How to combat resistance in ant, cockroach populations


October 16, 2019

How are you gauging and fighting resistance? In this video shot live from PestWorld 2019, Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE, innovation platform leader, Pest Management Systems, for Nisus Corp., shares one solution for professional pest managers to improve rotational programs to fight resistance, particularly in ant and cockroach populations.

Transcript below: 

Hi, I’m Dr. Jamel Sandidge, innovation platform leader with Nisus Corporation in Tennessee, and one of the things I want to talk to you about is resistance.

Resistance is an issue that is striking this industry pretty hard and we need to gauge and understand how resistance impacts us each day and how we can actually get around the issues of resistance.

And one of the things that you can actually do is incorporate borates such as our Niban, Nibor D, into your everyday programs. Now, borates work by a different mechanism than most pyrethroids.

So what it actually does is stop metabolism of the insect. So unless the insect can actually develop an entirely different system of obtaining energy, there is no way that they can develop resistance. So one big way that you can actually reduce chances of developing resistance in populations, is to incorporate borates in your rotational programs.

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