BugBytes Vol. 3, Issue 4

Posted By: Lydia Crabtree Bug Bytes, Community, Industry News,

Vol. 3 Issue 4, September 23, 2022
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On August 24, 2022, the inaugural meeting of the Professional Women of GPCA was held at the GPCA offices in Norcross. Lunch, provided by Arrow Exterminators, was served to the ladies in attendance who were eager to set up a new group where women can support women in the Pest Control Industry. 
There will also be a Zoom meeting held on November 9, 2022, REGISTER HERE for the virtual event; all are welcome. Future events will be held at the South Georgia Conference and the Winter Conference in Athens, Georgia. 

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from phys.org
by Grace MATSIKO

As fertilizer prices shot up following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Ugandan villager Peter Wakisi fretted about the future of his small farm and his young family.

Little did he know that the answer to his prayers would arrive in the form of bugs—specifically the black soldier fly, an insect introduced to the East African nation by scientists who see it as the solution to farmers' woes.

Wakisi, 36, is one of over 1,200 villagers enrolled in a program to grow and sell the larvae of the black soldier fly, or BSF, a tiny creature whose powerful stomach enzymes turn food waste into fertilizer.

The food digested and excreted by the larvae is used to nourish plants.

The benefits are plain to see, father-of-four Wakisi said, pointing to a row of black plastic containers—home to the young larvae he buys and raises before selling back to the scientists for a threefold profit.

"The manure from the waste generated by the BSF, mixed with organic waste and pig droppings, is safe to the soil and much cheaper compared to inorganic fertilizers whose prices increased due to the war between Russia and Ukraine," Wakisi said.

"Organic fertilizers have reduced the expenses I used to incur on chemical fertilizers by almost 60 percent. My plants are healthier and yields are better now," he told AFP in his village of Kawoomya Nyiize in central Uganda's Kayunga district.

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