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9/1/2022

JASON MEYERS, Ph.D.Senior Technical Services Representative IIBASF Professional & Specialty Solutions A few years ago, the spotted lanternfly made its entrance into the occasional pest market in the U.S. and has spread around the State of Pennsylvania and into surrounding states. It continues to spread at a rapid rate. Newly established populations have been found in Ohio and Virginia, among other states. Some have even been found in Kansas, although they are not yet established. The spotted lanternfly is primarily a threat for the fruit industry, such as the grape jam...

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8/1/2022

More than 70+ million homes in the United States are built on crawl spaces. Houses are built on crawl spaces because it is cheaper than basements or because ground conditions make building a basement impractical. In most climate zones, properly designed, installed, and conditioned closed crawl spaces can work well. You might not offer encapsulation as part of your current business model, but as a pest control professional, you are often in crawl spaces that have already been closed or encapsulated. You can observe if the best “conditioning” method (a commerci...

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7/1/2022

We are committed to the proper use of BASF chemistries Day in and day out, pest management professionals (PMPs) are making decisions about the use of insecticides that protect their customers’ homes and businesses from harmful pests. BASF develops insect and rodent management solutions for PMPs to control pests that carry and spread disease, contaminate food, and cause property damage. With a portfolio of solutions that meets nearly every need, it is important that we, as a company, demonstrate our commitment to their proper use and reinforce the ...

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6/1/2022

Keep Pests at Bay All Year Long FMC guarantees 90 days of no retreatments* after a Scion Insecticide with UVX Technology exterior perimeter barrier application1 on a recurring residential pest management service2 done in accordance with the best management practices outlined and made within the program period. If any retreatment is required during the 90-day period, FMC will provide the amount of Scion insecticide needed to make a reapplication to the treated area as outlined in the best management practices section of this program. Pre-application Inspectio...

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5/1/2022

By Dr. Chris Keefer, technical services manager, Professional Pest Management, Syngenta Ants are the top pests in many urban areas across the U.S. In many cases, these ants are large-colony pests such as Argentine ants, tawny crazy ants or odorous house ants. Successfully controlling these large-colony ants in urban environments requires an integrated pest management (IPM) plan that includes inspection, understanding the species and using multiple formulations and active ingredients. Inspect and identify conducive conditions Ants need...

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4/1/2022

Overview Scorpions are eight-legged arachnids with two front large pincher type claws for grasping and holding prey. The claws can range in size from small and thin to large and robust. Scorpions have an elongated tail that can be laid out behind the body or curved over the body. It contains a bulbous stinger that in some species contains a potent venom with the ability to severely hurt or kill humans. There are several species present in the U.S. including the Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus), the Striped bark scorpion (Centruroides vittat...

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3/1/2022

The use of tamper-resistant bait stations at accounts is a key factor in keeping other rodent control products, such as rodenticides, snap traps, and glue boards, inaccessible to non-targets. Selecting the right bait station is a critical step in implementing proper integrated pest management (IPM). One size does not fit all when it comes to rodenticide stations, which is why there are so many options available to choose from. Make sure you understand the differences and pick a station that best fits your needs. The first step is to determine your target, as some bait sta...

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4/1/2021

The Covid life is coming up on its one-year anniversary. Not one person in this world is planning to celebrate the historic year of loss, tragedy, lockdowns and tough times. But with all anniversaries, you typically find yourself looking back and replaying the last 12 months, whether it be good or bad, looking for ways to make the next year even better. As an industry, we found ourselves in a unique situation of battling pests we could not see, to protect the public’s health in ways we are not used to and not prepared to handle. PMP’s found themselves reading ...

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3/1/2021

Dr. Freder Medina, B.C.E.Technical Market Manager - Pest Control, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions 2021 is starting out much like 2020, with many of us still working from home and many of our favorite outside activities curtailed.  As people are forced to stay more at home, they become more aware of their surroundings and notice little things they may have missed before: a dead cockroach in the kitchen, ants in the bathroom, new spider webs in the garage, a scorpion in a shoe, termite frass under the eaves, or that rustling sound coming from the attic...

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2/1/2021

  Fight the bite with field-proven mosquito solutionsBy Nicky Gallagher, Ph.D., technical services manager, Professional Pest Management, Syngenta It’s never too early to start thinking about add-on services for the spring, like mosquito control. Dr. Nicky Gallagher, technical services manager for Syngenta, provides research findings and expert advice to help prepare for this year’s mosquito season. The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is an aggressive human biter and is often the mosquito species that elicits the most complaints ...

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1/1/2021

Choosing the correct bait station for your pest control business is an important decision, which can lead to your rodent control program being more successful. Besides your bait station is an important control measure, it is also your eyes and ears monitoring rodent activity when your technicians are off-site. Selecting the placement of your bait station is a critical aspect of your inspection and control process. Bait stations should be placed strategically when rodent activity is occurring. There are a variety of bait station designs to consider for your accoun...

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11/1/2020

  Developing a bio-sanitation program can expand your service menu and build your business. So what is it, anyway?   Most commercial operations have a cleaning program, but there’s “people clean” and then there’s “insect clean”! Bio-sanitation goes the extra mile when a regular sanitation program is not enough. In fact, bio-sanitation is a part of an advanced IPM strategy and can work exceptionally well when combined with an integrated pesticide application protocol. Bio-sanitation products are not ...

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10/1/2020

Increasing numbers of PMPs are realizing the importance and advantages of a pro-active approach to bed bug management in multi-family housing. Dr. Rick Cooper’s groundbreaking “markrelease-recapture” study, conducted in 2014, demonstrated the extent and speed of movement of bed bugs between apartments in multi-family housing. This study confirmed what many PMP’s had suspected for years, treating just one apartment in multi-family housing is not an effective strategy, regardless of the products utilized.  Unfortunately, housing managers have be...

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9/1/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s way of life, at least temporarily – from the way they shop, to how they socialize, to the way they do their jobs – just to name a few things. Despite pest control being deemed an essential service, it has been greatly impacted by the change created by the pandemic. Pest Management Professionals have had to adopt new practices and protocols that meet evolving customer attitudes and expectations and state and government guidelines. What does this mean for bed bug treatments? In short, they have declined significantly. ...

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7/30/2020

  Quarterly pest control services for residential clients are essential revenue streams for pest control companies. Not only do the homeowners feel protected with the services but the pest control company can create recurring revenue streams on insects that the homeowner may not normally call pest control for.   These quarterly services, which cover a wide range of pests, don’t typically include bed bugs, however, is there a way to develop a recurring revenue model on bed bugs for pest control companies?   Duri...

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6/1/2020

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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5/5/2020

    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...

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3/31/2020

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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3/12/2020

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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2/26/2020

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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1/30/2020

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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1/27/2020

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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1/6/2020

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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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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