READING, Pa. — Rentokil North America announced the hiring of Richard Doggett as its new chief revenue officer.
Doggett has more than 28 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, serving most recently at Sysco as vice president of sales. He also served as senior director of strategic markets for Cintas, helping to diversify their business and grow the sales team.
“We’re thrilled to have Rich join our team as chief revenue officer,” said John Myers, president and CEO of Rentokil North America. “It’s a pivotal time for our organization, and we look forward to Rich’s leadership as he oversees the company’s sales and revenue generation process.”
Doggett holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Kathie and has two children, Luke and Lainey.
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ATLANTA, Ga. – Arrow Exterminators announced the acquisition of Florida company Falcon Lawn & Pest. Falcon has locations in both Orlando and Wildwood. The transaction strengthens Atlanta-based Arrow’s presence in several of the state’s counties, the company said.
“We enthusiastically welcome the customers and team members of Falcon Lawn & Pest to the Arrow family,” Emily Thomas Kendrick, chief executive officer of Arrow Exterminators, said.
Family-owned and operated Falcon has serviced Central Florida since 1969, she continued. The acquisition of Falcon’s two locations means Arrow has 39 offices throughout the state of Florida and a total of 154 offices in the country.
Louis Witherington, Falcon co-owner and CEO, called the acquisition “a dream come true.” Patti Witherington, co-owner and president, added that the two companies have nearly identical service philosophies.
“Arrow is dedicated to hiring, training and retaining the best people and we are so happy that this experienced team we’ve built over the years will be a part of the Arrow culture and have additional opportunities for growth,” Louis Witherington said.
Tim Pollard, president and chief operating officer of Arrow, recalled he first met Louis in the late ‘90s and was immediately impressed with his knowledgeability and commitment to the industry. Louis has been involved in nearly every facet of the industry in the state of Florida, he said, and Arrow is excited for him to continue representing the company going forward.
PCO M&A and Succession Specialists represented and acted as the exclusive financial advisors to Falcon Lawn & Pest for this transaction.
The Law Offices of Mark Ruff represented Falcon Lawn & Pest for this transaction.
It’s safe to say the SARS-COV-2 virus has affected virtually every aspect of life in the U.S. The good news in all of this for pest management professionals is that pests are unaffected by the pandemic and continue to do what they do best — survive, reproduce, and invade.
In addition, more people working from home has translated to even less tolerance for pests inside and outside; therefore, most pest companies have experienced greater opportunities for growth in residential services during the past 18 months.
Only a few types of pests — German cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, Pharaoh ants, stored product pests — require being carried inside to infest homes. The vast majority of home infestations originate from the outside which fits nicely with a perimeter pest control service model.
The approach to perimeter service varies depending on if it is the initial service to take care of an immediate pest problem or a routine pest service where pests may or may not be a priority issue. When pest activity is reported, the approach is to focus on finding sites where the target pest(s) are most likely to harbor or nest.
For routine service, determining if any pest that may threaten inside invasion is present is the priority. For example, Argentine ants seen inside will involve looking for nest sites outside, particularly near the house. A routine pest service will focus on looking for the same types of nesting sites, but also checking other sites where different pests may be harboring.
The author, one of the country’s leading structural entomologists, is president of Stoy Pest Consulting.
Technology Solutions for the ‘New Normal’
As treatments moved outdoors, however, product selection becomes even more critical as environmental factors such as exposure to UV light, humidity, complex surfaces and rainfall challenge the performance of insecticides.
To address this market concern, Bayer Environmental Science recently introduced Barricor SP, an innovative general use insecticide designed specifically for frequent maintenance applications on complex surfaces like those found around the perimeter of structures (i.e., mulch, concrete, gravel, etc.)
“Several years ago, we looked at the market and recognized that in many parts of the country because of climate, pest pressure and other factors, there’s a significant number of companies that perform service on a more frequent basis,“ said Joe Barile, technical service lead, Bayer ES. “So, we asked ourselves, ‘What can we do as a company to meet this market need?'”
After thoroughly studying the issue, Bayer created Barricor SP, a new product featuring the proven active ingredient deltamethrin in an innovative solid particle (SP) formulation. When placed in suspension, deltamethrin adheres to the solid particles, making it more bioavailable to the insect.
“Once applied, it stands up on the surface, making it readily accessible to insects,” Barile said. “It also protects the AI for a longer period of time, which are both important benefits.”
With the growth of the perimeter market fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of a new formulation designed specifically for outdoor perimeter treatments couldn’t have come at a better time.
“The industry is more familiar with microcaps, which were developed in the 1980s, so it’s been quite a while since a truly new formulation has been created for the dilutable insecticide market,” Barile observed. “That’s why we’re so excited to offer Barricor SP to the marketplace at such a critical time in its history. We’re confident it will provide excellent control on a wide variety of surfaces against more than 40 common pests.”
To learn more about Barricor SP, contact your Bayer sales representative or visit www.environmentalscience.bayer.us.