Gene Chafe, of Senske Services, was recognzied as a 2013 PCT/Syngenta Crown Leadership Award winner (click here to read the PCT article).
Chafe was honored during a special ceremony at NPMA PestWorld 2013.
Click here to watch the video.
According to researchers at Oxford University, spiders’ webs electrostatically reach out and ‘grab’ airborne particles, droplets and even insects. Electrically conductive glue spread over the threads of the web enables the web to spring out at passing charged particles (including insects), regardless of whether they are positively or negatively charged. This helps to explain how webs are able to efficiently collect airborne particles and why they actively reach out to passing insects.
Not only is this discovery fascinating, but it could also have practical applications as an alternative to expensive industrial sensors used for environmental monitoring. ‘The elegant physics of these webs make them perfect active filters of airborne pollutants including aerosols and pesticides,’ said Professor Fritz Vollrath of Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, who led the study.
‘Electrical attraction drags these particles to the webs, so you could harvest and test webs to monitor pollution levels – for example, to check for pesticides that might be harming bee populations.’
Together with Dr Donald Edmonds of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, Professor Vollrath goes on to show how conductive webs cause a local distortion of the Earth’s background electric field. As many insects such as bees use their antennas to sense electrical disturbances, the researchers hypothesised that the spider’s intended prey might be able to electrostatically ‘see’ the web and avoid flying into it.
Source: Oxford Student
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 2013 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.
Top 10 PCT news stories
10. ServiceMaster CEO Mullany Resigns; Replaced by Krenicki
9. Rentokil Adds Gene White to Technical Team
8. Feds Find Rodents, Insects at Virginia Food Facility
7. Fipronil Litigation Update: Three Years and Counting
6. Don’t Toss Old ILT Bulbs, UF Researchers Say
5. Photos: Bed Bugs vs. Bat Bugs
4. Chevrolet, GMC Expand CNG Offerings
3. Pest Free Food Supply Act Introduced in Congress
2. Oregon to Require Specific Label for Neonics
1. EPA Finalizes Pyrethroid Label Changes
Top 10 PCT feature stories
10. [Annual Wildlife Control Issue] Humane Urban Wildlife Management: What Does it Really Mean?
9. [Public Health Pests] Tick Treatment 101
8. Minimizing Your Risk from Bed Bug Lawsuits
7. Gary Muldoon on His Involvement in ‘Undercover Boss Canada’
6. Rodent Control and Food Safety: Proactive Programs are the Key
5. [Bed Bug Research] Mapping Bed Bug Mobility
4. [PPMA Pulse] Social Media Trends That Will Shape 2013 and Beyond
3. Online Extra: Bed Bugs vs. Bat Bugs Photos
2. [Bed Bug Supplement] Natural Pesticides for Bed Bug Control: Do They Work?
1. [Top 100] 2013 PCT Top 100 List
Top PCT multimedia files
9. Scott Steckel Discusses Proposed PESTT Act (H.R. 730)
8. Bed Bugs React to Heat Treatment
7. Dr. Coby Schal on New Cockroach Glucose Aversion Findings
6. Bruno Milanese Discusses His 'Biggest Mistake'
5. Alex Nigh Discusses Rentokil's Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions
4. Hulett Commercial - Termite Blues
3. Rat Trap in Action
2. Richard Kramer on the Use of IGRs for Cockroach Control
1. Ted Granovsky on Cockroach Baiting
Research firm IBISWorld has an updated report on the pest control industry. The report noted that, “With increased income, businesses and consumers will be less likely to opt for cheaper household products from home and garden stores.”
IBISWorld provided the following excerpt.
The rise of bed bugs across the United States has left homeowners and business owners frustrated, but been a boon for the Pest Control industry, which experienced heightened demand for its services. During the five years to 2013, the industry is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 1.9% to record $11.1 billion in revenue, including an increase of 3.3% in 2013. While bed bugs were typically confined to hotels and some residences in the past, the creatures have begun to pop up in unlikely spots, including movie theaters, offices and even clothing stores. “The increased occurrence of these pests has led to substantial demand for pest exterminators and rising service prices,” according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Morea. Furthermore, the more insecticide-resistant strain of bed bugs has driven operators to research product innovation to deliver solutions to homeowners and businesses. Heightened demand for bed bug extermination has also caused the number of industry companies to rise. In the five years to 2013, the number of industry enterprises is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 2.2% to 22,533 companies.
Rising demand and service prices have resulted in higher profit margins for pest control companies. “While profit margins declined slightly during the recession due to rising fuel expenses and price-based competition, heightened demand for industry services has favorably affected margins overall and allowed operators to pass on price increases to consumers,” says Morea.
Conditions are expected to further improve over the five years to 2018, with industry revenue forecast to increase. Increased business and consumer spending will drive demand for regular inspections for pests. Furthermore, with increased income, businesses and consumers will be less likely to opt for cheaper household products from home and garden stores. Instead, they will favor more effective and expensive professional exterminating treatments. Housing sales and residential construction are also expected to rise, further supporting demand for fumigation services. Increasing and changing pest populations across the United States will characterize the next five years for the Pest Control industry.
For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Pest Control in the US industry report page. http://www.ibisworld.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A All Animal Control, one of the largest wildlife management franchises in the U.S. is celebrating its 19th year in business in January.
"I'm excited to announce another successful year, our 19th, delivering the most gentle and complete wildlife control from coast to coast," Mark Dotson, CEO of A All Animal Control, said. "Every year in business is another opportunity to learn from our successes, as well as our mistakes, and come back even stronger than the year before. We're looking forward to 2014."
A All Animal Control began in 1995 in Denver, Colo., after CEO Mark Dotson recognized an opportunity when his neighbor offered to pay him to remove a squirrel out of her attic. Today, A All Animal Control has 40 offices nationwide, with more set to open in 2014.
The year 2013 saw A All Animal Control named a 2013 Franchise Business Review Top 50 Franchise (FBR50), landing the #6 spot for franchises with under 50 locations; and was also named as both a FBR Top 100 Franchise for Veterans and a Top 100 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs magazine. AAAC is currently featured on the cover of FBR's Top Low Cost Franchises report.
More information on A All Animal Control can be found at AAllAnimalControl.com.