OLYMPIA, WASH. – Jack Marlowe, president of Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, reflects on his visit to Haiti with four of his employees as part of a trip sponsored by the National Pest Management Association last fall. To read the complete article, click here.
Ontario is pouring $5 million into the fight against bed bugs in a new push to curb infestations that have been on the rise for years.
The province’s 36 local health units can apply for a share of the funding, which will also support a public education campaign and a website coming soon at www.bedbugsinfo.ca.
The program will teach people “how they can recognize bed bugs and what actions they can take” in a battle that will also take on the myths about fighting the pests, a government source said.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. – Pestmaster Services, Kingston, N.Y., has been presented a Bed Bugsy Award by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) for a video submission of a severe bed bug infestation video shot, edited and produced by Kingston High School student Paul Alley Jr.
The NPMA Bugsy Awards celebrate excellence in marketing and advertising of bed bug services executed by pest control companies across the nation. “With over 10,000 pest control companies nationwide, it is quite an honor for Pestmaster Services to be recognized for this national award,” said Paul Alley, president of Pestmaster Services. To view the award winning video, visit YouTube and search for Pestmaster bed bug (www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlIaAHlYL9w).
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – FMC Professional Solutions (FPS) recently announced it is expanding and reorganizing its field operations to ensure more market support for the pest control, turf and ornamental industries. The new field organization is part of FPS’s long-term growth strategy designed to increase the level of customer support, according to the company.
“There are a number of exciting new opportunities at FMC that our existing structure would not support in the long term,” said Amy O’Shea, director of FMC Professional Solutions. “This new organizational structure allows for much more customer focus and better enables us to identify and solve the challenges that our customers face every day.”
The reorganization creates new positions while redefining the focus of those already in the field. One of those new positions is commercial development manager – one for pest and one for turf & ornamental market segments – that will manage a team of market specialists throughout the United States and in all professional market segments. They will also collaborate with FMC marketing, and work with key account managers in the development and execution of business strategy.
In addition, FMC created new key accounts manager roles for each market segment that will focus on national and other major customers to strengthen existing relationships and build for the future.
Fourteen market specialists – seven for each segment – will collaborate with marketing, key accounts management and product development. Their goal is to provide increased product stewardship and support of FMC products through increased customer contact, as well as demonstrations and training, according to the company.
“FMC Professional Solutions is investing in the industries that have been so good to us through the years,” said O’Shea. “This enlarged, enhanced field force will allow us to better focus on our strategic growth initiatives. Our ultimate goal is more frequent contact with our customers, resulting in stronger support and closer, more intimate customer relationships.”
Transition timing for the new organization is mid-February. FMC is actively seeking qualified individuals to fill selected positions. Those interested in pursuing a career with the company can visit www.fmc.com/careers to post resumes and make further inquiries.
Lawrenceville, N.J. — In an effort to continue educating the public about bed bugs, research entomologist Jeffrey White of BedBug Central appeared on Animal Planet’s new miniseries “Infested!” to provide an expert perspective on bed bugs.
January 10, the miniseries profiled the stories of individuals who have experienced extraordinary infestations from animals and insects while looking at the science behind the infestations and how the infestations were successfully treated.
White appeared in the, “Bedbugs, Rats, and Scorpions” episode of “Infested!”, which will air Jan. 13 and 14 with additional opportunities to watch. Check your local listings for airing time your area.
When White agreed to participate in the miniseries, one of his primary goals was to deliver educational information while respecting the entertainment value Animal Planet sought to create for viewers.
“When I serve as an expert for drama-driven productions like ‘Infested!’, I take particular care to ensure I’m providing meaningful information to the viewers,” said White. “This information should be both useful and accurately convey the reality of how bed bugs are impacting the public.”
This episode first aired Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. and additional episodes of this miniseries will include pests such as: snakes, mice, spiders, roaches, and raccoons. You can see a preview of the bed bug episode here.