PCT magazine is in the process of identifying the largest 100 pest management firms in the U.S., based on 2014 revenues. Please fill out the form and send it PCT. A downloadable PDF of the form, as well as the online form can be downloaded at www.pctonline.com/top100.aspx
]ANNAPOLIS, Md. —The Entomological Society of America is considering launching a new version of the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) credential. Currently the only ACE is designed to help structural pest management professionals establish their credentials, but throughout the years ESA has heard that a similar program targeting the turf, lawn and ornamental professionals was needed.
ESA has launched a survey “to determine the feasibility of this undertaking.” The survey is 12 questions long and will only take 3-4 minutes to complete.
Click here to take the ACE-Turf and Ornamental survey.
CHICAGO – Pest control technicians now have the ability to select the most effective methods for treating individual bed bug infestations. The LightsOut Lab-In-A-Bag Pesticide Efficacy Kit is now available to assist the pest management industry in choosing the most suitable products for eliminating bed bugs.
“This past summer, the country witnessed a resurgence of bedbugs and the pests are increasingly growing resistant to modern pesticides,” said Brian Hirsch, director of sales, Industrial Division at Protect-A-Bed. “The LightsOut Lab-In-A-Bag is designed to allow pest managers to sift through the clutter of what’s available and determine a targeted and specific approach for each individual case.”
Protect-A-Bed teamed with entomologists from the University of Kentucky to develop the testing kit, which is the first of its kind and includes a cushioned and insulated carry bag, modular evaluation dishes, interchangeable substrate inserts such as furniture fabric, bedding fabric and wood, a hand magnifier, specimen collection forceps, dust application brush, grease pencil and detailed instructions for the cooling pack. A cooling pack is used to transport the bedbugs when necessary and to prevent the pests from inadvertently dying during the hot summer months.
In addition to assisting pest technicians to prescribe the ideal pesticide, Lab-In-A-Bag also effectively helps identify resistant-strain bedbugs, and allows for better control of an infestation with less pesticide use.
The Lab-In-A-Bag testing kit is currently available by contacting Brian Hirsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414/731-1663.
For more information about LightsOut Lab-In-A-Bag, visit www.lightsoutbedbug.com. A how-to-tutorial of the product is also available online.
Ecolab said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 17% on broad growth in the cleaning-products company’s revenue, led by sales in its energy and institutional businesses. The company expects its portfolio of business will help it turn in a strong performance in 2015 despite very unfavorable currency trends, CEO Doug Baker said during a conference call with analysts.
The company’s “other segments sales” category, which includes its pest business, increased 5% to $190 million in the fourth quarter led by pest, Ecolab reported. During a Q&A session with investors Baker was asked “Was there a big difference between international and domestic pest elimination performance?” He responded that there was not a dramatic difference, and that U.S pest remains the bigger business. He added that U.S. pest has been “steadily improving” due to a number of investments in that business starting two years ago.
“We're going to continue [the investments],” he said. “I would say kind of the heavy investment status going into 2015 has been paying off and accelerating sales. I would also say there's a number of other metrics that continue to improve in that business. So that is the biggest piece of the pest business.”
Additional source: Ecolab and Seeking Alpha
The next webinar in the “All Bugs Good and Bad 2015 Series” is titled “Fire Ant Management Using Baits” and takes place March 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. (CST).
Description: Learn how to make the biology of fire ants work for you not against you. This webinar presented by Dr. Lawrence "Fudd" Graham from Auburn University will discuss fire ant baits and other control methods. It will also provide the latest information on the Pseudacteon phorid flies, natural enemies of fire ants. Moderated by Dani Carroll and Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Vicky Bertagnolli-Heller, Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator, Clemson University. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. Note: on March 6, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you log in earlier, you will get an error message.
For more webinars in this series, see All Bugs Good and Bad 2015 Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Imported Fire Ants, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture.