Thursday, August 16, 2018

P.E.S.T. to host golf tournament fundraiser

Photo: P.E.S.T. Relief International

P.E.S.T. Relief International is having a golf tournament on Monday, August 20at the Polo Golf Country Club in Cumming, Ga. This event is to raise funding for the REST initiative that includes bringing clean bedding and pest control services to those living in group homes or shelters. CPCO of GA is the presenting sponsor of this fundraising event aimed to help bring comfort and relief to those in need.

The hole-in-one will win a $25,000 prize.

Find out more information about how to either participate in or help sponsor the golf outing with their registration form.



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/15/pest-relief-international-host-golf-tournament-fundraiser-2018/
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WorkWave appoints new CEO

Marne Martin

Marne Martin PHOTO: IFS

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces the appointment of field service industry veteran Marne Martin as president of its Service Management business unit and CEO of WorkWave. IFS acquired the Holmdel, N.J.-based WorkWave in September 2017.

“I am thrilled to be leading such a great organization, and to be part of the overall IFS senior leadership team as we begin a new chapter in our company’s growth,” says Martin. “WorkWave continues to be an important asset to the overarching value proposition of IFS Service Management, and I look forward to working with the talented IFS and WorkWave teams to make sure IFS’s service management portfolio becomes even more customer-focused.”

“Marne’s domain experience will enable us to further develop the service management capability across the entire portfolio to deliver even more value to our customers,” says IFS CEO Darren Roos. “We remain completely focused on delivering solutions together with our partners that have an impact on the way our customers serve their customers.”

Prior to IFS, Martin served as CEO and led the executive leadership team at ServicePower Plc., a field service management software company, where she transformed its go-to-market strategy and shifted its focus to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and managed services revenue, increasing pipeline every year during her tenure. Prior to that, she served as CFO of Norcon Plc., a UK-based telecom and defense consulting firm, where she grew the company from a business largely dominant in only the Middle East to one diversified across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Martin is a winner of a number of awards, including 2016 CEO Gamechanger of the Year (FSM) from ACQ 5 Global Awards, and 2015 Field Service CEO of the Year from Executive Awards.



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/16/workwave-appoints-new-ceo/
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Caption This: Worker bee job fair

Illustration: Leo Michael

Illustration: Leo Michael

 

You know you have a funny quip for this Leo Michael panel. Why not share it with the industry? Send us an email with your idea to pmpeditor@northcoastmedia.net by Sept. 1, 2018. We’ll print our favorite in the October issue.

If we pick your entry, you’ll win a $50 VISA gift card. Some restrictions may apply.

*Entries must be emailed to the address above. Website and social media comments and/or replies will not be considered.



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/16/caption-this-worker-bee-job-fair/
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How to Plan a Lawn Care Program- Lawn Care Tips | DoMyOwn.com



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Handle overwintering occasional invaders differently

Andy Linares

Andy Linares, President, Bug Off Pest Control Center

In general, occasional invaders are exterior nuisance pests that cannot survive for long indoors. They may enter structures for any number of reasons: when outside conditions become hostile to their survival; because they may be attracted to lights; or in the case of predators, they may be pursuing a meal. Occasional invaders are unique in that they may be members of several arthropod classes and many orders, families and species.

Non-arthropods include snails and slugs; non-insect arthropods include centipedes, millipedes, sowbugs, pillbugs, mites and spiders; and insects include beetles, springtails, earwigs and crickets. When it comes to control, we know the drill: Exclude them, avoid attractive lights, and deploy any number of labeled products indoors and outdoors for their elimination.

A distinct group of occasional invaders should be approached differently, however. Overwintering pests are strictly outdoor insects that find their means of survival outside of structures. Nevertheless, they may enter homes in large numbers to survive the winter months. They utilize structures for shelter only. They do not reproduce, feed or nest in homes, and are mostly inactive as they wait for the onset of warm weather. Insects like stink bugs, boxelder bugs, lady beetles and cluster flies, among others, may alarm residents who may insist on immediate relief. However, we should resist the temptation to engage in their wholesale massacre in favor of mechanical/physical means of removal. A good vacuum, for example, goes a long way in avoiding insect carcasses that will attract future scavengers.



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/16/handle-overwintering-occasional-invaders-differently/
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Brownyard: Redesigned website

Brownyard websiteWhat’s new at PCOpro? A streamlined way to connect with state-of-the-art liability insurance for pest control professionals. Brownyard’s website was recently updated with modern design elements, like high-resolution media and clear content and navigation. It’s an even easier way to access the information you need about coverage and risk management.

Brownyard.com/insurance-programs/pest-control-insurance



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/16/brownyard-redesigned-website/
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Prepare for ISSA Show 2018 With ISSA Today

Prepare for ISSA Show 2018 With ISSA TodayThe latest issue of ISSA Today—available in digital formats for your desktop, smartphone, or tablet―includes the latest industry and ISSA-member news. This month’s edition has... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/prepare-for-issa-show-2018-with-issa-today/
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Truly Nolen promotes San Diego manager

Ricardo Contreras

Ricardo Contreras PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL

Tucson, Ariz.-based Truly Nolen Pest Control has promoted Ricardo Contreras to manager for its commercial service office in San Diego, Calif.

Contreras joined the company in June 2016 as a Manager-In-Training, and most recently served as the assistant manager of its residential San Diego service office. Prior to joining Truly Nolen, he was the articulation officer at National Industry, where he was in charge of completing agreements with California community colleges regarding what courses would be accepted in transfer.

“I am most excited about the opportunity to grow our service office and establish a culture of team effectiveness and fun,” says Contreras. “I enjoy having the opportunity to solve customer’s issues, and work with others who embrace and support my growth.”

“While serving as assistant manager, Ricardo showed a real passion for service excellence, commitment to customer satisfaction, and a desire to create a phenomenal culture for his team members,” says Mike Tanner, Truly Nolen’s Southwest U.S. commercial district manager. “I look forward to working with Ricardo and watching him continue the positive momentum with this new opportunity.”



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/15/truly-nolen-promotes-san-diego-manager/
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Afflink Appoints Sales Manager

Afflink Appoints Sales ManagerAfflink has appointed John “Bo” Mountain sales manager for the company’s Southwest region. Mountain has extensive sales experience in the packaging industry. He joins Afflink... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/afflink-appoints-sales-manager/
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Kimberly-Clark to Increase Prices

Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has announced plans to increase net selling prices of its consumer products. The increases will impact products sold in... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/kimberly-clark-to-increase-prices/
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3M Declares Quarterly Dividend

3M Declares Quarterly Dividend3M has declared a quarterly dividend of US$1.36 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable September 12 to shareholders of record at the close of business August 24. 3M... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/3m-declares-quarterly-dividend_6/
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CMM to Host Restroom Care Webinar

CMM will present a complimentary webinar August 28 at 12:00 p.m. CDT on the topic of restroom care. Hosted by industry experts Mark Sisson and J. Darrel Hicks, this hour-long webinar will detail... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/cmm-to-host-restroom-care-webinar/
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Talpirid Mole Bait



from DoMyOwn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueiP5T3MKN8
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5 questions with David Roeder

Photo: David Roeder

David Roeder, owner of All Safe Pest Control, Pasco, Washington. Photo: David Roeder

David Roeder, a technician with All Safe Pest Control, Pasco, Wash., is in the process of purchasing the company from its retiring owner, Pat Barrett. As if that isn’t enough to keep Roeder busy, he also runs a knife-making business. His technical prowess in metal forging led him to be one of the first contestants on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” during its debut season in 2015. He took second place on the episode, but was brought back the following season for the show’s “Fan Favorites” episode — winning first place and $10,000.

1. Your Facebook page notes that you’ve been metal forging since 1996. How long have you worked in the pest control industry, and how did that come about?

About four years ago, a gentleman who saw me on “Forged in Fire,” noticed I was local, and came over to my shop to meet me. We talked about a lot of things, and he told me about how he worked for a national pest control company. It seemed interesting to me, and we chatted about its ins and outs. The next day, he came back, and said, “You know, we’ve got a job opening. If you want it, it’s yours.” Sight unseen! I said, sure, why not? I started as a commercial technician and have been in it ever since, moving to All Safe as its only technician about two years ago. By early fall, I should have full ownership of the company.

2. Is there any crossover between the two skill sets of knife-making and dealing with pests?

There are a lot of the same people skills in both. You have to understand what to do, how to talk, and the verbiage in between when dealing with customers. But there’s also the joy of working with your hands. In pest control, it’s all hands-on work, and I really appreciate that. I’m out there in the field, and every location is different. I like the variety. I never have two of the same knives, either — each one is always going to be its own thing.

3. What was the schedule like for both your “Forged in Fire” appearances, and how did that fit with your pest control duties?

The first episode took three days of filming, then for the third round you go home and have 45 hours to complete the project, in five days. With travel time there and back, I had two weeks wrapped into it, taking vacation time.

When I went back for the “Fan Favorites” episode, I had a manager who told me to take the time off and not to worry about a thing. It was nice; it’s not often you have a situation like that.

By the way, you don’t get to keep the weapons you make on the show — at least in Seasons 1-3. They are owned by the network.

Photo: History Channel

David Roeder fine-tunes his blade on “Forged in Fire,” in the first-season episode. Photo: History Channel

4. Have you ever forged tools for pest management specifically?

Early on, I made a couple inspection picks for the guys to use underneath a big structure. Rather than them using a screwdriver, I made something nice and fancy, with their initials engraved on it.

5. You basically are balancing two careers, on top of being a dad of six kids ranging from 11 years to 18 months old. How do you do it?

I’ll start in the morning and service an account or three. When I am done in the early afternoon, I park the truck in the shop and I go home, where my forge is. That gives me until dinner to work on the knives. After dinner, it’s family time. I think my wife does more work than I do, though!



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/15/5-questions-with-david-roeder/
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Tips for handling a mite infestation

Noel McCarthy, VP Advertising, Noble Pine Products Co.

Noel McCarthy, VP Advertising, Noble Pine Products Co.

How do you know if you have a mite infestation? With some difficulty, unfortunately.

The main problem is that most mite species are microscopic in size, so much so that some of them are practically invisible to the naked eye. You can sometimes detect their movements across a surface, however.

There are literally thousands of species of mites, although the most troublesome species to both humans and pets include clover mites, dust mites, itch mites, tropical rat mites and tropical fowl mites. There are also scabies mites — for which you as a PMP should not offer treatment, as it’s something that should be dealt with through the client’s physician or dermatologist.

Like their bed bug comrades, mites can be found virtually everywhere: in bedding, carpets, air ducts, dusty attics, plants, and on animals of various kinds. But they seem to have a special fondness for busy, congested spaces such as nursing homes, daycare centers and college dormitories. Few products are labeled for mite control, but what is available — along with non-chemical steps of vacuuming, laundering affected linens, and eliminating the source — can help gain control over an infestation. In the case of tropical rat and tropical fowl mites, addressing what could be the primary source of rodents or birds will help prevent reinfestation.

Quiz: Are you ready for clover mites?



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/15/tips-for-handling-a-mite-infestation/
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Catchmaster: Versa LT Fly Light #985

Versa LTIdeal fly light solutions incorporate both front-of-house and back-of-house options for commercial accounts. That’s why the new Versa LT can be customized with two different grill options, depending on placement. Each lightweight unit features a simple, easy-to-install design and allows maximum ultraviolet (UV) light. Replacement glue boards are easy to service, the company says.

CatchmasterPro.com



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/15/catchmaster-versa-lt-fly-light-985/
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Office Depot Acquires Garvey's Office Products

Office Depot, Inc. has acquired Garvey’s Office Products. Per the terms of the deal, Garvey’s Office Products will continue operations under its current name and the company will... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/office-depot-acquires-garveys-office-products/
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IICRC Announces Agenda for Technical Conference

IICRC Announces Agenda for Technical ConferenceThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has released the agenda for its annual technical conference. The conference, now in its third year, will take place... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/iicrc-announces-agenda-for-technical-conference/
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SC Johnson Among Best Workplaces in Brazil

SC Johnson, parent company of SC Johnson Professional, was named one of the best multinational workplaces in Brazil by the Great Place to Work® Institute. SC Johnson ranked fifth in the... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/sc-johnson-among-best-workplaces-in-brazil/
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The Effects Of Breathing In Mold

Is Mold Dangerous to Breathe?

Normally when we come across mold – whether in our home or somewhere else – we recoil, perhaps gag and then set about getting rid of it or simply walking away. And whilst mold is, unarguably, a less-than-favorable sight to behold, the real concern can actually be a lot more serious, depending on the person and the type of mold found. So, what can breathing in mold actually do?

Mold produces allergens, irritants and sometimes, even, toxic substances, depending on the type. Some people are more sensitive to mold, for example, babies and the elderly, those with existing skin and respiratory conditions and those with a weakened immune system. For these people, breathing it in may cause a blocked nose, sore throat, wheezing, shortness of breath, skin itchiness, headaches, fatigue or eye irritation, according to a 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and others.

Other Mold Symptoms

Yet those with an actual mold allergy or other illnesses, such as asthma, sinusitis or lung disease, may have more severe reactions, as prolonged exposure to high levels of indoor dampness can reduce lung function, possibly causing bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections.  Pregnancy, AIDS and diabetes are other medical conditions that may also increase the likelihood of being affected by mold – and developing symptoms of mold sickness – due to their weakening of the immune system.

Whilst the IOM was careful to state that there was no evidence to substantiate all health-related claims associated with mold exposure, they found enough to identify indoor damp spaces as a public health hazard that must be addressed. As leading health entrepreneur, Sara Davenport, writes in her book, Reboot Your Health, “when your energy is low, mold exposure can weaken your body and change the way you think and feel. With ‘push me pull you’ tactics, mold spores overstimulate your immune system at the same time as blocking its ability to work properly, causing all kinds of physical and mental problems in the body.”

The real takeaway here is that breathing in mold spores – whether living or dead – can not only make sick people sicker, but also make otherwise healthy individuals suffer, and more prone to develop long-term conditions, such as asthma. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, a sizeable proportion of the 300 million childhood asthma cases worldwide can be attributed to indoor mold exposure, whilst other studies have even found a link between mold and depression. And because we spend an average of 16 hours a day at home, it is vital to ensure our houses are mold-free at all times.

“The last straw”

Personal stylist, Luisa Kearney, knows only too well the devastating effects living in a mold-infested home can create. “When I first moved into my new apartment, I had no idea about the mold issue that would later pursue”, she tells MoldBlogger. “I’d lived in the apartment for about a year when the problems rapidly started to develop. The mold was everywhere and it was a huge inconvenience to my life. Any food items (including tea bags and coffee) that couldn’t be kept in the fridge would quickly go moldy within just days after purchasing them. It got to the point where I had to wash every piece of clothing, as well as all my sheets and towels every couple of days because by this point they’d be very damp and smelling strongly of mold again. It didn’t matter whether I’d worn the items or not!

“The last straw”, she continues, “was when I developed a terrible chest infection, affecting the way I spoke and made breathing difficult. Despite being a healthy, non-smoker, I felt like there was something heavy pushing down on my chest! Fortunately, after moving out, my health returned to normal and I found a mold-free home!”

Black Mold

Black mold is by far the most concerning strain, and Stachybotrys chartarum, which grows on water-damaged building materials and produces toxic spores – known as mycotoxins – is the most infamous type. In 1994 ten children in Cleveland, Ohio suffered from idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding from the lung) and one died, thought to be caused by exposure to this type of mold. On further review, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that the cause of this – and a similar cluster of cases in Chicago – remained unknown, In fact, although the health effects of mycotoxins are still not fully understood, it is possible that they may even cause cancer, infections and damage to both the liver, nervous and immune systems but, again, nothing is concrete. Read about black mold symptoms here.

Most experts agree that more research is needed to determine the exact relationship between mold and negative health-related effects – not least because different studies have reached a variety of different conclusions. After all, tests identify the presence of a mold as a snapshot, thereby indicating an uncertainty as to the exact time frame an individual was exposed to it, not to mention the fact that exposure doesn’t necessarily mean inhalation, either. But one thing’s for sure: ignoring the problem is not going to do you any good.

Have you suffered from mold-related illness? Have a read of what to do here.

 



from Mold Blogger https://moldblogger.com/the-effects-of-breathing-in-mold/
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Dwyer Group acquires Mosquito Joe

Logo provided by Mosquito Joe

Logo provided by Mosquito Joe

Waco, Texas-based Dwyer Franchising LLC (“Dwyer Group”), one of the world’s largest parent companies of home service brands, has acquired Mosquito Joe, a mosquito control services franchisor based in Virginia Beach, Va. This event marks the first acquisition for Dwyer Group since announcing Harvest Partners as its new private equity partner, and launches the beginning of a new era of growth for Dwyer Group, now with nearly 3,300 franchisees and 825 associates across nine countries.

“Mosquito Joe’s rally cry is ‘Outside is fun again,’ and we think their service, combined with their professionalism and high customer satisfaction marks, are the perfect fit for Dwyer Group and our neighborly offering,” says Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “Mosquito Joe is a market leader in this space, and we look forward to continuing to support its growth.”

Mosquito Joe is a rapidly growing company in the mosquito control services industry, with 288 active territories across 34 states and the District of Columbia — and expansion opportunities to the western United States, Canada and beyond.

“We are delighted to join one of the most powerful organizations in the industry,” says Lou Schager, president of Mosquito Joe. “Our franchise network and customers will benefit from Dwyer Group’s vast expertise and extensive resources in the service trades, enabling us to further our expansion.”



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/14/dwyer-group-acquires-mosquito-joe/
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Budget your way to success

Photo: iStock/jae young ju

Photo: iStock/jae young ju

Pest management revenues can be categorized into three main areas: route work, renewals and new sales. When setting up your budget, it’s important to enable your organization to monitor these revenue groups individually.

Most pest control firms sell recurring revenue service contracts. By making a few calculations, you can predict — with great accuracy — how much revenue you’re going to produce for the year in terms of route work and renewals.

New sales are the wild card, but even they can be predicted with some accuracy, based on historic factors. Regardless, getting your revenue forecast close is extremely important; it helps you set up your cost structure.

What is my cost structure?

Your cost structure begins with direct costs such as technician labor, service vehicle costs and materials. How much annual revenue should one of your technicians produce? Each firm is different. But if you divide your total revenue forecast by that annual expected technician production number, you will come up with the number of technicians needed to achieve your revenue goals.

Every technician needs a vehicle. Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to budget for direct labor costs and vehicle costs, including lease payments, fuel, repairs and insurance. You also should have a good idea of what your material cost should be as a percentage of revenue. Therefore, you should be able to estimate your material costs based on the revenue forecast.

Once you are armed with a revenue forecast and a budget for direct costs, you can calculate your forecasted gross margin (revenue minus direct costs expressed as a decimal). You should shoot for a gross margin between 50 percent and 55 percent. Gross margins are the most important key performance indicator (KPI) when growing a pest management company.

Read more: Is it time to increase your pest control pricing?

Budgeting sales, Marketing

Below the gross margin line, you should have your sales and marketing category. I caution against using a straight percentage of revenue-to-budget for marketing. While many do it this way, I would argue that you should budget for growth. Ask yourself: How many new customers do I want? How much am I willing to pay for each of those new customers?

As a reality check, look at that number and decide whether you can afford it. If you can’t, but you are committed to growing by your projected number, you will need to find some outside financing.

The amount you want to spend on marketing, and the methodology you used to calculate that number, is very important. I’ve seen many firms overspend themselves into financial troubles by being too aggressive in their marketing spend — and too optimistic in the predicted results they will get from that spend. Be careful!

Factor in General costs

Once you’ve budgeted for revenues, direct costs, sales and marketing, it’s time for the last piece of the puzzle: general and administrative (G&A) costs. These are the costs of running your office and include customer service representatives (CSRs), rent, utilities, and copier and computer leases. Look at your prior year profit and loss (P&L) statement and determine which costs will increase and which will not. List all of them on your budget.

Once you subtract G&A from gross margin — less selling and marketing — you will be left with projected net income.

The bottom line is, know where you want to go in your business in terms of growth, profitability and timeframe. Make a plan. Reduce the plan to a line-by-line budget, and execute the plan. If you take these steps in the future, you should find that you have better visibility — and may avoid costly errors.



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/14/budget-your-way-to-success/
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Handle occasional invaders with different levels of control

Dr. Reid Ipser, Director of Technical Services, Nisus Corp.

Dr. Reid Ipser, Director of Technical Services, Nisus Corp.

There are different levels of occasional invader issues. An outlier intrusion of an earwig is a different issue than a stink bug infestation, for example. Earwigs and house crickets can be controlled with perimeter sprays, with a focus on door and window frames.

The brown marmorated stink bug species (Halyomorpha halys) in particular tends to be attracted to siding that catches heat from the sun. Spraying siding and adjacent shrubs will help reduce population levels. Mechanical exclusion is the best method to keep these bugs from entering homes and buildings. Seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, etc. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/14/handle-occasional-invaders-with-different-levels-of-control/
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Coalmarch: Business e-Book

Coalmarch logoCoalmarch Productions has released a new e-book: “How Do Customers Buy Pest Control?” walks pest management business owners through the buying cycle of a typical customer. It covers what purchasing decisions look like for pest control customers, how to utilize your website as a sales funnel, how to create appropriate messaging to attract your ideal customer, and more. By having Triangle Pest Control as a sister company and hosting an annual owner’s summit, CO2, Coalmarch Productions shares its expertise on how to attract and convert the ideal pest management customer.

Coalmarch.com



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/14/coalmarch-business-e-book/
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Turner introduces Anticimex SMART to Florida, Georgia

Turner Anticimex

A Turner Pest crew installs an Anticimex SMART unit. Photo: Turner Pest Control

Turner Pest Control, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based provider of comprehensive pest control services to residential and commercial clients in Florida and South Georgia, is now one of only four companies in the United States to offer Anticimex SMART. This solution, already in use throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, marks a new era in “intelligent, digital pest control,” the company says.

The Anticimex SMART solution uses non-toxic, high-tech traps with sensors that wirelessly report rodent activity. It allows business customers to harness the power of data to develop predictive strategies to increasingly refine the system’s effectiveness and cost-efficiency.

“This system brings a sharp new tool to Turner’s customized commercial service offering,” says Turner Pest Control CEO Mark Slater. “We can combine this digital automation with our traditional commercial pest control services and expertise to deliver more precise solutions for our clients.”

Advantages of the system for clients include automated 24/7 surveillance, data analysis and trend curve information for forecasting potential infestations, digital reporting, and rapid response times. The solution detects pest problems as they are happening, eliminates in-person interaction with rodents, and even allows detection of pests in well-hidden areas below ground.

“This is a truly exciting time in our industry,” Slater says. “We’re able to provide intelligent pest control solutions that save customers time and money, and that are better for people and the environment. This is a perfect example of the direction the pest control industry is taking toward using technology to improve our stewardship of the health and safety of the communities we serve.”



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/13/turner-introduces-anticimex-smart-to-florida-georgia/
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Swish Maintenance Purchases Kemsol Products

Swish Maintenance Ltd. has acquired Kemsol Products Ltd. Swish Maintenance’s purchase of Kemsol expands the company’s presence in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The terms... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/swish-maintenance-purchases-kemsol-products/
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Newell Brands Details Quarterly Dividend

Newell Brands, Inc., parent company of Rubbermaid Commercial Products, has declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.23 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend―$0.92... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/newell-brands-details-quarterly-dividend/
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3M Adds to Board

3M Adds to Board3M has added Dr. Dambisa F. Moyo to its board of directors. Moyo is founder and CEO of Mildstorm, LLC. She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford and has previously worked... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/3m-adds-to-board/
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Bissell Acquires Sanitaire

Bissell, Inc. has acquired commercial vacuum brand Sanitaire from Electrolux AB. The purchase expands Bissell’s client portfolio and product offerings in the commercial cleaning market.... Read more

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Burrtec: Burrat Samurai Armor Video

Burrtec VideoMove over, traditional product introduction videos — Burrtec takes a humorous, anime-influenced approach to explain how its Burrat Samurai Armor door sweeps work. Learn how unscrupulous rats can get underneath your client’s doors, even with rubber door sweeps. The Burrat Samurai Armor door sweep takes into account the height of the rodents and their jaw size to ensure your clients are protected. Watch the 3:33 minute video on YouTube today.

YouTube.com/watch?v=bbU2wie15rY&feature=youtu.be



from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/11/burrtec-burrat-samurai-armor-video/
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Formosans found in La Mesa

Wegner: Formosan-Subterranean-Termite

Photo: Dr. Gerald Wegner

Mike Edelen, a wood-destroying organism (WDO) inspector at Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc. in San Diego, Calif., recently discovered a new colony of Formosan subterranean termites in La Mesa, half a mile from the original 1992 outbreak of this destructive, invasive species. Conclusive identification of Coptotermes formosanus was made by Thrasher Termite & Pest Control in cooperation with the San Diego County Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Agriculture Plant Pest Diagnostics Division in Sacramento, Calif.

“It was clearly evident that these termites did not behave like native subterranean termites,” says Garrett Thrasher, owner and general manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control. The homeowner first noticed a potential problem when a cloud of winged insects swarmed their yard at twilight. Those winged insects turned out to be adult Formosan subterranean termites seeking mates.

“By the time we were called to the property, most of the termite reproductives were caught in spider webs, dead or had disappeared. But we found a live, robust colony in the structure of the home,” Thrasher adds. “Unlike native subterranean termites, the termites we observed were extremely active, didn’t flee when disturbed, and the soldiers went into attack mode. They had hollowed out large areas of structural wood, always staying just beneath the exterior paint and unnoticed by the homeowner. All of these behaviors, in addition to size and coloration of the reproductives, led us to suspect Formosan termites. Unhappily, we were correct.”

Formosan subterranean termites were last seen in La Mesa in 1998. It is unknown whether this population is related to the previous infestation.



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Crawley and the ant problem

Answering client’s mosquito control questions

Photo: Ary Farajollahi, Bugwood.org

Photo: Ary Farajollahi, Bugwood.org

There are few things more annoying than sitting outside on a deck only to be bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes. Not only do their bites itch, insects in the Culicidae family are known for spreading disease and illness. Fortunately, you can make mosquito control possible for clients as a pest management professional (PMP). Here are some ways to answer their questions.

When is “mosquito season”?

Mosquitoes need warm temperatures in order to breed, bite and reproduce. Depending on the breed, some mosquitoes hibernate during cold months while others hatch from eggs laid during warmer months that lie dormant through cold temperatures. All breeds typically begin to emerge once the weather hits 50 degrees. Since they thrive in warm weather, the hotter it becomes, the more the mosquito population grows. As soon as temperatures drop back below 50 degrees the entire insect population either dies or hibernates until the next spring.

What areas attract mosquitos?

Mosquitoes need two things in order to thrive — warm temperatures and water. All breeds need water in order to lay their eggs. Some females lay eggs directly on the water’s surface while others lay eggs where water can eventually cover them. Backyards with a pond, fountain or any other uneven spot where water sits, are likely to have more mosquitoes than a yard without these features.

Why do mosquitoes need to be exterminated?

Everyone who has had a mosquito bite knows they can be itchy. Since they rely on blood for their nutrients, mosquitoes inject a small amount of poison to prevent your blood from clotting as they drink. Once they have finished their meal, the poison left behind causes itching, swelling and, in rare cases, infection in the skin. While unpleasant, most people don’t see the need to invest in mosquito control for a few bites. But there is a more pressing reason why mosquito bites are unhealthy.

Aside from the itchy annoyance, mosquitoes are known disease carriers. Every year nearly 700 million people contract some form of mosquito-borne illness and more than 1 million people die. West Nile virus and Zika virus topped the headlines over the last few years as several people in the U.S. died from these illnesses after mosquito bites. Malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever continue to kill children and adults in developing nations that lack access to medical care.

How can a PMP help control a yard’s mosquito population?

Most mosquito control measures focus on the mosquitoes that are already there as well as eliminating the likelihood of having mosquitoes breed in that yard in the future.

For instance, our experts at Pride Pest Control in New Jersey, examine the client’s yard for breeding grounds that may be contributing to a mosquito problem. They will also recommend ways to prevent female mosquitoes from laying eggs in low-lying, wet, or stagnant areas. Next, they will spray areas where mosquito larvae may live in order to prevent them from growing into adults. PMPs will also spray the yard, patio and exterior of a client’s home to kill adult mosquitoes. Any mosquito control measures that do not integrate all three stages in the bug’s life cycle will ultimately be ineffective.



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Treat overwintering pests with botanicals

Dr. Cisse Spragins, Founder and CEO, Rockwell Labs

Dr. Cisse Spragins, Founder and CEO, Rockwell Labs

Overwintering pests such as cluster flies, stink bugs, lady beetles and boxelder bugs are difficult, because pest management professionals (PMPs) often get called in once these pests have emerged indoors. The best treatment is, of course, to treat the outside of the structure in the fall, before these pests make their way into cracks and crevices on the structure. An advertising campaign in late summer will help remind customers to schedule the preventive service.

These pests can be a problem outdoors, too, when large numbers of them congregate on the outside of the structure. This also typically results in some getting inside as well.

Exempt 25(b) botanicals have some great advantages for the treatment of these pests. They are strong repellents, which is what you want to keep them out of cracks and crevices on the structure. In addition, they do not have impervious surface label restrictions, so if pests are covering the whole side of the structure, for example, there is no issue with treating that entire area. Always read and follow label directions.

Botanicals in wettable dust form are ideal for spraying cracks and crevices, to provide both strong repellency and extended residual. In geographies with chronic problems, proactive attic treatment with silica dust is a good option. It can be applied in dust form, and also as a liquid slurry with some ultra-low volume (ULV) type equipment, which helps minimize dust. Silica does not break down from heat, so it can remain active for years in attics.



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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bird Barrier: Eggxit

Eggsit

PHOTO: Bird Barrier

Eggxit’s egg shape keeps birds from inhabiting the space between the underside of a rooftop solar panel and Spanish tile or shingles. The black PVC-coated, 19-gauge, 0.5-inch wire mesh pre-cut inserts allow for quick blocks in the gaps caused when mounting wire mesh around a solar unit. Once the solar mesh is in place, these inserts can be quickly hog-tied into place — eliminating the hand-cutting of wire mesh, which is time-consuming and can leave gaps. A video demonstration is available at Youtube.com/watch?v=fx6Om7F0xjA.

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