The conference, held May 3-4, has been taking place for 14 years. Most participants came from Argentina, but others traveled from Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
The purpose of the conference is to assist in the training and acquisition of technical, marketing and commercial knowledge for pest control professionals, while also maintaining ethical and environmental standards.
A workshop on IPM in the food industry also took place on the first day of the conference as part of a series of complimentary events held on the side.
On the second day, there was an international meeting on dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever, and challenges in the control of Aedes aegypti. This meeting was organized by the Mundo Sano Foundation, and more than 130 people attended, including officials from areas affected by mosquito-borne illnesses and researchers in the private pest control sector.
Last, following up on the symposium held in 2016, a meeting of Latin American associations was organized, in which experiences of pest control professionals in the United States were discussed. (Click here to watch a video recap that the organizers created).
“The ETL Listing for our ER1400 provides bed bug solutions to our customers with 110 volts 15 ampere circuits. In addition to our existing 110 volts 20 ampere and 220 volt 30 / 50 ampere offerings, this listing completes our capability to deliver thermal bed bug solution to the full range of power requirements found on most sites,” said Ron Elsis, VP operations Colorado Tri-Flo Systems.
The Eradi-Flo line is used in the eradication of bed bugs, restoration and construction heating. The design generates forced airflow to accomplish the necessary heating for killing bed bugs; drying out wet areas and heating construction sites, the company said.
“Although June is officially National Safety Month, we believe that drivers should practice safe driving habits 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Ananth Rani, co-founder and CEO of Azuga. “Our quarterly awards program celebrates drivers and fleet managers that have been empowered by our social telematics solution, which combines driver visibility, gamification and instant rewards for safe driving.”
Azuga announced the following top drivers and fleet managers from the first quarter of 2017:
• Ernest Sutterfield, M. Lipsitz & Co. Ltd
• Spencer Hughes, AWP Inc.
• General Antwon Dickens, Satellites Unlimited
• Brent Carter, Corix Utilities
• Tony Edwards, Aero Communications Inc.
• James Doughtery, Laury Heating Cooling LLC
• Dean Capps, Galaxy 1 Marketing
• Kurt Kremer, Barton Mallow Company
• Eric Sietsema, Sietsema Farms
• Jon Sims, Satellites Unlimited
• Angel Lopez, Unique Freight Transport
• Sam Smith, Ralph Smith Co.
• Denny Walker, Ko Olina Transporation
• Jon Erickson, Soils & Structures, Inc.
• Anton Dagner, Ambassador Limousine
• Patrick Garland, LT Environmental, Inc.
Winning drivers and fleets are announced on a quarterly basis, and at the end of the year, one driver and one fleet manager are chosen as top drivers of the year. The Safe Driving Awards winners are determined by analyzing all drivers’ safety events (speeding, hard braking, rapid acceleration, idling) using a proprietary algorithm developed by Azuga's data science team. Each individual safety component factors in the magnitude, duration, frequency and spatio-temporal index to determine the conditions under which the events occurred. Driver scores are visible to fleet managers and workers alike, and are a tool for recognizing good driving behaviors and identifying areas where coaching is needed.
To learn more about how Azuga’s fleet customers incorporate safe driving into operations and culture, click here.
ATLANTA, Ga. — Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators announced the merger and acquisition of Gary’s Quality Pest Control, a pest management firm specializing in residential and commercial pest control as well as lawn care services. This transaction will facilitate Arrow’s ability to grow and serve more customers in Southwest Florida with a full line of services including termite and mosquito services.
“We are so pleased to welcome the customers and team members of Gary’s to the Arrow family,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, president and chief executive officer of Arrow Exterminators. “Gary’s commitment to their team members and passion for customer service is not only a perfect fit, it is a strategic fit. With three offices in the Tampa Bay area and 5 more along Florida’s southwest coast from Bradenton to Naples, we are now well-positioned to take care of the needs of consumers and businesses in the Southwest part of the state. This new location represents our 101st service center company and we will operate under our Hughes Exterminators brand, giving us a total of 22 service centers throughout the state of Florida,” added Kendrick.
”When looking for a home for our business, we wanted a family-owned and operated company that provided great customer service and was passionate about how customers and employees are treated. We found that in Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators and are now proud to be part of the family,” said owner Gary Maschmidt. “We especially wanted to give our employees an opportunity to be with a company where we knew there would be growth opportunities as well as an expanded range of services to offer our customers. All of my employees will continue their careers with Arrow Exterminators.”
“Gary and his team are very well regarded in the Southwestern portion of Florida and have an extremely strong following in the cities of Fort Myers and Cape Coral and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. We are proud to have this strong, experienced team of professionals join the Arrow family. We are continuously looking to merge with high quality companies who share our goals, principles, and culture and we found the perfect fit with Gary’s,” said Tim Pollard, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, Arrow Exterminators.
Kemp Anderson Consulting Represents Gary’s in the Transaction
Representing Gary’s Quality Pest Control in its sale to Arrow Exterminators was industry consultant Kemp Anderson, owner of Kemp Anderson Consulting, Winter Park, Fla. Anderson said, “Gary was amazing to work with and built a growing high quality and very profitable business. It was clear when Gary met with Arrow, there was an immediate cultural connection and it looked like the two were a perfect match. While others wanted to purchase Gary’s company, the fit Gary felt was an important component for his employees and customers after his pending retirement. Gary was very pleased with the process and I believe Arrow is poised to dominate Southwest Florida with this acquisition.”