On August 19, 2011, HUD issued guidelines on preventing and controlling bed bugs in HUD-insured and HUD-assisted properties, including those that take Section 8 vouchers. In addition to identifying best practices regarding integrated pest management (IPM), it also details the rights and responsibilities of HUD, owners/managers and residents with regard to bed bug treatments. CLICK HERE to download this document.
LODI, Calif. – Geotech Supply Company, a supplier of inspection tools and safety supplies to pest management companies nationwide, has recently rejoined as a member of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
As a returning member of the industry organization, Geotech will be an exhibitor at NPMA’s annual PestWorld conference in New Orleans. At this year’s show, Geotech Supply will showcase new products that they are the exclusive distributor for in the United States, such as the Philips Master Line Long Life Bulbs.
The Philips Master Line bulb is a new type of highly efficient and durable UV lamp with a 2-year life span. By using this bulb in tools such as insect traps, pest management companies reduce labor costs to maintain and replace bulbs each year, as well as reduce waste and lessen environmental impact because it is water-based, not mercury-based.
Geotech is also the exclusive North American distributor for the Alcochem Hygiene Insect Light traps. Pest control professionals can check out these and more of Geotech’s expanding product line at the company’s PestWorld Booth #750, form October 19-22.
“We are proud to be part of NPMA again because it adds a tremendous credibility to our business,” said Josh Koenig, account manager, Geotech Supply Company. “Through NPMA’s network we have incredible opportunities to support an industry that supports us, and at the same time be able to show pest control professionals across the country what we have to offer and how we can make a difference to their businesses’ bottom line.”
ORLANDO, Fla. – Massey Services has been named one of the “Fast Track Five” on the Orlando Business Journal’s 27th Annual Golden 100 list.
They ranked number 10 overall. The list honors the top 100 privately-held companies in Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties. According to the publication, members of the “Fast Track Five” are recognized with this distinction because they have the shared traits of keen business acumen, leadership and the ability to grow their companies despite the difficulties of these economic times.
At a luncheon held at the Hilton Orlando on September 16, the Golden 100 awards were presented to companies and their CEOs for their business excellence and contributions to the community.
“Massey Services has continued to grow its business throughout the Southeastern United States,” said Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services. “We have some of the most dedicated and talented people in the industry, and they are working harder and smarter to serve the needs of our growing customer base, ensuring that we meet our goal of total customer satisfaction.”
Massey Services was founded in 1985 by Harvey L. Massey and is currently the largest family-owned business in the pest management industry. Just recently, Massey Services was ranked fifth amongst Pest Control companies in the United States by Pest Control Technology magazine. The company currently operates in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — AB Bait Co., supplier of the Brigand Rodenticide lines, announced the addition of Harvest Supply Company of Fort Worth, TX to its distribution network.
According to AB Bait Co., Harvest Supply will greatly add to the availability of Brigand Soft Bait and Brigand Wax Blocks to PMPs in central Texas. The Brigand lines of rodenticide are new, highly palatable baits manufactured by PelGar International in the UK.
An investigation conducted last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed that dangerous and illegal pesticides are widely available in New York City. Federal and state experts conducted 47 inspections and found 16 different types of illegal pesticides. The pesticides were not registered by EPA and consumers have no way of knowing how dangerous they are, because they were not subject to testing requirements or manufacturing controls that are required in the registration process. In all, nearly 350 illegal products were collected from the businesses in just three days. Store owners and vendors found with the illegal pesticides were given a warning and told why selling these products are dangerous and illegal. Separate but related criminal investigations conducted by EPA with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S Attorney’s Office, U.S. Customs, the U.S. Postal Service and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office produced similar results and several charges were made against individuals last week, resulting in 12 arrests.
"Illegal pesticides can make people sick, especially kids who might mistake them for candy,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "Illegal pesticides can and do poison people. When businesses sell these products, they put their customers at risk. I encourage all New York City retailers to check their shelves and make sure all their pesticides have the required EPA labels. Consumers should be careful to look for the EPA registration number printed on product labels, and to follow the directions for use, storage and disposal. If a pesticide product does not have an EPA registration number, it should not be purchased.”
“The sale of illegal pesticides poses a direct threat to the health and safety of our community. In the cases charged by our Office, that threat was particularly imminent in the Chinatown neighborhood,” said District Attorney Vance. “Some of these illegal products look and smell like cookie crumbs, making them dangerously tempting to children. Some of the other products are so toxic that one small vial can kill an adult male. It is my hope that our collective criminal and civil law enforcement actions will prevent future injury or death.”
“The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has zero tolerance for the sale of illegal pesticides and we will continue law enforcement efforts such as these to ensure that the health of our communities is protected,” stated Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Venetia Lannon. “We commend the EPA for their leadership, our partners at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and our own Division of Law Enforcement for a successful sting operation."
The inspections, which took place the week of September 12, targeted stores in neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Among the items confiscated were various rodenticides, mosquito repellants and mothballs. These items will be safely destroyed.
Under federal pesticides law, all products sold in the United States that contain pesticides must be registered with EPA. Before a pesticide product is registered, the producer of the product must provide data from tests done according to EPA guidelines, to ensure that the product does not make people sick. EPA then examines the ingredients and the way in which the product will be used, and assesses a wide variety of potential human health and environmental effects associated with use of the product. Distributors and retailers are responsible for ensuring that all pesticides distributed and sold fully comply with the law.