In a podcast sponsored by Nisus Corporation, Janet Kintz-Early, senior entomologist, Nisus, discusses the need for PMPs to take into consideration ant feeding habits when choosing baits.
ATLANTA - The Butler Street YMCA in downtown Atlanta is recovering from a severe bed bug infestation, and Orkin’s southeast division stepped in to help. Staff discovered bed bugs in early June, and the infestation was still being treated last month. It’s estimated that nearly 5,000 bed bugs were found inside the 112-year-old, five-story building. Thirty-four out of the 54 rooms had to be cleared out and treated.
Orkin Southeast Division President Greg Clendenin stepped in to provide mattress and boxspring encasements for 51 beds. These will help protect against any future infestations by preventing new bed bugs from getting into the mattresses.
The YMCA helps get homeless men off the streets by giving them a place to stay and helping to get them back on their feet.
The encasements were delivered in early August, however, the shelter is still raising money to buy new beds and will install the covers once the beds are purchased.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Scott Svenheim, Truly Nolen’s director of E-training who is celebrating his 25th anniversary with the company, has seen it all when it comes to creepy crawlers and other unwanted critters. He has battled with everything from scorpions to rodents to bed bugs and an unwanted family of coatimundi – a raccoon-like animal with an elongated body, long, ringed tail, and a slender, flexible snout.
Svenheim recalled his coatimundi encounter. He was called out to a brand-new, big suburban house – the kind that normally doesn’t have coatimundi infestations. But there, in an attic he came face-to-face with a coatimundi mother with her litter. It took some doing, but Svenheim and his team were able to rid the homeowner of their furry, unwelcomed friends.
For Svenheim, helping others get rid of unwelcomed pests has been rewarding.
“I love helping people, and explaining to them what kind of critter they have, what methods we can use to ensure their bug free and how to prevent future infestations,” he said.
His fondest recollections of his time on the job include the instance when Truly Nolen helped eradicate German roaches from a family’s home that had been overrun with them. In follow-up visits, Svenheim saw the health of the young children in that family improve dramatically. In another instance, Svenheim and the Truly Nolen team helped a man with mental health issues get rid of roaches, mice, fleas and other vermin that lived in his home at the request of his family, and did it as community service.
Prior to joining Truly Nolen in 1986, Svenheim worked as an air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force. He started out as a pest control technician in the Tucson area. After five years, he was promoted to become a manager, overseeing 25 technicians. He then went on to become a regional trainer, and then training director for the Western region. In 2001, he became Truly Nolen’s director of E-training. Along the way, he became an Associated Certified Entomologist (ACE) through the Entomological Society of America.
He has many more stories. Some are sad. Some are funny. They all reflect his career in pest control as a member of the Truly Nolen team.
FAIRFAX, Va. — The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), announced a national contest it’s launching on behalf of NPMA, inviting consumers to submit their favorite pest photography for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. The contest challenges both amateur and avid photographers to submit images of household pests such as rodents, mosquitoes, ants, termites, cockroaches, stinging insects and ticks. However, photography of all insects and small wildlife are welcome.
The contest opens on August 15, 2011 and will officially close at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 15, 2011. Entries must be submitted to the PestWorld Photography Contest group on Flickr, which can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/pestworld/ or by searching for ‘PestWorld Photography Contest’ on Flickr.com/groups. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual can submit. Select photography will be showcased on the NPMA’s consumer website, PestWorld.org.
“We’ve had people proactively send us their amateur pest photos of bugs and animals they capture in and around their homes and know there are many talented photographers who have a passion for insect photography or already have stunning pest images in their portfolios,” says Missy Henriksen, executive director of PPMA. “PPMA wants to give these photographers an outlet to share their work with other bug and wildlife enthusiasts that visit our site. We hope pest professionals will help us to spread the word about this contest and encourage their local communities to participate.”
Ten people will win “bragging rights” as a finalist in the PestWorld Photography Contest and will have their entries publicly posted to PestWorld.org. One entry will be recognized as the grand prize winner and will receive a $1,000 award.
PestWorld.org is an comprehensive online resource on household pests, providing visitors with practical pest prevention tips, news and information on pest-related health and property risks, as well as educational pest facts, a robust pest guide and an “ask a pro” feature for pest-related questions. Whether searching for information on preventing infestations or looking for information on a career in pest management, Pestworld.org presents visitors with up-to-date pest news.
For photo contest rules and details, visit PestWorld.org.
FAIRFAX, Va. —The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), announces the debut of its second season of “Pest Quest,” the educational children’s show that teaches kids about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife. New this season is a feature called “Critter Crafts,” which directs viewers to a series of bug-inspired arts and crafts videos on KidCritterCrafts.com. The new season of “Pest Quest,” is available at NPMA’s websites, PestWorld.org and PestWorldForKids.org.
A new group of energetic pre-teens host the show back in their colorful science lab, and topics delve further into what makes insects, rodents and wildlife so interesting. From red mouse tears to glowing scorpions to flying squirrels— there are many pest facts sure to keep kids engaged. The Critter Crafts videos create a new layer of entertainment for young viewers and offers parents and teachers fun activities to share with children. PPMA investors will again be able to link to the Pest Quest show from their own sites and will now have the option of including the Critter Crafts logo and link as an added bonus.
“The response to the first season of “Pest Quest” was so great that we had to create more of this entertaining and educational content for viewers,” says Missy Henriksen, executive director of PPMA. “With the addition of Critter Crafts and new fun facts, we hope that children will further develop an interest in the fascinating world of entomology and also learn about the importance of keeping some of these species out of our homes where they can become pests posing risks to our health and property.”
Twenty-four episodes have been produced for the second season of “Pest Quest,” looking at pests from all over the world. New episodes will be posted to the Pest Quest Channel twice a month. Following the success of providing season one of “Pest Quest” to MagRack for distribution on OnDemand, season two will also be available in Mag Rack’s Kid’s section for optimal viewing potential. This will bring “Pest Quest” and the industry’s core messaging of the risks pests pose to human health and property and the importance of contacting a professional directly into the homes of consumers across the country.
All industry members are able to direct customers to this free family and school-friendly content as part of their community programs. PPMA Guardians and Contributors are exclusively able to feature the Critter Crafts logo on their company sites to showcase their commitment to and support of children’s education.
PPMA has a variety of programs designed for use in the classroom and on the family computer for children in grades K-8. Lesson plans, science projects, report writing programs, interactive games and other fun facts are on PestWorldForKids.org. The Pest Quest Channel, furthers NPMA’s public commitment to science education.