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BASF Skill Development Seminars The half-day Smart Solutions Skill Development Seminars featuring industry consultant Jeff Tucker continue throughout the Southeast this week. The seminars are scheduled for Atlanta (Feb. 23), Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 24) and Chantilly, Va. (Feb. 25). Click here for more information.



DA Exterminating’s Success in Post-Katrina New Orleans
DA Exterminating, one of PCT’s 25 Companies to Watch, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 and was one of the firms profiled in January PCT. The company, which recently celebrated its biggest growth year ever, has rebounded since its service area (New Orleans) and office were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the following podcast, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, DA President Jed D’Arensbourg shares some of the company’s successes, including its marine fumigation business, and also discusses the importance of 50 years in business.


Rentokil Plans New Measures The company plans to cut more costs and improve its customer services this year as it targets "modest" revenue growth in 2010 through acquisitions in developing markets.

New Assay Helps Track Termites, Other Insects USDA-ARS entomologists are using rabbit IgG protein to track termites and other insects over vast acreage.

Ecolab Announces Fourth Quarter 2009 Results Earnings surged 45% on prior-year charges led by new account gains, pricing, cost-savings actions and favorable raw material comparisons.

'Mad Money' Host Praises Rollins Jim Cramer, the former hedge fund manager who now hosts CNBC's “Mad Money,” sang the praises of Rollins, parent company of Orkin, in a recent broadcast.

Critter Control Holds Annual Conference More than 150 franchisees, managers and vendors attended the annual Critter Control conference at the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame and Museum Feb. 10-12.

Truly Nolen Announces ‘Name the Truly Blimp’ Contest The company is looking to name its 11-foot-long remote controlled blimp (featuring the Truly Nolen logo) that appears at University of Arizona athletic events.

Home Builders Regain Confidence in February According to a recently released report by the National Association of Home Builders, home builders are regaining their confidence in the U.S. housing market.

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Video: A Historical Look at New Orleans’ Formosan Termite Problems David Fincannon, A-All Pest Termite Exterminators, interviews several industry experts about the history of New Orleans’ Formosan termites.

Video: Batzner Pest Management Commercial Check out the company's new 30-second television commercial.

Video: Northeastern IPM Center’s ‘The Tenant’s Role in IPM’ The 17-minute video can serve as training resource for pest control companies that work in multifamily housing.


Gregory Pest Solutions Acquires Pest Management Resources Pest Management Resources is based in Charleston, S.C., and its owner, Larry Motes, has joined the Gregory team.

Bug Doctor Adds Tim Periard as Branch Manager Periard has been in the pest control industry for over 26 years.

Swat Pest Management Becomes bedbugFREE Swat has more than 130 years of combined experience in pest management in its service areas, which now include Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Cascade Pest Control Acquires Executive Pest Control Kurt Treftz, president of Cascade Pest Control, announced the acquisition of Executive Pest Control. Both companies are based out of Bellevue, Wash.

NWCOA New Jersey Chapter Elects Board Members The New Jersey Members of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) announced the election results for the NJ Chapter Board of Governors for the term of 2010-2011.


Temprid SC Now Labeled for Bed Bugs Bayer Environmental Science announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the addition of bed bug control to the Temprid SC Insecticide label.

Univar Hires Cordell as Sales Rep for Western North Carolina and South Carolina Chad Cordell comes to Univar with more than nine years professional sales experience.

Natural Forces Introduces InvisiDye Avian Training Tool When InvisiDye is mixed with bird repellents, it teaches geese and birds to avoid treated grass, plants and fruit by offering a visual warning.

LG Gives Away TV to Attendee of NPMA’s Southern Conference LG Life Sciences gave away a 42-inch LCD TV as part of its booth promotion at NPMA’s Southern Conference on Feb. 4.

RIDGIDConnect is a New Online Business Tool RIDGID announced the launch of RIDGIDConnect — an online business tool designed for service professionals to securely share and store job site information via a computer, laptop or smart phone.


Second M.I.S.T. Conference to be Held Tuesday in Tampa M.I.S.T. – an acronym for Misting Insecticides Solutions & Technology – is an intensive one-day seminar, sponsored by MGK, that is devoted exclusively to the mosquito misting market.

NJPMA to Host Bed Bug Conference The New Jersey Pest Management Association scheduled a conference for March 3 that will feature experts on all aspects of bed bug control.

UF/IFAS to Hold Honey Bell College March 12-13 Once again, the Bee College will offer Africanized bee training for pest control operators and first responders as a separate part of the event.

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