Included in this month's issue is a review of "Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects," by PCT contributing writer Anne Nagro.
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Included in this month's issue is a review of "Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects," by PCT contributing writer Anne Nagro.
Enter your name in a drawing to win a copy of this book from PCT.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Overwhelm Your Customers!
Pest management professionals have been searching for an effective and economical method of controlling bed bugs and other tough pests where they hide...in cracks, crevices and voids.
Today, pest management professionals have found success with a powerful weapon, a revolutionary application system that fills the void between target pests and effective, economical insecticide delivery.
The Actisol® Compact and Commercial Units, from Environmental Delivery Systems Inc., are high-quality, low-maintenance delivery systems that offer unmatched flushing and kill capability, fewer callbacks and no pre-packaged aerosol can disposal.
Both systems offer adjustable liquid pressure from tiny aerosol-sized particles to a heavy mist and even a solid stream.
These systems have proven successful through their ability to deliver oil-based and water-based formulations, including products not sold in aerosol form, with a 50-70 percent savings over pre-packaged aerosol insecticides depending on material used.
For more information visit www.actisol.com.
All New Technology! FlowCell™ Air Freshener Refills From Air-Scent® International
Totally effective up to 60 days in passive dispensers, 30 days with fan-power option!
Completely sustainable. Wholly recyclable.
Guaranteed not to spill, drip or leak in any position.
How it works:
1. Air freshener liquid is suspended in a scientifically constructed inner core.
2. Patent pending Flow Science™ causes liquid to flow consistently from inner core to specially bonded outer wicking surface.
3. Air freshener fragrance with Metazene® molecular odor neutralizer is diffused into the air at a rate higher than any other competing refill.
FlowCell™ can be used with the patented AEON™ air freshening dispenser in either a passive or battery/fan set-up.
Visit our website at www.airscent.com to view the advantages of the FlowCell™ air freshening system.
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Genus® by Brandenburg:
The World’s Leading Range of Insect Light Traps (ILTs) Proven to Catch More Flies, Faster
Each member of the Genus® family is packed with innovative technology, robust build quality and easy-to-service features that add value and increase profit opportunities.
Highlights from our St Louis, MO., stock include:
Genus® Orbit harnesses patented Translucent Technology™ to emit 2.4 times more UVA all round, which results in 87% more flies caught compared to similarly powered non-translucent ILTs. Advanced design ensures energy consumption, CO2 emissions and labor costs are all significantly reduced. A jet-proof version is available for wash-down areas.
Genus® Fli combines high performance with efficient running costs. Wall mounting can be horizontal, vertical, corner or free standing, delivering flying insect control exactly to where it is needed. Integral reflectors enhance efficacy and the lift-and-stay hinge cover allows both-hands free servicing, minimizing downtime.
Genus® Spectra packs high performance, simplicity of servicing and low running costs into a slim and attractive body.
Genus® Spectra Compact utilizes the same ultra-modern design and is ideal for areas of limited space.
Genus® Eclipse is the result of fusing design-led development and customer-driven demand for effective control of flying insects in the most sensitive public areas. Completely different in appearance to traditional ILTs, front cover options include white, black or totally customized with logos, colors or messages to help your customers promote their brands — a unique added value proposition exclusive to Genus® Eclipse.
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Zenprox® Aerosol from Zoëcon Professional Products controls a broad spectrum of prolific pests such as fleas, bed bugs (adults & newly hatched bed bug nymphs), ants, cockroaches and more! The non-repellent formulation is designed for use in both commercial and residential accounts. Apply Zenprox® Aerosol both indoors and outdoors where the foaming action will provide quick knockdown, a long residual and complete coverage. For spot or crack & crevice treatments, Zenprox® Aerosol’s 360º valve with an extension tube will help you get to those hard-to-reach areas. Zenprox® Aerosol contains Etofenprox, an ether pyrethroid that’s not the typical ester chemical structure currently on the market. To learn more about Zenprox® Aerosol visit zoecon.com or call 800.248.7763.
Dust Applications Made Easy With the “Puffer Duster”
Executive Pest Control Products’ “Puffer Duster” now features a new clear-look body designed to let the PMP see the volume of dust/granular inside. The bellows-type Puffer Duster has an easy-to-use, low-tension spring to help alleviate fatigue for the user. It also incorporates an O-ring on the clean-out rod to help seal and prevent escape of air and dust from the back of the Puffer. The plastic safety tip and cap on the barrel helps to prevent a shock hazard when working around electrical outlets, prevents leakage when not in use and is removable to allow for applications with wall injectors or in tight spaces.
For more info contact:
Diversified Sales & Marketing
Executive Pest Control Products Inc.
Effective, Attractive Flytrap From Gilbert Industries
The Gilbert® 2000GT Flying Venus™ flytrap from Gilbert Industries combines beautiful design with industry-leading effectiveness, creating a powerful tool for pest management professionals. The thin 2¾-inch design hugs the wall beautifully, creating an elegant ambiance, while secretly providing 24-hour, non-stop, silent capture of filthy, disease-carrying flies. It goes unrecognized in elegant dining rooms, luxurious hotels and hospital hallways. The 2000GT Flying Venus flytrap comes in four beautiful finishes. It is EPA registered, UL listed, CSA approved and meets FDA and USDA standards.
For more information call 800/643-0400 or visit www.gilbertinc.com.
The Sentricon® System with Always Active™ Technology
Dow AgroSciences continues to advance the industry by joining today’s emerging technologies with a vision of tomorrow’s needs. Always Active™ technology, the latest innovation to the Sentricon® System, combines new bait technology, annual monitoring and LID (Locate and Identify) technology to give business owners even more power and flexibility.
Recruit® HD termite bait is immediately available to termites in every Sentricon station at installation. As soon as they find the Sentricon station, termites can begin feeding on Recruit HD termite bait and share it with others, beginning the colony elimination process and offering constant property protection from termites.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted Dow AgroSciences annual monitoring for Recruit HD termite bait in April 2010. It is an environmentally responsible treatment, so Certified Sentricon Specialists™ of the Sentricon System can meet the growing demand for “green” products that work. Recruit HD termite bait contains a revolutionary bait matrix that extends durability. It also contains 2.3 times more active ingredient than Recruit IV termite bait, more than enough to eliminate a typical termite colony. In termite palatability tests and field trials, Recruit® HD termite bait was preferred over wood, devoured faster than wood and became even more preferable and palatable over time, even when wet, cracked or moldy. It continues to protect no matter the soil conditions, weather or season.
Always Active technology allows Certified Sentricon Specialists the ability to choose the service interval that best fits with their business model. This new technology can help Certified Sentricon Specialists increase route efficiency and reduce labor costs because they are only required to service the Sentricon System annually. When given the choice, homeowners preferred the Sentricon® System with Always Active technology over other treatment options.2
LID technology is a labor-saving enhancement that helps technicians service sites and locate Sentricon stations that may be covered by grass or landscaping. LID technology uses a radio-frequency identification (RFID) sensor in the top cap to give each Sentricon station a unique identity, which saves valuable time when locating and servicing stations.
The Sentricon System with Always Active technology is a unique product, patent pending by Dow AgroSciences, that helps Certified Sentricon Specialists differentiate their offering for a competitive advantage in the marketplace. For more information on the Sentricon System with Always Active technology, contact your Dow AgroSciences account representative or call Dow AgroSciences at 800/352-6776.
1The Sentricon System is designed to limit environmental exposure, and can be removed if desired.
2Jefferson Davis Associates, Inc. 2008
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New InVict Xpress Granular Bait and InVict Blitz Ant Granules
Introducing two new granular baits from Rockwell Labs Ltd. Effective and versatile, InVict Xpress and InVict Blitz combine the power of imidacloprid with Rockwell’s cutting edge formulation to give you an “unfair advantage” in the fight against a wide variety of pests.
InVict Xpress is for the user who needs granular bait with lightning fast kill of a broad spectrum of insects like ants, cockroaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs. It is labeled for indoor (including food areas), outdoor and turf use at a rate of 4 to 8 ounces per 1,000 square feet. No personal protective equipment is required. InVict Xpress is available nationwide except in California, and is limited to PCO use only in New York. It is sold in 8-ounce and 4-pound shakers and 25-pound cartons.
InVict Blitz contains the first bait matrix specifically designed for and proven highly attractive to persistent ant species such as tawny/Caribbean/Rasberry crazy, Argentine and big-headed ants. With 0.5 percent imidacloprid, InVict Blitz delivers a sustained, heavy attack directly to the heart of the colony. It is labeled for indoor (including food areas), outdoor, and turf use at a rate of 4 to 8 ounces per 1,000 square feet. No personal protective equipment is required. InVict Blitz is currently available in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida. It is sold in 1-pound shakers and 20-pound pails.
For more information contact Rockwell directly at 816/283-3167 or www.rockwelllabs.com, or visit your distributor today.
Customize a Solution
The EBB-60KW Trailer Equipment Package from Thermal Remediation® is ideal for the heat treatment of bed bugs in single-family homes, multi-unit apartments, hotel rooms, and multiple dorm rooms simultaneously. The Thermal Remediation® process relies on three main keys to a successful treatment:
This package’s generator can handle up to six heaters, allowing you to customize a package that can treat up to 2,100 square feet based on 6- to 8-hour treatment times. Treatment strategies allow for larger settings based on how many heaters you choose for your package. Choose between a four-heater package or a six-heater package, choose from two different high-temperature fans, and consider adding the FLIR i7 Thermal Imaging Camera to help identify what is hot vs. what is not in your battle against bed bugs.
For details, pricing, and options on customizing a package to fit your treatment needs call 800/836-7432 or visit www.thermalremediation.com.
You’ve likely never heard of Dr. John Eng, but if you’re one of nearly 26 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, you may be familiar with his work. More than 20 years ago, supported by funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eng set out to build upon earlier research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. Those scientists discovered that the venom of some animals can impact the human pancreas, the organ in diabetics that fails to produce proper amounts of insulin, resulting in a range of debilitating health problems from blindness and nerve damage to kidney failure and heart disease.
While studying the saliva of the Gila monster, a poisonous reptile native to the American Southwest, Eng discovered a compound he called Exendin-4 that stimulates the production of insulin. To draw attention to his research, Eng purchased a booth at the American Diabetes Association Annual Convention where his discovery caught the eye of representatives Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a small biotechnology firm based in San Diego, Calif. After several years of additional research, the company introduced a new drug called exenatide, sold under the trade name Byetta, which helps diabetics manage their condition. The drug was approved by the Food & Drug Administration in 2005.
A generation ago, Dr. Eng’s work studying the saliva of a common reptile may have earned him ridicule rather than acclaim. In fact, for those of you old enough to remember, there’s a reasonable chance the good doctor would have received one of the late Sen. William Proxmire’s (D-WI) infamous “Golden Fleece” Awards, a monthly “honor” created by the six-term legislator designed to draw attention to the evils of government waste.
Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and foward-thinking legislators like Congressmen Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), as well as our industry’s own Robert Dold Jr., who represented Illinois' 10th Congressional District from 2010-12, Eng’s work was honored at the “Golden Goose” Awards earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
According to the organization’s website, “The purpose of the ‘Golden Goose’ award is to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.”
“This was a bi-partisan effort to highlight the benefits of science,” Dold told PCT. “Frankly, we need to highlight all the great things that are occuring in the sciences so we are encouraging our young people to pursue careers that find solutions to problems.”
“Dr. Eng’s research demonstrates the necessity of federally supported basic research,” added Rep. Dent. “In 1992, there was no way of knowing that Gila monster venom contained a compound that would one day change the lives of millions of diabetics. We owe it to future generations to lay the groundwork now for tomorrow’s breakthroughs.”
“Dr. Eng’s research shows that we can’t abandon science funding only because we don’t know where it might lead,” said Rep. Cooper.
Is every federal research project money well spent? Probably not. Have ill-conceived or downright ludicrous research studies been funded in the past by the U.S. government? No doubt. But, on balance, like Robert Dold Jr., I choose to support those men and women who think differently about the world, who look at a Gila monster and don’t simply see a common lizard, but a creature with untapped scientific possibilities that could have a positive impact on the health of millions of people around the globe.
The author is publisher of PCT magazine.
Syngenta Professional Pest Management
Syngenta Professional Pest Management announced that Tandem insecticide is now labeled to control bed bugs. With this label update, PMPs have greater flexibility to give their customers a life uninterrupted by the nuisance and worry of bed bugs, Syngenta said.
According to the firm, Tandem provides fast knockdown and long-lasting control of bed bugs. With Tandem’s dual mode of action and long-term control, the product already controls more than 90 other common insects and pests. It is powered by two active ingredients, lambda-cyhalothrin and thiamethoxam. It also is formulated with iCAP technology to ensure quick knockdown and residual control, Syngenta says.
(Manufacturer’s note: PMPs applying Tandem for bed bug control should make sure the bottle they are using has bed bugs on the label when treating for these pests. The new label will carry the new logo shown on the bottle above.)
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Service Pro.net, developers of ServSuite, a pest control software solution, is now offering ServSuite clients advanced service notification emails to use with their customers.
Service notification emails show pest control customers that the service appointment has been planned and a technician assigned, creating a more open line of communication. The advanced service notification emails provide customers with the technician’s photo, name, date hired and qualifications. Having this information allows the customer to feel secure when meeting their service technician during the scheduled appointment, the firm says.
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Innolytics has upgraded the original OvoControl automatic feeder with a new model. The firm says the new feeder reflects the same durability, reliability and efficient design together with new features, including faster assembly, with no tools required; a lock-and-load lid with integrated trail camera mount; and tan color that blends into most areas.
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The technology of ThermalStrike heated luggage is now available as a reusable, portable treatment box designed to rid consumers’ goods of bed bugs while PMPs treat their home.
Using the same infrared heat technology as ThermalStrike luggage, the Expedition is simple to assemble, reusable and collapsible for easy storage, the company said. The 31- by 17- by 21-inch box gives pest control customers continuous protection against bed bugs, the firm says. Operators also can employ the Expedition while performing conventional pest control on a job site. The boxes weigh less than 9 pounds, break down flat and feature dual safety circuits — on a single 110v outlet.
The heat treatment equipment in ThermalStrike Expedition slowly raises the temperature of the container to 125°F to 150°F, killing all stages of bed bugs and eggs in less than eight hours.
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Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, received a letter of acceptance from EPA to add improved directions to the Temprid SC product label. Temprid SC, a broad-spectrum insecticide, offers PMPs control of more than 50 listed pests — including stink bugs, bed bugs, spiders, ants, aphids, mealy bugs and scale insects.
The Temprid label was expanded earlier this year to include improved claims for bed bug control and adding control of brown marmorated stink bugs and kudzu bugs. Improvements also include:
Available as a suspension concentrate, 1 gallon of the product contains 2 pounds of imidacloprid and 1 pound of beta-cyfluthrin. Temprid SC is available in a 400 ml bottle, and is designed for application in and around buildings and structures, as well as on established landscape ornamentals around residential and commercial properties.
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Bird-B-Gone introduced its new Sonic Shield, a device that frightens birds and other unwanted pests away from property using sound and light.
Self-contained and portable, the Sonic Shield operates on four AA batteries and is easily installed in a variety of locations, Bird-B-Gone reports. The device has two modes of operation for around-the-clock deterrence: a daytime mode to repel pests using flashing LED lights and barking dog sounds, and a nighttime mode that repels pests using only the flashing LED lights.
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MGK to Acquire Environmental Science Division from Valent BioSciences
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — MGK, an affiliate of Sumitomo Chemical Co., announced it intends to acquire the Environmental Science Division (ESD) of Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC), based in Libertyville, Ill. This acquisition will broaden MGK’s portfolio of active ingredients and formulation technologies, enhancing its portfolio of insect control solutions, according to MGK President Steve Gullickson.
“This is a great opportunity for MGK,” Gullickson said. “Valent BioSciences’ ESD is a successful, well operated business that has developed many effective insect control products, many of which will complement MGK’s existing product portfolio. More importantly, MGK is now in an even stronger position to serve our customers and create environmentally responsible and effective insect control solutions.”
MGK has about 250 EPA product registrations in the U.S., with one-third of its product line utilizing pyrethrum, a natural botanical ingredient. The remaining products use conventional active ingredients and formulation technologies proprietary to MGK. By purchasing VBC’s Environmental Science Division, MGK will immediately add more than 100 registered products to its roster. This acquisition aligns Sumitomo’s U.S.-based environmental health insect-control technologies under the MGK umbrella.
“Our acquisition of the Environmental Science Division of Valent BioSciences consolidates a broad range of environmental health chemistry under one roof for future product development, which is very powerful,” says Ian Thorburn, group marketing manager, MGK. “We’re in the process of going through the entire portfolio to identify which technologies will be most valuable to the professional pest management industry. Acquiring these technologies will allow MGK to continue developing leading solutions for the professional market.”
There were 17 people employed by Valent BioSciences’ ESD in Libertyville, Ill. “MGK is working to retain certain employees, further strengthening the team we have in place to serve the pest control marketplace,” Thorburn said.
The acquisition is expected to close this month.
Alterra Raises Money for Employee Who Lost Home
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In May, Fred Maldonado, a service professional at Alterra Pest Control’s Sacramento, Calif., office, and his family of five, found themselves homeless after losing their house to a fire. Fortunately, no injuries occurred, but the Maldonados, who did not have insurance, lost almost everything. When Maldonado returned to work, he informed branch manager Nat Hansen of what happened and that he would need to take some time off that day to look for an apartment.
Maldonado’s ordeal was communicated to Alterra CEO David Royce, who wanted to help Maldonado and his family. So he and CCO Derrick Royce came up with “Operation Support Fred,” a drive in which every employee was encouraged to make a donation of at least $10. Flyers were created and sent out to all employees at 16 different branches. The drive resulted in more than $19,000 (including $7,500 on behalf of Alterra). “I thought we might be able to raise $10,000, but our employees really came through,” David Royce said. “It was really cool and exciting, and it serves as a great example of the culture that we are trying to build at our company.”
Alterra wanted to surprise the Maldonados, so the drive was kept quiet. The company then presented the check to the Maldonados at a recent branch barbeque, and the family was “blown away” by the generous outpouring of support. — Brad Harbison
Texas A&M Entomology Marks New Construction with Naming Ceremony
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With a groundbreaking, naming ceremony and reception, the Texas A&M University’s department of entomology recently marked the start of construction of its new Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility at College Station.
The name was officially approved by the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents during its regular business meeting in College Station in time for the naming ceremony and reception held Aug. 9 in the Texas A&M University AgriLife Center on campus.
Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, noted, “This unique combination of excellence and selfless service is what sets Texas A&M and their partners (like the Rollins Family) apart as a unique institution in America.”
The new College Station building was named in honor of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, whose $2 million gift will help make the long-awaited dream a reality, said Dr. David Ragsdale, entomology department head at College Station.
“We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Dr. Roger Gold and the Texas A&M University’s department of entomology by supporting this new facility,” said O. Wayne Rollins’ granddaughter, Amy Kreisler.
Ragsdale said the Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility will be paired with the department’s Endowed Chair for Urban and Structural Entomology to provide a world-class facility to conduct Texas A&M AgriLife Research, teaching and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs for decades to come.
Gold currently holds the Endowed Chair for Urban and Structural Entomology and has since it was created in 1989. Ragsdale credited Gold with the vision for creating the facility.
Gold said the 11,000-square-foot building estimated to cost $4 million will house laboratories, conference rooms, offices and training areas. It also will include space for insect rearing and chemical and molecular analysis.
“Specifically, the new facility will be tasked with housing a dynamic program that will continue to support the professional pest management industry and the public interests in Texas and beyond,” Gold said.
NPMA Board of Directors Approve New Logo, Tagline
Fairfax, Va. — NPMA announced the launch of a new logo and tagline as part of the association’s ongoing evolution of its brand, which began in 2012 with the creation of the association’s strategic plan.
During its July meeting, the Board of Directors approved a new logo and tagline that represents the goals identified in NPMA’s strategic plan — education, protection and growth.
“It was the perfect time to evaluate our company’s brand and logo to ensure it was in sync with who we are and where we are going,” said NPMA Executive Vice President Bob Rosenberg. “For 80 years, NPMA’s members have helped to build a trusted brand in the pest management industry. It is with them in mind that we are excited to unveil our new, fresh visual identity to further strengthen our position as an industry leader and carry us into the future.”
The new logo showcases a shield around a person and a structure, graphically depicting the industry’s protection of people and property. The new tagline, “Our Mission is Your Protection” provides a dual purpose. While NPMA’s mission is to provide protection to its members through advocacy, education and business opportunities, the logo and tagline were also designed with association members in mind, as it is their mission to protect their customers.
NPMA is in the process of updating its collateral, stationery and website with the new logo. A formal launch is planned for PestWorld 2013, to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 22-25.
Truly Nolen EVP Arnie Kaplan Passes Away
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arnie Kaplan, executive vice president of Truly Nolen, passed away on Aug. 5, in Tucson, Ariz.
Kaplan had been with Truly Nolen for 28 years, starting as a sales inspector. He also worked as a branch manager and district manager. In 1999, Kaplan and his family relocated to Tucson, where he accepted the position of vice president of finance, information systems and human resources. Under his leadership, the departments made drastic improvements in efficiency and functionality, the firm says. Kaplan was an active participant in Truly Nolen’s management training program and served as a mentor to new branch and district managers.
“Arnie started as a sales inspector and made it to executive vice president mainly on his ability to help people grow,” said Truly Nolen President Scott Nolen. “He was a very respected person in the company who a lot of people owe their personal and professional development to.”
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kaplan grew up in New York and graduated from State University of New York with a major in history and a minor in religion. He had previously worked as a taxi driver and owned a business selling medical prostheses. He is survived by his wife, MaryJo and children, Zach, Azelia and Mikiela.
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Truly Nolen of America promoted Kevin Hall to branch manager of the Midvale, Utah, location.
Long-time independent manufacturer representative John Slagor joined J. F. Oakes as its West Coast representative in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana and Idaho.
Al Turner, area sales manager for Bayer CropScience’s professional pest management business, was awarded the Harry J. Balcom Legend Award from the Florida Pest Management Association in July. The award, given to the FPMA member who exemplifies the highest level of professionalism and service, was presented to Turner at FPMA’s annual summer conference. In addition to career performance, the recipient of the award displays a high level of service to both FPMA and the Florida pest management industry as a whole. Throughout his career, Turner has worked closely with FPMA leaders and pest management professionals to determine what FPMA can do to serve the industry, and helped to inform strategic direction and planning for the association.
The Steritech Group appointed Raja Musunuru as chief information officer to oversee the company’s information technology operation. Musunuru is responsible for the development and implementation of Steritech’s information technology strategy, leveraging business systems, proprietary software and applications, and hardware to deliver on the needs of Steritech’s clients and business operations.
Robert DiJoseph has been promoted to vice president of operations for BedBug Central.
Cooper Pest Solutions, Lawrenceville, N.J., named David Burgess vice president of operations, where he will continue focus on growth and profitability.
Univar Announces New Ratings & Reviews Incentive Sweepstakes
AUSTIN, Texas — Univar Environmental Sciences recently announced the launch of a five-month long promotion incentivizing PMPs to provide feedback on industry products through Ratings & Reviews, PestWeb’s interactive forum.
Univar will give away one Apple TV per month between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. In order to win, Premier Services subscribers must log into PestWeb’s Ratings & Reviews forum (services.univares.com) and rate or review at least five products within the same month. Winners will be chosen at the end of each month. For full official rules, visit pestweb.com/blog/a3424/pestweb-product-reviews-sweepstakes.
“Our customers often ask about product performance and what other PMPs are saying about particular products. We created Ratings & Reviews so that customers could very specifically share their thoughts and feedback in a constructive forum,” says Karl J. Kisner, vice president of marketing. “This tool allows customers to engage and share their views not only with us, but most importantly, with their peers. Like any ratings and reviews tool, the value is delivered through increased participation and volumes of ratings. So, we have developed this contest to help create greater depth to our ratings and reviews, making it a communications tool that our customers can truly value.”
PMP Launches New Venture
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Samuel Tutton, a 14-year industry veteran, has launched ECOSKAN Pest Solutions, a pest control and consulting business. Tutton serves as CEO while wife Heather is the company’s CFO.
Based in San Bernardino, Calif., the company provides termite and pest control services for residential, commercial and industrial clients. The name ECOSKAN is a combination of “eco” (short for ecology), promoting the company’s use of environmentally friendly and sustainable products; and the term “SKAN,” an acronym used in the family’s corporate business (SKAN Enterprises) that also promotes ECOSKAN’s use of technology for the advancement of customer-centric services.
ECOSKAN uses a consultative approach whereby the company will work with a provider to identify deficiencies in a program and develop an acceptable solution. If the current provider cannot meet the client’s needs, ECOSKAN will either assist in finding a new pest control company for the client, or take over the program themselves if it is a good fit for both parties. Samuel Tutton says the objective is not to steal clients from other PCOs, but to make sure both parties are satisfied with the services provided. “By performing a comprehensive inspection at sites that may be experiencing continued pest problems, ECOSKAN can deliver an objective report to the client to review with their existing PCO,” he said. “We will use the photo documentation along with computer-generated reports to detail deficiencies in the current program and then supply recommendations for improvement.”
Samuel Tutton’s involvement in the pest control industry includes stints with both Orkin and Terminix, where he ran operations that averaged $3 to $5 million in annual revenues. He then took a break from the pest control industry to work for wife Heather’s family business, Inland Cash Register, a Sharp cash register dealer that has expanded into technology development. The couple has grown that business by building strategic partnerships with various technology companies — a model they are transferring to the pest control industry.
“While working on these projects for ICR, I realized there was an opportunity in the pest control industry to launch a similar business model,” Samuel Tutton said. “Instead of directly competing against the large regional and national companies, my goal is work with them when requested by a client to find a solution agreeable to both parties.” — Brad Harbison
Long-Time Sprague Associate Mulloy Dies
EUGENE, Ore. — Mike Mulloy, 59, a long-time employee at Sprague Pest Solutions, passed away in May. Mulloy was the service center manager of Sprague’s Eugene, Ore., operation.
A member of the Sprague team since March 1992, Mulloy started his career as a service technician and climbed through the ranks to become operations manager before being named service center manager in 2002. “Mike Mulloy lived a passionate life of service and dedication to both his profession and his family,” says Alfie Treleven, CEO and president of Sprague Pest Solutions. “He was devoted to his loving family and undeniably proud of his co-workers. Mike led by example bringing enthusiasm, drive and heart to his profession each and every day. The Sprague family will miss Mike dearly and asks that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Dow AgroSciences Offers Online Training Program
INDIANAPOLIS — Product training is available online for lawn care operators who want to brush up on Dow AgroSciences Turf & Ornamental products and services. This three-part, interactive course provides key insights on pre-emergence and post-emergence herbicides and applications, as well as insecticides and fungicides, Dow said.
“We want to help educate lawn care operators on the tools available to help solve their customers’ problems,” says Andy Kaler, product manager for Turf & Ornamental. “This training program is the perfect way for turf professionals to learn our products and offer their customers valuable solutions.”
Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete and includes educational training followed by a 20-question quiz. Participants can learn about pre-emergence herbicides, including improved playability on golf courses, reduced hand-weeding in nurseries and clean, weed-free turf and landscapes. They also can brush up on the difference between selective and nonselective post-emergence herbicides and learn about disease and insect control and prevention in a variety of settings.
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Earlier this year, Brazoria County Legislative Day in Austin, Texas played host to Governor Rick Perry. Killum Pest Control’s Eric Melass was co-chairperson for the event and co-emcee of the breakfast where Governor Perry spoke to about 700 people. During his speech, Perry praised the innovative spirit and dedication of Brazoria County entrepreneurs.
Reliable Pest Solutions, Hannibal, Mo., recently celebrated 75 years in business. The company was founded in 1938 by John R. Scholes, who later partnered with Kenneth Cain, who grew their business to multiple locations. The company continued under the direction of Scholes’ descendants, and is now owned by Mike Scholes, the fourth-generation owner of the company.
A-Action Pest Control, Antioch, Ill., earned the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award.
Sprague Pest Solutions, Tacoma, Wash., recently moved its Portland, Ore., service center to a new location. The new service center allows the company to expand its heating and fumigation service capabilities and provide those services to Sprague clients in food processing, distribution and agriculture, said Brian Kalbfleisch, district manager for Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Allgood Pest Solutions launched its “Crush Cancer” initiative in support of Relay for Life by transforming its Pestimonial Booth into “a vehicle of victory and hope for cancer survivors and those currently fighting cancer,” the firm said. The Crush Cancer booth records stories that will be shared on the initiative’s website, allgoodcrushescancer.com. “Our goal with these videos is to spread the message of hope, optimism and encouragement to those battling cancer,” said Bill Ballard, who spearheaded the Crush Cancer initiative.
Syngenta Agricultural Research Center Celebrates 50 Years in Vero Beach, Fla.
MINNETONKA, Minn. — Researching tomorrow’s agricultural technology for today’s crops is a time-honored tradition at the Syngenta Vero Beach, Fla., Research Center, where dedicated scientists have been unlocking plant potential since 1963, the company said. The site marked its anniversary with a ceremony in Vero Beach in July.
“We not only believe in bringing plant potential to life, we live it,” said Jorge Cisneros, Ph.D., research and development manager at the site. “For 50 years, the Vero Beach facility has supported this goal, making us a key agricultural research center for farmers in the United States and around the world.”
Syngenta invests over $1.2 billion each year in research worldwide. The Vero Beach facility has earned a reputation for combining the latest technologies with practical, hands-on field testing. Florida’s 12-month growing season allows scientists at the 240-acre agricultural research center to generate multiple seasons of field data per year and study a wide range of crops.
“We help put pest management tools into farmers’ hands,” said Clark Lovelady, group leader for the insect control team at the Vero Beach location. “We accomplish this by providing quality research data and unique observations about the behavior of crop protection compounds through lab testing, greenhouse trials and field studies.”
“The Vero Beach Research Center is a key location within Syngenta where researchers can conduct studies in the lab, growth chambers, greenhouses and the field at the same time to fully characterize new products and determine how they will perform in commercial applications,” added Paul Kuhn, Ph.D., senior group leader for the disease control team at Vero Beach. “Also, we conduct the extensive research required by government regulatory agencies to ensure that new products will be effective for crop producers, as well as safe for humans, wildlife and the environment.”
Through the years, Syngenta scientists at Vero Beach have played major roles in the development of many key Syngenta brands and technologies. “Almost every herbicide that has been registered through Syngenta has come through our facility,” said Cheryl Dunne, group leader for the weed control team at Vero Beach.
For more information about Syngenta visit www.syngenta-us.com.
Real Green Partners with Shelton Analytics
WALLED LAKE, Mich. — Joe Kucik, CEO of Real Green Systems, announced the creation of Real Green Analytics — a merged-partner company with Donnie Shelton, CEO of Shelton Analytics and Triangle Pest Control Company (TPC).
Real Green Systems recently purchased 50 percent of Shelton Analytics to form the new partnership. Donnie Shelton will spearhead this enterprise as CEO of Real Green Analytics, bringing Real Green’s customers training tools including:
For more information contact Real Green Systems at 800/422-7478.