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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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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 business will begin updating com...

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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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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 the full pre...

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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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12/06/2019

At Univar Solutions, 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 Univar Solutions 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, almost always results in u...

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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 recurring revenue is a sales issue, not a m...

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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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10/31/2019

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 friends as well.   In today’s digital-...

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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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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 local firm, Wolfdog Marketing Group, to Lehi, Utah-based ...

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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 provider focuses on online...

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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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08/27/2019

Univar Solutions is helping business owners innovate, compete, and grow. When professional customers like Jason Payne need expert advice and business support, Univar Solutions 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 addition to residuals in the infested area is commo...

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08/14/2019

  Internet marketing can be a viable and lucrative addition to your pest control company's business goals. But whether you are doing the internet marketing yourself or outsourcing it, there are always areas in need of improvement. Here are four tips to help:   1 Use the A/B test method. Always be testing. Whether it's a Google Ad, a landing page, or a call to action, you always should be testing variations to see which version does better. This can be as simple as comparing the effects of different phrasing in the subject line (such as "Free Inspection"  vs. "Same-Day ...

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08/09/2019

Denise is not your typical Grandmother. That being said, she exhibits qualities that would make anyone feel like family when around her. Denise is a Sales Administrative Manager for Univar Solutions and has been a team member since 1987. She joined Univar Solutions on her 7th wedding anniversary and as she describes it, “It was a perfect match for me, I have kept both my career choice and the husband!  We celebrated 39 years in June, and I celebrated 32 years with Univar, half of my adult life! Two wonderful unions I would not change.”   Throughout the years, Denis...

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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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07/31/2019

  Thanos is back and causing Earth a "titan-load" of trouble in "Avengers: Endgame," a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie that hits theaters April 26. It got me thinking about how pest control companies could wield the power of the Infinity Gauntlet.   Now, quit laughing and hear me out: The Marvel gauntlet has no real power unless equipped with infinity Stones. The six stones in the Marvel universe represent Time, Power, Space, Reality, Soul and Mind. Each stone controls one aspect of existence within that universe, and each is immensely powerful in its own right. Yet, th...

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07/25/2019

  Q: What is your best recommendation for a scorpion treatment inside a residence? — Andy, AZ     A: Indoor treatments for scorpions should be targeted to voids like wall voids and attics. Those are the areas in a structure they tend to inhabit. Focus on the walls in the house where scorpions are seen the most. Scorpions in light fixtures point to the attic being a problem. Dusts are the best formulation for voids although aerosols and space treatments can also be used. Hiding places in living areas like closets and underneath furniture can be spot treated with a...

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07/23/2019

  Culture. Customer Service. Teamwork. Bill Dyra uses these three keywords to describe both his success and Univar’s. Whether it is at work or at home teamwork comes first for Bill. Bill relies heavily on his Univar team and Sales Managers for support due to the fact he is only in the office around 2 days a month. The other days Bill can be found traveling from Wisconsin to Chicago to Minnesota to Northern Illinois and back again. While he is out on the road it’s up to his team members to keep everything running smoothly.   Bill is no stranger to teamwork at home ...

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07/02/2019

  Q: I have had a couple of accounts with extensive California (southern) fire ant nests. I have been using a dual action liquid residual for most of my general pest control needs and applying a light mist three to five feet around the mounds, but I'm wondering if there may be a better solution with how large of an area these ants are infesting. Sometimes the majority of the mounds are on a neighboring property that I cannot treat directly. — Michael, CA   A: It’s best to approach fire ants in two steps when their population density is so high. First, apply a gra...

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