Beginning April 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, PMPs can instantly receive $20 off for each 78 ounce and $5 off for each 20 ounce bottle purchased of Taurus SC at any participating Control Solutions distributor. Discount will be given at the time of purchase. Taurus SC is a water-based suspension concentrate of 9.1% fipronil for pre and post-construction termite applications and to control other listed perimeter pests. To learn more about Taurus SC, go to http://controlsolutionsinc.com/product.asp?id=168 or contact your CSI sales representativ
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Critter Control has been recognized as one of the 2013 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” — an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Critter Control will be honored at an awards ceremony during the ninth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event in May.
Founded in 1983, Critter Control is a leader and innovator developing environmentally responsible techniques for handling nuisance wildlife and pest problems for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. Today, as North America’s largest wildlife pest control firm the company has more than 100 offices coast-to-coast.
“We have a great team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about integrating education, prevention and habitat modification with full-service wildlife and pest management solutions,” said Kevin Clark, Critter Control’s founder and CEO. Clark started the business 30 years ago when he pulled his first raccoon out of a smoke stack as a chimney sweep in suburban Detroit. Shortly thereafter, he trademarked Critter Control.
Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of companies defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue. These companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Critter Control are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.
Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, industrial and venture capital communities.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Pest Management Association announces the addition of five new Master Technicians to a growing group of pest management professionals that carry this exclusive designation in Virginia. This brings the total number of professionals in this elite group to 68. These Master Technicians have successfully completed at least 4 individual workshops focusing on different pest groups to qualify for this prestigious designation. Technicians from the following three Virginia companies joined the elite group of VPMA Master Technicians: Bug-Masters, in Virginia Beach; Lone Pine Exterminating Co. in Coeburn; and Superior Exterminating Co., Inc. in Roanoke.
Realizing that consumers have many choices when selecting a professional pest management company, the Virginia Pest Management Association (a statewide trade association) created this hands-on training program as a way for pest management companies to educate their technicians in a way that sets them apart as experts. Called the Master Technician Program, it prepares pest management professionals to be the “problem solver” for their customers in all pest matters.
The Master Technician Program provides technicians with in-depth, hands-on training in pest identification; biology and behavior; and inspection and treatment methods. Workshops are currently available for Pest Ants, Termites, Occasional Invaders (including Stink Bugs), Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, Rodents and Pest Flies. Once an individual has successfully completed all aspects of at least 4 pest group workshops, they receive the designation of Master Technician.
The Master Technician Program’s curriculum coordinator and lead trainer, Dr. Dini Miller from Virginia Tech, says, “Technicians rise to the challenge when given the opportunity to expertly identify and study insects that they commonly, or not so commonly, encounter in the field. The scientific laboratory setting of the Master Technician Program encourages them to explore the intricate facets of each insect group.”
To learn more about VPMA Master Technicians visit www.VPMAonline.com.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Many of the world’s leading experts on food and commodity storage have combined their efforts in a new publication that is now available from Kansas State University.
The book, Stored Product Protection, provides the industry’s most updated guidelines for safely storing durable food (or, food not needing refrigeration) and raw commodities, as well as managing the pests that can potentially contaminate stored foods.
“The book is written for individuals involved with grain storage, commodity storage and management, food storage and processing, and pest management,” said Tom Phillips, the book’s co-editor and professor of entomology at K-State.
“It can also be used as a training manual for certification of those who handle and store U.S. grain and value-added durable food products.”
The book contains 31 chapters and 350 pages, covering such topics as biology and ecology of insects, molds and vertebrates in storage systems; pests of grains and legumes, dried fruit and nuts; prevention and monitoring of pests; economics; regulations; marketing of stored commodities; insect-resistant packaging; and more.
Phillips says it is “the most comprehensive manual on stored product protection in the world.” The book’s authors come from across the United States and several other countries.
“This publication will raise the industry’s and the public’s understanding of stored product management, including its vital role in the quality of our food supply,” said retired K-State entomology professor and co-editor David Hagstrum.
The book expands on a 1995 publication from Oklahoma State University, Stored Product Management. That book’s editor, Gerrit Cuperus, also is a co-editor on this new project.
Copies of Stored Product Protection are available from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore by calling 785-532-5830, or send email to email@example.com. The cost is $35; reference publication number S-156.
The publication can also be viewed and printed online for free at http://entomology.k-state.edu/department-info/publications/stored-product-protection.html
CARROLLTON, Texas – MosquitoNix, a leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, announced that Jennifer Yarto has purchased its South Texas franchise to expand mosquito control in a region that was among the hardest hit by West Nile virus last year.
MosquitoNix South Texas will protect people from mosquitoes who live across the valley including Corpus Christi, South Padre Island, Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen. In 2012, one-third of all West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States were reported from Texas, 1,739 WNV cases in people, including 76 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for mosquito control in Texas. Last year’s West Nile virus outbreak was the largest since 2003. That is why speed and expansion of mosquito control coverage is of the essence to protect families from not just annoying bugs but also life threatening mosquito borne illnesses,” said Dan O’Neal, chairman & CEO of FEMO Group Franchise System, MosquitoNix’s parent company. “We are impressed with how quickly Jennifer has moved to provide mosquito control services so that families and businesses across the valley can enjoy the outdoors safely.”
For more information about MosquitoNix franchising opportunities visit www.MosquitoNixFranchise.com.