SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. – Wil-Kil Pest Control announced that Jerry Springer, IPM sales and service specialist from Racine, Wis., was honored as Copesan's Technician of the Year at Copesan’s annual conference held Feb. 14-16, in Orlando, Fla. The company was also recognized as Quality Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Springer was selected as Copesan’s Technician of the Year for going above and beyond the call of duty, achieving challenging goals and for his excellent customer service skills. Springer is certified in three pest control categories in the state of Wisconsin and has completed almost 100 courses through Copesan University to further his pest management expertise. He also holds a Wisconsin Pest Control Association (WPCA) Master Technician Certification.
“We are thrilled Jerry was recognized as this year’s Copesan Technician of the Year,” said Randy Allen, regional manager at Wil-Kil Pest Control. “Jerry is recognized company-wide as a detail-oriented technician and is trusted with some of the most sensitive accounts at Wil-Kil due to his superior skills and work ethic. Clients enjoy the personal attention he provides to ensure that the pest control issue is resolved.”
Wil-Kil Pest Control was also honored as Copesan’s Partner of the Year (Large Class), amongst 13 like-size companies. The company was selected with the highest level of consistent quality in their division, including service delivery, net promoter score (NPS), audits and action plan follow-through and adherence to specific client protocols. Their score was also the second highest overall score, as ranked against the 90+ Copesan Partner Network.
Both Jerry Springer and Wil-Kil Pest Control were recognized with their awards at Copesan’s annual awards banquet on February 14, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Wil-Kil Pest Control is part of Copesan, an alliance of premier pest management companies united to provide quality pest solutions to commercial businesses with locations throughout North America.
Biscuit beetles (Stegobium paniceum) are one of the most common species of stored product insect pest in the global food industry. Their food preferences are wide ranging, encompassing cereal-based foods such as dry dough, dry pet-food, soup powders, breakfast cereals and (unsurprisingly) biscuits.
The common name used for this species in much of the world, the drug-store beetle, highlights that it is a species that will devour most materials of plant origin, including such toxic plant materials as strychnine. Their wide-ranging taste in dried plant matter makes them a potentially highly destructive pest in museum and herbarium collections also.
Like many stored product insect species with a short-lived adult stage, the female biscuit beetle produces a pheromone to attract males. Unlike storage-moth sex pheromones, this pheromone has proven very difficult to synthesize in sufficient quantity to be used for commercial monitoring purposes.
Biscuit beetles are extremely destructive and, like storage moths, are a common source of consumer complaints. Monitoring of storage moths is common practice within the food industry. With a tool now available that is known to be effective for monitoring biscuit beetles there is no reason why a monitoring program cannot now also be a feature of those sites known to have, or vulnerable to, infestation by this species.
“At this time, the lure is not commercially available from a European distributor, but I am working with the manufacturer to get some distribution channels in place,” said Acheta Consulting Managing Director John Simmons. “If you think you would benefit from installing a monitoring system for biscuit beetles then we can advise accordingly.” For more information on Acheta, visit acheta.co.uk, or contact Simmons at email@example.com or 07855 944049.
These and other label training modules are the centerpiece of PCT’s Distance Learning Center — a FREE service for the professional pest control market provided by PCT.
How it works?
Created by Board Certified Entomologist and consultant Stoy Hedges, the courses use photographs, video clips and reference materials to challenge users’ knowledge, experience and problem-solving skills for a wide range of products and pest problems.
Accessible by PC, tablet or smartphone, Distance Learning Center training is presented in modules designed to take a half-hour to an hour to complete. Their brevity gives individuals the opportunity to fit this education in whenever their schedules allow — even during breaks or lunchtime. And if a user needs to stop while taking a course, no problem: He or she can close the program and pick up at the point left off later.
Visit https://training.pctonline.com to get started, and return frequently as new label training modules are being added monthly.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — In February, Food Protection Alliance team members gathered for their annual internal Fumigation Boot Camp in sunny Phoenix, Ariz.
Collectively, between the 25 attendees, there were 200+ years of experience and a diversity of expertise. The first day included “Hands On” training at a facility that was able to provide stations for silo fumigation, container treatment, fogging and monitoring. We continued the next day learning out of the sun and into the classroom. Here, we heard on fumigation updates, safety, stewardship training, and the treatment and identification of Psocids. An attendee stated that “This fumigation boot camp was a very informative training session with new and innovative information.”
Fumigation is a tool and capability that is being challenged by some in the food industry. We at Food Protection Alliance (FPA) view it as a capability that we must always stay up to date on for when and if needed as it has proven to be the solution to problems we face. We continue to expand our knowledge and expertise on the additional capabilities of proactive pest management, alternatives to fumigation, and organic treatments.
If you have questions in regards to fumigation or any capabilities that FPA has, we look forward to hearing from you 877-FPA-3334 or you can visit us at www.FPAlliance.com