Urban ant alliance wins award
The Entomological Foundation has awarded UC IPM Advisor Cheryl Wilen and other members of the Urban Ant Pest Management Alliance the 2010 Integrated Pest Management Team award. The group received the award Dec. 13 at the foundation’s awards dinner held in San Diego.
The alliance, funded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, was nominated for developing methods to reduce pesticide applications in urban environments, leading to potential reduction of pesticides in urban waterways.
The program worked with pest management professionals to develop IPM strategies that would reduce the amount of pyrethroid insecticides applied to control ants by 50%.
The Urban Ant Pest Management Alliance team consisted of members from UC, regulatory agencies, and the pest management industry. Wilen’s UC colleagues were Michael Rust, John Klotz, Les Greenberg, and Donald Reierson, all of UC Riverside’s Entomology Department, and UC Cooperative Extension advisors Darren Haver and John Kabashima. Thomas Babb and Mark Robertson of the Department of Pesticide Regulation and Brian Cabrera of the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office formed the regulatory team. Industry leaders were from Lloyd Pest Control, Orkin Inc., and Western Exterminator Co.
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