Other key findings included
- Engagement around the topic of raccoons increased by 435%.
- Engagement around the topic of spiders in Michigan increased by 21,173%
- Engagement around the topic of wasps in North Carolina increased by 4,882%.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Urban Pest Management Technical Committee (UPMTC) met for the first time in August as a non-profit, self-guided, corporation with a visit to the Rollins Urban & Structural Entomology Center at Texas A&M University.
After the Copesan Technical Committee (CTC) was discontinued in 2020 following the acquisition of Copesan by Terminix in 2018, its former members wanted to find a way to continue the interaction and support they got from the group and decided to start an independent, non-profit corporation.
As a diverse network of pest management technical experts their members include technical directors, trainers, QA managers and consultants from established pest management firms around the country. The mission of the committee is to support its members through professional development by sharing ideas and best practices from their various companies. They will also provide a broad industry perspective to the researchers and manufacturers they visit. The group provides support and guidance for those members early in their careers and, for those with experience, to share what they have learned.
In addition to monthly Zoom meetings, the UPMTC meets in person to visit the people and places that most influence our industry. Jay Everitt, ACE, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, St. Louis, MO is the founding president and says of the group, “I’m glad we were able to make this happen. The learning and mentorship I have found with these people has been a more valuable education than any course I could have taken.” With destinations that include universities that are centers of urban entomology, governmental agencies, manufacturer facilities, and member locations, the members are exposed to the leading edge of urban pest management. Board member Mark “Shep” Sheperdigian, BCE, Vice President Technical Services, Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, MI says of the group, “We gather where the gravitational pull is greatest that affects the tides of our industry.”
Membership is by invitation. To learn more, you can contact the Urban Pest Management Technical Committee at www.upmtc.org and they can also be found on both FaceBook and LinkedIn.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Nature's Turf, which services the metro Atlanta area, announced the addition of Home Pest Control & Termite Protection to its service line. Nature's Turf was founded in 1977 as a landscape construction company and evolved over the years to a specialized lawn treatment service company.
Nature’s Turf is family owned and operated by brothers, Adam and Phil Jackson. “We decided pest control was the next best step to evolve our business and make it easier for our client base to solve multiple issues with one company.” said Phil Jackson.
The brothers also acknowledged that successful lawn and pest operations throughout Florida helped identify that the consumer is interested in bundling both lawn and pest with one company. The company has hired industry expert, Zack Horne, to head the new pest control division.
“We knew finding the right person was critical in having success with pest control and I’m excited to have Zack and his 12+ years of experience to lead the division,” said Adam Jackson.
The company is currently servicing over 8,000 properties with their signature weed control and fertilization lawn treatment plans designed to make it easy for homeowners to have a lush, green, weed free lawn. The addition of pest control will allow Nature’s Turf to continue to grow the business without entering new markets, the company said. “We think that adding pest control onto our current lawn care offerings will allow us to continue to see double digit growth going into the coming years,” said Phil Jackson.