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CURRENT ISSUE ONLINE EXTRAS PCT PODCASTS MESSAGE BOARD AUGUST 16, 2010
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ONLINE POLL

In conjunction with PCT’s July cover story, “Red Carpet Round Up,” PCT wants to know your favorite “insect/pest” movies.

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TOP STORY

PCO Milt Phelps Still Solving Pest Problems at Age 85
Phelps has become somewhat of an institution in Xenia, Ohio, and surrounding areas, where he is regarded as an honest businessman and skilled solver of pest problems.MORE >>

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HEADLINE NEWS

Robert Dold Launches First Television Ad
Dold, president of Rose Pest Solutions, and candidate for the 10th Congressional District in Illinois, launched the campaign's first television ad in the general election last week.

Senators Agree on Framework of Food Safety Bill
A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they have reached an agreement on legislation designed to enhance the safety of the nation's food supply, setting the stage for the full Senate to take up the measure later this year.

Arrow Exterminators Acquires Tampa-Based Top Notch Pest Control
Top Notch is a full service company, specializing in residential and commercial pest control, termite control, and lawn and ornamental services. This is Arrow’s 95th acquisition since 1988.

In Memoriam: Clinton Shaw
Shaw was 88 years old and still active part-time with Protex Service, Inc.


BED BUGS

Bed Bugs Return to L.A. County
L.A. County Health officials, federal health officials and pest control experts say a bed bug infestation has returned to L.A. County.

DIY Bed Bug Control Discouraged in NY Times Blog
A recent blog in the New York Times titled “Perils of Do-It-Yourself Bedbug Control” warns of the dangers of do-it-yourself bed bug control.

Bed Bugs: The Bright Side
An article in the Wall Street Journal examines how the growing bed bug problem is opening opportunities for some.

Why Billions of Bed Bugs are Biting
Alan Caruba writes that the bed bug explosion is more related to the loss of the means to control them than the bugs themselves.


REGIONAL NEWS

Weather Providing a Boon to PCOs in San Diego County
The mild climate means plenty of year-round work for PCOs in San Diego. An article on Sign on San Diego noted that a trio of local companies — Lloyd Pest Control, Statewide Fumigation and Payne Pest Management — are on PCT’s 2010 Top 100 list.

Hantavirus Case Confirmed in Canada
A Saskatchewan man has become ill with hantavirus — the first case in two years, provincial health officials say.

Victory Pest Solutions acquires CRW Termite & Pest Control
The acquisition is aimed at strengthening the residential division of Victory, which is based in Morris Lakes, N.J.

Venus Pest Company Recognized as a ‘Fast Growing Company’ in Brazos County, Texas
The company was a 2010 Newman 10 Business Performance Award recipient. The Newman 10 Awards are presented to the top 10 fastest growing businesses in Brazos County, Texas, by the Rotary Club of Bryan and Newman Printing Company.


TECHNICAL NEWS

Lab Genetically Altering Mosquitoes to Make Them Malaria-Proof
Scientists at the University of Arizona are altering the bug’s DNA, making it 100 percent resistant to the disease and shortening its life span enough to stymie the growth of malarial parasites.


SUPPLIER NEWS

BASF Introduces SmartSolution for Occasional Invaders
SmartSolution for Occasional Invaders combines the company's lineup of general pest control products and Prescription Treatment brand Integrated Pest Management techniques.

Dacar Innovations Launches Pest Ecotube
The Pest Ecotube is an insect repellent that uses natural fabric and natural herbs.

Webinar: 'Full Mobile Solution for the Pest Control Market' to be Held on September 20
Brother Mobile Solutions, Motorola, and Pest Pac Software will be hosting a webinar titled “Full Mobile Solution for the Pest Control Market,” on Sept. 20, from 2-3 p.m. (EDT).

Oberon3 Debuts in Pest Control Market with Opiniator
Opiniator is an on-the-spot customer comments card.

Magical Pest Control Becomes a ThermaPureHeat Licensee
The ThermaPureHeat process utilizes clean, dry, odorless heat to create an environment that is lethal to targeted organisms, including bed bugs.

UPI Names Brian Cardin National Ag Sales Manager
Cardin will oversee the day-to-day sales operations for United Phosphorus in the United States.


PRODUCT PROMOTIONS

Protect-A-Bed Long Live Your Mattress Sweepstakes
One lucky sweepstakes winner will receive $30,000 in honor of the company’s 30th anniversary. Ten 1st prize winners will receive complete bedding protection sets valued at nearly $500. The grand prize winner will also receive a bedding protection kit.


INDUSTRY EVENTS

ESA Annual Meeting Set for Dec. 12-15 in San Diego
More than 2,500 entomologists are expected to attend the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting.

NJPMA to Hold Annual Clinic and Tradeshow on August 19
The event will be held at Rutgers University. Attendees will receive certification credits issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the agency that oversees licensing and annual certification requirements.

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