Thursday, January 17, 2019

Significant label changes for Ficam D

Pest controllers will be somewhat surprised to discover that there are to be quite significant changes to the label covering both, the range of insects covered, and the method of use for the popular insecticide dust, Ficam D.

from SmartBlog https://www.pestmagazine.co.uk/en/news/posts/2019/january/significant-label-changes-for-ficam-d
Pest Control Pros

ProTeam Recognizes Top Sales Reps

ProTeam Recognizes Top Sales RepsProTeam, Inc. has announced the winners of its annual sales representative awards. Mike Kuhlman of The Osborne Group, Inc. earned the Mark Reimers Sales Representative of the Year Award. This... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/proteam-recognizes-top-sales-reps_5/
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Dow Joins Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Dow Joins Alliance to End Plastic WasteDow Chemical Co. has been named a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). Comprised of approximately 30 companies, AEPW members have contributed a combined total of US$1... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/dow-joins-alliance-to-end-plastic-waste/
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Ecolab Finalizes Purchase of Bioquell

Ecolab Finalizes Purchase of BioquellEcolab, Inc. has completed its purchase of Bioquell Plc, a provider of hydrogen peroxide vaper bio-decontamination systems and services for the life sciences and health care industries. The US$178... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/ecolab-finalizes-purchase-of-bioquell/
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ISS Awarded Contract With British Health Care Provider

ISS Awarded Contract With British Health Care ProviderISS has been awarded a US$51.4 million contract with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The five-year deal calls for ISS to provide cleaning, catering, and security services to the London, England-based... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/iss-awarded-contract-with-british-health-care-provider/
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Clearing Things Up: Mold In Skincare Products

moldy skincare products

It shouldn’t happen. It really shouldn’t happen. A blemish in the product that’s supposed to prevent blemishes? This week we’re talking all about mold and what happens when it makes itself at home in your favorite skincare products.

Despite their use of preservatives, mold can still pop up in things like cleansers and moisturizers – albeit at a much slower pace than it would in a loaf of bread. Expiry dates exist for a reason and must not be ignored, not to mention the fact that – according to Texas-based dermatologist, Ted Lain – even preservatives will not always be 100% effective for warding off fungus. Coupled with an increasing emphasis on all things natural, our reliance on chemical preservatives may be misguided.

It’s vital to know the tell-tale signs, therefore – unless you want the very thing that’s supposed to stop break-outs to inadvertently cause them.

Machiavellian Mold

“Moisture, warmth and food are all necessary for mold to grow”, Florida-based dermatologist, Roberta Del Campo says, meaning where you store your skincare products is crucial to extending its shelf life.

Yet – unlike its non-cosmetic peers – mold in skincare products can be even more Machiavellian as it’s guilty of the ultimate treachery – camouflaging itself into the same color as your product – not to mention the added difficulty of spotting any unwanted visitors in opaque bottles and tubes.

And what can you expect to happen if you slather a contaminated product on your skin? “For those with a normal immune system and skin that is not inflamed or irritated, there is little risk that mold will cause much of an issue”, Ted told Allure magazine. “For those with a compromised immune system or if the barrier function of skin is limited, the mold could cause an infection.” You should also expect the possibility of a rash, eczema, hives or – when used on the face – “itchy or swollen eyes”, according to Roberta, whilst makeup to the stars, Nikki Fontaine, is reported to have warned against clogged pores and breakouts.

Top Tips

 

It’s great that beauty is in the eye of the beholder … as long as that beholder is not mold!

 

 



from Mold Blogger https://moldblogger.com/clearing-things-up-mold-in-skincare-products/
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Ohio establishes home inspection license board

IMAGE: OHIO GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

IMAGE: OHIO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

Five days before leaving office Jan. 9, former Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 255 to establish the Ohio Home Inspection Licensing Board.

The law mandates that the state of Ohio develops, implements and enforces licensing requirements for home inspectors. These licensing requirements must include 80 hours of online or classroom training.

“We expect that the formal licensing of home inspectors will begin in late 2019, or early 2020,” says Chuck Pulaski, operations manager of Inspection Certification Associates (ICA). “This is a great advancement in home inspections for the state of Ohio and its residents.”



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/17/ohio-establishes-home-inspection-license-board/
Sacramento CA

NYC: Mandatory bed bug inspections at the movies?

PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/EYEJOY

PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/EYEJOY

Last month, New York City Councilman Mark Levine introduced Bill No. 1289, “A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to inspections for bed bugs in theaters.” Levine also is the Council’s Health Chair.

The bill is summarized as directing “the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, in coordination with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to develop a program for movie theaters to annually certify they are free of bed bugs. Failure to so certify would be punishable by a fine of $1,000.”

According to a writeup in Gothamist, “Private inspectors would handle the examinations, while the Department of Consumer Affairs would be responsible for oversight.”



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/17/nyc-mandatory-bed-bug-inspections-at-the-movies/
Sacramento CA

Fiction: Crawley and the rogue PMP

Identifying spiders vs. ticks

Noel McCarthy, VP Advertising, Noble Pine Products Co.

Noel McCarthy, VP Advertising, Noble Pine Products Co.

The easiest way to identify a tick is by the number of legs it has. Like other arachnids, ticks have eight legs in the nymph and adult stages, but only six legs in the larval stage (the so-called “seed tick” stage that hatches from the egg). Ticks have flattened, grape seed-shaped bodies; when the females are engorged, they have a rounder, lighter-colored body.

Ticks generally wait for host animals on grasses and shrubs with legs extended, a behavior called “questing” onto the host. When an unsuspecting victim brushes against them quickly, the questing ticks let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. Ticks can only crawl; they cannot fly or jump.

Ticks may seem relatively benign, but they’re not. Certain species actually can be dangerous and have been linked to diseases such as typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, as well as Q fever, tularemia, bovine anaplasmosis and tick-borne meningoencephalitis.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/17/identifying-spiders-vs-ticks/
Sacramento CA

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Flock Free: Universal Adjustable Spike

PHOTO: FLOCK FREE

PHOTO: FLOCK FREE

Adjustable from 1 to 8 inches, this spike is designed to fit a variety of surfaces to deter birds large and small. The spike base is made of ultraviolet light (UV)-resistant plastic, and each 100-foot section features 302 spikes made of stainless steel. It can be easily installed with glue or screws.

FlockFree.com



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/17/flock-free-universal-adjustable-spike/
Sacramento CA

Principle Cleaning Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Principle Cleaning Services Ltd.  recently marked its 30th year of business. The independent family-owned business was founded in January 1989 by Douglas Cooke, who currently serves as... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/principle-cleaning-celebrates-30th-anniversary/
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Mitie Lands Contract Extension With London Airport

Mitie Lands Contract Extension With London AirportMitie Group Plc has been awarded a five-year extension on its facilities management contract with Gatwick Airport in London, England. The US$21.8 million extension calls for... Read more

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Hillyard Honored for Training and Development

Hillyard Honored for Training and DevelopmentHillyard, Inc. was honored in a recent issue of Elearning! Magazine. Hillyard’s training and development department was ranked in the private sector’s top 50 for the... Read more

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AP&G ramps up investments in equipment, people and intelligent pest management solutions

PHOTO: MARTY WHITFORD

Jonathan Frisch, left, with Chris Ernst, at AP&G’s new facility PHOTO: MARTY WHITFORD

AP&G has changed a lot more than its headquarters address. Prompted by years of steady sales growth, AP&G’s move in 2016 from Brooklyn, N.Y, to Bayonne, N.J., enabled the company to place its operations under one roof — and streamline, automate and expand manufacturing.

In Brooklyn, AP&G had four buildings comprising 190,000 square feet, but only used 110,000 square feet. At its 180,000-square-foot Bayonne facility, AP&G is using 50 percent more manufacturing and storage space. Before the move, AP&G formulated adhesives a few blocks from its main plant. Today, AP&G formulates on-site, and its adhesives flow directly to production lines through overhead pipes.

Now settled in its new digs, AP&G continues to ramp up its investments in equipment, people, and intelligent pest management solutions, including:

  • Adding three glue board manufacturing lines.
  • Bolstering its roster from 100 to 160 employees.
  • Recruiting Dr. Stan Cope (aka “Stan the Mosquito Man”) — a retired U.S. Navy medical entomologist and Terminix International’s former director of entomology and regulatory affairs — to serve as vice president of technical products and services.
  • Promoting Ed Dolshun (aka “Big Ed, Chief Trapping Officer”) to vice president of business development and technical director.
  • Hiring Chris Ernst (aka “The Beard”), a seasoned ad agency account director, to serve as AP&G’s director of brand strategy.
  • Launching the Ovi-Catch AGO Mosquito Trap: Proven successful in testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this solution features Catchmaster glue boards with an AP&G adhesive specially formulated to catch female mosquitoes during breeding cycles.
  • Developing Catchmaster Catch Zone: 60-foot-by-12-inch “pest boundary rolls.” Ideal for warehouses, food production and storage, as well as supermarkets, Catchmaster Catch Zone quickly and cost-effectively protects large areas and pallets from mice and insects.
    PHOTO: MARTY WHITFORD

    An AP&G employee fills an order, wearing the company’s GLUECO core values T-shirt. AP&G was founded in 1952 to produce specialty adhesives, and introduced the Catchmaster brand in 1977. PHOTO: MARTY WHITFORD

“Moving to Bayonne from Brooklyn wasn’t easy. My grandfather, Moses Frisch, founded AP&G in Brooklyn in 1952. But it was necessary to accommodate our steady sales growth and ever-expanding family of Catchmaster solutions,” Jonathan Frisch, AP&G’s vice president of sales and marketing, tells PMP.

“We completed the complex relocation while accommodating double-digit sales growth,” Frisch says, adding that the team’s “can-do attitude throughout our move, and subsequent expansion, helped us pen our new GLUECO core values,” as follows:

  • Go Beyond Expectations
  • Laugh
  • Unstoppable
  • Energized
  • Customer Centric
  • Ownership Thinking


from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/16/apg-ramps-up-investments-in-equipment-people-and-intelligent-pest-management-solutions/
Sacramento CA

Top Cities for Bed Bug Treatments Revealed

For the third consecutive year, exterminating service Orkin has listed Baltimore, MD, as the U.S. city that has treated the most bedbugs. The list is based on data from areas where Orkin... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/top-cities-for-bed-bug-treatments-revealed/
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Under The Hood: Investigating Car Mold

mold in car

Cars. You gotta love ‘em, right? Yet along with all their magnificence comes the potential for problems – enough, quite frankly, to Exhaust you (and your bank account).

If you’re wondering what on earth a blog dedicated to mold is doing talking about cars, then you’re in luck, as it means you’ve never experienced the godforsaken relationship between the two. For everyone else, however, you know what’s coming and it’s enough to drive you round the Benz.

Yup, that’s right. Car mold. The unsightly, smelly, unhealthy fungus encroaching on your beloved, dependable, otherwise obedient vehicle that should really, when you think about it, be mutually exclusive. Seats, carpets, steering wheel – nothing is safe – especially when you consider the perfect breeding ground that a car can become when locked up for an extended period during wet weather. It’s just not something you can afFord – especially if you’re hoping to use your car as a Pickup. “WHAT SHALL WE DO? you cry.” Pipe down, dear readers, we have – as ever – got tips by the Truckload in what we will this week call our Mold Manual.

Common causes of Car Mold

Once mold has been discovered, follow these Automatic steps:

  1. Move your car into direct sunlight, if possible.
  2. Remove all contaminated objects.
  3. Open all doors and windows for at least 15 minutes to fully ventilate the vehicle – even using a humidifier, if available.
  4. Wear protective gear.
  5. Inspect all areas of the car to determine the full extent of the invasion (seats, carpet, steering wheel, seatbelts, inside zip covers etc).
  6. Break up large clusters of mold gently with an old toothbrush, getting into all cracks and crevices.
  7. Vacuum loose mold.

Other general tips:

  • As ever, keep away from bleach as not only will it not work well on hard or porous surfaces, it can also permanently stain and damage your car’s interior.
  • We’ll never Tyre of championing white vinegar, either the holy grail of mold removal as its acidic form will burn the mold and its spores – not only killing it permanently but preventing it from coming back. Simply mix eight parts white vinegar to two parts water, sprayed in a bottle and dabbed gently with a soft, clean cloth after leaving it to soak for 15 minutes. Whilst you can rest assured that this will not damage any type of car seats, including leather and vinyl, you may want to test a small amount just to be on the safe side.
  • Salt is another great natural alternative for soft items, such as cloth car seats and carpets. Simply mix a packet of uniodized salt into a large bucket of water, dab on the affected areas, leave to dry – in direct sunlight, if possible, until salt crusts have formed – and softly brush away.
  • Oil of Cloves can also be used – both on hard and soft surfaces – as they are not only a powerful and effective antiseptic that kills mold, but also inhibits its spores from growing, too. For hard surfaces, mix with bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to form a paste, rub on affected area with a toothbrush and wipe with a soft clean cloth. For soft surfaces, mix a quarter teaspoon with a litre of water, spray onto the affected area, leave for at least 20 minutes until it’s dry and wipe off. Make sure you dilute the concentration to less than 1% as it can irritate the skin – especially on babies and young children.
  • A carpet steam cleaner is another good option, if you have one.
  • Baking soda is great at removing bad smells – simply sprinkle on affected area, leave to sit for several hours and vacuum.
  • Wherever possible, avoid using liquid-based treatments as it will be difficult to dry completely, potentially making the problem worse.
  • Never leave windows open when you’re not in the car to prevent any water from getting in.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Seal any leaks immediately – preferably with professional help.
  • No matter what method you choose, always make sure you tackle all surrounding areas – as well as the affected part – to kill off the mold spores as well.
  • Leave windows open after treatment to ensure total drying. If the weather doesn’t allow for it, fans are always a good option – as is kitty litter or rice in a sock (yes, really!).

 

You can always count on us to Mini-mize your problem. When it comes to mold, just think of us as your very own Wing (mirror) man.

Want more? You can read other preventative tips here.



from Mold Blogger https://moldblogger.com/under-the-hood-investigating-car-mold/
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Bayer ES unit relocates

LOGO: BAYER

LOGO: BAYER

The Environmental Science (ES) business unit of Bayer’s Crop Science division has officially moved into its U.S. headquarters, in Centre Green Office Park, Cary, N.C. The ES business unit of Bayer is a global organization, with offices located around the globe in France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Bayer will maintain its Research and Educational facility, located in Clayton, N.C.

“Environmental Science has had a steady growth through the years,” says Mark Schneid, head of Environmental Science for Bayer, North America. “We continue to work collaboratively with our customers to deliver innovative and inspiring solutions that foster healthy environments where we all live, work and play. Our new headquarters will give us room to accommodate this growth, provide a modern and interactive environment for our employees, and continue to be part of the fabric of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Cary community.”



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/16/bayer-es-unit-relocates/
Sacramento CA

Arrow Exterminators: Merger Opportunities

Arrow ExterminatorsAtlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has grown to become the sixth-largest pest control company in the United States with revenues exceeding $160 million. As a third generation family-run business, Arrow respects the hard work that goes into building pest management companies, and understands the value of providing a solid foundation to structure mutually beneficial agreements. It strives to be a partner that’s involved at every step along the way, providing a smooth transition for your customers and your team. Whether you’re ready to sell or just exploring options, call 800-281-8978 or visit arrowexterminators.com/mergers.

ArrowExterminators.com



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/16/arrow-exterminators-merger-opportunities/
Sacramento CA

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ABM Awarded Contract With Georgia School District

ABM Awarded Contract With Georgia School DistrictABM has secured a custodial services contract with Cherokee County School District (CCSD) in Cherokee County, GA. Part of the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA, CSCD is the ninth largest school... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/abm-awarded-contract-with-georgia-school-district/
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SBM Management Achieves CIMS-GB Certification With Honors

SBM Management Achieves CIMS-GB Certification With HonorsSBM Management, LP has successfully completed certification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS-Green Building (CIMS-GB) criteria with Honors. To... Read more

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IPCA, NPMA to host public health summit

LOGO: IPCA

LOGO: IPCA

The Illinois Pest Control Association (IPCA) has partnered with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to host the IPCA Public Health Summit. It will take place March 19-20 at the Holiday Inn, Itasca, Ill.

This two-day event is designed to provide pest management professionals (PMPs) with the latest information on industry technologies that are shaping the control of rodents, cockroaches, flies and other public health pests. Educational sessions will be led by industry experts including PMP Hall of Famer Dr. Bobby Corrigan and Virginia Tech’s Dr. Dini Miller. The program is also an opportunity for technicians to earn recertification credits in Illinois and Indiana.

The summit will also feature two special events: the Industry Appreciation Reception and the IPCA Toys for Tots program. The reception provides attendees with a networking opportunity to “talk shop” with industry experts and meet fellow PMPs from their region. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes when contributing a monetary donation to the IPCA Toys for Tots program, which provides funding for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots charity.

The full program and online registration is available now at IPCAOnline.org.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/15/ipca-npma-to-host-public-health-summit/
Sacramento CA

Mold: Driving you up the wall?

mold on wall

As any seasoned reader of MoldBlogger will by now know, mold is most commonly caused by moisture, humidity and lack of ventilation. It stands to reason, therefore – what with the likes of plumbing leaks and badly insulated pipes – that walls commonly fall prey to this fungal fiend. Not only can this cause health problems but also structural ones, so definitely not something to ignore!

What else do you need to know?

Is it mold?

Some signs to look out for include:

  • Cracked or peeling paint
  • Discoloration
  • Black streaks
  • Bulging
  • Musty smell

Mold or mildew? Determine this before getting to work, as mildew won’t cause structural damage so may require less aggressive methods.

The material of your walls must also be considered before acting. For example, certain walls, such as drywall, will most likely need to be replaced altogether after being affected by mold.

Read more: Is There Mold In Your Walls  

React

  • Always wear protective gear when tackling any type of mold – from rubber gloves to safety goggles – and remove as soon as you’re finished to prevent spreading spores throughout your home.
  • Ventilate the area before getting to work by opening windows, using a fan – or both!
  • Unless your walls are concrete* – DO NOT USE BLEACH as this can contribute further to the problem (not to mention the fact that it can permanently ruin your walls, too.).
  • Instead, try more natural methods, such as vinegar, to eliminate the deep root of mold, after using a soap and water spray first to get rid of superficial stains. Avoid using brushes as these can both release and spread the spores instead of containing them.
  • No matter what you use, dry the area afterwards with a soft cloth.
  • Call in the plumbers if the mold has been caused by leaky or badly insulated pipes.
  • Watch out for penetrating damp, which is where cracks or holes in an external wall is compromised, thus leaving a musty smell and cold temperatures indoors.

*Always test bleach on a small patch of wall before tackling it head-on

Prevent

  •  Specialized products, such as an anti-microbial spray or anti-mildew paint can help prevent spores from re-emerging. Should You Paint Over Mold?
  • A dehumidifier in badly affected areas can also work wonders in preventing mold long-term. Aim to keep humidity levels between 30% and 50%, according to cleaning expert at GoCleaners, Andrew Rutherford.
  • Invest in insulation. Walls that are properly insulated will be less affected by condensation and, therefore, mold.
  • Ventilate ventilate ventilate – especially after a shower and whilst cooking.
  • Dry items properly (yes, that means always hanging up towels after use!).
  • Check for leaks regularly and tackle immediately – as well as ensuring your roof is not compromised and your gutters are always clear.
  • Invest in double glazing.
  • Clean, dust and vacuum
  • Avoid drying your clothes indoors wherever possible, Andrew advises, as this “increases the humidity in the home” – a “primary cause for mold development”.

 

Have you been affected by wall mold? Let us know in the comments below!



from Mold Blogger https://moldblogger.com/mold-driving-you-up-the-wall/
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Prestige Maintenance Joins NSA

Prestige Maintenance USA is the newest member of National Service Alliance (NSA). NSA is a group-purchasing organization serving building service contractors and facility managers. As an... Read more

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Rose opens Cincinnati office

PHOTO: ROSE PEST SOLUTIONS

Ken Merkl, second from left (in white shirt), is manager of the Hamilton, Ohio, service center. PHOTO: ROSE PEST SOLUTIONS

Troy, Mich.-based Rose Pest Solutions has relocated one of its many Ohio service centers to the Cincinnati area. The service center, located at 7294 Jessies Way in Hamilton, Ohio, is about 25 miles north of downtown Cincinnati.

Residential services include integrated pest management, bird, bed bug and wildlife removal, termite and mosquito control, and treatment for the most common household bugs and rodents. Commercial services include fly management, drain line bioremediation, weed management and many of the aforementioned residential treatments.

Thirteen people are employed at the service center, which is managed by Ken Merkl.

Founded in 1860, Rose Pest Solutions is the nation’s oldest pest management company. Rose provides comprehensive pest management services for commercial, municipal and residential clients from its 15 offices in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Named as a “Top Workplace” by The Detroit Free Press for 2018, Rose boasts five board certified entomologists and nine other credentialed entomologists on staff. Rose Pest Solutions is also renowned for its technical expertise and use of integrated pest management practices designed to protect the homes, health and property of its clients. Rose has received numerous honors for its commitment to excellence, including QualityPro, QualityPro Schools and GreenPro designations from the National Pest Management Association. QualityPro and GreenPro companies meet or exceed industry best practices, offer green services, and are committed to providing clients with the best possible service.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/15/rose-opens-cincinnati-office/
Sacramento CA

New England PWIPM hosts January meeting

PHOTO: PWIPM OF NEW ENGLAND

PHOTO: PWIPM OF NEW ENGLAND

On Jan. 8, the Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) of New England held its first training of 2019 at Big Blue Bug Solutions. Attendees came from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The “Organization and Productivity” class was taught by Brian McEwen, director of sales at the Big Blue Bug.

The goal of the class was to have everyone take away two to five actionable items that could be implemented immediately. The group discussed “Barriers to Our Days,” “Urgent and Important Items,” “Multitasking,” “Delegation” and “Technology,” as well as group scenarios.

After the class, the women enjoyed a lunch and networking hour sponsored by the New England Pest Management Association (NEPMA).

The PWIPM of New England is a networking committee to empower and support women in the industry, and is a chapter of the national committee from the National Pest Management Association. For more information on the New England chapter, please contact Chair Marillian Missiti, and to join the chapter’s mailing list for future training classes and events, please contact Co-chair Kelley Altland.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/15/new-england-pwipm-hosts-january-meeting/
Sacramento CA

Dr. Gary Bennett honored for attending 50th Purdue Pest Management Conference

On Jan. 7, 2018, PMP Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Bennett was honored by fellow Hall of Famer Dr. Bobby Corrigan and by Rentokil-Steritech’s Gene White, BCE, for attending his 50th Purdue Pest Management Conference. Note that toward the end of the lighthearted presentation, Purdue’s Holly Fletcher-Timmons rolls the gift of a new office chair on stage.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/15/dr-gary-bennett-honored-for-attending-50th-purdue-pest-management-conference/
Sacramento CA

Laura Simpson: Ready for what’s next

Title: President

Company: Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge

Years in the industry: 39

Favorite part of the industry: I love that so many more daughters of owners are looking at running companies now. Women are less and less intimidated by these jobs, after realizing that our industry is the most open, friendly place there is to learn and grow. We offer so much help to those who are smart enough to take it and use it.”

As Laura Simpson reflects on joining her father’s pest control company, she admits, “In the beginning, it was just a job.”

That’s certainly no longer the case. Simpson has been active in the pest management industry for decades.

Her resume not only includes serving as president for Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge, La., but as president of the board of directors for LIPCA, an insurance agency created and run by pest management professionals (PMPs). She was also president of the National Pest Management Association from 2012-13, a tumultuous time in its history. Simpson handled the abrupt departure of the then-executive director with aplomb, steering the association steadily in the right direction as it adjusted to and welcomed its next executive director, Pest Management Professional (PMP)Hall of Famer Bob Rosenberg (Class of 2013).

Different career path

 PHOTO: LAURA SIMPSON

In 1996, Laura Simpson was promoted to president of Dugas Pest Control. PHOTO: LAURA SIMPSON

But looking back, the college-aged Simpson originally had been focused on earning her accounting degree from Louisiana State University. She was not interested in pursuing a career at Dugas, a company founded in 1957 that her father, Doug MacPherson, purchased in 1973. She worked there during high school and college summers, but it wasn’t until after graduation and “not loving the job I had” that she seriously considered his offer of full-time work.

“I came in to the office to take care of payroll and accounts payable, so that Dad could feel free to travel and concentrate on his duties as the 1979-80 president of NPCA,” she recalls, referring to the-then National Pest Control Association.

Dugas was “just a job” for Simpson until 1988, when she decided to take on the challenge of running the business.

“I had a new baby at home,” she says. “But I decided to learn my way around the business on a part-time basis for a few years while my children were small, with the idea of working full time and really running things in a few years.”

MacPherson welcomed his daughter’s newfound spark for Dugas, and in 2003 sold the company to her.

Earlier this year, she became more involved with LIPCA. Her father was one of the founders and served as secretary/treasurer since its inception in 1986, but has since retired.

In early November, Rentokil purchased Dugas Pest Control. Simpson took on a part-time role with the company as a consultant, and plans to retire in January. Son Jeremy Clark will stay on as a district manager.

Simpson says she can rest easy as she looks forward to her next chapter.

“Most important,” she concludes, “everybody is happy, including all of our team!



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/15/laura-simpson-ready-for-whats-next/
Sacramento CA

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pelgar USA: New pail size

IMAGE: PELGAR USA

IMAGE: PELGAR USA

Now available in a 16-pound pail, ready-to-use Brigand Soft Bait (SB) is formulated specifically for the U.S. market. Food-grade wheat, oats, chopped grain, soft lard and synthetic peanut flavoring combine to produce a high-calorie, high-energy rodenticide. The synthetic peanut flavoring enhances the attractiveness of the bait to the target rodent, while eliminating nut contamination and allergen risks. Brigand SB is palatable to both rats and mice — even in situations where they must be tempted away from other available food sources.

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from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/15/pelgar-usa-new-pail-size/
Sacramento CA

Estabrook joins Insects Limited

PHOTO: INSECTS LIMITED INC.

PHOTO: INSECTS LIMITED INC.

Ethan Estabrook, BCE, has joined the team at Insects Limited, Westfield, Ind., as a research associate. He previously spent seven years with Insects Limited’s sister company, Fumigation Service & Supply, where he was a regional manager.

Estabrook graduated from Purdue University and is a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE), with a vast amount of knowledge about stored-product pests and their biology. His focus is on ongoing trap and lure research, as well as doing further research and support of Insect Limited’s existing technologies, such as SightTrap.

“The fact that Ethan is a Board Certified Entomologist with years of experience specific to stored product pests makes him a perfect fit with Insects Limited,” says Pat Kelley, president of Insects Limited. “We are excited for all of the benefits he can immediately bring to the company.”



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/01/14/estabrook-joins-insects-limited/
Sacramento CA

Del Sol to Clean Up Washington City

Del Sol, Inc. has secured a US$7.5 million contract with the city of Vancouver, WA. The five-year contract calls for Del Sol to provide cleaning and janitorial services to 22 city government... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/del-sol-to-clean-up-washington-city/
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Sodexo Lands Deal With Helicopter Manufacturer

Sodexo Lands Deal With Helicopter ManufacturerSodexo has been awarded a US$52 million integrated facilities management contract with helicopter designer and manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters. The new seven-year deal calls for Sodexo... Read more

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BRAVO! Contract to Clean Cancer Center

BRAVO! Contract to Clean Cancer CenterBRAVO! Group Services has been awarded a facilities services contract with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Founded in 1884, the New York, NY-based treatment and research institute... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/bravo-contract-to-clean-cancer-center/
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