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October 5, 2018

PWIPM 5K Fun Run/Walk is Friday

Root on this year’s participants in the PWIPM 5K Fun Run/Walk Friday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., on the hotel grounds. The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) has been selected to receive the proceeds of the this year's run/walk. The National Girls Collaborative Project works to bring together organizations from around the United States who are committed to supporting and encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The run/walk is sponsored by Arrow Exterminators, Bell Laboratories, Gardex Chemicals, PestWest and ServicePro.

Visit Pi Chi Omega at NPMA PestWorld

Pi Chi Omega, the pest control industry’s national fraternity, will be exhibiting on Level 5 in the Southern Hemisphere foyer (booth #3103). Stop by and take the Pi Chi Omega Ultimate Insect ID Challenge! Bring your insect identification skills and your bravery — in addition to naming several different species of insects, you may opt to go for the bonus round and blindly stick your hand in a box to identify the insect inside.

New Public Health Service Certification Announced

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is announcing at PestWorld that the association’s credentialing program, QualityPro, is now accepting applications from accredited companies looking to distinguish their mosquito and rodent control services. The brand-new public health service certification provides pest management companies with a unique opportunity to verify their knowledge and expertise when addressing pests of public health concern. The new mosquito and rodent public health service certifications were developed by an 11-person task force comprised of representatives from the National Pest Management Association, the American Mosquito Control Association, the National Environmental Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Entomological Society of America, in addition to participants from a vector control district and five pest management companies. QualityPro plans to further grow its Public Health offering in the coming years with bed bug, biting and stinging pests, and wildlife service certifications added to the series. For more information and to apply, visit

Check Out the Protecta EVO Weighted Landscape

The Protecta EVO Weighted Landscape from Bell Laboratories (booth #129) is a secure, rat-sized bait station designed to blend in with the outdoor environment. Its realistic color, stone and naturally textured surface gives this bait station the authentic look of a rock. The Weighted Landscape comes pre-installed with a custom brick that is completely enclosed with no bolts or screws that can break or crack. Additionally, the single lock with the EVO key provides added security and allows for easy opening and closing. Servicing the station is simple with the new, removable tray and side-opening design. Features include: 4 vertical bait positions with locking rods that won’t fall out during cleaning; can hold 1 T-Rex Rat Snap Trap or up to eight 1-ounce Blox; and the product is made in the USA.

HIIG Rebrands, Relaunches Exterminator Pro Pest Control Insurance Program

Houston International Insurance Group (HIIG) has rebranded and relaunched its pest control insurance program. HIIG, which has protected pest professionals as the longtime carrier partner for a managing general agency specializing in pest control insurance coverages, introduces HIIG Xterminator Pro ( to its network of brokers and the pest management industry. Xterminator Pro offers a full suite of coverages though HIIG’s A-rated, admitted insurance companies in all states (except Alaska). These include: general liability (including in-transit pollution at policy limits, bed bug heat and no sub-limits); commercial auto; workers compensation; commercial property; excess (available over all GL, WC and Auto lines of coverage); employment practices liability; and employee crime. HIIG Xterminator Pro will continue to service local agents with expertise in pest control and retain its management and service professionals in their Orlando-based operations: Billy Craft, vice president, and Allen Fugler, director of risk management.

The new HIIG Xterminator Pro will continue its involvement in pest management and sponsorship of industry groups, including: Engaging with the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (; hosting an online regulatory database and Formosan termite distribution map on its Risk Management page (; supporting the Pestcemetery Facebook Group, (; maintaining the Client Area of its website to provide loss control resources, including driver training, pest ID service from the University of Florida Entomology Club, sample pest and termite contracts, operational checklists, and OSHA compliance information to reduce risks of claims and lawsuits; online and live webinar driver safety training to address the largest challenge to business owners, reduction of auto claims and control of auto insurance costs; and more. Learn more at

Visit Diversified Sales & Marketing at NPMA PestWorld Booth #1609

Diversified Sales & Marketing (DSM) is a manufacturer representative company that represents Diversified Plastics Industries; CCJLLC Green Drain Products; Noble Pine Products Co.; Susan McKnight, Inc.; and Mattress Safe to the pest management market. Product lines include: E-Z Access II & Cover-Up bath trap panels and crawlspace vent covers; E-Z Access crawlspace doors and insulated crawlspace doors; Mini-Port access covers; Sterifab insecticide and disinfectant/sanitizer; Green Drain floor drain trap seal; Climb-Up insect monitors and traps; and Mattress Safe mattress and box spring encasements/covers and bed bug suits. Learn more about Diversified Sales & Marketing at booth #1609 or at

Learn About the New Holdfast Pro Glue Formulation

Visit Woodstream (booth #1017) to learn about changes to Victor Pro Holdfast glueboards. The company is transitioning all rodent glueboard products including item #s M309, M320 and M319 to a new superior and proprietary Holdfast Pro glue formulation. New Holdfast Pro provides PMPs an aggressive, high-performing rodent glueboard. According to the manufacturer, Holdfast Pro catches more mice and rats and greatly reduces pull offs and escapes compared to competitive glue traps. The glue also catches insects. Patented Easy Peel clear release liner allows faster easier service. All traps come pre-baited with a synthetic non-allergenic peanut butter scent.

Learn About TERM Barrier Systems at Booth #213

Homes and commercial properties keep the outside out and the inside in. This includes water, moisture (bad air) and pests. Knowing how pests enter a structure helps PMPs design programs to keep them out. Many PMPs have realized the value of preventive programs focused more on keeping pests out and less on pesticide use. An innovation from Polyguard (booth #213) is TERM Barrier Systems. Backed by 18 years of university research and ICC Evaluation Report #3632, PMPs can optimize building waterproofing by adding non-chemical termite barriers

Meet HGTV Star Bristol Marunde

Visit PestWorld booth #1709 to learn about TAP Pest Control Insulation and meet Bristol Marunde, former MMA fighter and current star of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop Vegas.”