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07/09/2020

Veseris is helping business owners innovate, compete, and grow. When Phil Clegg Sr. and Phillip Clegg Jr. sought to provide vector control services after Hurricane Florence, Veseris was there to help. Click to enlarge the case study below.   [click to enlarge case study]

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07/07/2020

  Businesses across the country are seeing major growth by adding turf and ornamental services to their routes. In this episode of the PestWeb Podcast, Veseris industry specialist Bert Lopez breaks down the basics of this booming market.   Bert brings deep-rooted experience as a pest control adviser, Board Certified Entomologist, ISA Certified Arborist, and Qualified Applicator License holder. Listen to his tips for pivoting business, training techs, and upselling to customers by clicking the audio player below.    ...

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06/16/2020

Bill Birkner is no stranger to hard work and dedication. With 50 years of experience, of which his final 10 have been spent with Veseris, Bill’s contributions to our industry have gone unmatched.   A native of northern Indiana, Bill attended and earned his degree from Iowa State University. Shortly thereafter, he received an all-inclusive, expenses-paid trip to Vietnam courtesy of the U.S. Army. After returning from the war, Bill began his 50-year career working for Velsicol in 1970 selling C-100 and other chemical products.   In...

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06/12/2020

  Veseris Announces Director of Corporate Strategy   June 12, 2020 – At Veseris, our most valuable asset is our people — 400 experienced professionals  dedicated to being there for customers with the knowledge and support they need to achieve their business goals. We're proud to have leaders who know the industry and who can move forward with vision.  Veseris announces that 30 year-industry veteran Karl J. Kisner will join the company effective July 8 as Director of Corporate Strategy.  In this role, Kisner will ...

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06/01/2020

Controlling container-breeding mosquitoes Mosquitoes are a vector for a variety of diseases including West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue and Chikungunya, as well as the emerging threat of Zika virus. Mosquito-borne diseases are a serious public health concern and according to the CDC, they are among the most complex of all infectious diseases to control. With the public health at the heart of everything MADs and PHOs do, it’s important now more than ever to arm yourself with information about the specific illnesses spread by mosquitoes and how to r...

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05/05/2020

Controlling container-breeding mosquitoes Day-biting Aedes mosquitoes can be very annoying and can spread viruses like Zika and Dengue. Female mosquitoes take a blood meal to develop eggs and reproduce. The eggs are deposited in small water holding containers in which the larvae develop. Eggs of the same batch will be distributed among several breeding sites. The main constraint to control container-breeding mosquitoes is the difficulty in targeting the multitude of larval breeding sites, mostly consisting of small man-made water containers that can be very hard to find. &...

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04/07/2020

  "Reach out and touch someone"   Remember that advertising jingle from AT&T?   It premiered in 1979 and helped encourage a lot of people in the world to pick up the phone more often. And it worked. That was also about the same time my mother went to work for our local telephone company in my hometown of Rensselaer, Indiana where she was one of two or three ladies who worked in customer service and ran the front office until probably the mid-80’s. One of the perks of her job was...

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03/31/2020

When it comes to termites, homeowners want them gone. Termidor® termiticide/insecticide, launched 20 years ago, was found to be the solution pest management professionals were looking for. Call backs dropped significantly, customer satisfaction increased substantially and business increased year over year. BASF has continued to innovate the Termidor product line, providing year after year improvements in efficiency to this phenomenal brand.   Maximizing profitability with products backed by proven efficacy enables pest management companies to provide consumer...

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03/12/2020

AUSTIN, TEXAS; March 12, 2020 — Univar Environmental Sciences (ES) announced today it would be operating under the new brand name, Veseris.   Purchased in January 2020 by private equity firm AEA Investors from Univar Solutions, Univar ES began the exploration process to choose and unveil a name and logo that would establish its new independent identity. Following the culmination of significant research and collaboration by senior leadership, the name Veseris captured the culture and drive of the new standalone business. In the coming months, the b...

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02/26/2020

By Eric Paysen, technical services manager, Professional Pest Management, Syngenta   Managing large-colony ant species is one of the biggest challenges facing pest management professionals (PMPs) today. Species like the Argentine ant are notoriously adaptive and persistent. This species is termed invasive in North America because it was introduced accidentally through human commerce from South America.   These ants are especially difficult to deal with outside their native range because workers from different colonies typical...

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01/30/2020

One of the most admirable aspects of the pest management industry is the role PMP’s serve in protecting our food supply from pests and the contaminants vectored by them. Every day, thousands of PMPs across the country help protect our food supply through the service they provide to food processing facilities. An effective control program starts with a thorough inspection, customer communication, documentation, corrective/preventive action plans, and constant evaluation as to how successful control efforts have been. While entire seminars can be given on the topic of pest manageme...

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01/27/2020

Knowing exactly when and where rodents are traveling empowers PMPs to solve rodent issues at any type of facility. Technicians have begun using sensing equipment at accounts to restructure how they are managing their time. Previously, a one-hour site visit could be spent primarily checking bait stations and traps to determine whether they needed to be serviced or not. This left little time to spend conducting proper IPM, creating reports or building customer relationships. Advancements in technology have paved the way for PMPs to automatically know where the highest levels of rodent activit...

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01/06/2020

Formerly a division of Univar Solutions, Univar Environmental Sciences has been sold to affiliates of AEA Investors.  With the ownership of AEA, the future remains bright for Environmental Sciences (ES), its customers and suppliers. AEA brings a solid understanding of the ES business and a strong appreciation and desire for growth through product distribution and services offerings across pest control and other specialty chemical markets. What hasn’t changed is the continued commitment and organizational focus on growing the business for customers and suppliers. Read th...

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12/19/2019

Wild Animals Adapt and Expand Numbers in Growing Population Centers Tackle safety, health and nuisance issues with EPIC’s All Natural Professional animal repellents Across North America, wild animals cause huge public safety and health issues and damage for homeowners, municipalities, landscaped areas, athletic facilities, and golf courses. Deer, rabbits, moles, voles, geese/coots, snakes, regional pests such as armadillos, wild hogs -- even iguanas! All of these -- and more -- learn quickly how to live among expanding cities and populations. As these anima...

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12/06/2019

At Veseris, we take pride in providing customers with the most current industry news and knowledge — within local communities and nationwide. Here’s an overview of Q3 2019’s biggest trends as reported by Veseris managers across the country:   [click to enlarge]  

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11/26/2019

As a group, ants are often the number one pest encountered and the number one cause of callbacks. There are many variables to consider when picking the best ant bait for your operation, but choosing a bait is only half the battle. As good as today’s ant baits are, they still have to be applied in the correct environment and match the ant food preference or they will not bring satisfactory results. First and foremost it’s important to correctly identify the ant species you’re dealing with. Misidentification or, more frequently, no identification,...

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11/14/2019

More than 3.5 billion searches are made on Google every day. It is the most used search engine on the internet across all platforms, although alternatives include Bing and Yahoo. If you want your pest management company to be ranked high with Google, focus on the following:    1. Website optimization. In pest control, that means organizing your site by pest. Although your business goal may be recurring revenue, the customer’s initial call almost always is driven by a pest problem he or she currently is experiencing. That means recurr...

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11/05/2019

SenesTech is a company committed to long-term, innovative solutions to the age-old problems that continue to challenge our economy, putting a strain on daily operations. A particularly persistent challenge is how to manage rats. Rat infestations are costly to various markets and verticals, threatening brand integrity and bottom lines. To date, there hasn’t been an effective solution that yields long-term results. Until now.   The Reality In order to understand why rat infestations are so challenging to control, it’s helpful to focus on basic biolo...

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10/31/2019

It’s time for a shift in thinking. As a small business owner, you’re always focused on generating enough revenue to keep the doors open. And making ends meet is all about closing more sales, right?   Wrong.   If you want to build your pest management business and see solid future growth, it’s time to stop selling to your customers and start serving them instead. This is the only way to create those wow-factor moments that will not only build customer loyalty, but make them recommend you to their family and friend...

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10/09/2019

In movies and cartoons, rats and mice are often depicted as adorable characters. In reality, they are harmful pests. They carry over 35 diseases and 200 human pathogens1,2 making them a significant public health risk to your commercial and residential customers. Furthermore, enormous economic damage and health-related problems are caused in the US annually through failed inspections, contaminated food, destroyed property and damaged reputations for public establishments.   As the leading manufacturer of pest management solutions, BASF recognizes the seriousness of the...

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09/11/2019

  It’s a mantra you repeat to current and prospective customers all the time: Hire a professional. But are you taking your own advice when it comes to social media management?   Brad Hall did just that. The commercial division manager for NW Pest Control, Waltham, Mass., notes that delegating the time and expertise to those who can immerse themselves in the project made a world of difference for his company’s social media reputation — and volume.   In July, the company transitioned from a small...

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09/05/2019

Customer feedback is important for every pest control company because it allows pest management professionals (PMPs) to make adjustments that will help ensure customer satisfaction. Fortunately, technology makes it easier than ever for customers to rate their experiences. Brad Jenson, executive vice president of business development for Podium Corp., outlined at an industry software user conference earlier this year six ways to bolster the number of online reviews your company receives, and thus your overall online rating. The Lehi, Utah-based software platform ...

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08/28/2019

1.) Locate food source:Rodents’ sense of smell is about 10 times greater than a dog, so it's important to locate, remove and control any rodent food sources. Involve your customer in this process to avoid future problems. 2.) Harborage and entry points:Following air movement and heat is easier than looking for rub marks, droppings and nesting locations. Inspect areas where warm air escapes from vents, around pipes, roofs & under doorways. Excess debris from trash, leaves, and over-growth from groundcover provide protec...

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08/27/2019

Veseris is helping business owners innovate, compete, and grow. When professional customers like Jason Payne need expert advice and business support, Veseris is ready to help.     [click to enlarge case study]

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08/15/2019

Q: I'd like to know what other PMPs find to be the best insecticides to control bed bugs. — Mike, NY   A: PMPs don’t always agree across the board on a specific go-to product for pest management. What may be seen is a trend in application patterns. For example, many PMPs have modernized to German cockroach baits while not agreeing on the best bait product. To manage bed bugs effectively, PMPs tend to apply a combination of products with different formulations or modes of action. Applying dust products to wall voids in addi...

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