Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.


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

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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

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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

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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.


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.

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/13/formosans-found-in-la-mesa/
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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.

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/13/answering-clients-mosquito-control-questions/
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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.

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/13/treat-overwintering-pests-with-botanicals/
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bird Barrier: Eggxit


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.


from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/13/bird-barrier-eggxit/
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Protocol for successfully treating megacolony ants

Dr. John Paige III, Senior Scientist, Bayer

Dr. John Paige III, Senior Scientist, Bayer

Want to take the crazy out of treating megacolony ants? Follow this protocol, based on 15 years of research: In cooler months, broadcast a granule product around the perimeter of the structure. This will create a first line of defense and kill a lot of megacolony ants, including crazy, Argentine and odorous house species. Then, place bait stations next to the structure to create another barrier.

In the summer months, as the mercury rises and ants are deprived of moisture, use a bait mixture diluted with sugar water. Fill bait stations with this solution and place them every 25 to 50 ft. around the structure. Megacolony ants will go crazy for this liquid, and share it with the whole colony.

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/12/protocol-for-successfully-treating-megacolony-ants/
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bayer: Digital Pest Management

Bayer Digital Pest ManagementBayer Digital Pest Management unites decades of Bayer professional pest management expertise with the power of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The first solution in market under the Bayer Digital Pest Management umbrella is its Rodent Monitoring System.  It uses sensors that allow each trap in a facility — often in numerous and otherwise hard-to-access locations — to be monitored 24/7. Rodent captures trigger an immediate notification to the pest management company and/or facility management via e-mail or text message. Real-time graphic floorplans show the status of all monitor locations, so there is no lost time checking empty traps. Up-to-the-minute reporting and trending from the system helps pest management companies review the effectiveness of trap placement schemes, and optimize them to improve effectiveness of the rodent control program. The system can be adapted to existing multi-catch and snap traps, and does not use Wi-Fi or facility IT infrastructure.


from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/12/bayer-digital-pest-management/
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Learn about termites’ behavior

Dr. Joe DeMark, Field Scientist with Corteva Agriscience

Dr. Joe DeMark, Field Scientist with Corteva Agriscience

We continue to find out more about termites’ secret, underground behavior. A recent University of Florida survey discovered that worker-caste Formosan subterranean termites have a strong urge to return to their central nest when it’s time to molt. Termite colonies were fed a chitin synthesis inhibitor (CSI), which kills termites during the molting process. Their research showed that the CSI-exposed termites moved to the central nest and died while attempting to molt near the reproductives. As long as termites are obeying their compulsion to molt in the central nest, this would prevent termites from dying near bait stations, which may result in bait aversion.

In the study, researchers speculate that termites return to the nest to molt to possibly trade roles with workers in the nest and seek safety during a vulnerable time, or to feed the queen the workers’ shedded exuviae (cast skin).

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/11/learn-about-termites-behavior/
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Sodexo Awards Scholarships to Culinary Institute of America

Sodexo Awards Scholarships to Culinary Institute of AmericaSodexo has teamed with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to provide high school students with scholarships to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The... Read more

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Cintas and APPA to Provide FM Scholarships Opportunities

Cintas and APPA to Provide FM Scholarships OpportunitiesThe deadline is approaching to apply for US$5,000 scholarships offered by Cintas Corp. and APPA for female facility professionals. The scholarships are applied toward attendance costs for the... Read more

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US Embassy in England Auctioning Toilet Paper Rolls

The U.S. Embassy in London, England is auctioning off a variety of surplus property following its relocation earlier this year. Up for auction are used vacuum cleaners in need of repairs and a set... Read more

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10 reasons to hire veterans

Veterans bring unique experience and skillsets to the job. Here are 10 reasons to hire one:

1. The ability to learn new skills and concepts. While in the military, service members undergo rigorous training to become experts in a wide range of skills and concepts that can be easily transferred to a civilian work environment.

2. Strong leadership qualities. The military trains service members to lead by example, as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration in some of the toughest situations imaginable.

3. Flexibility to work strongly in teams or independently. Military training teaches service members to work as a team by instilling a sense of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. While military duties stress teamwork and group productivity, they also build individuals who are able to perform independently at a high level.

4. Diversity and strong interpersonal skills. Service members have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, economic status, and geographic origins,
as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities.

5. Ability to work efficiently and diligently in a fast-paced environment. Service members have developed the capacity and time-management skills needed to know how to accomplish tasks correctly and on time, in spite of limited resources and immense pressure.

6. Respect for procedures and accountability. Service members know how policies and procedures enable an organization to be successful, and they easily understand their places within organizational frameworks.

7. Hands-on experience with technology and globalization. From communications technology to the security of computer networks and hardware, service members must stay aware of emerging technologies in the public and private sectors.

8. Strong personal integrity. Military training demands that individuals not only abide by a strong Code of Ethics, but that they live it each and every day. An employee with a proven track record of trustworthiness is often an asset to an organization.

9. Strong sense of health, safety and property standards. Service members are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their attentiveness and care translate into respect for employees, property and materials.

10. Triumph over adversity. In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, service members frequently have triumphed over great adversity. They have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility.

— Adapted from DOL.gov/vets/ahaw/topten.htm

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/10/10-reasons-to-hire-veterans/
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Training detector dogs to find odor source

Photo: iStock/brunorbs

Photo: iStock/brunorbs

Detector dogs are very good at finding odor, wherever it may be. But, is finding odor enough? Any time bed bugs are in an area, there will be odor floating around somewhere. What we need to do is find the source. Where exactly are the bugs, so we can visually confirm the infestation?

Odor can bank, pool, settle or be forced into areas such as corners, crevices in structural components, furniture and other areas. Inexperienced dogs may even perform their trained alert to such areas and some handlers may erroneously call an alert in an area where the bugs aren’t actually hiding.

So how do we help our dog track odor to the source? Usually, we can help the most by staying out of their way, but there may be times when we need to know how airflow can influence and create concentrations of odor. Understanding odor movement should help handlers learn the skills that experienced dogs develop as they evolve into top detector dogs.

In a perfect world, odor would flow in a straight line from source, as shown in Figure 1. (In this illustration, airflow is depicted from the top of the picture toward the bottom.) This would make tracking odor to its source an easy and straightforward endeavor. Since airflow is never exactly linear or precisely predictable, we should learn how to help our dogs work through the problem of odor movement and get to source.

Screenshot from “Wind Tunnel Free” app

Figure 1. Screenshot from “Wind Tunnel Free” app

A basic understanding of aerodynamics is helpful in understanding how airborne odor flows and behaves. A program available on Apple’s App Store, called “Wind Tunnel Free” does a good job of illustrating how obstacles can influence odor and how it moves or concentrates in some places. I’ve incorporated several screen shots from this program to illustrate this discussion.

An obstruction’s size and configuration are, of course, determinant factors when considering what effect the item has on odor movement. Doors and other openings are usually the easiest obstructions to work with since the air movement through a door is fairly straightforward and somewhat predictable. In Figure 2, the odor source is at the top of the drawing and air movement is carrying a concentrated odor stream through the door toward the bottom of the drawing.

Screenshot from “Wind Tunnel Free” app

Figure 2. Screenshot from “Wind Tunnel Free” app

A dog that is working along the side of the wall on the bottom of the screen will have a distinct body language change when it passes the door opening. The dog may stop at the door, raise its head and inhale deeply then continue moving down the wall until it realizes that it has moved out of the odor concentration. It may then turn and head back down the wall, attempting to re-locate the odor. A more experienced dog may turn directly into the odor stream and start to track the odor toward source; if of course the dog is handled in a manner that allows it to freely pursue odor trails that it encounters. My narcotics dogs routinely jump into open windows of vehicles during roadside searches in pursuit of odor source. Experienced bed bug dogs can be expected to react the same way.

Next time, the discussion continues with how furniture and other such objects can affect odor and airflow. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about this blog, feel free to contact the author at latimer_david@yahoo.com, visit his Facebook page, Kip K9 Consulting or find him at www.WDDO.org.

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Truly Nolen promotes Vegas manager

Bill VanceTucson, Ariz.-based Truly Nolen Pest Control has promoted Bill Vance to manager of its residential and commercial service office in Las Vegas, Nev.

Vance joined the company in June 2015 as a manager-in-training, after spending almost 20 years in the pest control industry in the northeast United States. He most recently served as the manager of the company’s commercial service office in San Diego, Calif.

“I am excited about working with an outstanding group of team members to help them grow and be successful each and every day,” says Vance. “I enjoy the family atmosphere within our company, and I take pride in everything I do.”

“Bill’s unique management style, attention to detail and focus on creating an amazing culture at our San Diego commercial branch made him the perfect person to usher in a new era in Nevada,” says Mike Tanner, Truly Nolen’s Southwest U.S. commercial district manager. “I am very excited about Bill’s transition to Las Vegas and looking forward to watching him continue his success.”

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Univar launches Global Digital Hub

Univar Hub

The Univar team celebrates with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. PHOTO: Univar

Univar Inc., a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, recently held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Global Digital Hub at its Warrenville Campus facility in Downers Grove, Ill. Featuring an innovative workspace with more than 100 digital experts, the facility focuses on developing a variety of industry digital solutions.

The announcement of this new facility coincided with the inaugural Digital Day event for Univar’s supplier partners that took place Aug. 2. With the theme of “Collaborate, Innovate, Grow,” the event was attended by more than 80 supplier partners and showcased how Univar’s new, state-of-the-art Global Digital Hub is enabling solutions to enhance and differentiate the customer experience, to improve market reach and accelerate growth, and to create a superior partnership experience for suppliers.

Recent market research shows that the majority of a customer’s buying journey is now in a digital environment, and the Hub will help Univar to support customers as they seek information, select products, make purchases and manage their business online.

“Our supplier partners understand how digital is reshaping the customer experience,” says Ian Gresham, chief marketing officer for Univar. “Increasingly, B2B customers prefer self-serve purchasing options, and the simplicity of many B2C customer experiences is influencing B2B customer expectations. Digital marketplace leadership is core to Univar’s long-term strategy, and we are excited to partner with our suppliers to collaborate, innovate, and grow together through a variety of digital solutions.”

Through an Omni-channel approach, Univar looks to capture demand faster and more efficiently through its suite of digital capabilities including:

  • MyUnivar.com is an e-commerce solution offering Univar’s full catalog of products, complete with invoicing, order status and tracking, as well as documentation of prior purchases. Customers of MyUnivar.com are provided with easy, two-click re-ordering and document access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any device.
  • Univar Digital Marketing reaches thousands of customers in a diverse set of industries with targeted, relevant digital content that accelerates the customers’ product development process and reduces the total cost of operations. This process provides supplier partners with valuable market reach and accelerates sales growth.
  • PestWeb connects customers with pest control experts through an online community focused on offering unique solutions through a suite of products. With a broader view of pest management, PestWeb connects certified entomologists and agronomists to salespeople with a range of industry experience and offers customers access to industry veterans who are always ready with real-world answers.
  • ChemPoint offers a business model focused on demand creation, which includes finding, engaging, retaining and nurturing customers on a large scale. ChemPoint’s MarketConnect offers marketing as a service, creating multi-channel digital marketing campaigns for a wide-range of chemical and ingredient products.

“Our digital capabilities allow the customer to search, source and self-serve anytime and from anywhere, which streamlines the buying journey and creates a digitized end-to-end supply chain,” says David Jukes, president and CEO of Univar. “Whether customers are learning about new technologies, finding the right product configuration or buying through convenient purchase channels, Univar’s digital solutions make us easy to do business with.”

Digital investments continue to drive growth as Univar expands into artificial intelligence (AI) and smart asset technology.

“We are fully leveraging our digital capabilities to not only enhance the customer experience, generate demand and make it easier to do business, but we are also creating a more agile supply chain and flexible business model; empowering teams to deliver smarter solutions,” Jukes says.

from Pest Management Professional http://www.mypmp.net/2018/08/10/univar-launches-global-digital-hub/
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Weekly Product Showcase August 10, 2018

Weekly Product Showcase August 10, 2018Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Quick Cleaning Avmor Ltd.’s WF155 restorer is a citrus-based hardwood floor cleaner designed to be... Read more

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Properly identifying springtails

Dr. Janis Reed, BCE, Control Solutions Inc.

Dr. Janis Reed, BCE, Control Solutions Inc.

We’ve all gotten the call for “tiny little jumping bugs that don’t bite.” What are they? Most often these mysterious bugs are identified as springtails (Order Collembola). While homeowners often describe them as a plague, in reality they are beneficial insects — that is, when they stay outdoors, where they belong.

In their natural habitat, springtails typically feed on fungi, plant material or algae. One common source is a sprinkler head installed improperly, pointing directly at the structure rather than the turf. This leads to high moisture levels and in turn, can cause a springtail infestation. If you suspect them indoors, look for such damp environments as leaks or pinholes in plumbing, roof leaks, humidifiers, mulch or organic material piled up next to the structure, or decaying produce.

Generally, once the moisture levels are brought under control or remediated, the insects will desiccate and die or relocate themselves. I recommend aerosols or dry foam applications in the areas where springtails are active, so you don’t introduce more moisture into the environment.

Quiz: Test your springtail knowledge

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McCloud finds success using mating disruption for Indianmeal moth infestations

Photo courtesy of, and copyrighted by, Gene White, pmimages@earthlink.net

Indianmeal moths are notorious for roaming great distances in search of food. Photo courtesy of, and copyrighted by, Gene White, pmimages@earthlink.net

Editor’s Note: What follows are summary excerpts from McCloud’s July 2017 white paper, available online.

Mating disruption was first manufactured for agricultural pests. It is now a common control method used for Indianmeal moth infestations in food facilities.

The Indianmeal moth (Plodia interpunctella) is a common stored product moth pest, prevalent in food manufacturing facilities and warehouses that are processing grain, nut or cocoa-based foods. Management of stored product pests is essential to food safety.

Adult moths lay eggs in food and the egg hatches into hungry larvae. Since the adult moth doesn’t eat, all of the energy requirements fall onto the larvae, so they will consume the food that they were born in, defecating and leaving webbing behind. As they prepare to pupate, they’ll typically leave the food they have called home for the last 30 or so days, and find a dry, undisturbed crevice to build their pupae case in. Once pupation is complete, an adult moth emerges. Not hampered by the need to eat, the moth spends its entire adult life, approximately two weeks, searching for a mate, and laying eggs in the food.

The female moth releases a sex pheromone, a species-specific signal to alert male moths. The male is able to detect the sex pheromone in contrast to the normal air he is surrounded by. The moths detect the pheromone with their antennae. Once the male detects the air change, he will try to find the concentrated source from the female.

Control options: Fumigation, sanitation and heat

As with most stored product pests, Indianmeal moths live in the food they are feeding on. Unlike many other pests, they’re not going back and forth from harborage or nest to food. The food is their “nest.”

Typically, the most effective control tool is sanitation. If we can identify the food they’re living in and remove it, we have eliminated both their food source and their home.

For a huge food plant, processing grain-based foods all day, this can be challenging because all the food in a food plant cannot just be removed or thrown away. Even with a strong sanitation program, there’s the potential for food debris to lodge in cracks and crevices in the facility, providing sustenance for stored product pests.

Often, we may not know where the source is; so monitoring tools and inspection is the key to identifying infestations early, before they become unmanageable. Sanitation alone will probably not control a widespread problem.

For plant-wide infestations, the next step may be chemical control through fumigation. Fumigation will introduce toxic chemicals to the facility, killing all within. A heat treatment may also be considered, which pumps heat into a facility at temperatures that are lethal for insect survival. Both solutions are effective, but are dangerous and take time, often around three days in a typical food plant.

Treating infestations with mating disruption

Mating disruption removes the contrast in the air that the males work to detect. The entire facility is saturated with the female pheromone. The females’ pheromone gets lost amongst the synthetic pheromone emitting from the dispensers.

While this treatment is most effective in a contained space, such as a building or room where the air can be permeated with the sex pheromone, McCloud has also had success in facilities that need partial protection, for example, the pet food aisles in a retail facility.

McCloud Services’ case study

Due to the specific climate cocoa beans require, the United States is unable to produce enough cocoa (Florida and Hawaii may have small-scale productions) to meet the country’s processing needs, so cocoa beans are imported. With the imported beans, Indianmeal moth infestations are often found that have to be identified and controlled before or at the production stage.

One of McCloud Service’s clients, a chocolate-manufacturing facility, used to handle the inevitably infested raw ingredients by fumigating their entire facility during every three-day weekend. The facility operated 24/7, closing only on holidays. By fumigating over a three-day weekend, operations only had to be shut down for two days.

The shut down time negatively impacted the client’s financial bottom line, but was a necessity.

The effective non-chemical approach was important for the client, but they also wanted to decrease the amount of time that the facility was not in operation.

Photo provided by Anna Berry

Photo provided by Anna Berry

Unlike fumigation or heat treatments, employees can continue working while the dispenser released the pheromone and the facility does not need to shut down.

Though the cost of the treatment is comparable to a fumigation or heat treatment, the additional cost of shutting down the facility was saved.

McCloud’s service specialists installed dispensers throughout the building, on all floors. After monitoring the population for about a month, service specialists saw a dramatic reduction in Indianmeal moths in the monitoring traps (see graph). Not only were the Indianmeal moths effectively controlled using nonchemical means, but the client saved money by not having to shut down its operation.

Read more: Develop a pheromone mating disruption program

Anna Berry is an entomologist and training manager for McCloud Pest Management Solutions, South Elgin, Ill.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

AmCan Products: Heat Chambers

AmCan Hothouse

The Bugstop Heat Chambers are a quick and easy solution for treating bed bugs on mattresses, box springs, couches and more. The Hothouse model (pictured) is a portable, light and frameless heating chamber that uses an electric heater to force hot air inside to effectively kill bed bugs in all life stages, within four to six hours. Tested in both the lab and the field, the Hothouse is available in two sizes: 89x89x47 in. and 96x96x72 in.


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