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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 consumers with peace of mind ...

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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 typically cooperate and aren’t aggressive toward ea...

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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 management in...

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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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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 animals increase in population,...

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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, almost always results in u...

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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 biological rat facts. Althoug...

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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 rodent threat a...

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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 protective cover and warmth for nesting areas. Seam lines of b...

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08/01/2019

    Cockroaches are an important public health pest. They have been implicated in the transmission of several pathogenic organisms, can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks. They are also a prolific cockroach species, producing four to eight generations per year.   Insect growth regulators (IGRs) can be useful tools to help break the life cycle of these prolific pests, as well as many others. IGRs, such as pyriproxyfen, mimic the juvenile hormone that naturally occurs in an insect. This hormone controls how long a cockroach remains in each nymphal stage...

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06/25/2019

Introducing PT Fendona Pressurized Insecticide, new to the BASF pressurized technology portfolio. There is no better way to maximize the effectiveness of an insecticide than to place it where pests spend the majority of their time – cracks and cervices. Introducing PT Fendona Pressurized Insecticide, new to the BASF pressurized technology portfolio.   The power of Fendona meets the precision of PT in new PT Fendona Pressurized Insecticide, giving pest management professionals a fast knockdown of key pests, a flexible label, and long-lasting control of house flies and bed bugs e...

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05/22/2019

  With the catastrophic flooding in the Midwest and an exceptionally rainy winter on the West Coast, many parts of the country will present favorable conditions for heavy mosquito populations as the warmer summer weather approaches. With larger mosquito populations come the enhanced risk for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.   Treating standing water with larvicides will play a critical role in preventing these mosquito populations from exploding and will help keep the numbers in check. When applied to the standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs, larvicides interr...

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04/24/2019

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, almost always resu...

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04/01/2019

When it comes to termites, homeowners want them gone. Termidor® termiticide/insecticide, launched almost 20 years ago, was found to be the solution pest management professionals were looking for. Callbacks 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 consumers with peace of mind a...

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03/01/2019

Diverse strategies are needed to control urban pests — especially cockroaches. Steps like inspection, monitoring, and identification are the foundation for any cockroach control program and ongoing maintenance.   Baits are pivotal tools for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for cockroaches, but applying the appropriate amount is critical for success. A recent field trial conducted by Dr. Dini Miller from Virginia Tech University evaluated two cockroach gel baits, Advion® Evolution Cockroach and Optigard® Cockroach Gel Baits from Syngenta, in multi-unit housing infested w...

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02/13/2019

Managing cockroaches will always be an important part of pest management. Identifying the species correctly and then understanding its biology, behaviors, and habitats is critical to control and eradication. An integrated approach should include identification, inspection, and treatment, including resistance management.   Cockroaches, specifically German cockroaches, have a relatively short life cycle which means they can increase their populations exponentially in a short period of time. This makes them more likely to adapt or develop resistance to various control methods. There a...

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12/19/2018

Whether you’re building an add-on service, expanding an existing program, or starting a new line of business, there are many moving pieces to manage — and many hazards to avoid. Follow these tips to ensure a strong start to your new venture.   Don’t start with separate introductions. Instead, gather all your personnel in the same location for a shared introduction and training session. The goal is to build excitement, encourage feedback, and demonstrate your commitment to the new direction. Don’t focus too much on the how the company will benefit.Instead, ...

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09/14/2018

Investing in Your Techs A little education goes a long way... We deliver an enormous range of products for our customers throughout North America. But interestingly enough, our most valuable offering is something that can’t be moved by trucks. That’s because it’s not a physical product — it’s the knowledge that reaches thousands of pest management technicians every year via Univar ProTraining delivered in-person and online. Since the introduction of ProTraining online in 1998, we’ve put an enormous amount of work into providing technicians the conven...

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08/10/2018

As temperatures heat up, so does pest activity — and your business. It can be difficult to keep track of everything you need during the rush, so we put together this quick checklist of warm weather essentials. Follow these four steps to make sure you’re making the most of pest control’s busiest season. 1. Stock Up Check your inventory — do you have all the products and tools you need? The last thing you want is to keep customers waiting while you look for more of a particular product. Univar offers over 6,000 products for a variety of markets. Order exactly what y...

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07/25/2018

The Power of ProCenters Essential knowledge and tools under one roof From our Online Store to our mobile-friendly ProTraining platform, Univar brings tools and expertise to customers wherever they go. That includes giving PMPs and managers the option to walk into a ProCenter that houses the service and products they need — all in one place. That’s why Univar operates over 60 ProCenter locations across the country. Each store location functions as a local hub with quick access to essential products and knowledge. ProCenter visitors get the exact tools they need, in a...

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