Dennis Judy, director of Education and Quality Assurance for Allgood Pest Solutions, Dublin, Ga., gives his insights into some of the challenges and opportunities inherent with the termite market in Georgia.
EDMONTON - Trying to quell an infestation of bed bugs led to the multi-million dollar fire that forced scores of people from their homes. The $4.5-million fire broke out in downtown Edmonton on July 12.
About 50 residents were not allowed back in their suites after the blaze.
Investigators say the fire was sparked by a propane-fuelled heater being used to exterminate an infestation of bed bugs in a fourth-floor suite.
The tally includes damage to a neighboring mosque and apartment building.
The investigation continues.
Source: Toronto Star
NEW YORK — Colony Pest Management and its president, Joseph Sheehan, were mentioned as part of a recent New York Times article “Atlantic Yards Arena Takes Shape, but Protests Carry On.”
The article noted that one of the major problems with the Atlantic Yards Arena construction project is rats. Last month, more than 60 residents gathered in the Soapbox art gallery on Dean Street to tell horror stories of a “rat tsunami,” with rats, very likely stirred up by the construction, chewing through their car wires and destroying their engines, running rampant on doorsteps and eating through plastic garbage cans.
Bruce C. Ratner, the chairman and chief executive of Forest City Ratner Companies, said he spent two hours the next day touring the site with Joseph Sheehan, the president of a private contractor, Colony Pest Control. At a bimonthly Atlantic Yards meeting with city and state officials on Thursday, Forest City Ratner officials announced that they would give residents vouchers to purchase sturdy, rat-proof garbage cans, and that Colony Pest Control would help with a plan to control the rodents.
LEXINGTON, Ky. —The 41st Annual University of Kentucky Short Course will be held Nov. 1-3, in Lexington, Ky. The conference includes a money-back satisfaction guarantee and features one of the strongest programs in the country. This year’s conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency/Convention Center and topics include:
• Strategies for growing your business
• The latest bed bug research and management tips
• Readying for fleas and the brown marmorated stink bug
• The art and science of inspections
• Measuring customer loyalty
• An afternoon with a bed bug attorney
• Useful tips on managing rodents, flies and brown recluse spiders
Featured speakers include Paul Hardy, Stoy Hedges, Mark Sheperdigian, Kevin Pass, Tom Dobrinska, Ron Harrison, Dan Collins, Phil Koehler, Christian Hardigree and Fred Whitford.
For more information contact Dr. Michael Potter, Department of Entomology, S-225 Agic. Sci Bldg. N, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091; Ph: 859/257-5955; Fax: 859/323-1120; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TLANTA — Orkin announced that it has established a new franchise in Boise, Idaho by combining its local market operations with those of Sawyer Inc., a Boise-based company providing pest management services throughout southern Idaho. Todd Sawyer, president of Sawyer Inc. will own and operate the combined franchise entity.
Combining two separate operations under a unified brand is referred to as reverse franchising.
“This is a business development model that is appealing to owners of local and regional pest control companies looking to accelerate their growth,” said Mike Wakefield, Orkin’s director of franchising. “Under this model, those owners can re-brand their operations as Orkin and take advantage of all the benefits that accrue from Orkin’s worldwide brand recognition, technical expertise, marketing campaigns, lead generation and buying leverage.”
“We were attracted to this arrangement because Sawyer and Orkin share similar cultures, and we believe this merger of talents and resources will only accelerate our growth,” said Todd Sawyer, franchise owner. “Both companies share cultures that focus very strongly on a commitment to ongoing training and delivering premier customer service, and that was the most important factor in considering this unique business opportunity for my team and me.
“This is one of several reverse franchises for Orkin,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin’s vice president of global development and franchising. “A reverse franchise works best when an outstanding operator like Todd wants to retain ownership and remain active in his pest control business. We leverage the power of the Orkin brand with their local market expertise and entrepreneurialism to capture a larger share of the market. It’s a great way to combine the attributes and synergies of both companies. We look forward to completing more of these in the future.”
The Boise operation will service both residential and commercial customers in 35 counties in Idaho and parts of Oregon and Wyoming. With four associate certified entomologists (ACEs) on staff, a National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) accredited K-9 bed bug detection team, and the only urban industrial board certified entomologist (BCE) in the state, the franchise is well positioned to deliver superior service to residential, commercial and industrial customers in southern Idaho.