MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Terminix, a leading provider of pest and termite control services in the United States and a ServiceMaster company, announced on March 30 the closing of its transaction with Copesan Services, one of the largest national providers of commercial pest management in the country.
“This combination will significantly improve Terminix’s capabilities in commercial pest control as Copesan, under its brand, will provide us with significant expertise, system capabilities and processes for delivering pest management solutions to sophisticated commercial customers,” said Kelly Kambs, president, Terminix commercial. “Copesan is a perfect complement to our growing business, and signifies the vast potential we see in the commercial market.”
“We’re excited to combine our organization with Terminix,” said Deni Naumann, president of Copesan Services. “We’ve built our brands through exceptional account management and service quality; outstanding care for our employees; and by consistently delivering on our commitments — all tenants of the ServiceMaster framework for success. We’re confident Copesan’s national coverage and local service expertise, will continue to exceed the expectations of our clients, both current and new.”
Founded in 1958, Copesan Services is a commercial pest management company with an outstanding client retention rate and industry-leading commercial processes, protocols, training and tools. The company’s 270 employees will continue to operate business under its three brands – Copesan National Accounts throughout North America; Wil-Kil Pest Control in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and upper peninsula of Michigan; and Holder’s Pest Solutions in Texas.
LR Tullius represented and acted as exclusive financial advisor to Copesan Services during the transaction.
The strategic move reiterates the strong commitment ServiceMaster has made to focus on and grow the Terminix commercial pest control business.
Moisture From La Niña Creates Significant Spring Pest Pressure, NPMA Reports
NPMA entomologists say pest activity generally willl be in full force thanks to leftover moisture and mild conditions in various parts of the country.
FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, an indicator of the pest pressure and activity that Americans can expect to see in their respective regions of the country based on weather patterns and long-term predictions, as well as pest biological behaviors. According to the group’s team of entomologists, pest activity will generally be in full force thanks in large part to both leftover moisture and mild conditions in various parts of the country. (Download a full-size version of this infographic.)
“This year’s La Niña brought unusual moisture, sleet and snow to southern areas that are typically much warmer and drier this time of year, while conversely, areas like the Northwest that are usually colder in the winter had much milder weather,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D. “Residual moisture is a prime attraction for pests, especially home-damaging termites and mosquitoes known for transmitting disease, and conditions are ideal for when these pests typically flourish in the springtime.”
Meanwhile, areas that experienced drier, hotter conditions than normal have paved the way for other pests. “Tick populations will continue to boom with the onset of even warmer weather ahead,” said Fredericks.
Based on this analysis, the National Pest Management Association’s Bug BarometerTM is forecasting a busy spring and summer for pests:
Northeast & New England: The area experienced extremely cold weather and several heavy snowstorms. If colder weather persists into spring, expect rodents to continue moving indoors for warmth and food. However, as warm temperatures eventually return, ticks could once again become a major concern throughout the area.
Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest: The lower half of this region saw colder, drier conditions. Look for ants to be out in full force this spring as drier conditions drive them indoors in search of moisture. When warmth and moisture do finally return to the region, ticks will be on the rise.
Southeast: Despite an unseasonably cold winter, mosquitoes will rebound quickly due to the accumulation of moisture in the region. Expect termites and cockroaches to similarly thrive as it gets warmer.
North Central U.S.: Prepare for ticks to do well in this region thanks to warmer-than-average winter temperatures. Flies and ants will also thrive due to unseasonably high temperatures.
South Central U.S.: After an unusually cold and wet winter, termite pressure will be high in parts of this region where moist conditions persist into spring. Cockroaches and other crawling pests will also be a concern as the temperature rises.
Northwest U.S.: Exceptionally warm winter weather made it easier for last year's ant populations to survive the winter and begin to expand their colonies in the spring. Ticks will also take advantage of warmer spring temperatures, giving populations a jumpstart before the summer months.
Southwest U.S.: As temperatures continue to rise following an unusually warm winter, look for ants and cockroaches to become a major concern in and around homes as they seek out food and water.
For more information on NPMA’s Bug BarometerTM or to learn more about protecting against common household pests, visit PestWorld.org.
Termite-Damaged Pine Trees a Concern as Hurricane Season Approaches
Asian subterranean termites are slaying some pine trees in South Florida and damaging the rest of the local urban tree canopy, a UF study found.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Most termites don’t kill trees, but Asian subterranean termites are slaying some pine trees in South Florida and damaging the rest of the local urban tree canopy, a new University of Florida study found.
“Our beloved native slash pine is lethally stressed by this termite, which is unexpected,” said Thomas Chouvenc, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of urban entomology. Not only can these invasive termites kill pine trees, they also hollow out the trunk of many other trees, including oak trees, making them structurally fragile and susceptible to hurricanes.
As hurricane season approaches, homeowners can help prevent the potential tree damage by using termite baits, Chouvenc said. With hurricane season starting June 1, it’s important to protect trees in residential areas, he said.
Chouvenc led a newly published study that shows the extent of damage wrought by Asian subterranean termites in two suburban, residential areas of Broward County.
For the new study, published in the journal Florida Entomologist, Chouvenc walked neighborhoods to assess more than 400 slash pines in two residential areas of Fort Lauderdale and in city parks.
The city lost 12 percent of its pine trees in just a few years, and more than 50 percent of its pine trees surveyed are currently infested by this termite, Chouvenc said. He also noted that the termites hollowed out some large oak trees that eventually collapsed during Hurricane Irma last year.
“Our results suggest Asian subterranean termites have the potential to kill pine trees, and severely damage oak trees in the urban canopy,” said Chouvenc, a faculty member at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center.
The termite damage in pine trees is very unique and never observed before, as the damage act like a girdle to the trees, killing them slowly. Property owners can protect structures against subterranean termites in two ways: liquid termiticides or termite baits, which are intended to kill termite colonies.
“In order to protect trees and structures, eliminating the colony before it gets too big is preferable, and baits appear to be the most efficient way to do it,” Chouvenc said.
UF/IFAS researchers compare the damage caused by Asian subterranean termites on oak trees in South Florida to that caused by Formosan subterranean termites in Louisiana. As they make that comparison, Chouvenc said he and his colleagues want to raise major concerns about the fate of these weakened trees if a strong hurricane hits South Florida.
In 2005, for example, Hurricane Wilma caused extensive damage to southeastern Florida. Since then, many trees have sustained major damage from the Asian subterranean termites, Chouvenc said. As Irma struck Florida in September 2017, the center of the storm spared Broward County, and most oak trees lost only a few branches.
Still, in his new survey, Chouvenc found that Asian subterranean termites had hollowed all three of the oak trees he examined. Those trees collapsed during hurricane Irma and damaged properties. Chouvenc believes that could be a bad omen, as many other trees are being weakened with current termite infestation and a direct hit by a future hurricane would amplify the potential damage.
“The rate of infestation in pine and other types of trees by this termite may be critical in the near future for the overall survival of a diverse urban tree canopy which is in the process of being irreversibly altered” he said.