An international research team decoded the genetic blueprint of the two-spotted spider mite, raising hope for new ways to attack the major pest, which resists pesticides and destroys crops and ornamental plants worldwide.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — BedBug Central will collaborate with the New England Pest Management Association to offer the New England Bed Bug Boot Camp to educate professionals in the tri-state area.
The New England Bed Bug Boot Camp is an off shoot of BedBug Central’s BedBug University: Boot Camp. The New England Bed Bug Boot Camp will be held on February 9th and 10th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Woburn in Woburn, MA.
The Boot Camp will focus on the necessary knowledge and skills needed to create, run, or manage a successful bed bug program. The boot camp offers a series of courses that provide in-depth, practical and actionable knowledge regarding pertinent areas surrounding bed bugs and effective treatment.
“This is a unique opportunity for New England pest control professionals to learn how to treat for bed bugs in an interactive and hands on environment,” said Jeffrey White, Technical Director for BedBug Central. “The bed bug epidemic is growing and proper training and information is needed to prevent and treat these pests.”
The boot camp sessions’ will include Bed Bugs 101: Basics of Bed Bug Biology, Bed Bugs 102: Protocol Overview, Bed Bug 201: Tools of the Trade, and Bed Bug 301: The Business of Bed Bugs.
Boot Camp will also focus on the concepts of minimal preparation and the principals of least disruption. This technique will increase productivity by reducing labor and will ultimately reduce costs for pest management industries while increasing the value and convenience for customers.
All individuals involved in bed bug detection, prevention or remediation are invited to attend. The four sessions are designed to help staff understand and implement a more effective bed bug strategy.
In addition to the educational sessions, attendees can visit exhibits that showcase various products and services from leaders in the bed bug industry.
The traditional BedBug University: Boot Camp is a four-day course offered six times per year and is designed to shorten the learning curve of companies that want to increase their bed bug revenues and enhance their bed bug business model. The program examines the most effective and efficient treatment protocols in addition to providing hands-on training with industry-standard tools for bed bug remediation.
For more information about the New England Bed Bug Boot Camp, please visit http://www.bedbugcentral.com/bedbuguniversity/nepma.cfm or call (877)-411-1142.
MISSION VIEJO, Calif – Bird-B-Gone’s ornithologist, Dr. Rob Fergus, recently gave a lecture to scientists from around the globe on urban bird control at the International Congress for Conservation Biology held in Auckland, New Zealand.
The lecture was titled “Urban bird Conservation: For Birds and People” and focused the practical aspects of urban bird conservation and education. Dr. Fergus also considered how urban bird conservation efforts could be integrated in sustainable city planning and design.
Urban settings attract birds for a variety of reasons, namely shelter and a continual food source. These birds can become a nuisance when they decided to roost or nest in areas where the buildup of bird droppings and nesting materials pose an operational, health or safety risk. Fergus proposed that Ornithologists work with cities and municipalities for humane effective solutions to bird problems.
Fergus specializes in urban ecology and human/wildlife interactions. He received his Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to researching and consulting on human/bird interactions in cities across the United States, Latin America, and Europe, Dr. Fergus currently teaches at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and Rosemont College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bird-B-Gone, Inc is the only bird control company with an on staff ornithologist. Customers contact Fergus through “Ask the Bird Expert” to get answers about humane, effective bird control measures in a variety of settings. The addition of Dr. Fergus to the Bird-B-Gone team has helped close the gap between the science of nature, and the nature of bird control.
Visit the “Ask the Bird Expert” today at http://www.birdbgone.com/ask-the-expert/blog or call 800/392-6915 for more information.
NASHUA, N.H. — Extech Instruments, makers of the handheld test and measurement tools, announces the relocation of its headquarters to an all-new facility in Nashua, N.H.
To accommodate strong growth and to serve customers better in the years ahead, Extech announced the move, along with the Billerica, Mass., operations of parent company, FLIR Systems’ Commercial Systems division to 9 Townsend West, Nashua, N.H. 03063-1233 USA.
The November 21, 2012 opening of the state-of-the-art headquarters signals a significant milestone in Extech and FLIR’s transition towards a unified organization that can better equip customers with innovative, revolutionary and affordable thermal imagers as well as handheld test and measurement technology.
Arpineh Mullaney, vice president for Extech Instruments, commented on the relocation: “As a test equipment company with a forty-year history of innovation, we are excited to embark on the next four decades with a facility that better positions us to continue our leadership in the test and measurement market.”
In the coming months, the Nashua location will house the eastern US operations for FLIR’s Commercial Systems division, supporting the FLIR and Extech brands, as well as FLIR’s marine systems division, Raymarine. The new location will house administrative and corporate offices, customer service and technical support, marketing and sales, quality control, NIST calibration laboratories, repair services, and an extensive warehouse. FLIR’s leading educational institute, the Infrared Training Center, will also be moving to the Nashua location in January 2012.
Extech’s toll free number remains unchanged: 877-2-EXTECH (811-239-8324). The new local number is 603-324-7800.
ATLANTA — Arrow Exterminators announced the promotion of John Wright to vice president of sales.
Wright began his career with Arrow Exterminators over 38 years ago and has excelled in various leadership positions within the organization including most recently, regional sales manager. In his new role, Wright will continue to provide support to the entire Arrow sales team and serve as a liaison to corporate departments such as technical srvices, government and public affairs, marketing, operations and Arrow University. Wright’s father, a 51-year veteran of the pest control industry, also spent the last 19 years of his career with Arrow, making John the second generation of Wrights to join the Arrow family.
“John has taken his support to the next level proving that his experience and knowledge are unmatched within Arrow and the industry,” said Tim Pollard, senior vice pesident of sales for Arrow Exterminators. “As a family owned company, we value internal growth and are proud to reward John for his strong work ethic and professionalism. Arrow is very fortunate to have leaders of this quality and we are confident that John will be extremely successful in his new role.”
Arrow also announced that Glenn Glover was promoted to region vice president of the company’s Tennessee and Kentucky region. This region includes Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga in Tennessee, and the Bowling Green, Kentucky service area. An 18-year veteran of the pest control industry, Glover joined Arrow Exterminators three years ago and has served as manager of the Duluth and Tucker Georgia service centers as well as an Atlanta regional home service center.
“Glenn is a wonderful leader and with his strong work ethic, this role is a perfect fit for Glenn and the next step in his career with Arrow,” said Mike Warren, senior vice president of operations for Arrow Exterminators. “The value of promoting leaders from within the organization who understand our business at all levels cannot be overstated. As a family owned company, we are proud to reward success and hard work internally.”