The 16th New Jersey Cockroach Derby is scheduled for Thursday at the 65th Annual New Jersey Pest Management Association Clinic at Cook College campus, Rutgers University.
“I cannot speak to the predictive power of our Cockroach Derby,” says Len Douglen, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Pest Management Association, “because the 2008 race between two giant Madagascar Hissing Roaches was won by the designated John McCain roach.”
Larger by two or three times the average American or German cockroach, the Madagascar species are often used in Hollywood films.
On Thursday, August 16, the Association will hold its 65th annual Clinic, a full day of lectures by some of the nation’s leading authorities on aspects of pest management.
At Noon when attendees break for lunch, races between the large species of roaches have provided entertainment and, during a political year, the roaches represent candidates and this year will feature a race between a Barack roach and a Mitt roach.
The Clinic will be held on the Cook College campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick throughout the entire day. Among the subjects will be a focus on “The Health and Medical Effects of Bed Bugs” by Dr. Jerome Goddard, Ph.D., from Mississippi State University and “Bed Bugs: Tips on How to Management this Formidable Foe” by Dr. Susan C. Jones, Ph.D., of Ohio State University.
Founded in 1941, the New Jersey Pest Management Association is one of the profession’s oldest in the nation. The Clinic has been held for the past 65 years. “The emphasis of the Association’s founders was on education,” said Douglen, “and we continue that tradition today.
The Roach Derby has generated national and international attention over the years, including television and radio coverage. “It is always a lot of fun as attendees cheer on their candidate”, said Douglen. The race is run in a six-foot long plastic “race track” and is one of several during the Noon hour break.
It is anticipated that more than six hundred pest management professionals from throughout New Jersey will attend the Clinic. They will receive certification credits issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the agency that oversees licensing and certification requirements.
FMC Video Reviews Use of Transport Mikron in Food Handling Establishments
The three-minute-video takes pest management professionals step-by-step through the use of Transport Mikron insecticide in food handling establishments.
Featuring Rich Smith and Greg Strohl, of Rose Pest Solutions in Northfield, Ill., the video shows how PMPs now can gain control of pests in food handling areas, as well as in entry areas. Using a crack-and-crevice application, they demonstrate how to apply the product in a commercial kitchen, where there are plenty of harborage areas for pests like ants and cockroaches.
The new supplemental label for Transport Mikron allows use of the product as a spot or crack-and-crevice treatment in both food areas and non-food areas of food handling establishments in all states except California, where registration is pending.
Visit the FMC Pest YouTube channel to view the video. For more information on Transport Mikron for food handling establishments, contact your regional FMC market specialist or visit www.fmcprosolutions.com.
Liphatech announced the opening of a new soft bait production line at its Milwaukee headquarters.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Liphatech announced the opening of a new soft bait production line for both FirstStrike and Resolv soft baits at its Milwaukee, Wis., headquarters.
Until the beginning of 2012, all Liphatech soft bait was produced in Europe, the company said. Liphatech cited a need to keep ahead of increasing demand and a desire for increased flexibility as reasons for the manufacturing change.
Planning and testing was extensive in order to ensure the same formula could be developed domestically, Liphatech said.
“We first set up our machine in France and tested manufacturing using U.S. sourced ingredients,” said René Jiménez, operations manager, Liphatech. “Once we were certain that the process was working smoothly, we shipped the machine back to the states and reassembled it in our U.S. facility.”
To learn more about Liphatech’s soft bait products, visit Liphatech.com or call 888/331-7900.
Truly Nolen Names VP of Technical Services and Training
Greg Weatherly will oversee day-to-day technical management and the growth the company's employee training programs.
TUCSON, Ariz. - Truly Nolen recently named Greg Weatherly as vice president of technical services and training.
In his new role, Weatherly will remain a member of the Truly Nolen management team and will strive to further enhance the company's reputation, Truly Nolen said. He will continue to oversee all aspects of Truly Nolen's day-to-day technical management, including development of service protocols, research and deployment, and the growth of Truly Nolen's employee training programs.
Weatherly joined Truly Nolen in 1993 as a sales inspector in the Phoenix Commcerial branch, and rose through the ranks in the years following, the company said.
"Greg remains a highly respected figure in the pest control industry, given his wealth of knowledge and experience he has contributed to Truly Nolen for nearly two decades," said Scott Nolen, president of Truly Nolen. "He remains devoted to expanding the technical and training department to superior levels while continually improving tools and systems that position Truly Nolen as a leader in the industry."