The German cockroach continues to be one of the most important indoor urban pests in the world. They contaminate foods, transmit pathogens and produce allergens that trigger asthma. The last seminal publication dedicated to the German cockroach was published in 1995 by Rust, Owens and Reierson, and numerous advances in management technology, products, delivery system, basic and applied research have occurred over the last two-and-a-half decades.
This book summarises the research on German cockroaches over the last 25 years with an emphasis on its biology and management. Fourteen authors contributed to this book, including university researchers and one pest management professional. In the preparation of this book, the authors provide a critical review of the research advancements in the past 25 years with the objective of making it a go-to reference on German cockroach biology and management.
Biology and Management of the German Cockroach will provide the reader with a one-stop compilation of comprehensive understanding into the pest. It will be a valuable reference book to researchers, university professors, graduate students, pest management professionals, health workers, government agencies and even the general public when dealing with pests and pesticides.
1. German cockroach infestations in the world and their social and economic impacts
2. Public health and veterinary importance
3. Biology, nutrition and physiology
4. Rearing German cockroaches for research
5. Endosymbionts and the gut microbiome
6. Behaviour and chemical ecology
7. Dispersal and population genetics
9. Chemical control methods
10. Management using baits
11. Insecticide resistance. perspectives on evolution, monitoring, mechanisms and management
12. Alternative control measures
13. Management in multi-unit dwellings and commercial kitchens
Chow-Yang Lee is the Professor and Endowed Presidential Chair in Urban Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. His research centres around understanding behavioural, ecological and physiological adaptations of urban insect pests. He has published more than 210 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and books, and mentored 45 Ph.D./M.S students. He received the 2021 Medical, Veterinary and Urban Entomology Award (Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America), the 2012 Top Research Scientists Malaysia, Fulbright Scholarship (2002), and the National Young Scientist Award of Malaysia (2000). He was the Past President of the Pacific-Rim Termite Research Group (2012-2016).
"The book is edited by three of the world's leading researchers in the field of urban pest control [...] certainly a must-have item for pest management professionals (PMPs) as well as researchers, university professors and graduate students."
– Pest Magazine