• Mon Nov 3 2014

    How the Professional Pest Management Alliance Works with Companies to Help Grow the Industry

    How the Professional Pest ManagementAlliance Works with Companies to Help Grow the Industry One of the key responsibilities of industry managers andmarketers is to educate potential customers about the vital role pestmanagement professionals play in protecting against the dangers of pests.  Marketing strategy sessions frequently focus on:“What is most likely to prompt a homeowner to contact a pest professional?” and“Why viable prospects don’t use professionals?” When it comes time to implementapproved marketing plans, marketers often deliberate about where customers aremost likely...

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  • Thu Oct 30 2014

    Rodent resistance: what you need to know.

    Rodent resistance: what you need toknow. PestManagement Professionals (PMPs) that continually rely on one rodenticideproduct can produce unintended consequences. Rodents can develop resistancewhen feeding on a single product over time, even if it was previously effectiveand well-accepted.  Rodent resistancegenerally falls into two categories: ·       Technical resistance: A loss of efficacy in which a rodenticide is applied correctly, butthere is no acceptable control of the rodent population. This resistance is dueto a heritable trait that makes...

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  • Wed Sep 3 2014

    The Importance of Inspections

    The Importance of Inspections Rodent Controlservices produce some of the highest number of callbacks.  While it may be tempting to avoid or rush theinitial inspection of the premises, don’t! The inspection, which usually begins outdoors and moves inside, lays thefoundation for the work to follow. During aninspection it is always important to identify the following: rodent species,infestation severity and high activity areas. By identifying these key areas, PMP’s will be more equipped to handlethe infestation and choose appropriate baiting strategies to avoidcallback...

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  • 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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