The photo was taken in a rainforest in central Belize, where Myers was exploring in pursuit of beetle photos.
Myers said one of the concerns with mosquitoes in Belize are botflies (Dermatobia hominis), which can lay eggs on mosquitoes. “So, when a mosquito feeds on you, the egg hatches and the larvae bores down into your skin,” Myers explained. According to the University of Florida Department of Entomology’s website, “D. hominis will infest the skin of mammals and live out the larval stage in the subcutaneous layer, causing painful pustules that secrete fluids. The infestation of any fly larvae inside the body is known as myiasis.” [If you are curious what this looks like, Google “botflies in human skin.” Warning, the images are pretty gross!]
One of the great qualities of this photo is that the mosquito’s head is in sharp focus, while it’s body is slightly blurred. “When you are doing high-magnification photography (a.k.a, macro-photography), you have a shallow depth of field, so you focus on that one point, and the rest of it goes out of focus," Myers said. "So, I didn't put any effects on the photo. it was really the mechanics of the lens.”
Myers is well-known throughout the pest control industry for his photography (see related article). His photos have been featured on the covers and within the pages of countless entomological and pest management books (e.g., PCT Guide to Commercial Pest Management and Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations) and publications (e.g., PCT, American Entomologist and PMP magazine), and NPMA, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and other organizations use his images extensively for educational purposes.
In 2012, Shelton’s Triangle Pest Control came to Coalmarch as a client. In 2012, Shelton acquired Coalmarch to fulfill his vision of creating a marketing agency devoted to the home services industry. Over the last five years the company has pivoted from a general agency to marketing, team management, and hiring solutions developed exclusively for pest control and lawn care companies nationwide.
“My goal for Coalmarch has been and will continue to be to provide the best of the best to our clients,” said Shelton. “I’m fortunate to be working with an incredibly dedicated, smart, and talented team of professionals who carry out that goal every day.”
Building off of his experience growing Triangle Pest Control from nothing to $5 million in half the industry standard time, the author of Grow! Inbound Marketing System and Build: How to Create a Phenomenal Team for Your Service Company sees his new position at Coalmarch as an opportunity to continue sharing the tools of his own success so that others may follow in his path with less resistance.
Citing a desperate need for innovation in a space that is often dominated by outdated techniques and technology, Shelton plans to continue leveraging his inside-track expertise to grow Coalmarch’s offerings in the coming years.
“The home services industry is one of the fastest-growing out there,” said Shelton. “Now is the time for a company like Coalmarch to step in and offer the kind of innovative services these companies need.”
Thus far the company has launched Sprowt, a digital marketing and website platform, and Forgely™, a web-based app that automates technician hiring and training. Most recently, the company launched TeamBuilder™, a comprehensive hiring platform that combines conversion-focused web design and automated hiring features for a higher-quality experience for candidates and hiring managers alike.
Under Shelton’s stewardship, Coalmarch will continue to innovate and develop accessible, sustainable, and uniquely successful solutions for its clients.
Free Boot Camp. Shelton also announced a FREE, four-week hiring boot camp throughout the month of February. Every Friday morning throughout February, Shelton will publish videos and resources on the Coalmarch website, covering everything from understanding your candidate funnel to improving your employer reputation online. PCOs also can have these materials delivered to their inbox by subscribing to the email series.
BASF's Antonia Chan and Dr. Bob Davis recently presented an informative webinar of the Trelona Annual Bait Stations (ATBS), the latest termite product from BASF. The webinar has been recorded and will soon be available from BASF. Contact your local BASF rep.
ATLANTA — Rollins, Inc., announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has expanded its presence in South America, Europe and Africa with the addition of six new franchises in the second half of 2017. The franchises are located in Northeast Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, The Netherlands and Azerbaijan. The Orkin Brand is now represented in 53 countries.
"We are excited to expand our presence in these areas and believe that it provides a great opportunity for us, as we continue to grow our Orkin brand internationally," said Tom Luczynski, Orkin president of global development and international franchising. The new franchises will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services where applicable.
The franchisees have received their initial training at the company's award-winning training center in Atlanta, and will receive follow-up training in their country.