Stoy Hedges wrote the September PCT feature "Orb-Weaver Spiders: A Primer." In this video he shares additional orb-weaver spider photos.
ROCKFORD, Tenn. - Nisus Corporation announced that Kim Kelley-Tunis is bringing her 30 years of experience in the pest management industry to her new role as senior director, field services. Kelley-Tunis will take on an immediate leadership role overseeing Nisus’ pest management field education programs, managing new technical and regulatory initiatives and providing guidance to R&D for development of new products.
Kelley-Tunis began her career as a researcher at Purdue University, where she authored and co-authored over thirty papers on pest behaviors. After her time at Purdue, she joined McCloud Services, eventually becoming director of education and training. She also served as director of technical services at Rollins before her promotion to quality assurance and termite claims director. She then held the position of director of operational standards at Terminix.
“We are delighted that Kim has joined the Nisus team,” said Greg Baumann, vice president of global technical services and regulatory affairs for Nisus. “Kim is a recognized industry leader, and her technical background and analytical abilities will further enhance Nisus Corporation’s presence in the field with pest management customers and regulatory agencies.”
In January 2021, Irwin Levy exited the pest control industry after selling Aladdin Pest Control (to Terminix), a business he had spent 45 years growing into a leading pest control provider throughout Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) and Queens County.
Levy has found success in his next pursuit, serving as co-host, along with Esperanza Léon, of “Our Hamptons” podcast, which explores the history of South Fork, Long Island..
As profiled in Behind the Hedges, Levy was a regular client at Léon’s art gallery and the two struck up a friendship, which led to the podcast. Every two weeks, Levy and Esperenza record/launch podcasts on history and preservation topics related to East Hampton. For example, their premier episode in May was a profile of the Amagansett neighborhood of Poseyville, home to numerous baymen, and now undergoing major development.
Download the podcasts by searching “Our Hamptons” and listen anywhere you get your podcasts, or from this link.
PCT caught up with Levy for a look back at his time spent in pest control and to learn more about his new pursuits.
Brad Harbison: How have you stayed connected with the pest control industry?
Irwin Levy: I still have my consulting agreement doing M&A for Terminix.
BH: What do you miss most about the pest control industry?
IL: Relationships! Those I shared with my clients, and the industry suppliers and sales representatives — the overall camaraderie. You didn't ask, but I'll tell you what I don't miss: the 12-hour work days!
BH: What have you learned about podcasting through this experience? What makes a good podcast?
IL: I'll answer this in reverse. I think what makes a good podcast is subjective: 2+2 is always 4. But podcasting is more like an art form. I don't think there is a correct or incorrect way of doing it. You find a niche that works for the message you try to get out. With Our Hamptons, we focus on the history, preservation and sense of place on eastern Long Island. Our particular style is having a conversation interesting enough that you want to eavesdrop on it. I've learned that a podcast entails much research, production and social media. Mostly, you have to have an effective a platform to get a message out. We've actually had like-minded organizations reach out to us, wanting to tell our audience their particular story. We even get fan mail suggesting episodes. It's fun!
BH: What skills from running a service-based business help you connect with the subjects you interview?IL: This is an easy one. People skills. Sure, being an owner/operator of a pest control business I dealt with virtually every issue this industry could throw at you. But it always reverts back to one undeniable fact you could be the best technician (or dentist, or attorney, or anything else) but if the client doesn't like you, none of that matters.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Forshaw announced the official launch of its new Wildlife Management Distribution. This expansion of products will provide Forshaw the opportunity to supply Wildlife Control solutions nationwide through a variety of trusted products including live-traps, baits, and exclusion.
To lead this new division, Forshaw has tapped Wildlife expert and biologist Frank Fowler, who will lend his 20+ years of Wildlife industry expertise as he helps to supply solutions to clients and consumers from coast-to-coast. “We all know Forshaw as a leader in pest management distribution, so I couldn’t be happier to work with them to take their industry standard and lend that to wildlife control," Fowler said. "Working with our vendors we have curated a top-tier offering of products for an array of animals to help ensure the best results for both prevention and management of wildlife in diverse territories nationwide.”