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The Entomological Society of America announced the latest individuals to earn ACE and BCE credentials (earned prior to December 15, 2014):
• Noel E. MacNeil, BCE-Intern, (not provided), Interlochen, MI USA. Certified on 12/1/2014
• Jennifer O'Dell Brumfield, BCE, (Western Pest Services), Cochranville, PA USA. Certified on 11/13/2014
• Trenton Scott Frazer, BCE, (Alterra, Inc.), Sandy, UT USA. Certified on 11/21/2014.
• Gary Hugh Cochrane, BCE, (Amalgamated Pest Control Pty Ltd), Brisbane, Australia. Certified on 11/26/2014
• Darryl J Franke, ACE, (SOS Pest Control), Kansas City, MO USA. Certified on 11/13/2014
• Richard M Gruber, Jr, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Columbus, OH USA. Certified on 11/14/201
• Robert G. Alarco, ACE, (Orkin LLC), New Hyde Park, NY USA. Certified on 11/14/2014
• John A. Hernandez, ACE, (Western Pest Services), Toms River, NJ USA. Certified on 11/14/2014
• Damian Marcello, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Latham, NY USA. Certified on 11/14/2014
• Robert Gaul, ACE, (Craig Thomas Pest Control ), Hyde Park, NY USA. Certified on 11/14/2014
• James Robert Haeger, ACE, (Pugliese Pest Solutions / Rollins Inc.), Utica, NY USA. Certified on 11/14/2014
• Christopher S Schneider, ACE, (Univar), Napa, CA USA. Certified on 11/24/2014.
• Michael P. Reid, ACE, (Cardiff Pest Control), Santa Cruz, CA USA. Certified on 12/5/2014
• John Peter Pirrone, ACE, (Keystone Pest Control, Inc.), Hayward, CA USA. Certified on 12/5/2014
Dayton's Pest Control Services, Knoxville, Tenn., won a pair of 'Readers' Choice' Awards as selected by readers of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The annual contest recognizes readers' favorites in 150 categories of food & dining, shopping, services and places throughout East Tennessee.
Dayton's Pest Control Services was voted #1 in the Pest Control category and #1 in the Best Place to Work under 50 employees.
Owner Dayton Hylton told the newspaper, "We believe the keys to organizational growth and sustainability rest on three principles: a continued focus on customer satisfaction and retention; the nurturing of an experienced, trained workforce; and a consistent investment in marketing and business growth.”
CINCINNATI — Charles “Chuck” Irvine, general manager of Ace Exterminating, has successfully completed the Purdue University Food Plant Integrated Pest Management course. The 100-hour program requires readings on specialized topics distilled from leading trade publications, academic journals, and textbooks including information on sanitation, food laws and regulations, pesticide applications in food plants, pest-proofing for food plants, fumigation practices for food plant operations, and warehouse pest management.
“This is an intensive course and I am very proud of Chuck for all his efforts”, says Rick Steinau, president of Ace Exterminating. “Very few pest management companies obtain this mark.
Ace Exterminating, a family owned business, has operated in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area for 66 years.
|Mark VanderWerp, manager of education and training at Rose Pest Solutions, takes home top honors with his photo of a jumping spider perched on a “succulent” plant.|
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Mark VanderWerp, manager of education and training at Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, Mich., was announced as the winner of PCT’s annual Best Pest Photo Contest.
VanderWerp takes home top honors with his photo of a jumping spider, Phidippus otiosus. VanderWerp describes that the spider was “perched on a succulent plant, ready to liquefy and slurp up the internal organs of any unsuspecting arthropod passersby.”
The spider was captured in West Virginia, while VanderWerp and Rose were doing a heat treatment. “They are actually a fairly common spider, especially down South. These spiders in the South tend to have an orange abdomen, whereas the ones in the north, including this one, do not,” he said.
PCT’s judges liked this photo for its perspective and that the spider blends into the gray-ish background. VanderWerp used a Canon EOS Rebel T3i to take the photo. “I didn’t use any special effects. The lighting was good and I just got lucky,” he said.
VanderWerp said he actually is a bit “creeped out” by spiders, but is a fan of Phidippus otiosus. “With the bulging eyes and furry eyebrows, they are really like a pet spider. I like to think of them as the ‘Teddy Bears’ of spiders,” he said.
For winning the contest, VanderWerp will receive the $500 prize from PCT magazine. In the coming weeks PCT will be announcing this year’s finalists and running those photos in an online slideshow.