STOCKTON, Calif. — Clark Pest Control of Stockton, Calif., announced that it is acquiring Sentinel Pest Management, based in Mission Viejo, Calif. The acquisition will increase the size of Clark's Orange County pest control division.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – One of the highlights of day two of the Purdue Pest Management Conference was a presentation by rodentologist Dr. Bobby Corrigan, who discussed “The Sherlock Holmes Approach to Rodent IPM.”
Like the famed fictional detective, pest management professionals have been “trained to see what others overlook” Corrigan said.
One of the things Corrigan loves about rodent control is the detective work to find where rodents enter a structure and how best to keep them out. “Just this past Friday I had to pretend I was Sherlock Holmes in order to figure out how mice were getting into a famous Washington, D.C. hotel.”
Corrigan reminded Purdue attendees that clients aren’t paying you for the mechanical aspects of rodent control (e.g., placing traps), but rather for your expertise. This includes your knowledge of rodent biology and behavior, rodent pathways, the proper selection and use of rodent control products, etc.
“Whether you realize it of not, when you are on the job, by default, you are an observational biologist. Your customers are paying you to be observational biologists,” he said.
Corrigan provided a few examples of observational biology that PMPs make on a structure’s exterior and interior.
For example, he showed a photo of a rat-infested park in New York City where he was able to quickly find the infestation. The location was in proximity to an overflowing trash can; was shaded; and would allow for excellent airflow stimulation in rats. Corrigan showed other photos in New York City of pathways and urine markings left by rodents.
Indoors, Corrigan said, “Rats and mice seek highly protected spaces away from home sapiens.” PMPs are observational biologists indoors when they inspect items like escutcheon plates and when they use rulers when examining entry points to determine if they are large enough for a mouse (6 millimeters) or rat (12 millimeters).
In summary, Corrigan said it is exciting time to be doing rodent control because of high-tech equipment such as sensors and trail cameras. However, for PMPs they must first have a clear understanding of what causes drives and sustains pest invasions. “Sensors are our future, trail cameras are our future,” Corrigan said, but what good is it to place a trail camera in a location that rodents won’t visit, he asked.
(Pictured, Stan Cope presenting at this year's Purdue Pest Management Conference.)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As one of the leading resources for moving the pest management industry, the Purdue Pest Management Conference includes cutting-edge topics, and the lead off technical sessions at this year’s event are of ever-increasing interest to pest management professionals: vector management and pollinator protection.
The vector management session was created by Rentokil’s Gene White and presented by Stan Cope of AP&G, who also is a past president of the American Mosquito Control Association.
Cope noted that vector control remains a growth sector for the pest control industry thanks, in large, to vector-borne diseases that continue to capture headlines. For example, in 2019 mosquitoes were once again in the news as a result of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) outbreaks.
Many pest control companies are responding for this need by offering mosquito control. For example, Cope and White referenced the 2018 PCT State of the Mosquito Market, which showed that 54% of PMP companies offered mosquito control services in 2018 compared to 38% in 2014.
7. Protect people across the country at work and home from nuisance biting mosquitoes and therefore theoretically reduce disease transmission
Cope said #7 is particularly important. “The bottom line is that our job is to protect people. What people really buy from you is quality of life and peace of mind.”
Cope said barriers to enter the vector management sector are low, as traps and spray equipment are relatively inexpensive and it’s not terribly difficult to know where and how to apply spray pesticides. However, there are some landmines when it comes to offering mosquito control, Cope said, including understanding local regulations; extensive paperwork; and drift concern.
Following Cope was Leo Reed from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. His presentation on pollinators dovetailed nicely with Cope’s because mosquito spraying is a concern when it comes to pollinator protection. For example, Reed said applicators who spray a customer’s property need to be mindful of that customer’s neighbors, who might be keeping hives (and thus have drift concerns).
In 2014, President Barack Obama announced a federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. As part of his memorandum, Obama directed EPA to engage with state agencies to develop pollinator protection plans.
Indiana’s plan contains five major components, and it is similar to other states’ pollinator protection plans. The five components are:
5. Promote Best Management Practices (BMPs) for pollinator protection and health
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