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Bill Cowley, co-owner of Cowley's Pest Control, discusses his company's success offering holiday decorating services. Click here to listen to this podcast.

 

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PHOTO CONTEST
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PCT Announces Winner and Finalists in Eighth Annual 'Best Pest Photo Contest'

Timothy Joner, office manager of Palmetto Exterminators, Greenville, S.C., was announced as winner of this year’s photo contest for his up-close photo of a honey bee atop a sunflower, which one our judges described as having the 3 Cs for a winning photo: color, clarity and composition. “Even the dollops of pollen are visible on the bee.” PCT received more than 50 entries in this year’s competition. Read more about Joner’s winning photo and view this year’s finalist photos.

HEADLINE NEWS

Florida Company Paints Lawns a ‘Snowy’ White for the Holidays Residents have been hiring VIP Pest Control to give their lawns a wintry look.

Michael Steele to Speak at NPMA Legislative Day 2010 Legislative Day 2010, sponsored by FMC Professional Solutions, will be held March 1-2 in Washington, D.C., at the historic Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.

Foreclosure Crisis Brings Unwelcome Pests Increased foreclosure rates in California's Bay area means more abandoned houses and neglected properties, which invite a host of unwanted visitors, according to county officials.

MegaFume Treats Historic Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse The fumigation involved 40 tarps and more than 8,000 clips and was a 1 million-cubic-foot job.

Sen. McCain Cites Ant Study as Example of a Questionable Stimulus Package Project Nearly a million dollars for Arizona's two major universities to study ants made U.S. Sen. John McCain's top 100 list of questionable projects in the federal government's $787 billion stimulus package.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Attic Fire May Have Been Caused by Rodents Firefighters say rodents may be to blame for an attic fire that broke out Thursday morning in Chico, Calif.

Jackson Pest Management Wins Local ‘Reader’s Pick’ Honor The company was voted “Best Pest Control Company” in the “2009 Readers’ Best Of…” competition, which is sponsored by The News-Sentinel, The Journal-Gazette and FortWayne.com.

Eden Makes Holiday Donation of Pest Management Eden Advanced Pest Technologies of Seattle is donating time, services and gifts this holiday season to the area’s homeless population.

PermaTreat Rings the Salvation Army Bell in Fredericksburg PermaTreat CEO Joe Wilson and James Minor, Fredericksburg branch service manager, were among those who volunteered their time.

 

INDUSTRY EVENTS

BASF Announces Smart Solutions Skill Development Seminars The half-day seminars, featuring Jeff Tucker, will cover such topics as bed bugs, rodents and ants with specific recommendations for frequently encountered pest problems.

MGK Sponsors Comprehensive Mosquito Misting Conference MGK’s M.I.S.T. Conference is designed to be the industry’s one-stop location for all of the latest news and technology advancements in the mosquito misting market, offering an extensive array of educational topics devoted to mosquito misting best practices, advertising guidelines, liability exposure and management, active ingredient education, and “green” mosquito control services.

SPMAO Conference Scheduled for Jan. 13-14 in Toronto The 32nd annual Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario is scheduled for Jan. 13-14 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel & Conference Centre, Markham, Ontario.

SUPPLIER NEWS

Bird-B-Gone Publishes New Catalog The new full-color 49-page catalog includes a series of innovative new products from Bird-B-Gone.

MGK's Gullickson Wins Small Business Champion Award — Again Bill Gullickson, the former CEO and present chairman of Golden Valley-based MGK has been honored with a small business award for the second year in a row.

Green Dragon Roach Kill Adds New ‘For Use’ Sites to Product Label Green Dragon Pest Solutions announced the addition of several new “For Use” sites on its Green Dragon Roach Kill product label.

ThermaPure Signs Sprague Pest Solutions as New Licensee ThermaPure announced that Sprague Pest Solutions of Tacoma, Wash., has signed a license agreement that allows Sprague to use ThermaPure throughout the Pacific Northwest.

TECHNICAL NEWS

LSU Suggests Landscaping Practices for Discouraging Termite Problems LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Allen Owings and John Young caution homeowners about creating landscaping problems that could bring termites into their home.

CONTEST  

Enter to Win the New Game 'Hive' 'Hive' is a new insect-themed game that was reviewed in PCT.

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