J.F. Oakes offers its various lines of products for the pest control industry on one easy-to-use CD. The CD features new products, shows how to use and place products, and contains Material Safety Data Sheets. The firm says a valuable feature has been added to the JFO Product CD: PowerPoint presentations on DismatePE (a mating disruptive product with 13 years of experience) and XLure R.T.U. pheromone solutions and products. These presentations can be used in making your own in-house training presentations. Visit J.F. Oakes’ website to request your JFO Product CD.
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Bird Barrier America
Bird Barrier America has developed an electrified system that keeps birds and wildlife off of tree limbs. Bird Barrier’s patent-pending Tree-Shock system conditions pest birds, such as pigeons and grackles, and wildlife, such as squirrels and raccoons, to permanently leave trees by shocking their feet with a painful but harmless electrified pulse, the firm says. Following in the footsteps of Bird-Shock Flex-Track, which protects buildings, Tree-Shock is barely visible, easy to install, effective, long lasting and solves a longstanding pest-habitat problem — trees — while helping pest management and landscape professionals add value and revenue, Bird Barrier said.
Tree-Shock is a ½-inch PVC tube with two stainless-steel wires wrapped diagonally around it, in a pattern similar to the red-and-white spiral on a barbershop pole. The two wires are secured to the tube with thin strands of nylon. A battery-powered charger sends short electrical pulses down the wires; positive down one wire, and negative (ground) down the other. When an animal’s foot touches both wires, it completes the circuit and zaps the pest so it flies or runs away. The tubing can be secured to the tops of limbs by a variety of attachment methods, and because it is tubular, it conforms to tree branches’ irregular configurations. It also can be strung between branches.
Tree-Shock is sold in a variety of lengths or in spools up to 500 feet; a wide assortment of connectors, wires and fasteners is available.
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Chevrolet says its new 2015 City Express matches maneuverability and cargo-hauling flexibility with efficiency, offering 122.7 cubic feet of customizable cargo space, a turning diameter of 36.7 feet and a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds. Giving pest management professionals, business owners and fleet managers value-driven capability, the van provides for lower operating costs and greater efficiency than full-size vans, the company said, due to its size and a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing.
The City Express — offered in LS and LT trims — is based on the Nissan NV200, which GM procures from Nissan and distributes through its dealers. LS standard features include dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors that open 90 and 180 degrees, solid rear doors with available tinted-glass windows, center console storage with a standard file folder bin, fold-down mobile workspace passenger seat, 20 interior cargo-mounting points, six floor-mounted D-rings, six exterior roof rack mounting points, vinyl flooring, a 150-amp alternator and a 12-volt power outlet.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express LT has additional standard features including cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, backup sensors, remote keyless entry with an automatic locking feature and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors.
The van’s cargo area has 4½ feet of space from side wall to side wall; 6 feet, 10 inches from the rear doors to the back of the front seats; and 9 feet, 8 inches in length when the passenger seat is folded. The tops of the rear wheel houses are flat, enabling tiered storage when a platform is used on them. The tall rear doors are a 40/60-split design, with the 60 percent side on the right (curb) side for easy access from a sidewalk. The 40 percent left-side door is shorter, reducing its potential intrusion into the street when open. Both rear doors feature dual opening positions of 90 degrees and 180 degrees, while the standard sliding left- and right-hand side doors are designed for low effort. City Express also offers driver- and passenger-side sliding door windows and windows for the rear doors.
Chevrolet offers City Express with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and Chevrolet’s Complete Care two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance and service available at all of 3,200 Chevy dealerships across the United States.
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