ATLANTA – Northwest Exterminating announced they have acquired and are welcoming Target Pest Control into the Northwest and Rollins Family of Brands. The acquisition of Target Pest Control, which serves the Birmingham, Ala., area, further supports Northwest’s growth efforts across the Southeast.
With offices in Cullman, Birmingham, and Jasper, Alabama, the Target team provides commercial and residential pest control services. While Northwest already supports the Birmingham area, the Target Pest Control acquisition will further expand the footprint to support more of Alabama’s community and customers, the company reports..
Target has been led by Keith Chandler since 1998. Chandler will continue to support Target as a consultant with his wealth of industry knowledge, Southeast relationships, and heart for the Target team.
“While the decision to merge is never easy, the Northwest team is the perfect fit to honor the Target family – our customers and team – for years to come,” said Chandler. “Growing Target with my family has been a true blessing, and I’m excited to witness the growth opportunities ahead for the team and the additional support our customers will receive.”
Stanford Phillips, Rollins Division Vice President and Northwest Exterminating Co-President, added, “Keith’s commitment to creating a family-like culture that cares about the customer is inspiring. It’s something that Northwest aims for daily. We could not be more excited to welcome the extraordinary Target team into the Northwest Family.”
If you see western subterranean termites swarming in the spring, from now through June, save the specimens for University of California Urban Integrated Pest Management (IPM) advisor and urban entomologist Andrew Sutherland.
Sutherland, UC Riverside professor and urban entomologist Chow-Yang Lee, and USDA forest entomologist Lori Nelson want to compare the spring swarming populations of Reticulitermes hesperus with the fall swarming populations.
“A major taxonomic question surrounding western subterranean termites remains unsolved,” said Sutherland, the Urban IPM Advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area. “Most termite species simultaneously swarm over a relatively short period during one season, facilitating genetic exchange during mating. Individuals thought to represent Reticulitermes hesperus, however, have been observed swarming during both autumn (usually on a sunny day after the first autumn rain event) and spring (sunny days when soil is moist) suggesting that there are at least two cryptic species considered within the western subterranean termite complex or that speciation is underway (individuals swarming at different times of the year cannot mate with one another).”
In fact, says Sutherland, USDA Forest Service research by Michael Haverty and Lori Nelson indicates that spring and autumn swarming populations can actually be distinguished by different cuticular hydrocarbons (waxes on exoskeleton).
In the collaborative UC IPM, UC Riverside, and USDA Forest Service research project, “we seek to resolve this question once and for all by comparing DNA microsatellite data and cuticular hydrocarbon data from alates (winged termite swarmers) collected during these different seasons,” Sutherland said.
Residents of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Nevada, southern British Columbia, and northern Baja California can help by collecting at least 25 individuals of swarming Reticulitermes and freezing them in a hard-walled container, such as a pill bottle, film canister or a food storage plastic container.
Contributors will receive a Common Cockroaches of California poster or another special gift. Contributing pest management professionals will receive a free training opportunity with ‘IPM' continuing education units for California's Structural Pest Control Board licenses.
Sutherland's program will fund the shipping of the specimens. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, such as if the termite specimens qualify.
Source: UCR News Service
Advanced Wildlife Control, a New England-based business that specializes in wildlife removal, control and prevention services, celebrates 14 years in business supporting NH Seacoast, Lakes and Southern Maine.
“Fourteen years ago, I set out on a mission to grow this little company with a job that I love,” said Mike Ring, owner and operator of Advanced Wildlife Control. “Over the past year especially, we have seen the need to grow. With more people at home, we are finding more people are realizing they are not alone. Calls for scratching in walls, bat removal, squirrel removal and other wildlife removal and prevention have been on the rise and we needed to add some supportive team members to assist.”
The business, originally founded in the Seacoast region in 1985 and has evolved and expanded after being purchased by Ring in 2007.
Over the years, they have learned how to strategically chart wildlife patterns to quickly uncover both their entry and exit points in the properties they service. The team has been fortunate to support companies like: Eversource, Walmart, Liberty Mutual, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, East Brown Cow, Bean Group, and many other real estate groups in the current economy.
Today they offer full exclusion services and promote preventative measures – assuring all current and potential access points are secured to eliminate the potential of a wildlife encounter.