AUSTIN, Texas - Univar Environmental Sciences announced the launch of a two-month long promotion incentivizing pest management professionals to provide feedback on the products they use through Ratings & Reviews, PestWeb's interactive new forum.
From March 4 through April 28, Premier Services subscribers can win weekly and monthly prizes, including iPads, iPods and Apple TVs, for rating products and writing product reviews through the Ratings & Reviews forum, Univar said. For a chance to win the weekly drawing, participants must review at least two products per week to be automatically entered. Three winners will be selected per week to win either an iPod Shuffle or one of two Apple TVs. Entrants can only win one weekly contest per month. As well, at the end of each month, those participants who reviewed at least 10 products within the month will be automatically entered into a separate drawing in which two winners will be awarded either an Apple TV or an iPad mini.
"Our customers often ask about product performance and what other PMPs are saying about particular products," said Karl J. Kisner, vice president of marketing, Univar Environmental Sciences. "We created Ratings & Reviews so that customers could very specifically share their thoughts and feedback in a constructive forum."
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Terminix Service Inc., a pest management company with more than 60 years of service in states across the Southeast, has earned the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) QualityPro designation. This certification, earned by less than 3% of companies nationwide, is the highest certification offered to organizations in structural pest management industry.
As a QualityPro-approved company, Terminix Service Inc. has joined the list of exclusive pest management companies who took extraordinary steps to ensure a higher level of business conduct and customer satisfaction. From running criminal background checks on all employees to comprehensive testing and training requirements, QualityPro companies are committed to providing consumers with the highest possible services.
QualityPro-approved companies have met or exceeded qualifications built around four key principles: Business Operations, Consumer Relations, Environmental Stewardship and Technician Training. These qualifications include employing only highly trained, credentialed employees; offering clear, easy-to-understand warranties and service agreements; maintaining a drug-free workplace; advertising truthfully and ethically; and maintaining an up-to-date insurance policy. In addition, Terminix Service, Inc. can now qualify for additional certifications including, QualityPro Schools, QualityPro Food Protection and GreenPro.
“Terminix Service Inc. is one of the elite companies in the country to successfully complete the QualityPro approval process, which demonstrates their commitment to provide consumers with quality, professional pest management services,” said Andrew Architect, Executive Director of QualityPro.
“We are excited to be amongst the best in the business. Through QualityPro we can continue to instill the confidence and display the expertise that our customers have come to expect from a leading pest management firm” said Scott Fortson, president of Terminix Service, Inc.
For more information about QualityPro, visit www.npmaqualitypro.org.
Editor's note: The International Association of Canine Pest Inspectors (IAOCPI) held its second annual seminar and re-certification program, Feb. 17-20, in Manistee, Mich. IAOCPI’s Michael Goldman filed the following report.
IAOCPI is pleased to announce its 2nd annual seminar and re-certification was a huge success. With 25 handlers and 38 K-9's attending there was always something going on. The training seminar was sponsored once again by Action Canine Institute, Manistee, Mich.
We had the entire Days Inn hotel at our disposal for training as well as the certification testing. The training and evaluating throughout the three-day seminar was performed by Eldon Presnell and Rick Ball from Green Collar Canine Development, N.C.; Pando Stepanos from Olympus K-9, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada; and John Mendham and John Skalski out of Michigan.
IAOCPI President Darren Bowman said, “In the end it didn't matter who trained the teams or what reward was given, it was all about whether the team could certify. The re-certification component yielded an 80% pass rate which speaks to the high standards that our certification process mandates. ”
The handlers had to search multiple rooms with unknown hides and properly identify where bedbugs were placed.
The handlers also had to search multiple items of luggage to identify bags that contained as few as three live bed bugs.
The handlers also were exposed to an in depth course on canine psychology to improve communications and behavior analysis with their dog(s).
The interaction between handlers from Canada and the U.S. gave us all better insights as to how better serve our customers.
This year a great deal of detection theory was offered and all the delegates were hungry for the knowledge offered.
Several members of the House of Representatives recently reintroduced a bill limiting the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program to compete with the private sector for rodent, nuisance bird and wildlife work in suburban and urban areas. The legislation was first introduced late last year but died when the 112th Congress adjourned earlier this year.
Filed by Congressmen Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the Pest Elimination Services Transparency & Terminology or PESTT Act defines the term "urban rodent control" and directs the Government Accountability Office to write a report identifying the services WS performs that the private sector also has the capability and capacity to provide and issue recommendations to avoid future competition.
Present law permits WS to perform almost any type of vertebrate work imaginable, regardless of whether there are local pest management companies able to do the job. The only exception is "urban rodent control." Unfortunately, the law does not define the term, making the exception toothless and meaningless.
Other cosponsors of the PESTT Act include Congressmen John Campbell (R-CA), Chris Collins (R-NY), Peter Defazio (D-OR), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Doc Hastings (R-WA), Bill Huizinga (R-MI), Stephen Fincher (R-TN), Steve King (R-IA), Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Austin Scott (R-GA).
Click here to read more about the PESTT Act and to contact your House member in support of the legislation.