• Thu Aug 14 2014

    Here's the Catch: Fast Fly Catch in Front of House Areas

    Flies can carry up to1.9 million bacteria such as Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria. According toFederal Government estimates, some 48 million* cases of food-borne illness arereported in the US every year, so fly management is an essential part ofmaintaining a healthy and hygienic environment.Insect light traps offeran efficient and highly effective method of fly management. The presence of afly trap in an enclosed space would eliminate all flies eventually, however theeffectiveness of a trap should be demonstrated by the rate at which flies areeliminated, not that they a...

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  • Wed Jul 16 2014

    No More Rotation Blues

    No one will argue the contributionthat the development of cockroach baits has had on our industry. Increases inefficacy, efficiencies and convenience—for both pest management professionals(PMPs) and our customers—changed the playing field for cockroach management.When reports stated that German cockroaches were no longer responding to gelbait placements, we had to act.We also had to remain vigilant.Working with talented scientists has been a privilege and opportunity we continueto value. They have helped us understand that bait aversion cannot be “cured”by any means. The...

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  • Mon Jun 16 2014

    Respirators: A National Safety Month Focus

    Respirators are importanttools of our trade and we need to understand their proper use. Approved respiratorsare tested and approved by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety& Health), and OSHA [Occupational Safety & Health Administration] regulatesrespirator use in the workplace. OSHA requires the use of NIOSH approvedrespirators. Respirators come in two basic types:n Air Purifying - uses a filtering element(cartridgeand filter combination)n Air Supplying - pumps in clean breathable airfroma source away from userAir Purifyingrespirators are most commonly used in our busin...

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  • Thu May 15 2014

    Industrial Bird Problems and Solutions

    Industrial facilities often attract birds, some of which maycause problems for site operation and management. Bird problems at industrialsites include impediment to operations, property damage, health and safetyconcerns, and regulatory issues.Birds are usually deterred from nesting or causing problemson buildings or other structures with appropriate bird control technologies.Birds on roofs, ledges, and other structures are often excluded by humaneMasterLine® plastic or stainless steel bird spikes or Bird-B-Gone BirdJolt Flat Track™. Birds nesting or roosting inside or un...

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  • Thu Apr 17 2014

    Keeping Fleas Fleeing: Sometimes a Tough Job

    Fleas and ticks, common externalectoparasites, may be among the toughest-to-control pests inside a home, due inlarge part to potential reintroduction by pets.The most effective method ofcontrolling these pests indoors is a 3-step program, starting first with the pet.1) PMPs should encourage homeowners to seek the advice of their veterinarianabout a treatment plan. These are available in various oral, topical, collar,spray and shampoo formulations. 2) Thehome and surrounding areas should be treated with an adulticide to kill adultfleas and ticks. 3) A juvenile hormone ana...

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  • Mon Mar 17 2014

    Filth Flies. EndZone. Touchdown!

    Football season definitely kicks the food service industry into high gear. For Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) it means keeping a watchful eye on sanitation and close filth fly monitoring. As a PMP and restaurant patron you know the implications of just one filth fly landing on your food. The fact is, filth flies are not just an unsightly nuisance; they can spread bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Controlling them, however, can be quite challenging—especially in commerci...

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  • Thu Feb 13 2014

    Bed Bug Treatment Focus: Challenges with Mattresses and Box Springs

    Infested mattresses and box springs present a uniquechallenge to bed bug remediation. While they represent major repositoriesfor bed bugs they are often the most scrutinized areas for treatment. Theprimary sleeping surface (mattress) is by far the most restrictive areafor treatment, leaving limited treatment options, whereas the box springcan be treated more aggressively. However, if both are not effectivelyremediated, these bedding areas can pose severe consequences of bed bugre-emergence.Securely sealed removal of an infeste...

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  • Thu Jan 16 2014

    What is an Aerosol?

    By definition, an aerosol is a suspension of fine particles of a solid or liquid in a gas. For PMPs, a more practical explanation is that it is a formulation of an active ingredient applied as fine particles by a pressurized system (not including thermal- generated aerosols). The system may mechanically produce the suspension by using a high-pressure air stream or from a pressurized container, such as various ready-to-use cans, cylinders and total-release foggers.Today, there is a new delivery system appearing in our business called bag-on-valve (BOV) technology. BOVs look like traditional ...

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  • Thu Dec 5 2013

    The best liquid termiticide just got better.

    Termidor® H•E High-Efficiency Termiticide from BASF is an evolutionary step in sustainable termite control. It requires less water, smaller soil trenches and wider rod spacing—while providing the same outstanding termite control as its predecessor, Termidor® SC termiticide/insecticide.In 2000, BASF revolutionized the termite industry with Termidor® termiticide/ insecticide, which provided 100 percent control of termites in three months or less. With its introduction, re-treatment rates fell to less than 1 percent and it soon became the leading termite control product in the U.S.BASF scienti...

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  • Thu Nov 7 2013

    Shedding light on fly control

    There are over 120,000 species of fly worldwide, each evolved to make the most of their habitat. The majority of flies use Ultraviolet (UVA) light to navigate. Natural light is made up of many frequencies and flies typically see in the UVA wavelength range of 340-375 nm.The two key aspects of a Pest Management Professional’s (PMP) role in fly control should combine specifying the type of Insect Light Trap (ILT) as well as positioning the ILT strategically for optimized fly attraction. For example, a high voltage “zapper” unit should not be installed in food preparation areas due to the dang...

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