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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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07/01/2019

Outsourcing brings out mixed emotions among business owners. Some quickly see an opportunity to eliminate tasks, whereas others fear no one can properly and reliably execute the tasks at hand.  When it’s done right, outsourcing can offer pest management companies with greater stability, flexibility, and a higher degree of expertise than you alone can provide. Here are three steps that will help you find the best providers to handle your needs:   1.  Assess your current situation. Which tasks can you outsource so your staff has more time to focus on customer service...

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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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06/13/2019

As the industry grows more competitive, an increasing number of pest control professionals are setting themselves apart through professional certification programs. One of the most popular choices is the Associate Certified Entomologists program, which requires approval by the Entomological Society of America - and a passing grade on its rigorous exam. Luckily, preparing for the four-part exam is now easier than ever. Our new ProTraining ACE prep courses cover material directly from the ACE exam study guide, one chapter per course. Each of our courses is self-timed and allows students to...

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06/06/2019

  Q: What is the absolute best insecticide for German cockroaches in restaurants? We are using an esfenvalerate product and are probably going to switch to a non-repellent product. Is this a good call or are there better products for German cockroaches? We also bait with cockroach gel. - Donna, TX   A: I think it’s a good call to switch to non-repellent products for German cockroach management, especially if you use cockroach baits. Esfenvalerate products are mostly repellent and probably shouldn’t be used with cockroach baits. Baits need to stay palatable and th...

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05/29/2019

Place your headshots in the no-selfie zone By Grant Hunker   While there is definitely a time and place for selfies when it comes to your pest control company’s social media presence, headshots for media announcements about new employees, job promotions, and other news is not the time or place for “duck lips” or way-too-close-ups.   As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In this digital age of social media, that first impression is a great photo that represents the professional you are! Therefore, have someone take you...

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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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05/20/2019

Q: What is the best way to manage rat mites inside a residence? Rats have been trapped out and the openings sealed up, but the customers are still receiving bites.   — Mikail, CA   A: Even though rat mites were a known issue, still make sure they are present with sticky monitors before you continue helping your customer. Although rat mites don’t necessarily disappear when the rats do, it’s common for people suffering from parasites to continue to believe the parasites are present after they’ve been managed effectively. If not already found and y...

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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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04/17/2019

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 early Q1 2019’s biggest trends as reported by Univar Solutions managers across the country:   [click to enlarge]  

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04/15/2019

Schedule termite inspections 24/7, online By Heather Gooch   Homeowners, business owners and real estate agents seeking termite inspectors typically want immediate results. That’s why one family-owned pest management company created and launched TermitePro.us, a website that lets customers schedule termite inspections online.   “We saw this as a basic next step for our industry,” says Isaac Camacho, marketing and sales director for Irvine, Calif.-based Accurate Termite and Pest Control. “We live in a world where we can buy something online and have it ...

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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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02/21/2019

Find products, training, tools, and advice — all in one place.   Professionals have long known that PestWeb is the industry’s go-to source for labels and SDS. But PestWeb today is more than a website — it’s a portal to an incredible array of supplies, tools, and insights for taking your business to the next level. In addition to a complete offering of products for structural pest, public health, turf and ornamental, and wildlife markets, you can tap into purchasing, training, and reporting tools, contact Univar’s respected experts, and more. With a...

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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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02/01/2019

Q. I’ve been doing a rat job in Riverside, CA for over a year. I’ve done the exclusion work and activity stopped for a couple of weeks and calms down every now and then, but they continue to get rats in the attic. I’ve caught over 20 rats. The owner, property management and another pest management company have tried and we still can’t find the entry point. What else can we do?   — Tony, NV   A. It may be time to have the plumbing smoke tested. Difficult rat jobs often involve broken pipes or open drains. Rats will use these to enter buildings fr...

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12/26/2018

Ask Bill Menefee what initially drew him into the pest control industry, and the answer is simple. “I like people,” he says. “And I like helping people.” 12 years ago, Menefee was a facility manager at a frozen foods company when he heard the owner of Atlantic Pest Control was looking to sell the business. Intrigued, Menefee went on several ride-alongs. He loved it — so much, in fact, that he bought the business. And little by little, he learned the ropes, gained experience, and grew the company. Today, Atlantic Pest Control has 9 employees and an expanding...

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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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