Insects develop a resistance to chemicals over time. So the traditional approach
to pest control has been to use increasingly more powerful chemicals that are
harmful to our environment.
At AAES, we test and research innovative solutions to control insect problems
while avoiding undesired consequences under the strictest confidentiality.
Here are just a few of the common pest species of insects of economic importance, that our world-class collaborators and associates research.
The common house fly (Musca domestica) can transmit a variety of human diseases, including typhoid, dysentery, and infantile diarrhea, as well as streptococcal and staphylococcal food borne illnesses.
Public health regulations require the control of flies in eating establishments, food processing plants, food preparation areas, etc.
Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world. Every year, over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes carry pathogens that cause many different kinds of diseases including malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, encephalitis, yellow fever and heartworm in dogs.
In the United States alone, there are 150 different species.
Bed bugs are small, flat, insects that live in bed frames and mattresses, and behind baseboards and loose wall paper. At night they emerge to feed on the blood of sleeping humans, transmitting no diseases, but causing extreme irritation and fitful sleep. Bed bug populations can be incredibly large and bugs can be moved from place to place on clothing and in suitcases.
Cockroaches can live and breed by the thousands in classrooms and cafeterias. They carry germs from filthy surfaces to cafeteria tables and classroom desks.
Cockroaches are the leading cause of asthma incidents in urban youth. The longer children are exposed to cockroaches the more allergic they become.