US EPA, News: 5, 03, 2006).
This research is part of Crop Protection and
Quarantine, an ARS National Program (#304) • EPA has proposed revoking its tolerances
described on the World Wide Web at: for residues in food of over 100 inert
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/may06 ingredients of pesticides because it doesn't have
/beetle0506.htm the data it needs to assess the materials'
potential toxicity. Under the same rule, the
agency would establish new tolerance
exemptions for five polymer chemicals
considered to pose little risk to humans or the
environment (Pesticide and Toxic Chemical
• CSREES is pleased to announce the News: Volume 8, Issue 88, May 08, 2006).
availability of funding through its Plant
Biosecurity program. Four million dollars are • An EPA advisory group this week
available, up to $2 million per project. This criticized both the scientific and ethical
program supports integrated projects aimed at components of three carbofuran intentional
ensuring a continued supply of safe, high- human dosing studies, concluding that they
quality, affordable food and fiber for consumers should not be used by EPA in its regulatory
in the U.S. and international trade partners. The actions for the insecticide (Pesticide and Toxic
goal of the program is to harness our Nation's Chemical News: Volume 8, Issue 87, May 05,
scientific and technological resources to help 2006).
agricultural producers and professionals
implement strategies to safeguard agriculture in • Seventeen investing organizations that
the U.S. from high-consequence plant diseases. collectively represent more than $22 billion in
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the assets today launched a new coalition aimed at
entire Program Description section for current pressuring companies to better disclose the risks
priorities and additional information relative to from toxic chemicals in their products and
the program of interest. Deadline: Jun 15, 2006. adopt better strategies for moving to safer
alternatives, when available (Pesticide and
Toxic Chemical News: Volume 8, Issue 86,
May 04, 2006).
• A lawsuit representing millions of users
of Teflon-coated pots and pans was filed last
week in federal court, alleging that DuPont
failed to inform the public of possible health
risks from the popular and widely used
cookware (Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News:
Volume 34, Issue 30, May 15, 2006).
June 14, 2006
Pest Control Blitz Training Program - Charleston
House Holiday Inn, Charleston, WV. Further
June 15, 2006
Pest Control Blitz Training Program - Ramada
Inn, Morgantown, WV. Further information at:
June 23 and 24, 2006
Man-made chemicals found in household Ponds-Problems and Solutions Workshops.
products are having an increasingly negative Moundsville, WV. For further information,
effect on reproductive health, according to a please contact Edgar Hooper at 304-843-1170 or
new report from Greenpeace International. email: Edgar.Hooper@mail.wvu.edu.
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Comment Section International Conference on The Future of
Agriculture: Science, Stewardship, and
If there are any comments from the information Sustainability, Sacramento, CA.
presented, please let us know by sending an http://www.dce.ksu.edu/dce/conf/ag&environ
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org ment/
August 15-17, 2006
North Central SARE's National Conference on
Sustainable Agriculture, Oconomowoc, WI.
October 4-7, 2006
Natural Products Expo East, Baltimore, MD.