CLEVELAND, Ohio — The PCT staff has been busy this past year reporting on industry news. Here's a look at the most downloaded news, features and multimedia files that appeared on PCT Online in 2014 broken down by:
News — daily news stories posted by the PCT staff
Features — feature stories that originally appear in the pages of PCT magazine
Multimedia —most accessed videos, podcasts, webinars, etc.
Photos: Bed Bugs vs. Bat Bugs
A Look at Bed Bug Look-Alikes
NJ Company Fined, Loses License Over Pesticide Misapplication
PCT Commercial Pest Management Book Available for Shipping!
Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease
Arrow Environmental Services Acquires Bug Out Service
Study Reveals Seasonal Pattern for Bed Bug Infestations
EPA and d-Con Manufacturer Agree to Limit Consumer Access to Certain Rodenticides
New Pest Control Industry Market Research Report Available
Catching the Mother of All Bed Bugs
[Top 100] 2013 PCT Top 100 List
[Bed Bugs] The Sensitivity Spectrum: Human Reactions to Bed Bug Bites
[Top 100] 2014 PCT Top 100 List
[Annual Rodent Control Issue] Deer Mice vs. House Mice
[Top 100] 2012 PCT Top 100 List
[Cockroach Control] Cockroaches: fact or fiction
[University Research] Bed Bug ‘Bug Bombs’ Busted!
[Spider Control] Managing the Black Widow Spider
[Insecticide Primer] Insecticide Mode of Action
A Complete Small Fly Control Program from Nisus
Learn About B&G's New Technicians Service Case
Casting a Fire Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum
Terminix Branch’s Spring Kick-Off Videos
MGK's Onslaught FastCap for Control of Perimeter Pests
Travis Swope on Freddie Mac’s Policy on Termite Damage Repairs
Webinar: Field Evaluations of Vapor Effects on Bed Bugs
Audio: Plunkett's 'Off the Hook' Radio Ads
NPMA Academy 2014 Preview
Alan Smith, a 39-year veteran in the pest management industry, passed away on Dec. 13. He most recently worked for Cooper Pest Solutions, Lawrenceville N.J., and as part of the Cooper team he was recognized as PCT magazine’s Termite Technician of the Year in 2004.
Smith graduated from Ohio State University in 1975 with an undergraduate degree in Entomology. He then worked with Robert and Judy Dold for 25 years as general manager for the Rose Pest Solutions’ Lafayette, Ind., office (dba Cochnower Pest Control). In early 2001, Alan’s wife, Dee, accepted a position as a college admissions coordinator in Pennsylvania, and Alan joined the Cooper Pest Solutions team. During his tenure at Cooper Pest Solutions, he was a valuable team member, praised for his troubleshooting ability and role as a mentor to other service professionals.
Smith is survived by his wife, Dee, his daughter Johanna, his son Cameron and daughter in law, Lauren.
If you wish to make a donation in his name, the family has two suggestions. Alan and his wife Dee loved history. Together they attended the Sig Synnestvedt Memorial Lecture series in Brockport, NY. During his time in the Midwest, Alan was a dedicated member of the Indiana Pest Management Association, attending the annual meetings at Purdue University for more than twenty years and serving as its president in 1984. Donation information for both organizations is listed below.
Sig Synnestvedt Memorial Lecture
The Fund for Brockport State University of New York
350 campus drive
The Indiana Pest Management Association Memorial Scholarship
Checks can be made out to the name above
Dept. of Entomology
901 West State St.
West Lafayette, IN
The donor should state on the memo line of the check "honoring Al Smith”.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As climates change and weather patterns shift, insect and rodent pests continue to adapt – and that could spell big trouble for businesses around North America. Businesses can arm themselves against potential problems by implementing comprehensive pest management strategies and being aware of the following five trends, according to The Steritech Group, a leading provider of commercial pest prevention services in the U.S. and Canada.
INCREASING BED BUG INCIDENTS IN NON-TRADITIONAL LOCATIONS
The bed bug issue is not going away in North America – in fact, these biting pests are expanding their presence into areas where they’ve not traditionally been found. Vice President of Technical Services for Steritech’s Pest Prevention Business, Board Certified Entomologist Judy Black, reports that Steritech has seen a 16.1% increase in bed bug business outside of hotels in the last 12 months. These pests can appear anywhere that people frequent, says Black. “Health care facilities, retail stores, movie theaters, food plant and warehouse locker rooms, public transportation, and libraries around the U.S. and Canada have reported issues with bed bugs,” Black explains. “For employees and guests of these businesses, problems can arise if a bed bug hitches a ride into your home.” The best way to avoid bringing them home with you? Perform a thorough check of your clothing and belongings after visiting any of these places or other communal facilities.
PROLIFERATING ROOF RATS
Once largely an issue on coastlines and the Southeastern U.S., the roof rat, sometimes called the black rat or ship rat, is proliferating throughout the U.S. This rodent is being encountered more frequently in land-locked areas. Roof rats become problematic for businesses when they infest wall and ceiling voids.
INVASIVE ANT SPECIES
An increasing number of non-native ant species have been discovered in the U.S. over the past several years, and these pests are gaining ground in many areas. These invasive ants are
pushing out both native and other troublesome ants, such as fire ants. Watch for species such as Asian needle ants, tawny crazy ants, and rover ants to become established in more areas. Some of these species are found in large numbers, creating a significant annoyance factor, as well as making them difficult to eliminate.
EXPANDING REACH OF THE BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG
In the past five years, the brown marmorated stink bug has exploded as a nuisance pest in the Eastern U.S. Black reports that the pest will continue to push westward in 2015, becoming a larger issue for businesses and homeowners alike. “While the brown marmorated stink bug is largely a nuisance pest for structures, it can be a damaging agricultural pest,” says Black. (Check out Steritech’s infographic for
four ways to fight stink bugs at http://steritech.com/resources/4-ways-to-fight-stink-bugs-and-other-occasional-invaders)
RETHINKING LIGHTING DESIGN FOR PEST PREVENTION
The general move toward more modern, environmentally efficient lighting can play a role in making a facility attractive to pests, says Black, such as in the use of exterior lighting at a business. Attracting pests toward a facility makes it much more likely that they will gain entry into buildings through gaps, cracks, and even doors. “That doesn’t mean you can’t use lights such as LED lights,” Black explains. “However, you need to be sure you select lights that emit a spectrum that does not increase pest attraction. Research shows that LED light emissions less than 550 nanometers may be more attractive to pests than those with higher wavelengths.”
PHILADELPHIA - FMC Corporation, Univar, Inc. and 65 Ohio-based pest management professionals collected and distributed 57 "provision packs" and more than 80 meals to four homeless camps in the Columbus area. In December 2014, the group expanded the drive to include Cincinnati and Cleveland, once again providing desperately needed supplies for Ohio's homeless community.
At Univar's annual holiday open houses, held December 16th through the 18th, pest management professionals donated flashlights, batteries, socks, toilet paper and cash. Univar staff promoted and coordinated the drive while FMC Corporation donated 100 large duffle bags to the cause.
"Many homeless are working and trying to save money for housing," said Arnold Ramsey, Midwest Market Specialist for FMC. "Simple items like flashlights and duffle bags make a huge difference as they try to stay safe and protect their belongings while transitioning to a permanent home." Ramsey has worked with the homeless in Ohio since 2008.
Leading the effort once again were Kevin Behrens, regional sales manager for Univar, who spearheaded the endeavor, and Ramsey, who will distribute the supplies in the coming days.
"As usual, the response from the pest management community has been incredible," said Behrens. "I don't know how to explain it other than that we are a service industry, so we're used to helping people. It's just what we do."
To contribute to a homeless shelter near you, visit www.homelessshelterdirectory.org.