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Insect ID

first_imgHave you ever spotted a bug in your house and not known what it was?The University of Georgia Structural Pest Management Program (SPM) hosts annual integrated pest management (IPM) workshops focused on the home to help pest control operators identify and manage household pests.The fall 2018 Home IPM Workshop was held Aug. 9 at the UGA Griffin campus and included pest control operators from Georgia and Alabama.UGA entomologists and Georgia Department of Agriculture representatives made presentations at the workshop. Lecture topics included IPM basics, inspection tips, pesticide regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates and record-keeping techniques. The afternoon session was held in the SPM insect identification lab and Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center and focused on insect identification and management.“This is the only program around that offers hands-on learning,” said Kenneth Norris, owner of Norris Pest Control in Alabama. “There is a big difference between looking at images in a presentation and seeing the insects on a slide in person. All of our pest control operators attend these trainings.”The insect identification portion of the workshop highlighted the larval and adult stages of the most common pests found in homes, such as drugstore, saw-toothed grain and carpet beetles; rice weevils; fruit, humpbacked and drain flies; smokybrown cockroaches; springtails; and acrobat and Asian needle ants.“There are about 30,000 species of beetle that are brown or black,” said Dan Suiter, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist who leads the workshops. “Insect identification is crucial because some beetles are indicator pests, which suggests there is another problem, like mold.”The workshop offers pest control state credits to operators. Georgia operators receive five Household Pest Control (HPC) credits. Alabama operators receive 10 HPC and Household Pest Control/Branch Supervisor (HPB) points. South Carolina operators receive eight continuing certification hour credits. Tennessee operators receive five C07, C08, C10 and C12 points.The UGA SPM offers 10 workshops a year. Five of these classes include an insect ID component.The fall 2019 Home IPM Workshop is set for August 2019. For more information on home IPM or to view other UGA workshop offerings, visit the SPM website at www.gabugs.uga.edu.last_img read more

Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO

first_imgBrazil’s health ministry said Monday it would not change its recommendation to treat coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organization deciding to suspend trials of the drug over safety concerns.Like his US counterpart Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has touted the supposed benefits of hydroxychloroquine and a related drug, chloroquine, against the new coronavirus.Studies, however, have questioned their safety and efficacy against the disease, including one published Friday in respected medical journal The Lancet that found the drugs actually increased the risk of death. That led the WHO to suspend a worldwide clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment Monday.”We’re remaining calm and there will be no change” to the Brazilian guideline issued last week, health ministry official Mayra Pinheiro told a news conference.The guideline recommended doctors in the public health system prescribe either chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.It was issued shortly after the resignation of former health minister Nelson Teich, who reportedly quit over Bolsonaro’s insistence on pushing the drugs despite a lack of solid evidence. Topics :center_img He was Brazil’s second health minister in less than a month.Brazil, the Latin American country hit hardest by the pandemic, has emerged as the latest flashpoint, with nearly 375,000 cases — the second-highest in the world, after the United States — and more than 23,000 deaths.Experts say under-testing means the real figures are probably far higher.Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat autoimmune diseases, while chloroquine is generally used against malaria.Preliminary studies in China and France had generated hope the drugs might be effective against the new coronavirus.That led governments to buy them in bulk. Trump even said last week he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure, though he said Sunday he had finished his course of treatment.Pinheiro questioned the Lancet study, which analyzed the medical records of 96,000 patients across hundreds of hospitals.”It wasn’t a clinical trial, it was just a data set collected from different countries, and that doesn’t meet the criteria of a methodologically acceptable study to serve as a reference for any country in the world, including Brazil,” she said.last_img read more