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Online Extras
Included with each issue of PCT magazine are Online Extras, additional elements to PCT feature stories that are available only online. These might include sidebars or charts that did not make it into the magazine due to space limitations, or interactive media such as related podcasts, videos or downloadable documents. Online Extras can be accessed from the PCT Online homepage. This month’s extras include: photos from the aftermath of the fire at JP McHale (pictured); information on rodent attractants; a podcast with George Williams; and photos from Palmetto Exterminators’ treatment of Formosan termite-infested trees.MORE >>

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ServiceMaster CEO Spainhour to Retire at Year’s End
J. Patrick Spainhour, chief executive officer of Memphis-based ServiceMaster, will retire from the company at the end of the year. The search for his successor has already begun.

Bed Bugs Invade Federal Office in D.C.
The federal building that houses the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington is the latest high-profile facility to report bed bugs, the Associated Press reports.

UF Discovers House Flies Carrying Five New Illness-Causing Bacteria
Researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have documented five more bacteria species carried by house flies, and all of them cause illness in humans, ranging from food poisoning to respiratory infections.

NPMA Launches New, Improved Website
Earlier this month, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) introduced its redesigned website, www.npmapestworld.org, to the industry.

Bed Bugs Hit Howard Stern's NYC Studios, Limousine
The office where the shock jock airs his show has joined the ever-growing list of New York City buildings hit by bed bugs.

West Nile Virus Case Reported in Utah
A Kane County resident who contracted West Nile virus — the first confirmed human case this year in Utah — is recovering well, but health officials warn that warm temperatures mean the mosquito season could continue for a while.

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Advanced Services Hosts ‘Bald for a Cause’ Fundraiser
The company raised nearly $10,000 in one afternoon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Giant Black Widow Sculpture Being Built
Dave Simpson’s latest creation, “The Widow Project,” will be unveiled later this month at Innovative Pest Management.

Arrow Exterminators Celebrates with its Top Performing Sales Professionals
The Atlanta-based company hosted its Premier Club in Chicago.

Pestmaster Services in the Hudson Valley Uses a Multi-Faceted Approach for Bed Bug Control
Paul Alley, president of Pestmaster Services of the Hudson Valley, announced that the company is now treating bed bugs with the Pestmaster Services Eco-Freeze system of freezing bed bugs and their eggs.

Bug Doctor Announces Formation of Bedbug Doctor Division
Due to the volume of incoming bed bug service work, the company decided to open a new division that specializes in bed bugs.

Truly Nolen of America Announces Las Vegas Branch Manager Promotion
Scott Kirk will monitor and evaluate administrative staff and technicians and handle the day-to-day operations of the branch.


Sponsored Podcast: Kurt Trombetti on Surviving Las Vegas' Economic Challenges
In a podcast sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Trombetti, owner of EnviroSafe Pest Control, Las Vegas, Nev., talks about how his company is dealing with the economic challenges of Las Vegas, one of the areas of the country most adversely impacted by the current recession.MORE >>


Participate in a Free Webinar on Spiders
Consultant Austin Frishman and Joe Barile, technical service lead, Bayer Environmental Science, will present a webinar hosted by PCT, on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The webinar will cover basic biology, behavior and management tips.


PestWeb Introduces New Free iPhone App
As part Univar’s ongoing evolution in providing PMPs the info they need, when they need it — on the go — the distributor has introduced the new PestWeb App for iPhone.

Dow AgroSciences Names New T&O Portfolio Marketing Leader, District Sales Manager
Jason Nelson is the new portfolio marketing leader for the Turf & Ornamental business division, while Lee Conway was named district sales manager responsible for overseeing the Eastern Turf & Ornamental sales district.

Univar Adds a New Outside Sales Rep and Southeast District Sales Manager
Doug Gibbs has joined Univar as an outside sales representative for the South Central District, while Sean McDonough has accepted the position of Sales Manager in the state of Florida for the Southeast District.


NYT Diner's Journal: The Bugs You Can Eat
“In most cultures outside of North America and Western Europe, tiny many-legged creatures are a delicacy, and an important source of protein,” Jeff Gordinier writes in a report on a five-course Mexican feast featuring insect cuisine in Brooklyn.

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