Mark Hunter, owner/operator of LandMark Pest and Wild Life Solutions, Macon Ga., wrote the February “My Biggest Mistake” column in which he discussed lessons learned from his experience with truck wraps. Hear from Hunter in the following podcast.
|John Paschall, president/CEO, Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas (left) and Bill Clark, longtime owner of Bill Clark Pest Control.|
Editor’s note: Bill Clark, owner of Bill Clark Pest Control, was inducted into the Southeast Texas BBB Hall of Fame and was awarded the “Friend of the Bureau” award at its latest Torch Awards ceremony. John Paschall, president / CEO, Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas, provided the following write up on Clark.
Bill Clark, owner of Bill Clark Pest Control, was one of the founding members and a Charter Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas in 1963. Throughout those early years and throughout the first three decades, there were numerous times that the future of the BBB was tenuous at best. Bill Clark consistently stood in the gap for the organization and fought for its existence even when other Board Directors were calling for its dissolution. At one point, Bill even forwarded the phones of the BBB to his office, so that the BBB's phones could continue to be answered and the BBB could remain viable. The fact that the BBB of Southeast Texas now ranks #2 in the entire BBB System (112 BBB's across North America) is due in large part to the constant, continual, and sometimes single-handed support of Bill Clark over the past 50 years.
Additionally the BBB of Southeast Texas recently inducted Bill Clark into their BBB hall of fame and awarded him the “Friend of the Bureau” award at their latest Torch Awards ceremony.
Bill Clark further personifies the BBB Mission in the way he leads his 60 plus team of Bugsperts with assurance that Southeast Texans are well aware that Bill Clark Pest Control, Inc. will do the job with excellence and at a fair price. That is the reputation that his company has built through the 57 year history of Bill Clark's ownership and leadership.
|(Right to left) Bertrand Montmoreau, CEPA Chair, congratulating Simon Forrester, CEO of the BPCA and recipient of the European pest management trade body’s Association of the Year Award 2014.|
At CEPA’s General Assembly, which took place in Dortmund on Feb. 21, the European trade body of the Pest Management industry presented its Association of the Year Award to the UK’s BPCA.
Bertrand Montmoreau, Chairman of CEPA, presenting the award to Simon Forrester, CEO of the BPCA, explained that CEPA’s decision was “in recognition of the BPCA’s contribution to bringing competing but complementary trade bodies closer together”.
BPCA Chief Executive Simon Forrester, in his acceptance speech, said that the CEPA award was “a great and unexpected honour for the British Pest Control Association, as we work alongside very professional sister associations within CEPA. To be singled out is high praise indeed. On a personal note, I am very pleased to see the lobbying and standards-setting activities of CEPA beginning to bear fruit, and I know that the best is yet to come.”
Rutgers and city of New Brunswick collaboration made possible by a grant from university’s Office of Community Affairs.
A Rutgers entomologist known for coming up with novel ways to eradicate bedbugs is using his knowledge to help his neighbors.Changlu Wang, a professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, applied for a grant from Rutgers to develop a bed-bug management program for low-income New Brunswick residents living in public housing.
Wang learned of the city’s problem from John Clarke, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority, at a 2012 meeting of housing and redevelopment officials.The authority operates more than 1,400 public and assisted housing units in New Brunswick, some of which are infested with bed bugs.
Clarke asked Wang to visit one of the apartment sites located in the southern part of the city. “He came over, toured the property, and then said, ‘Look, I think I can help you guys,’” Clarke recalls.
Wang researched the authority’s records and sent questionnaires, asking residents to report any sightings. In suspected households, Wang and his team placed traps under the furniture and checked them every two weeks. Nine turned out to be infested – some with as few as two or three bedbugs, one apartment with 1,400.
The more people living in an apartment, the worse the infestation, Wang says. “That’s because more people are in and out, going to work or to school – places where they might pick up bed bugs and bring them home,” Wang says
Bedbugs, reddish-brown in color and wingless, range from 1 to 7 millimeters, as large as an apple seed. They’re more an annoyance than a health hazard, and may cause itching and loss of sleep – though, in rare cases, they may cause a secondary skin infection or allergic reaction.
Wang and his team treated the infested apartments with a combination of steam heat and an insecticide dust consisting of diatomaceous earth and a synthetic material, which is toxic to bed bugs but not to humans. “We sent the steam through the beds first,” he says. “That kills the bedbugs instantly and doesn’t leave any residue. Then, we put the insecticide dust in places where bedbugs hide – crevices, under the furniture, along bed frames.”
Wang’s efforts didn’t stop there, however. He talked to the residents and the housing authority about how to avoid the problem in the first place. Mattress covers – the kind that envelope the mattress, not the kind that just sits on top – are important, he says. Monitoring children for small bite marks, redness and itching is also a key to prevention. “It’s the kids who usually complain first,” Wang says.
Originally, Clarke and Wang hoped to reduce the infestation level by at least 80 percent. But after six months, Wang reported that 96 percent of the bedbugs were eradicated.
“The really good thing about him was that he didn’t just come in like an exterminator and lay down some stuff,” Clarke said. “He educated our staff and residents about what caused the problem and what we might do to eliminate the problem.”
The collaboration between Wang and the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority was made possible by a grant from Rutgers’ Office of Community Affairs under the Community-University Research Partnership for New Brunswick program. Besides fighting bedbugs, Rutgers faculty and community groups have worked on such problems as congestion near the New Brunswick train station, increasing food security for the home-bound elderly, and the establishment of community gardens.
The grants are available to Rutgers faculty members and community partners focused on an important community problem. The faculty member writes the grant application and serves as principal investigator; the community partner is a nonprofit group or public entity committed to seeing the project through.
Source: Rutgers News
The freezing temperatures that have gripped much of the nation this winter could lead to fewer stink bugs come spring, researchers at Virginia Tech report.
Every fall, when conditions are still ripe for stink bug activity, researchers at Virginia Tech collect the insects, stuff them into insulated 5-gallon buckets and store them outside for the winter to await experiments, reports The Washington Post. Just two weeks ago, on the heels of yet another arctic blast in January, entomology professor Thomas Kuhar pulled out his first batch of stink bug-laden buckets to begin experiments and made a shocking discovery.
Ninety-five percent of the stink bugs in Kuhar's buckets were dead, casualties of the Blacksburg, Va. winter. The find led Kuhar to dramatic prediction.
“There should be significant mortality of BMSB (brown marmorated stink bugs) and many other overwinter insects this year,” Kuhar told the Washington Post.