Monday, September 29, 2014

So I hear you're interested in becoming an ACE ...

At ESA we get a lot of phone calls and emails from people who are interested in becoming ACE or ACE-International certified. This post is designed to serve as a link to get you started and answer most of the more common questions that people have about the programs, including:
  1. An overview of what the ACE program is, and what it isn’t.
  2. Hear from some people who have passed the ACE exam via a testimonial and a guest post on our blog.
  3. ESA is the organization that runs the ACE program. You can join ESA and save a little money on your ACE fees. Taking and passing your ACE exam does not make you an ESA member, though.  Here is some more about ESA membership benefits.
  4. There are lots of ways to study for the ACE exam. From a list of study materials, to finding a prep course near you, to simply reviewing the materials on which the exam is based.  There is also a sample exam (the username and password are both ACEQ).
  5. The Certified Entomologist blog is a good source of information with general info, including a good post with FAQs about the ACE application and exam process.
  6. The application is good for three years. You will need to pass the ACE exam within that time period in order to have it still be active. That 3-year “clock” starts when your application is officially accepted (we’ll email you). As soon as you pass your ACE exam within that time period you will be an ACE until the end of that 3-year period before needing to renew. 
  7. The main differences between ACE and ACE-International are simple -- if you are a permanent resident of the United States, then ACE is for you. If you aren't then you need to look at ACE-I.
  8. When you feel that you are ready to get started, click here to access the ACE and ACE-I application.

Your contact for more ESA certification questions is:
Chris Stelzig
Director of Certification
Entomological Society of America
3 Park Place, Suite 307
Annapolis, MD 21401-3722
301-731-4535, x3012 | Direct dial – 240-696-3741

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First applicant for ACE-International

After months of meetings, writing exam questions, setting standards, negotiating with industry leaders, approval from boards, and developing promotional materials ... it is all finally starting to fall into place.

Moments ago, ESA approved the first applicant for the new ACE-International program. 

This applicant (let's call him Mr X) was interested to become an ACE-I as a way to showcase his professionalism and training. Mr X is well-established as an arborist in his country and has received a certificate for attending the Purdue course. But he felt that he needed something more to really establish himself as a reliable professional. When referring to his Purdue certificate, he says, "People are impressed, but I am sure ACE ...would be more impress(ive) in the future."

We've received numerous inquiries from PMPs like Mr. X from all across the globe as the industry begins to prepare for this new international credentialing program. We're posting information on the new ACE-I program as it becomes available.

The ACE-International program will launch on October 22nd, 2014 at PestWorld. We're taking applications now so that people can test as soon as they are ready to after the launch.

Click here to download the PDF ACE-International application.

We now know who the first applicant is. But who will be the first ACE-International?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Certified Science 2014, #4

This issue of Certified Science was emailed to all current ACEs and BCEs on August 5, 2014. The next issue will post to the blog in about 6 weeks. To receive the current issue as it publishes, please consider becoming ACE or BCE certified. 


A Periodic E-mail Service to ACEs and Urban-Industrial BCEs

The Entomological Society of America is the #1 source of scientific information for the entomologically-focused urban professional. This email is a service of the ESA for all ACEs and any BCEs who hold a specialty in urban and industrial entomology.

Here is a summary of some recent articles in the ESA journals that relate to structural pest management and urban arthropod pests. The abstracts are freely available online for all articles, though access to the full text will generally require membership in the ESA, in addition to ACE or BCE certification.

The journal issues covered in this issue are:
  • Annals of the ESA, Volume 107, #4
  • Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, #4
  • Environmental Entomology, Volume 43, #4
  • Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, #4
  • American Entomologist, Volume 60, #2
  • Entomology Today blog (posts between June 9 and July 16, 2014)

Effect of Crop Volume on Contraction Rate in Adult House Fly
Authors:  Stoffolano, John G.; Patel, Bhavi; Tran, Lynn
Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 107, Number 4, July 2014, pp. 848-852(5)
Abstract:  The functional aspects of the adult house fly crop have not been studied even though various human and domestic animal pathogens have been discovered within the crop lumen. The average volume consumed (midgut and crop) by flies starved for 24 h was 3.88 ?l by feeding both sexes on a sucrose phosphate glutamate buffer. In addition, various volumes of a solution (0.125 M sucrose plus Amaranth dye) were fed to 3-d-old adult female house flies... (Click here for full abstract)

The Relationship Between Deer Density, Tick Abundance, and Human Cases of Lyme Disease in a Residential Community
Authors:  Kilpatrick, Howard J.; Labonte, Andrew M.; Stafford, Kirby C.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 4, Pages 725-906, pp. 777-784(8)
Abstract:  White-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus Zimmerman), serve as the primary host for the adult blacklegged tick ( Ixodes scapularis Say), the vector for Lyme disease, human babesiosis, and human granulocytic anaplasmosis. Our objective was to evaluate the degree of association between deer density, tick abundance, and human cases of Lyme disease in one Connecticut community over a 13-yr period. We surveyed 90-98% of all permanent residents in the community six times from 1995 to 2008... (Click here for full abstract

X-Ray-Induced Sterility in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) and Male Longevity Following Irradiation
Authors:  Yamada, H.; Parker, A. G.; Oliva, C. F.; Balestrino, F.; Gilles, J.R.L.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 4, Pages 725-906, pp. 811-816(6)
Abstract:  The mosquito Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1895) is a potent vector of several arboviral diseases, most notably chikungunya and dengue fever. In the context of the sterile insect technique (SIT), the sterilization of the male mosquitoes before their release can be achieved by gamma-ray irradiation. As gamma-ray irradiators are becoming increasingly problematic to purchase and transport, the suitability of an X-ray irradiator as an alternative for the sterilization of Ae. albopictus males was studied... (Click here for full abstract

Exploring New Thermal Fog and Ultra-Low Volume Technologies to Improve Indoor Control of the Dengue Vector, Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae)
Authors:  Harwood, James F.; Farooq, Muhammad; Richardson, Alec G.; Doud, Carl W.; Putnam, John L.; Szumlas, Daniel E.; Richardson, Jason H.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 4, Pages 725-906, pp. 845-854(10)
Abstract:  Control of the mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti (L.), inside human habitations must be performed quickly and efficiently to reduce the risk of transmission during dengue outbreaks. As part of a broad study to assess the efficacy of dengue vector control tools for the U.S. Military, two pesticide delivery systems (ultra-low volume [ULV] and thermal fog) were evaluated for their ability to provide immediate control of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes with a contact insecticide inside simulated urban structures... (Click here for full abstract

Alate Trap-Based Assessment of Formosan Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) Dispersal Flight Phenology Associated With an Urbanized Barrier Island Ecosystem
Authors:  Puckett, Robert T.; Espinoza, Elida M.; Gold, Roger E.
Source: Environmental Entomology, Volume 43, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 868-876(9)
Abstract:  During 2009, 2010, and 2011, the reproductive dispersal flight phenology of Formosan subterranean termites ( Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki) was assessed on Galveston Island, TX, via LED light-based termite alate traps. In all three years, traps were deployed at sampling sites before the initiation of C. formosanus dispersal flights, and retrieved weekly until the cessation flights. In total, 45, 102, and 90 traps were deployed during 2009, 2010, and 2011, respectively... (Click here for full abstract

Effect of Broadcast Baiting on Abundance Patterns of Red Imported Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Key Local Ant Genera at Long-Term Monitoring Sites in Brisbane, Australia
Authors:  McNaught, Melinda K.; Wylie, F. Ross; Harris, Evan J.; Alston, Clair L.; Burwell, Chris J.; Jennings, Craig
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 1307-1315(9)
Abstract:  In 2001, the red imported fire ant ( Solenopsis invicta Buren) was identified in Brisbane, Australia. An eradication program involving broadcast bait treatment with two insect growth regulators and a metabolic inhibitor began in September of that year and is currently ongoing. To gauge the impacts of these treatments on local ant populations, we examined long-term monitoring data and quantified abundance patterns of S. invicta and common local ant genera using a linear mixed-effects model... (Click here for full abstract

Potential Distribution and Cost Estimation of the Damage Caused by Cryptotermes brevis (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) in the Azores
Authors:  Guerreiro, O.; Cardoso, P.; Ferreira, J. M.; Ferreira, M. T.; Borges, P.A.V.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 1554-1562(9)
Abstract:  In the Azores archipelago, a significant proportion of buildings are infested with the urban exotic drywood termite Cryptotermes brevis (Walker), causing major economical and patrimonial losses. This work aims to understand the potential spread of this termite species in the Azores and estimate the costs for both treatment and reconstruction of infested buildings in the entire archipelago. A maximum entropy niche modeling process was used to determine the potential occurrence... (Click here for full abstract

Mortality Patterns in Coptotermes gestroi (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) Following Horizontal Transfer of Nonrepellent and Repellent Insecticides: Effects of Donor:Recipient Ratio and Exposure Time
Authors:  Neoh, Kok-Boon; Yeoh, Boon-Hoi; Lee, Chow-Yang
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 1563-1572(10)
Abstract:  The donor: recipient ratio and the time of donor exposure to termiticide required for maximal toxicant transfer among termites are crucial information for the development of termite management plans. Most of the available information on termiticide toxicity came from temperate zonal termite species, whereas little is known about tropical Asian species. In this study, mortality patterns of recipient termites, Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann) subjected to seven formulated insecticide exposures under different... (Click here for full abstract

Lethal and Sublethal Effects of Lufenuron on the Formosan Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
Authors:  Wang, Cai; Henderson, Gregg; Gautam, Bal K.; Chen, Xuan
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 1573-1581(9)
Abstract:  A laboratory study was conducted to understand the effect of low concentrations of lufenuron on termite physiology and behavior. Survivorship, running speed, body water content, food consumption, tunneling, microbial infection, and two behavioral patterns (carcass-burying behavior and particle transport behavior) were compared among Formosan subterranean termites, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, fed lufenuron-treated (250, 500, or 1,000 ppm) or untreated (control) filter paper... (Click here for full abstract

Fumigation of Bed Bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae): Effective Application Rates for Sulfuryl Fluoride
Authors:  Phillips, Thomas W.; Aikins, Michael J.; Thoms, Ellen; Demark, Joe; Wang, Changlu
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 1582-1589(8)
Abstract:  The bed bug, Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), has resurged recently as a domestic pest in North America with very limited options for decisive control. We report efficacy studies with sulfuryl fluoride (SF) toward use as a structural fumigant to control bed bugs. Laboratory studies were conducted in which eggs, adults, and nymphs from a pesticide susceptible laboratory population were fumigated for 24 h using SF at 99.8% purity in airtight, 3.8-liter glass containers under two temperatures, 25°C and 15°C.... (Click here for full abstract)  

Laboratory and Field Evaluation of an Indoxacarb Gel Bait Against Two Cockroach Species (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae, Blattidae) in Lagos, Nigeria
Authors:  Anikwe, Joseph Chuks; Adetoro, Fouad Abidemi; Anogwih, Joy Anuri; Makanjuola, Winifred Ayinke; Kemabonta, Kehinde Abike; Akinwande, Kayode Lawrence
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 4, August 2014, pp. 1639-1642(4)
Abstract:  Indoxacarb gel bait was evaluated for its efficacy in the laboratory and field against American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana (L.), and German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.). Advion 0.6% indoxacarb gel bait was toxic to both P. americana and B. germanica. There were no significant differences in the LT50 (h) values for treatment levels of 0.25 g, 0.5 g, and 1.0 g gel applied against P. americana, whereas gel applied at 0.5 g to B. germanica had... (Click here for full abstract

ACEs also have free access to the online edition of American Entomologist (which is free for ESA members). Recent articles of interest to the structural pest management community include:
  • POSTMARKED EXTENSION: The Early Years of Extension Entomology: Celebrating Cooperative Extension's First 100 Years (Bessin, Ric; Mulder, Phil) [ARTICLE]
  • Don't Fear the Creeper: Do Entomology Outreach Events Influence How the Public Perceives and Values Insects and Arachnids? (Pitt, D.B.; Shockley, M.) [ARTICLE]
  • Regulating Pesticide Use in United States Schools (Hurley, Janet A.; Green, Thomas A.; Gouge, Dawn H.; Bruns, Zachary T.; Stock, Timothy; Braband, Lynn; Murray, Kathleen; Westinghouse, Carol; Ratcliffe, Susan T.; Pehlman, Derrick; Crane, Lauren) [ARTICLE]

And finally, some relatively recent posts of interest on the free and popular EntomologyToday blog include:
  • Scientists Decipher Stink Bug Aggregation Pheromone  [ARTICLE]
  • Are Local Honey Bees Healthier than Imports? [ARTICLE]
  • Powerful Trap-jaw Ants are Gaining Ground in the Southeastern United States [ARTICLE]
  • Chikungunya Virus is Expected to Become Established in the U.S. [ARTICLE]
  • CT Scanning Shows how Fire Ants Interlock to Form Floating Rafts [ARTICLE]
  • Genetically-Modified Honey Bees: A Key Technology for Honey Bee Research [ARTICLE]
  • Ability to Detect Polarized Light Helps Bees Find Food [ARTICLE]