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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 10th, 2022

ATLANTA (January 8, 2019) For the second year in a row, Baltimore tops Orkins Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, released today. New York fell four spots, while Dallas-Fort Worth joined the top 10. San Diego and Albany rejoin the list, after falling out of the top 50 in 2017, and New Orleans and Flint, Mich. join the list for the first time ever. Orlando has fallen off the list despite public lawsuits from hotel guests.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2016 November 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.


Washington, D.C.


Los Angeles (+2)

Columbus, Ohio

Cincinnati (+2)


New York (-4)

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

Dallas-Fort Worth (+5)



Atlanta (+3)

Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1)

Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-3)

Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-5)


Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+2)

Charlotte, N.C. (-3)

Buffalo, N.Y. (-2)

Knoxville, Tenn.

Nashville, Tenn. (+1)

Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+4)


Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C.

Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+4)

Phoenix (-1)

Denver (-6)


Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+1)

Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (+5)

Boston (-4)

Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)

Dayton, Ohio (-2)

St. Louis (+2)

Seattle (-2)

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (+9)

Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, M.I. (new to list)

Omaha, N.E. (-6)

Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (-2)

San Diego (new to list)

Lexington, Ky. (+1)

Honolulu, Hawaii (+5)

Louisville, Ky. (-3)

Las Vegas (+4)

Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C. (-4)

New Orleans (new to list)

Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (-9)

Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-14)

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (new to list)

The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising, says Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist. They continue to invade our homes and businesses on a regular basis because they are not seasonal pests, and only need blood to survive, he says.

Bed bugs are always in motion. They travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, clothing and other belongings. In addition to single family homes, bed bugs can be found in apartments, hotels, hospitals and public places like daycare centers, public transit, schools and offices.

According to a 2015 Bugs without Borders Survey by the National Pest Management Association, the top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are apartments/condominiums (95 percent), single-family homes (93 percent) and hotels/motels (75 percent).

Any type of home is prone to bud begs. It has nothing to do with sanitation. We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing, Husen says.

Bed bugs are capable of rapid population growth with an adult female laying two to five eggs per day (up to 500 in her lifetime), often making treatment challenging. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are typically reddish brown. Their small size and ability to hide make them difficult to see during the day, so its important to look for the black, ink-like stains they can leave behind.

Bed bugs cannot be completely prevented so early detection is critical. To help detect bed bugs, Orkin recommends homeowners and travelers do the following:

At Home:

Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check the places where bed bugs hide during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.

Decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs on your own or during professional inspections.

Inspect all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home. This is a common way for bed bugs to be introduced into homes.

Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P to inspect for bed bugs:

Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.

Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.

Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.

Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.

Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.

Bed bugs are an elusive threat to your household and beyond, as they can reproduce quickly and travel on your belongings, so its critical to detect and treat for them as early as possible. Anyone who suspects a bed bug infestation should contact a pest management professional immediately.

For more information about bed bug detection and prevention, visit You can also find 100 facts about bed bugs in Orkins bed bug e-book: 100 Reasons Why Bed Bugs Are Freaky and Fascinating.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Since 2014, Orkins Start with Science initiative has donated $670,000 to fund science and math projects in public schools across the nation. Learn more about Orkin at Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL). Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 8th, 2022

For the second year in a row, Toronto has been ranked as the worst city for bed bugs in Canada.

In a news release issued Monday, Orkin Canada revealed that Toronto was the city with the most service calls issued for bed bug treatments. The company named Toronto as Canada's worst city for bedbugs last year as well.

The findings are based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by Orkin from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021.

Of the five cities ranked as the worst for bed bugs, three of them are in Ontario. Toronto takes the top spot, while second place goes to Sudbury and fifth place goes to Oshawa. Vancouver ranked third and St. Johns, fourth.

A number of additional Ontario cities made the lower rankings, including Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Timmins, Ottawa, Mississauga, Etobicoke, North York, Whitby, Peterborough, Hamilton and North Bay.

The worst cities in Canada for bed bugs (Orkin Canada)

While bed bugs may be an unpleasant discovery, Orkin says they are common and extremely efficient hitchhikers.

They can move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night, the company said in its release.

To avoid a bed bug infestation, Orkin recommends not putting clothing or luggage on your bed, laundering clothes or furniture once they're brought into your home, and regularly inspecting your residence for signs of bed bugs, especially after travelling.

Bed bugs have a flat, broad, oval-shaped body, and are often dark brown and very small approximately four millimetres long. They are visible to the human eye.

With files from Phil Tsekouras.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 8th, 2022

Two cities in B.C.'s Lower Mainland rank among the top in Canada when it comes to bed bugs, according to a pest control company.

Vancouver came in third in the 2021 list, which ranks major cities based on the number of related calls made to Orkin Canada.

Nearby Burnaby claimed the 25th spot.

Orkin said the worst spot in the country for the bugs the company calls "extremely effective hitchhikers" because of their tendency to travel across rooms and along with luggage.

Toronto took the top spot, followed by Sudbury, Ont.

Also in the top 10 were: St. John's; the Ontario cities of Oshawa and Scarborough; the New Brunswick cities of Moncton and Saint John; Winnipeg; and Edmonton.

The calls made in those cities were for both residential and commercial bed bug treatments.

Orkin offered its advice to reduce the spread of bed bugs, which often enter residential spaces through travel.

"Bed bugs thrive in dark, cool places with long-term access to humans," the company wrote in a news release. "They can also be found on airplane and train seats, in buses or in rental cars."

Orkin said it's rare to pick them up in those locations, but it is possible.

Where people are more likely to encounter the bugs is in hotels and motels. For those types of locations, Orkin suggested ensuring clothing and luggage are never put directly on the bed.

The company said travellers should use metal luggage racks, as the bugs can't easily climb up metal surfaces the way they can on walls and wooden furniture.

Orkin also recommends packing clothes, shoes and other items into plastic bags, which can keep bed bugs that have crawled into a suitcase from getting into the house on clothing.

Anyone checking for bed bugs should also look at books, cloth toiletry kits and other personal items where they may be hiding.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 8th, 2022

Orkin Canada releases its list of top bed bug cities

TORONTO, March 7, 2022 /CNW/ - Orkin Canada has released last year's annual list of the top bed buggiest cities in Canada. The rankings show that the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels.

The City of Toronto claimed the number 1 spot for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to number 3 (from 4), St John's rose to number 4 (from 6), and Winnipeg dropped substantially, falling to number 9 (from 5).

The findings byOrkin Canadaare based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company in 2021 (January 1 December 31).

The top 10 bed buggiest cities in Canada in 2021 are:

Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for these critters, and yet they have found a way to stick around. Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians. With blood as their only food source, bed bugs mainly feed on humans, having their dinners usually between midnight and 5 a.m. These dedicated blood-feeding insects can travel up to 100-feet in search of a meal, which is quite a trek for these small but resilient creatures. As Canadians start to travel, whether to the office or on vacation, so too will bed bugs.

Concerned Canadians can keep their offense strong through proactiveprevention tips such as careful examination of furniture and clothing after guests leave your home, drying potentially infested bed linens or clothing on the highest heat setting, and sealing cracks in walls, trims, and bed frames. A pest management professional can also help manage problems should they arise.

Download the full list of Canada's 2021 bed buggiest cities here.

About Orkin Canada

Orkin Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL) is the country's largest pest control provider and leader in the development of fast, effective and environmentally responsible pest control solutions. Their Home Pest Protection Program prevents and eradicates pest infestations and provides information about pests. Orkin Canada provides professional services to both residential and commercial clients from coast to coast. For more information, visit, or follow @orkincanada.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 28th, 2022

Photo: Mike Cantles

Castanet's weekly bug feature has gone international.

Every Friday from spring through fall, Castanet features a different insect or arachnid spotted roaming the Okanagan by readers.

From some very scary spiders to winged creatures and everything in between, the Okanagan has no shortage of creepy crawlies running about.

And one of those bugs got the attention of Aussie Mike Cantle.

I'm in Australia and this thing crawled over my wife in bed. Looks similar to your masked hunter, Cantle said in an email.

And indeed the Aussie bug looks quite similar to the Canuck version.

According to the University of Michigan website, the masked hunter is a curious oddity of a bug that occurs throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. It was introduced from Europe before the beginning of the century. Both adults and nymphs are predators that feed on other insects including flies, carpet beetles, mealworms and bed bugs.

Perhaps Cantle's bug was a European import as well.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 27th, 2022

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This revolutionary product was invented by Brian Virag, Founder of My Bed Bug Lawyer Inc. ( the nation's premier bed bug law firm that specializes exclusively in representing victims of bed bug exposure.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 24th, 2022

What would you do with nearly $19 million bucks to throw away? Probably not spend it on an entire block that has a history of bug infestations and multiple fires, right?

In case you are down for it though, its currently on the market and up for grabs.

Thats right, Four separate but close properties in Parkdale Village are officially on sale for reportedly $18,750,000.

Colliers, a real-estate agency in Canada, listed the multi-family buildings on their site.

According to them, the property presents investors with an opportunity to acquire four separate properties, totaling 62 suites + 2 office suites, the agency said.

This is a unique opportunity to reposition an apartment building in downtown Toronto.

Seemingly every property on sale (2, 4, 6, and 8 Laxton Avenue) has a bit of a rough history.

BlogTO reports that one of the properties, a building with 52 units, has a record of bed bugs and roach infestations.

Thats not all, 4 Laxton Avenue also has a past following a big fire in January.

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) noted that this was actually the third major fire on Laxton Avenue in Parkdale in just one year alone.

Do you think these properties shouldnt be judged for their past and that a new owner can change things around? Or is the price range just unacceptable?

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 24th, 2022

Paul Bhekimpilo Tshuma has lived in the same Montreal apartment building for 14 years. Heis able to get around-the-clock care thereand he saysthe location is perfect.But the 12-storey, 105-unit residential complex, which has a mix of subsidized housing and high-end suites, was sold a couple of years ago and things have been going downhill ever since, Tshuma said."With the new owner, the difference is that you make a report, it's not taken seriously. You can call 50 million times and it's never taken seriously," he said.Climate control is his main concern. The lack of air conditioning in July was a problem and more recently, it's been the unreliable heating system, he said. The heating first broke down during a cold snap this fall, and then again for a couple weeks in January, he said.

"It's working for now," said Tshuma, who uses a wheelchair to get around. "I don't know how long it's going to last."

Tshuma said he needs an easy-to-control, independent heating and cooling system because of his disability, but that thespace heater his landlord provided in the interim was not sufficient because he was unable to manage the temperature on his own.

Patrick Lefebvre also lives in the building and benefits from the 24-hour care staff provided by the local public heath agency. He said the space heater provided by the landlord while he waits for his heating system to be fully repaired is too small and inefficient

"On and off for five months," he said. "I'm getting sick, physically sick."

The building is located in Montreal's east end at 1951 de Maisonneuve Boulevard, not far from the Papineau Metro station in the city's Gay Village. When CBC News stopped by to interview tenants, several complained about the building's condition, saying there are problems ranging from heating to bed bugs.

The property, bought byGreyspringApartments, an asset management firm,in December 2020, is being managed by Cogir Immobilier. A spokesperson for Cogir says it is trying to address the issues as quickly as possible.

Brigitte Pouliot said Cogir discovered a lot of regular maintenance work was left undone by the previous owner and steps are being taken to make the needed repairs.

"We have been working on the heating issues for several months now and have been proactive at providing temporary heat to all tenants affected by the problem," said Pouliot in a statement, noting each apartment has its own independent heating system.

"Unfortunately, the pandemic has created a huge shortage of mechanical parts required to fix the issue."She said Cogir understands it is not pleasant for tenants, and "we are working as hard as we can with our supplier to resolve the issue as soon as possible. We truly hope that the tenants will understand and be patient."

When it comes to bedbugs, she said they are very hard to get rid of, and while Cogir is doing its part by treating the affected units, dealing with an infestation requires tenants to do their part as well, for example, by washing all their clothes in hot water.The building is secure and kept clean, she said, and a new regional director has been hired who is "very proactive. Our objective is to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and to the tenants'satisfaction."

Some tenants, Lefebvre included, told CBC News that they feel the new management wants to push them out of the low-cost units, but Pouliot said that's not part of Cogir's business model and the company wants tenants to stay.

Housing lawyer Julien Delangie said there are stepstenants can take to get help in cases like this.

For example, the first step is to call 311 and ask the city for help. An inspector will visit the building, issue a warning and potentially a fine to the landlord.

Going to Quebec'srental board, theTribunal administratif du logement, is also an option, he said, but even a high-priority case can takeweeks or even months to be heard.

"The rules that are in place do not adequately protect the tenants from such situations, in my opinion," he said.

Lefebvre said he's working with his social worker to try and address the problem.

"I just want my heat back. That's the only thing I want. I love my apartment. I just want my heat," he said.

Mlanie Dallaire, a spokesperson for Montreal, said the city has received complaints from tenants about the heating in the building.

"The Ville-Marie borough took action without delay. Following the inspection process, the owner was notified by the inspector and had to take immediate action to correct the situation," she said.

On Tuesday, the inspector learned the heating has been fixed and the complaints stopped, she said. She said there were no complaints about pests, such as bedbugs, since September 2021, and none were observed during inspections.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 18th, 2022

GlobalInsect Pest Control Marketsize is expected to reach USD 23.77 Billion in 2028 and register a CAGR of 5.4% over the forecast period, according to the latest report by Reports and Data. Use of insect pest control for prevention of various hazardous diseases caused by insects is driving market revenue growth.

Furthermore, rising demand for insect pest control services in various sectors such as commercial, industrial, residential, livestock farms, agricultural farms, and other applications will enhance market growth during forecast period. Most of the insect pest control methods are helpful in proper protection of crops, human beings, and animals from insects & pests that can cause harm. Insect pest control has showcased a drastic change due to development in technology. Various types of biological control methods are present for insect pest control, which, in turn, would boost market growth.

Rising number of pests causing harms to crops and cattle has increased demand for insect pest control services. It would help this market to grow over the forthcoming years. A large number of people migrating from villages to cities results in increasing population density and builds up an unhygienic environment, which increases the number of different insects. Therefore, demand and awareness of insect pest control is increasing and it is helpful in boosting market growth.

However, strict government rules & regulations for use of pesticides are hampering market growth. Besides, toxic substances present in chemical pesticides have also affected insect pest control market growth.

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Top companies profiled in the report include:

Adama, Arrow Exterminators, BASF SE, Bayer AG, Ecolab, Ensystex, FMC Corporation, Rentokil Initial PLC, Rollins, Sumitomo Chemicals Syngenta, and The Terminix International Company LP.

Some Key Highlights From the Report:

By application, commercial & industrial segment accounted for largest revenue share in 2020. Growth of this segment is due to increasing adoption of insect pest control services as it has become necessary to prevent pest infections and to provide a professional surrounding for employees and customers in commercial buildings. Advancement in pest control methods helps to combat hazardous pests. This factor would contribute to market growth.

By control methods, chemical control methods segment contributed to largest revenue share in 2020. Growth of this segment is due to ability to provide better results and low cost of chemical pesticides. Increasing awareness among people about these methods and implementation of strict norms governing use of many insect pest control solutions are also responsible for growth of this segment.

Demand for insect pest control services is increasing due to subsequent rise in the number of patients suffering from diseases such as malaria, dengue, cholera, salmonella, and others. Growing need of precise pest control methods to prevent spread of such hazardous diseases is also contributing to market growth.

Insect pest control market in North America accounted for largest revenue share in 2020, attributed to increasing cases of dengue and chikungunya, as well as high demand for pest control from both commercial & industrial and residential sectors.

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Market Overview:

Increasing consumer inclination towards sustainability and thus considering products based on criteria such as circularity and carbon footprint is expected to change materials and chemical market trends during in the coming years. The growing consumer concern about carbon emissions has prompted industry players to make investment in renewable energy, de-carbonization of transportation, and energy efficiency. These trends are expected to have a significant impact end markets for chemicals, notably in construction and automotive.

Increasing focus of the materials and chemical companies on adoption of de-carbonization technologies, re-examination of their assets, and diversification away from hydrocarbons to some extent will favor global Insect Pest Control market growth during the forecast period.

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The report provides an extensive assessment of the prominent companies operating in the materials and chemical industry to offer better insights into competition scenario on a regional and global level.

Rise in competition in the global market has led to increasing innovation and technological advancement in the materials and chemical sector to meet the rising demand of environmentally conscious consumers. Industry players in the Insect Pest Control market are adopting the strategy of forward integration to cater increasing product demand, while adapting to the sustainability trends and to expand their in the global market.

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North America (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)

Europe (U.K., Italy, Germany, France, Rest of Europe)

Asia Pacific (India, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, Rest of APAC)

Latin America (Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)

Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., South Africa, Rest of MEA)

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 16th, 2022

In February 2021, Black in Ento hosted a week of virtual events and gatherings to build community and connection, and organizers also raised money to support a grant program. Five $1,000 grants were awarded to exceptional Black scholars in the field of entomology: Top row, left to right: Kyla OHearn, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA; Diana Omoke, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kisumu, Kenya; and Suleiman Mustapha, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, India. Bottom row, left to right: Seun Oladipupo, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA; and JEGEDE Oluwasegun John, University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui, China.

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In February 2021, Black in Ento hosted a week of virtual events and gatherings to build community and connection, and organizers also raised money to support a grant program. Five $1,000 grants were awarded to exceptional Black scholars in the field of entomology in 2021, and the awards are part of a community-led movement to provide adequate resources, mentorship, and access to student entomologists of color.

The grants are sponsored by BASF, Corteva, the Entomological Society of Canada, and the Entomological Society of America, as well as individual donors. For more information on the organizations work, follow #blackinento on Twitter or the BlackInEnto YouTube channeland check out the amazing recipients of the 2021 Black in Ento Student Prizes below.

Kyla OHearn

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Kyla OHearn was a senior majoring in animal sciences at the University of Kentucky when she took a general entomology course that would change the trajectory of her career. Now, she studies the taxonomy, systematics, and ecology of Hawaiian drosophilids. She says that approximately one-third of the vinegar fly family Drosophilidae are exclusive to Hawaii, where they enjoy close relationships with about 40 percent of Hawaiis native plants. Since a lot of these plants are endangered, many of the Hawaiian drosophilids are endangered as well.

OHearn says the highly specialized flies are often misunderstood, and she hopes her work will generate data that support conservation efforts: When I tell people I study fruit flies, they immediately say, Oh, well I have some in my kitchen that you can look at. So, not many people know there is so much diversity within Drosophilidae and that the majority of those found in Hawaii are not considered pests.

OHearns favorite insects are bed bugs. I think its really fascinating that there is an insect that has so closely coevolved with us that theyre such a successful endoparasite, she says. Theyre, unfortunately, really remarkable at what they do, but, despite being such notorious pests, they are not known to transmit any diseases, and about one-third of people dont even react to them.

Diana Omoke

Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kisumu, Kenya

During Diana Omokes undergraduate studies at Kenyatta University, a three-month industrial attachment at Kenya Medical Research Institute provided the opportunity to work in an entomology lab and inspired her passion for working with malaria vectors. Omokes research has shown important differences in the microbial communities associated with insecticide-resistant Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. She says these microbes (especially bacteria from the genera Sphingobacterium, Rubrobacter, Lysinibacillus, and Streptococcus) could serve as early warning system for monitoring insecticide resistance.

Omoke was excited to share her findings in a peer-reviewed journal as well as at international conferences, including the Pan African Mosquito Control Association Virtual Vector Conference and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 68th Annual Meeting.

Mosquitoes are Omokes favorite insects. There is this quote [from the Dalai Lama] that says, If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. These are tiny creatures that are capable of ruining your sleep. Also, as tiny as they are, they can cause an impact in the community in terms of malaria transmission, Omoke says. Coming from a malaria-endemic region and working as an entomologist, I have learned a lot about mosquitoes and am working in groups whose common goal is to alleviate malaria morbidity and mortality cases.

Suleiman Mustapha

University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, India

Suleiman Mustapha found his love for entomology during the first undergraduate entomology lecture he attended. I was so fascinated to learn about the things insects could do, such as build castles, tend to their own farms, make paper, control agricultural pestsand some groups having a society of their own with the different castes executing specific duties, he says. He also learned that the number of entomologists was dwindling in Nigeria and wanted to change that.

Now, Mustapha studies crop protection, using honey bees to detect heavy metals and pesticides in the environment as well as to predict the level of those contaminants in bee-pollinated food crops before harvest. So far, hes found that the African native honey bee Apis mellifera adansonii is useful for detecting contaminants tied to agricultural intensifications and overuse of persistent pesticides. He says the most exciting part of his work is receiving an international grant to expand his study and offer a possible solution for sustainable agriculture. Plus, he enjoys working at the intersection of entomology and chemical ecology.

Mustaphas favorite insects are wasps because they are valuable in agricultural pest control. Unfortunately, they are one of the most misunderstood insects, as they have been mistaken to only cause nuisances in some places and are not entirely recognized for the ecological services they provide, he says. I am also reminded that, when I was very young, growing up, I was in an environment with lots of mud dauber wasps. Observing them build mud nests on buildings and flying with insect larvae was a part of my childhood. Since then, having more knowledge about insects has made me appreciate them even more.

Seun Oladipupo

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Seun Oladipupos childhood experiences inspired him to pursue a career in entomology: I grew up in Nigeria with no (silver) spoon. As I watched sick friends and family turn to plants as a panacea in my childhood, I imagined that I could uncover the science behind it. But, as I grew up, I discovered insects were mostly responsible for these sicknesses. As existing insect control strategies are not always sufficient, safe, and sustainable, I turned to safer options that are not only novel but efficient and sustainable.

Oladipupos interest in the use of natural products and endosymbionts to manage pests led him to his Ph.D. research, which looks at using essential oils to help manage urban insects like the German cockroach (Blattella germanica). He reports that factors like vapor pressure and molecular weight make a difference when it comes to an essential oils toxicity and that these compounds can be used to help suppress cockroach populations because they reduce the cockroachs reproductive fitness. Hes also looking at endosymbionts like the reproductive parasite Wolbachia. Ultimately, my research seeks to contribute to the US pest management industry by providing alternatives to synthetic pesticides, creating environmentally conscious pest management tools, providing solutions for public health pests, and creating affordable options, he says.

Oladipupos favorite insects are butterflies and moths, which he calls illusionists because they are beautiful yet their larvae can wreak havoc on crops.

JEGEDE Oluwasegun John

University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui, China

JEGEDE Oluwasegun John planned to study biochemistry in college but found himself immersed in the biology of insects that are agricultural pests or medically important through the lens of storage techniques and integrated pest management.

As a Ph.D. student, JEGEDE screens bioactive compounds in ethnobotanicals for pest control applications. Hes identified several phytochemicals from two medicinal plants that are bioactive against the beetle Callosobruchus chinensis and is using molecular docking and other bioinformatics tools to screen the phytochemicals against molecular targets like proteins. The goal is to design an eco-friendly pesticide thats biodegradable and sustainable.

JEGEDEs favorite insect is the honey bee. Bees are highly industrious, making them a beneficial social insect, he says. Although they are known to sting their active roles of making honey and cross-pollination are so significant to human sustainability. I love the honey they produce, being a natural product with no expiry date or shelf life. With these qualities, I can boldly affirm that the honey bee is my most adorable insect.

Melissa Mayeris a freelance science writer based in Portland, Oregon.


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