In the following video, Ohio State University's Susan Jones discusses recent research findings relating to the use of 'bug bombs' to control bed bugs. Jones wrote a PCT feature on this topic for October PCT.
MINEOLA, N.Y. — Nassau County (N.Y.) legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) announced that Knockout Pest Control, Uniondale, N.Y., will offer pest management to residents of Long Beach that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Knockout will offer free pest management services up to $100,000 for the next 90 days for Long Beach properties affected by the storm.
“I’m very grateful to Arthur Katz [president of Knockout] to step up in this time of need and help people in Long Beach recover and get back on their feet,” Abrahams said.
“Following the catastrophic flooding that we had, ensuring our city’s safety is critical, and we are extremely grateful for folks like Arthur who are helping to take the financial burden off our residents,” added Jack Shnirman, Long Beach city manager.
Katz said, “The employees of Knockout are eager to step up to help residents and commercial property owners of Long Beach in order to avoid unnecessary ill health effects from rodents and vermin. We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow Long Island residents.”
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany -– BASF has completed the acquisition of Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity investment company, for a purchase price of US$1.02 billion (€785 million). With the acquisition, BASF is now a leading global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers. BASF has also expanded its product portfolio in the areas of biological crop protection, turf and horticulture, animal nutrition and landscape colorants and coatings. The move was originally reported on Sept. 20.
“The acquisition fits very well with our long-term growth strategy. It will provide our customers with an even broader range of innovative solutions for agriculture. And it also provides our new colleagues with access to BASF’s global R&D platform as well as new markets and customers,” said Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, member of BASF’s Board of Executive Directors responsible for the Agricultural Solutions segment and Research Executive Director.
In the coming months, a detailed integration plan will be developed by a joint team of BASF and Becker Underwood employees. Most businesses of Becker Underwood will join the newly established global business unit Functional Crop Care as part of BASF’s Crop Protection division. Within this new unit, BASF will merge its existing research, development and marketing activities in the areas of seed treatment, biological crop protection, plant health, as well as water and resource management with those of Becker Underwood. Becker Underwood’s animal nutrition business will be integrated into BASF’s Nutrition & Health division.
The newly formed global Functional Crop Care unit will become effective Jan. 1. It will be headed by Dr. Juergen Huff, senior vice president.
Dr. Peter Innes, currently CEO of Becker Underwood, has accepted the position of Global Senior Advisor to the Crop Protection division. He will support the integration of Becker Underwood into BASF and the implementation of the Functional Crop Care unit.
“Now we are focused on an integration which is as seamless as possible for our customers and our employees,” said Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division. “Becker Underwood will be a cornerstone of our Functional Crop Care unit and we are looking forward to further developing our business together with our new colleagues.”
|Pictured (from left to right) are Brad Whitten, Arrow Exterminators, Bobby Ware, Terminator Pest Control, Kevin Burns (Arrow), Jason Perry (Terminator), Emily Thomas Kendrick (Arrow), Shephard Patton (Terminator), Mike and Susan Riggins (Terminator), and Tim Pollard (Arrow).|
ATLANTA — Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators announced the acquisition of Terminator Pest Control of Mississippi. Terminator Pest Control, ranked 95 on the 2012 PCT Top 100 list, is a full-service company, specializing in residential and commercial pest and termite control covering the entire state of Mississippi through its strategic locations in Gulfport, Meridian, Jackson and Winona.
“We are so pleased to welcome the customers and employees of Terminator Pest Control to the Arrow family,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, chief executive officer and president of Arrow Exterminators. “Terminator’s commitment to their customers, and passion for customer service as well as their full service offerings is not only a perfect fit, but a strategic fit.” Kendrick went on to say, “with this acquisition we will now be providing coverage in eleven states. In Mississippi we will operate as Stark Exterminators, part of the Arrow Exterminators family of companies.”
Terminator Owner Mike Riggins said, “When looking for a home for our business, we were looking for a company that provides exemplary customer service and was passionate about how customers and employees are treated. We found that in Arrow Exterminators and are proud to be part of the family. We wanted to give our employees an opportunity to be with a company where we knew there would be growth opportunities as well as an expanded range of services to offer our customer. All 38 employees will continue their careers with Arrow Exterminators.”
“Terminator Pest Control is well regarded in the state of Mississippi and we are proud to have this seasoned team of professionals join the Arrow family. Mississippi was strategic to our objectives as we continue to grow to $200 million and beyond. We are continuously looking to merge with high quality companies who share our goals, principles and culture,” said Tim Pollard, Arrow chief operating officer.
A man who collapsed after winning a cockroach-eating contest last month at a Florida pet store choked to death, according to a Broward County Medical Examiner report released Monday.
Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach, and several other contestants signed up to eat a variety of insects at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach on Oct. 6. After eating dozens of giant cockroaches, Archbold was declared the winner of an ivory-ball python.