WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that one person has died from Lassa Fever, a viral disease that is rarely found in the United States.
The CDC reports the patient became ill after returning from Liberia and was in isolation when he died.
Experts say the risk to others is low, but all close contacts of the patient will be monitored for 21 days.
It is only the sixth known case of Lassa Fever in travelers returning to the U.S. since 1969.
The virus, which is carried by rodents, causes similar symptoms to Ebola, but is less likely to be fatal or spread from person to person.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Truly Nolen of America, announced the promotion of Tony Petchonka to branch manager.
Petchonka joined Truly Nolen in November 2014 as a manager-in-training. After completion of his training in sales, service, and administration, he was promoted to branch manager in Kissimmee.
Petchonka has nearly ten years of experience in the pest control industry. Although Petchonka did not grow up with a passion for bugs, his time in the pest control industry sparked his interest in the bug world and he is now lovingly referred to as the “bug nerd” by friends and family members.
“I consider the pest control industry my calling,” said Petchonka. “With Truly Nolen, I have the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives, allowing them to have peace of mind knowing that their homes are pest-free.”
In Petchonka’s new role, he looks forward to growing the branch and developing strong ties within the community around him. He is very excited to continue his career as a part of the Truly family and adding value to the lives of others.
“Tony was quick to demonstrate his exemplary leadership skills and knowledge of the pest control industry,“ said Tim Phillips, district manager for the Greater Tampa Bay and Orlando area region. “We’re confident that Tony will be a tremendous asset to the Kissimmee branch and expect big things for Tony in the future.”
CHICAGO – Protect-A-Bed has introduced the Rip-Resistant Box Spring Plus Encasement.
The new product is bed bug entry and escape proof, utilizing Rip-Resistant fabric, which increases its durability and longevity, giving years of ongoing bed bug protection, the company reports.
Each Rip-Resistant Box Spring Plus Encasement also includes free LightsOut Bed Bug Armour – which prevents bed bugs from crawling up bed frame legs. Users simply place the device between the legs of beds and casters or wheels, and it will help prevent bed bugs from reaching the sleeper as they search for a blood meal.
“You asked for it and we responded,” said Brian Hirsch, director of sales, Industrial Division at Protect-A-Bed. “We’re excited to offer this level of durability in our product. It’s also a good opportunity for PCO’s to offer the LightsOut product to their customers.”
The products are currently available through Pest Control distributors or by contacting Brian Hirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-731-1663.
For more information about Protect-A-Bed, visit www.protectabed.com.
HOUSTON, Texas — According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the month of May was the wettest on record for the state of Texas. In fact, NWS in Fort Worth calculated that Texas-wide May rains amounted to over 35 trillion gallons, an amount that would cover the entire state in water eight inches deep.
The heavy rain, which comes on the heels of a 5-year drought in the Lone Star State, has been a mixed blessing. For residents impacted by flooding the heavy rain has been devastating. On the other hand, the heavy rains replenished essential groundwater and has “greened up” trees and vegetation.
What has the impact been on PCOs? According to PCOs interviewed by PCT, it’s also been a mixed bag. “The month of May was really insane,” said Dauphin Ewart, president of Bug Master, Austin, Texas. “We only had two days in May when it did not rain, so it was really hard to get work done because so much of what we do is outside.”
But now that the heavy rains have subsided, Ewart said Bug Master has been busy. “This first week of June has been one of our busiest in a long time, both in terms of catching up on work that was rolled over from last month as well as new sales. The biggest impact has been administrative – prioritizing when we get to what.”
Ewart said Bug Master is beginning to see an uptick in mosquito control service requests, as has Gary Gillen, president of Gillen Pest Control, Richmond, Texas. Gillenn said, “For those of us in the mosquito business, particularly for cities and counties, we are experiencing dramatic increases in requests for service. Flooding will, no doubt, increase populations of disease-bearing and nuisance mosquitos.”
Pest control industry consultant Jeff Tucker, president of Entomology Associates, Houston, Texas, said he’s received several calls from Texas PCOs inquiring about getting into mosquito work, a result of these PCOs being inundated with requests for this service offering, he surmises. Tucker said this probably will be the segment most active because of the rain. “I think we will continue to see more mosquitoes, at least more than last summer, because there are more pools of standing water in undeveloped areas,” he said.
In addition to mosquitoes, Gillen said American and brownbanded cockroaches trying to escape the rains have become nuisances, in some areas. “I also anticipate increases in ant activity, particularly red imported fire ants (RIFAs),” he said.
What happens to red imported fire ants during flooding is an interesting phenomenon, according to Tucker. “Fire ants will literally ball together and float along the surface until they hit something, like a tree. Unfortunately, people can come into contact with them because they will cling to anything.”
But Tucker, who’s been in the pest control industry 35 years and his seen his share of flooding and heavy rains in Texas, cautions PCOs that extreme weather may not result in the business boon some expect. “There is a ton of bad info out there. Historically, insects have been around for millions of years and they’ve gone through these situations where their life cycles have been interfered with. Correlation does not equal causation. Insects stay pretty steady year round.”
ATLANTA – Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators is thrilled to announce a series of internal promotions in its Marketing Department. “Our vision is to grow to $200 Million and Beyond while maintaining our incredibly unique family culture. We must continue to enhance and grow our infrastructure to support our vision and our team’s stellar performance,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, President and CEO. “The value of promoting leaders from within the organization who understand our business at all levels cannot be overstated.”
Mike Malone, former Vice President of Inside Sales, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Inside Sales. Mike has served on the Arrow Team in almost all aspects of Operations as well as Sales for 13 years. His strong relationships within our organization will allow the opportunity for increased collaboration between Marketing, Sales and Operations immensely.
In related moves, Lauren Bullington has been promoted to Director of Marketing; Jason Pelham has been promoted to Director of Digital Marketing & Brand Management and Savannah Thomas has been promoted to Senior Marketing Coordinator.
“We couldn’t be more proud of these folks and their accomplishments. Providing opportunities for growth and collaboration will continue to make us stronger and healthier and poised for $200 Million, $300 Million, $400 Million, and $500 Million and Beyond,” said Tim Pollard, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.