Each issue of PCT includes “My Biggest Mistake,” a recurring article in which PCOs recount lessons they’ve learned while running their businesses. The goal is for PCT’s readers to learn from these missteps. This month, Bruno Milanese of Bay Pest Control, Gulfport, Miss., reviews both his successes and failures while rebuilding the business following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The photos below are a collection Milanese took of post-Katrina Gulfport.
Manufacturer: Stop Bugging Me Used with ‘Considerable Success’
In the article titled, “Natural Pesticides for Bed Bug Control: Do They Work?” (page 28, March 2013), the authors state, “These products (including Stop Bugging Me) are rarely adopted by PMPs because until present, there has been no scientific data supporting their claims.”
Two independent studies by a highly recognized laboratory documented the success of Stop Bugging Me against five strains of bed bugs with a 100 percent kill rate on contact. Further, Stop Bugging Me may be the only “contact insecticide” with such established laboratory findings.
We found it interesting that in the direct spray bioassay study you published, Stop Bugging Me had a reported 50 percent bed bug mortality even at 10 days. The combination of a 100 percent verified kill rate on contact combined with the reported effectiveness (50 percent) at 10 days makes this a compelling product.
Currently Stop Bugging Me is being used throughout the United States by both consumers and contractors with considerable success. Many major hotels and apartment buildings have reported the control of bed bugs through the use of Stop Bugging Me.
Sr. Technical Director
Hygienic Solutions US
Fern Park, Fla.
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PCT's Annual Fly Control Issue features the latest findings from leading university researchers as well as field observations from pest management professionals. Features include:
Air Currents and Fly Management
Some unique — yet simple — ways of dealing with some of the nuisance flies we encounter. — By William A. Kolbe
Beating Small Flies Requires Partnership
Tackling small fly infestations can be difficult. By building a strong partnership with your customers and working closely with them to implement the proper preventive actions and treatment techniques, you can help maintain fly-free facilities. — By Phil Pierce and Bob Johnson
Scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research Service have found that the insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen can be used to kill house flies that spread bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other illnesses. — By USDA-ARS
Figuring Out Phorids
These small flies (often called coffin flies or scuttle flies) are a diverse group with many different species. Here’s what you need to know to treat them. — By Kelly Mannes
Delivering a Virus that Gets Rid of House Flies
USDA scientists have found an effective method to infect house flies with a virus that stops the flies from reproducing. — By Sandra Avant
Top: NPMA Executive Vice President Bob Rosenberg said revisiting supplier involvement in NPMA committees and expanding supplier representation on the board of directors are among the “action items” on the NPMA’s agenda.
Bottom: “I think we have a real opportunity to work more closely with NPMA,” observed UPF&DA President Tommy Reeves.
For much of the past decade, the United Producers, Formulators & Distributors Association (UPF&DA) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) have had an “arm’s length” relationship, but that may be changing thanks to an olive branch extended by NPMA Executive Vice President Bob Rosenberg and the association’s leadership earlier this year.
In February, NPMA created a Suppliers’ Council with the goal of providing “a forum for suppliers to voice suggestions and concerns” and to serve as a “catalyst for solutions and change,” according to Rosenberg, one of a half-dozen high-profile speakers at the UPF&DA Spring Conference, held April 23-24, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The Suppliers’ Council held its first meeting at NPMA Legislative Day in March, facilitated by BASF’s Dan Carrothers, where representatives of the two industry trade groups agreed to work together to strengthen their ties with one another.
“I think we have a real opportunity to work more closely with NPMA,” observed UPF&DA President Tommy Reeves, a message reinforced by Rosenberg during his 45-minute presentation at the conference.
Rosenberg said revisiting supplier involvement in NPMA committees and expanding supplier representation on the board of directors are among the “action items” on the NPMA’s agenda as it begins to lay the groundwork to strengthen its relationship with 45-year-old association, which was formed in 1968 by such iconic industry figures as Roland Rhodes, Rhodes Chemical Co.; Bill Brehm, B&G Equipment Co.; Cal Stephenson, Sr., Stephenson Chemical Co.; Clayton Wright, B&G Chemicals & Equipment; Thomas Forshaw, Forshaw Distribution; John Veatch, Veatch Chemicals; and Millard and Ada Oldham, Oldham Chemicals.
“NPMA will re-engage suppliers on appropriate NPMA committees to increase involvement and participation including the opportunity to serve on committees as committee members, not just correspondents,” Rosenberg said. “NPMA will submit a proposed plan to the NPMA board as this will require a change in the current by-laws.”
In addition, “NPMA will create a plan to increase supplier representation on the NPMA board of directors through additional positions (possibly chemical representative, distributor representative, non-chemical representative). NPMA will present a proposed plan at the next Suppliers’ Council meeting for discussion,” he said. “The proposal will then be submitted to the NPMA Board of Directors for discussion at the October meeting in conjunction with PestWorld 2013.” Supplier representatives on the ad-hoc committee include Tommy Reeves, Oldham Chemicals; Karen Furgiuele, Gardex Chemicals; Karl Kisner, Univar; Manny Martinez, Liphatech; Mike Toce, BASF; Steve Levy, Bell Laboratories; John Chaney, Pest Control Supplies; Thom Wharton, FMC; and Donna Giacalone, The Bug Stop.
Other “action items” on NPMA’s agenda for 2013 and beyond, according to Rosenberg, are a desire to improve routine communication between the two organizations via a supplier e-newsletter or blog; improving coordination between RISE, UPF&DA and NPMA; evaluating and improving NPMA’s regional conferences; creating additional lower-priced sponsorship opportunities for suppliers at industry events; giving preference to suppliers who support NPMA when it comes to speaking opportunities; and creating an ongoing forum for dialogue between suppliers and NPMA.
UPF&DA is also hoping to have greater input on trade show hours at NPMA PestWorld, the industry’s premier trade show and educational conference. Rosenberg said the NPMA is taking UPF&DA’s input seriously, expanding this year’s trade show hours in response to the association’s desire for more face-to-face time with conference attendees. “We added two more hours from previous years,” he said.
UPF&DA recently sent a survey to its members asking for additional input about trade show hours at NPMA PestWorld. The survey’s findings will be presented at the next Suppliers’ Council meeting in July, which will be held in conjunction with NPMA Academy in Phoenix, Ariz.
The rapprochement between UPF&DA and NPMA has been well received by the supplier community. “We haven’t had a voice for a long time and Bob was very receptive to UPF&DA having a stronger voice,” observed Steve Levy, president, Bell Laboratories.
“It’s real obvious Bob (Rosenberg) is trying to really reconnect with some folks and open some doors,” added John Bolanos, president, Univar Environmental Sciences. “They’re sending a message they’re willing to listen. I think we should be encouraged.”
Top: The educational sessions were well attended throughout the two-day event.
Bottom: Dr. Jerome Goddard, associate extension professor of medical and veterinary entomology at Mississippi State University, led an entertaining session about “Public Health and Pest Control.”
“We want NPMA to be something more to you than the place where you go to sell your stuff,” Rosenberg told attendees of the UPF&DA Spring Conference. “We want you go to NPMA if you have a problem and want a solution.”
In addition to Rosenberg’s presentation, a number of other informative educational sessions were well received by attendees, including a presentation on “Obamacare and Your Business” by Ben Watkins of Capstone Benefits Consulting; a session on “Regulators and Their Focus” by Derrick Lastinger, president, ASPCRO; and the always entertaining Dr. Jerome Goddard of Mississippi State University, who discussed “Public Health and Pest Control.”
Goddard provided “an update on what’s happening in the bug world,” highlighting the critical role PMPs and industry product suppliers play in protecting public health. “I think we need an educational effort to promote the benefits of pesticides and pest control services,” he said. “Pesticides are good. Pesticides are tools. Pesticides are environmental medicines.”
Goddard, author of the Physician’s Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, said people often ask him to list the key pillars of public health when he speaks. He cited clean water and proper sewage disposal as essential for protecting public health, followed by vaccinations and immunizations. And number four on Goddard’s list? You guessed it … pest control.
“Pest control provides an important public health function,” he said. Despite the public’s periodic apprehension about pesticides, Goddard said they are valuable tools in the hands of a properly trained pest management professional. “Pesticides are tools. A doctor uses antibiotics to control out-of-control diseases. Why can’t a PMP use a pesticide to control out-of-control pest populations?” he said.
In concluding his remarks, Goddard said pest problems are “significant worldwide and even increasing,” so PMPs will continue to play an important role in protecting public health, but it will require the industry to remain “on guard” for insect-transmitted public health threats. “We must always be diligent and prepared for pest-related disease outbreaks,” he said.
In other news at the conference:
- UPF&DA approved the membership of Terramera, a supplier of botanical insecticides to the industry.
- UPF&DA’s Fall Board Meeting, scheduled for Aug. 21 at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, will be held in conjunction with the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) annual conference.
- UPF&DA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Oct. 25 at NPMA PestWorld in Phoenix, Ariz., and its Spring Board Meeting will be held at Gardex Chemicals in Toronto, Ontario, on March 5-6, 2014.
- Prior to the opening session of the two-day event, Robert Stocker, national accounts manager, AP&G, thanked his colleagues for keeping AP&G and its staff in their thoughts and prayers on the untimely passing of Kevin Keane, vice president of professional sales, who died suddenly in April at the age of 53. “It was a big blow to our company,” Stocker said. “It was nice how many people reached out to us when he passed. I’m going to miss him. He had a big personality. Kevin lived a very full life.” Univar’s John Bolanos also thanked those in attendance for keeping Tony Smith, supply performance manager, Univar Environmental Sciences, in their thoughts. Smith underwent a liver transplant earlier this year and is doing well.
- Welcoming UPF&DA members to Florida was Allen Fugler, executive director of the Florida Pest Management Association. Fugler described the Sunshine State as “the land of the invasive species,” as evidenced by the recent introduction of the conehead termite, Nasutitermes corniger, and giant African land snail in his state.
The two-day conference concluded with a panel discussion, moderated by PCT Publisher Dan Moreland, featuring representatives of the manufacturing, distributor and end-user communities. Those participating on the panel included Dan Carrothers, BASF; Tommy Reeves, Oldham Chemicals Co.; Chris Gorecki, Rollins, Inc.; Tom Wright, BWI Companies; and Jim Sickora, Target Specialty Products.
The final session of the conference was a Manufacturer’s Showcase, where representatives of eight different companies shared their latest product and service offerings in rapid-fire fashion with attendees. “It’s the first time we’ve held such an event and it was very well attended,” said UPF&DA Executive Director Valera Jessee. “Overall, the Spring Conference received very good reviews. It was well attended and our members are clearly excited about the future of the organization.”
“We owe all of our former leaders a debt of gratitude for their service to the organization,” Reeves added. “We want to re-energize UPF&DA and get this organization moving again. We want to speak with one voice.”
To view a slide show of photographs from the 2013 UPF&DA Spring Conference, visit www.pctonline.com.
Executive Pest Control Products
Executive Pest Control Products’ Puffer Duster now features a new clear look body designed to let PMPs see the volume of product inside. The bellows-type Puffer Duster has an easy-to-use low tension spring to help alleviate fatigue for the user, the manufacturer says. It also incorporates an O-ring on the clean-out rod to help seal and prevent escape of air and dust from the back of the Puffer. The plastic safety tip and cap on the barrel helps to prevent a shock hazard when working around electrical outlets, prevents leakage when not in use and is removable to allow for applications with wall injectors or in tight spaces.
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Nisus Corporation’s Niban Granular Bait is one tool Florida PMPs can use for the control of giant African land snails and other common pests, the firm reports.
Eighteen months after a Miami-Dade County outbreak, the giant African land snail is spreading rapidly, Nisus reports. The snails can carry disease and are a danger to crops, as they consume at least 500 different kinds of plants, and can threaten structures while munching on stucco and concrete, Nisus said.
Nisus reports that Niban is attractive to these pests, and features a borate mineral salt as its active ingredient. The active ingredient is combined with a bait made from corn cob granules mixed with oils, which interferes with the pests’ metabolic ability to break down sugars to extract energy from their food. Niban is a weatherized bait that remains effective in heat, sunlight and 4 inches of rain, Nisus said.
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FMC Professional Solutions
FMC Professional Solutions is offering a new back plate option for its Verifi bed bug detector. PMPs now can hang the detectors securely while still servicing them easily, the firm says. The Verifi back plate is available in packages of 12.
The Verifi back plate can be installed on walls, FMC reports. Once the plate is installed, the activated Verifi unit slides in place for monitoring, and easily slides out for inspection or reactivation. The exposed sides of the back plate employ the same texture as the Verifi devices, so bed bugs can easily climb into the pitfall, whether they move up the device or up the plate, FMC reports.
The Verifi bed bug detector provides continuous detection of bed bugs for up to 90 days. PMPs can use the device for year-round monitoring in many locations.
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Snappypocket is a hanging pouch system that can be used to easily organize items, insecticides and traps on the job. The pockets hang on web belts, ladders or racks and can be un-snapped easily when needed, the firm says. Velcro seals the top of the pouch to prevent items from falling out. Users can easily recognize what is needed for a job by storing items in the four color-coded pockets.
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Rockwell Labs Ltd
CimeXa Insecticide Dust from Rockwell Labs Ltd is now registered in California. It can be used against bed bugs, spiders, fleas, roaches, ants, firebrats, silverfish, mites and drywood termites.
CimeXa is made of 100 percent engineered amorphous silica and is odorless, non-staining, non-repellent and lasts up to 10 years when undisturbed, Rockwell reports. The product destroys the waxy cuticle, causing rapid dehydration and death. With its mode of action, resistance to CimeXa is unlikely, the firm said. CimeXa has an extremely low toxicity profile and is not subject to California Prop 65 regulations, Rockwell says.
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Bird-B-Gone recently introduced Clear Track, a new addition to the Bird Jolt Flat Track line. The Bird Jolt Flat Track System does not harm birds, but instead conditions them to avoid the area, Bird-B-Gone reports. The electric track system features anti-arcing glue trough designs. The Clear Track Bird Jolt Flat Track system provides an aesthetically pleasing solution to bird control problems, Bird-B-Gone said. It is flexible and can be used in any area, flat or curved.
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