The May 14th episode of ABC's ‘The Revolution’ included a lengthy segment on the health issues of various pests including ticks, bed bugs, and mosquitoes. NPMA Vice President of Public Affairs Missy Henriksen shared advice on what homeowners should do to protect their families from the dangers of these problematic pests including contacting professionals for treatment. Click here to see an excerpt from this episode. This show is yet another way, NPMA, through the work of the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) is educating the public about the industry.
BOSTON - The spread of dengue fever could cause more sickness and prove more costly globally than malaria, U.S. public health experts said.
Study co-author Donald Shepard of Brandeis University's Schneider Institutes for Health Policy said dengue fever inflicts a $37.8 million burden on Puerto Rico each year, but every $1 invested in traditional surveillance and prevention could save $5 in costs associated with the illness.
Known as "break-bone fever" for its capacity to cause excruciating joint pain, the disease -- transmitted by a bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- broke out in the Florida Keys in 2010 and threatens nearly 3 billion people worldwide, Shepard said.
Puerto Rico experienced its largest outbreak ever of dengue in 2010, with 22,648 cases reported for an incidence rate of 57 per 10,000 people. The availability of treatment has limited dengue-related fatalities in Puerto Rico, with deaths averaging about 16 per year, the study found.
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A-Active Termite & Pest Control was recognized as the Small Business of the Year by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. The Hampton Roads region includes Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
A-Active was chosen based on its financial performance, business history, staff training, motivation, community involvement, business plan, growth, and customer service and satisfaction. Along with being named the Small Business of the Year in Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce along with the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads selected A-Active as a finalist to represent the region in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Contest.
An article in the Hampton Roads Business Journal noted that since Kevin Kordek purchased the company in 1995 it has undergone "a metamorphosis - from a relatively modest six-figure operation to a company worth nearly $4 million." (Click here to read the entire story.)
“We are truly honored and humbled to represent Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads as a great small business,” said Kordek. “Hampton Roads has a vibrant economy and we are proud to play an active part by adding jobs and maintaining economic growth.”
Pest Barrier has introduced a patent-pending Snap-Trap Magnetic Base that securely holds commonly used traps to any metal surface (not stainless steel). The plastic base features two powerful magnets molded into the bottom, while the top has two snap-tabs that hold the trap in place.
The powerful base securely holds these five traps:
Kness Big Snap
Catchmaster Model 621PEZ
Victor Power Kill
The two magnets generate almost 40 lbs. of pull force (pulling straight away from the surface). In a test they held 7.5 lbs. of exercise weights hanging straight down (the trap did not slide down a vertical metal surface). That’s substantially more than the average rat weighs.
Pest Barrier’s Snap-Trap Magnetic Bases are sold as a two-pack. Visit www.pestbarrier.com for more information, or call the company at 800-503-5444.
Pest Barrier is a division of Bird Barrier America, Inc. www.birdbarrier.com
Trap-Alert allows PMPs to monitor traps remotely. A module using wireless technology can connect up to 4 traps and Trap-Alert allowing PMPs to know when a trap has been triggered. Trap-Alert is a combination of hardware, software, GPS and wireless technologies that enables users to actively monitor the status and location of traps through a web-based application. The Trap-Alert System includes the Trap-Alert web application, which significantly increases the efficiency of managing large numbers of traps. Inexpensive sensor kits allow PMPs to easily retrofit their existing cages in advance, making their cages Trap-Alert ready. When traps and devices need to be changed out on the job it’s simply a matter of unplugging one device and replacing it with another.
When a trap is triggered the wireless technology of Trap-Alert updates the status of the trap on the Trap-Alert website. On that website PMPs can see each trap that is attached to a module. The website will tell them the trap that has been tripped, and using wireless technology, will show them where that trap is located on a map. For those with e-mail addressable devices (e.g. Smartphones, PDAs, mobile PCs) they can have status emails forwarded to them right in the field.
Trap-Alert makes efficient use of its rechargeable batteries to ensure a 45-60 day run-time per charge. The strength of the battery and wireless signal for each unit is shown on the Trap-Alert web application so you always know the status of each unit. This too can be accessed on any phone with internet access.
Trap-Alert allows users to remotely monitor the status of traps set in the field. Having a web based platform means they can monitor the status of their traps from wherever they are For more information contact WCS at www.shopwcs.com or toll free 1-877-684-7262.