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Nov 21 2020 33 mins 56

The PestGeek Podcast is a weekly podcast for the pest control and lawn care professional to help you start, manage and grow your pest control business, with guest interviews, news, products and procedure along with sales, marketing, new media, seo, social media and management advice to give you a killer edge.

The Mistake of Hiring, The Compassion of Firing, And Why I Won’t Do SMB Consulting.
Sep 26 2020 41 mins  
The Mistake of Hiring, The Compassion of Firing, And Why I Won’t Do SMB Consulting.   Get ready for a boot in the ass rant. The compassionate thing to do is fire a wrong hire Firing is the result of a bad hire Very little thought goes into the hiring process You have a business where you have spent 2 to 5 years building up on your own and now you need to hire. Now I would dare to say that 90% or more solo operator have never hired nor fired anyone in their life.   90% are winging it. You are now making between 150K and 250K and need to hire your first tech that you are planning to pay between 27k and 36K per year You first instinct is going to be hire a tech with experience because you don’t know how to hire and you have no training program in place. Nor do you have the time nor patience to create one and train a person from zero because you are up to ears in alligators and need a person that can hit the ground running. Since you also have no experience training nor managing you want a person that will manage themselves so you pay production because  if they are motivated you wont have to mange them you will begin to manage by abdication rather than by delegation. Here are the potential pitfall 3 techs in and you have a motley crew. And I hear an owner say they are running me ragged and I can’t get them to do what I want. Your monkeys your zoo. Here is the problem with techs with experience. If they have worked for a crappy company for 1 to 3 years, you will inherit all the bad training and bad habits. If they have worked for a bad company for more than 3 years and are good they are burned out working 12 hour a day and want to slow down but because they are making 5k per month they want you to pay them the 5k on half the production. You wont pay for a coach or consultant to help you in this area, you won’t take a course on how to do this properly you wont allow anyone to tell you ho to to run a business which you have no idea how to run because you have never done it and your ego is in the way. #2 is you won’t spend the money to do it right because you say you can’t afford it. You are about to make the single most important decision to hire a tech, to entrust your good name and hard work a single person could cost you 50k between salaries and mistakes and you tell me I cant invest $2000.00 make a good hire, train and develop. But you will spend that every month or more on marketing to acquire more customers. You are penny wise and pound foolish. You think that a free ad on indeed is going to produce a quality candidate and that you will get a flood of resumes from qualified candidates that are drooling to work for you. Your delusional. With a right process you will have to spend a minimum of $500 per month on ads for the next 2 to 6 months in some markets to get a qualified applicant that you will interview. Hiring is like dating I cant spend that and you will get impatient with the process. Most business owners behave like men that just got separated and need a woman right now not misses right just miss right now and make the wrong selection over and over again and say there just aren’t any good employees out there. You cant sleep around and expect to find a good one. On top of that you want to offer them what amounts to just over minimum wage because you can’t fat...

Hal Coleman Pest Control Marketing Guru
Sep 06 2020 34 mins  
Hal Coleman is a full time SPEAKER, CONSULTANT, TRAINER, COACH, MENTOR and ENTERTAINER. He brings his humorous and provocative presentations that are meant to disorient and dislodge old styles of thinking, clearing the way for NEW GROWTH. Hal’s expert ability in delivering precision information with humor drives the new information and the fresh, counter-intuitive information home into long term memory for lasting change. Support Us On Patreon: Web Site: Facebook Group Facebook Page Twitter: Linked In: Linked In Business Page: Instagram: Pinterest: Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC Blog: Papers: Videos: Podcasts:

Bill Dowd of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control
Jun 26 2020 25 mins  
Since 1989, Skedaddle has always taken the humane approach when dealing with wild neighbors. When it comes to solving wildlife conflicts every situation is unique. That is why they pride themselves on implementing customized solutions that take into account both the construction of your home as well as wildlife biology and behavior. Their hands-on removal techniques reduce stress and harm and keep animals families together. They are endorsed by local SPCAs and humane societies for the methods that they use. #wildlife #franchise #wildlifecontrol Support Us On Patreon: Web Site: Facebook Group Facebook Page Twitter: Linked In: Linked In Business Page: Instagram: Pinterest: Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC Blog: Papers: Videos: Podcasts: Phone: 406-272-5323 Mtn Time Helping people resolve conflicts with wildlife through teaching, training, writing, and research

The Use Of Moth Balls Dealing With The Myths And Misinformation
May 24 2020 45 mins  
What’s on the topic for today? Well, I want to talk about mothballs. Mothballs aren’t just one of those things that just irritate any good pest control operator or wildlife control operator because they are notoriously abused around the country. Every one their cousin thinks that if they throw some mothballs around, it’s going to, quote unquote, drive the animals away. You probably heard of this. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard one of these people said, tell me. Well, I threw both balls underneath the deck and the skunk went away. And so it is just irritating. So you’re asking yourself the question if mothballs worked half as well as the public thought they did. Why are we in business or how can we be a business if they simply eliminate all of these wildlife issues? You just throw some mothballs around and all of a sudden the world goes away. Then why are we here? You know, this is the thing that people never seem to ask themselves. So I would wanted to sort of delve into a little bit of on mothballs. It’s a complex subject, but we can be geeky here in the PestGeek podcasts or I’m going to get a little geeky on you here today and hopefully give you some tidbits and things that you’re that you’d probably wouldn’t want to take the time to read on your own because it’s boring. Oh, my God. So but it’s going to be helpful for you in terms of responding to your clients, to understanding your clients. And hopefully maybe you can push back just a little bit of the ignorance that’s out there regarding mothballs, because there is a lot of it. So why don’t we get started at the beginning? Why do people think mothballs work? Well, part of the reason people think mothballs work because wait for it. Sometimes they do work. Yes. You’ve heard it from me. Yes.

Pest Control Technicians Doing Wildlife Control What You Need To Know
Apr 25 2020 63 mins  
So, I mean, I was thinking about that answer and I thought, so here is my solutions. Let me kind of put them out. I like 4 points. Basically, why that happens in the first reason is ignorance. I mean, sometimes PCO doesn’t understand that. They’re not following the laws of their state. Let me give an illustration of that. So it would be Massachusetts where I used to do some wildlife control work. A PTO would a lot of them would say, well, I’m doing pest control. That raccoon is a pest. So I’m licensed by the Department of Agriculture to do pest control and I have a vertebrate category. Some states even have a vertebrate category for pest control. That’s a vertebrate. So let me go take care of it. Got it. Without realizing that the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is the governing authority over wildlife. The Department of AG is the governing authority over pesticides. So pesticides refers to the tool where the Department of Fish and Wildlife has authority over the creature. So this is where it goes. So that’s a confusion. There’s actually a letter sent out from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife that said that all to all the PCOS basically, look, if you’re doing wildlife control work. And by the way, mice and rats are not considered wildlife. Everybody. They’re not even and they’re not they’re a non-native species. Same way with pigeons and the house sparrows and starlings. Yeah, they’re vertebrates, but they’re not wildlife life because they’re not native to the United States. So that’s why pesticides can be used on those things. Those animals and not necessarily a raccoon per say, OK. But in any event, the divisions of fisheries, while I’ve sent a letter out thereby said, look, you know if you’re doing wildlife control, you’re doing a woodchuck. You’ve got to have a wildlife control operator’s license, period. So that it’s probably the first reason. And I think that’s becoming less of an excuse now as the industry is beginning to grow. And so then we kind of have to move on to other reasons why PCOS are doing wildlife control work illegally. I mean, those that are obviously not all of them are. And I think some of it’s maybe a misunderstanding. Sometimes a PCL will look at a label mate and they’ve been pounded all the time. The label is the law label is the law label And they read this label and it says this ignite a gas cartridge for use against woodchucks. And they’re like, that’s the law. I’m a PCO. I have the ability to use this pesticide on a woodchuck. This is a woodchuck. I’m using it. Well, that’s true. All that’s true. But they don’t understand that the Department of Agriculture often doesn’t have authority over that woodchuck. It has authority over the pesticide. You still have to have another license to control the woodchuck. Got it. So that was you’d have to have the license to control the woodchuck. Then you would have to have the license to use a pesticide to control that woodchuck. Because you could control the woodchuck with a trap or a shooting which would be under fish while the division of Fisheries and Wildlife. So that’s so that’s part of the misunderstanding that can occur. Now, understand, some states there are certain wild day animals that are under the Department of Agriculture’s authority or like in my state, for instance, we have animals that aren’t even regulated at all, like Khayat Khayat. So it’s basically a long-legged rat. You can drive into Montana tomorrow. No license, no nothing. Shoot Chi-Lites all day long. That’s no, it’s it’s a rat. There’s unrestricted.

Skunk Spray Odor Control How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell In House
Apr 04 2020 38 mins  
You have a skunk problem and it sprayed in or around the home how to get rid off skunk smell In in house, Well, as you all know, skunks have incredibly powerful musk. And there’s been some interesting research that’s been done the last, oh, probably 40 or 50 years now. That’s kind of clarified some things about skunk essence that you may not have known. One of the things we’ve learned, of course, is that skunk odor can be smelled at 10 parts per billion. That’s with a B billion. So it’s an amazing, amazingly powerful thing. So if your client is complaining of skunk, go there. You have to evaluate the intensity of that. And that’s very difficult to do because they could smell a skunk that was hit by a car up to a mile away. So it intensity is going to be important to see if this person just has a really good Swiffer or is it really something that they’re handling on their property or is it something next door and you’ll game this over experience? Generally, if people are saying, you know, they’re having trouble breathing and they’re coughing and their eyes are watering and they can’t stand it. Neighbors, people that meet them are smelling their clothes, then, yeah, it’s probably on their property. Now, it’s important to understand about skunk essence that it doesn’t leak from the skunk just because he walks by. It’s not like Pepe Lupu probably mentioned that in an earlier podcast. So. They spray when they feel threatened or when they when they’re sick.

Domicile Skunk Damage When Skunks Move in and Live With You
Mar 25 2020 27 mins  
So this week, I want to talk about domicile damage. So domicile damage would be a case where a skunk or a family of skunks is living underneath a deck or a porch in that sort of thing. So how do you going to work that out? Well, first of all, let’s talk about a couple things. Your client will often call you because they’ve had a smell and understand that skunks don’t normally spray unless there’s something is threatening them or they’re ill. So it’s country. Pepe Lupu. People think that if they don’t smell anything, they don’t have a skunk. And that’s simply not true. You can have skunks underneath your deck or underneath the shed in people that smell anything because skunks don’t like the odor anymore than most humans do. So it’s really kind of a red herring. But typically what happens is people begin to know that they have skunks on their property because their dog got sprayed. They smelled something, because when you’re dealing with juveniles, at times, juveniles are much more trigger happy. So when someone’s walking on the deck, this juvenile may be scared and just squirts off a little bit and then people are smelling something and then they realize, well, I’ve got something on my property. Otherwise, you’re dealing with a situation where people are sometimes we’ll see them in, they’ll see a skunk go underneath their deck and they’re like, what is this half moon devitt underneath my deck for? So that is. That would be an example of domiciled domicile damage. So. How do you go about controlling, controlling that? Well, you have a couple of options that are effective. Let’s talk about those. The first option, of course, would be simply trap and remove. So how would you go about doing that? Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC367 Castle Ridge Dr.Lewistown, MT 59457-8601 402-489-1042 MTN Time [email protected]

Pest Control is under the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Take Action Now
Mar 23 2020 31 mins  
Some of you listening are having to be at home business is slow and you are worried about how you are going to make past the next couple of weeks. I hope we can make it with no new customers just with our current base and that cancelations are at a minimum. Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking Matthew 7:7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Take Action Now! As you know, over the past several days as more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being disseminated by the federal, state and local governments, there has been a push to classify industries as essential or non-essential. Those deemed as essential can continue to operate as more quarantines and restrictions are put in place. WVPMA & NPMA firmly believe that structural pest control is an essential industry that must continue to provide the valuable services we offer during this pandemic. Tell your State lawmakers that pest control is an essential service! Pest Control is under the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE FROM: Christopher C. Krebs Director Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Workers supporting HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH, FOOD AND AGRICULTURE BPCA calls for pest management professionals to be designated “key workers” amid Covid-19 pandemic Allen Fugler, director of risk management for Xterminator Pro, a division of Houston International Insurance Group (HIIG), created a check list called: Dotting Your I’s and Crossing Your T’s on Employment Paperwork * Accident report forms* Employee injury forms (state and OSHA 300A)* OSHA and state employment posters* Vehicle maintenance logs* Vehicle use and cell phone policies* Employment applications* Licensing and training records* MVR release forms Hey the phone isn’t ringing yea I know it has slowed down for use too, Have

Transient Damage Of Skunks When a Skunk Coming On To A Property
Mar 21 2020 29 mins  
Steven Van Tassel here. Wildlife control consultant bringing another episode of Living the Wildlife. Today’s topic is on skunks because it was requested from a gentleman who he emailed me and I contacted me and said, hey, he wanted some information on Skunk. So I’m responding to the call of the listeners. So thanks for the shout out. There’s a lot to say about skunks, I’m going to break it down over several podcasts. What Is Transient Skunk Damage Today I want to talk about transient skunk. So let’s reflect back on the difference between transient damage and domiciled damage. Transient damage. The animal is not living on the property of the owner that you’ve been hired to serve. It is an instance where the animal is coming off property onto the property, doing some activity and then leaving such as with skunks. They’ll often come from another area, come on to the person’s grass, perform an activity we call grubbing. Now they’re doing more than just going after grubs. But certainly, it’s one of the insects that they will go after in grass. They’ll also go after worms, but they’ll be caught grubbing where they’re digging small holes in the grass and then they’ll move on. Domicile damage is when the skunk is actually living on the property, such as under the client’s deck, under a shed. Maybe they’ve fallen into a window. Well, even though it’s more accidental or an entrapment situation. But the animal is on the property. You’re not having to wonder where is the animal? The animal is living on the property. So today I want to talk about transient damage. This is when the skunk is coming onto the property. But it’s living. Its den is somewhere else. Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC367 Castle Ridge Dr.Lewistown, MT 59457-8601402-489-1042 MTN Time [email protected]

5 Top Things You Need To Know About Lawn Care Pest Control
Mar 18 2020 40 mins  
The top 5 things to know about lawn care pest control are the cultural practices, Soil, Mowing, Aeration, Irrigation, Light, without getting these right no amount of chemical will ever give you a good looking lawn. Our Sponsor is Ring boost RingBoost, the nation’s leading provider of toll-free and local phone numbers, would like to show our appreciation to the community of owners in the pest control industry. You are the people who protect our homes and offices from infestation and disease. During these worrisome times, we at RingBoost understand how important it is for households and businesses to be able to connect with service providers who work to ensure the safety of their families and employees. In an effort to help connect pest control owners with the customers who need them, during these trying times, RingBoost is proud offer a promotion to the pest control community. Visit, find the number you want, then go to checkout and enter code: PEST15” for a 15% discount. Donate and help Georgia man pleads guilty to using restricted pesticide to bait and kill coyotes Public Health Entomology Certificate Personal credentialing is the future of professional pest management and vector control. Earning your Public Health Entomology (PHE) certificate can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs. Cultivate a positive company culture Pete Schopen On Dec. 31, 2019, Schopen Pest Solutions had its first-ever awards party, “The Schopies.” I handed out awards for “All-Stars,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Salesman of the Year,” “Most Valuable Person” and the “Employee of the Year.” Revised Method for National Level Listed Species Biological Evaluations of Conventional Pesticides In May 2019, EPA released draft revisions to the method used to develop BEs for pesticides. The proposed draft Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides was an important step in further refining the Interim Method. NPMA to host International PWIPM Leadership Forum It will take place May 13-15 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif. Hotel rooms can be reserved at the discounted rate through April 17. Attendees can call 619-232-1234 New Online Training Series For Landscape Workers

SMS Customer Engagement With Greg Woodfield Founder and COO of Via Software
Feb 20 2020 43 mins  
Greg Woodfield Founder and COO of Via Software was born and raised in Utah.Studied business at Weber State University where I served as the student body president.Sold as one of the top reps in multiple companies before embarking on my current business venture.I am the co-founder and CEO of Via Software and it is my goal to bridge the engagement gap between small to medium-sized businesses and their customers.Throughout our years of service, we’ve found most success in helping pest control companies increase their customer base and engagement. Recently the generations have moved more towards a technological approach when searching for a service. The first thing most people do when looking for a service is jump online and search for something like: “pest control near me.” At that time if your pest control company hasn’t built a competitive online reputation, you are automatically out of the race. The customer journey doesn’t end there. After you’ve caught the attention of a potential customer, you want to be able to turn that online traffic into actual leads through some type of chat box. Form fills have been out dated as a chat box results in quick engagement and answers for your customers. Once you’ve engaged that customer and have helped them with their bug issues, you want a way to stay connected. That way they never have to face a bug issue ever again as they consistently use your services. The best way of staying engaged with your customers is through non-invasive SMS messaging. Most people have four or five different emails and have trouble hopping on each different email to stay in contact with your company. That’s why a non-invasive SMS messaging and marketing technique is the best way of engaging with and helping your families. Now that you have a loyal following established through you engagement process, your physical reputation along with your online reputation match and excel that of your competitors.

Dealing With Unrealistic Expectations In Pest Control Why One Time Services Fail
Feb 07 2020 29 mins  
All right, so you get a call that goes something like this. Hi. I need you to come over to my house and I need you to do a one-time spray service for roaches, for fleas, poor ticks, for mosquito. And the customer is already starting out with this premise. That a one time service. Which is one-time application of a chemical spray? Is going to solve that problem. Why is that? Well, here’s what’s happened. The customer may have context for this assumption. They’ve lived in that house for 14 years. Once a year, they have a guy come in and spray and it solves the problem. Except for this time there is an infestation this time. Eggs have been laid everywhere. This time it went too long. And the problem, because the dynamics change, something changed. And they’re calling you. And you know enough about insect biology. And service treatments and you’ve done enough. I mean, if you’ve been in this business for more than one year, you probably have way over 2000 services that you’ve performed. That customer only has the context of the experience of the houses they’ve lived in. Let’s say they’ve only lived in three homes. There’s a new pastor. They’ve got an ant problem. And the last time the guy sprayed, he came over and sprayed for fleas. But this time it’s an ant problem and they’re thinking that a one-time service is going to solve the problem. You performed a one-time pest control service and 3 days later the client is calling to complain that they are still seeing roaches how do you set realistic expectations.

Being An Expert Witness In Wild Life Control Stephen Vantassel
Feb 05 2020 18 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here Wildlife control consultant, bringing you another episode of Living the Wildlife. I want to talk today about being an expert witness, what is an expert witness? Well, an expert witness is an individual that is contracted by typically by an attorney to provide superior background, knowledge, and insight about a particular discipline that the lawyer thinks will help his or her client, win or defend themselves in a specific legal proceeding. Wow. That sounds like a lot. It is, but in shorthand, as an expert witness, you are bringing your expertise, your knowledge, your background to help a defendant or plaintive make their case. An illustration of being an expert witness in wildlife control Let me give an illustration that might be the easiest way to go. Let’s say, you’re a homeowner and you hire X, Y, Z, wildlife control, to come to your property to control what you believe to be a raccoon or something in the attic.  You don’t know X, Y, Z, wildlife control company comes out and says to you, there’s nothing you don’t have anything in your property, but you do have a hole in your vent up there. And we’re going to close that off for you and charge you $200. You say, great. I don’t want anything getting in there, so you hire the company, and they go up there, and they close it off for $200 bucks you pay them, you’re on your way. Well, later that night, all of a sudden, you hear like sounds like a holy war occurring in your attic, the place is banging out so you go outside and your pajamas and you’re looking up, and you shine the light at the vent and what do you see? It’s a raccoon sticking her head out the vent that just got trashed that you paid $200 for and not only that there’s damage to the siding of the house now and so it’s even worse than before, but you also have a damaged dent vent and a damaged siding. So you call the company X, Y, Z, wildlife control company up and you say, hey, you know I had a raccoon in the house, and the guy blows you off now you’re mad. Let me make a little side note here the fact is folks many lawsuits occur because the contractor failed to resolve the problem. After all, sometimes, the contract was a jerk. I’m not claiming that’s always the case; there are customers who simply set up contractors as a way to sue them and extort money, that indeed happens. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen; I’m just saying that many times I might even argue the majority, although I don’t have the stats on that.  I would probably suggest that many times lawsuits occur because the contractor failed to resolve the mistake that the contractor made. Most people don’t want to go through the trouble of having a lawsuit; It’s a pain in the butt. But they do it because they’ve suffered significant losses or extremely angry at the way they were treated. Treat your customers fairly and the likelihood that you ever have to deal with a lawsuit pretty small. I’ve had situations in my career where I’ve made mistakes. You fix the problem folks you want to avoid court, just fix the problem. Anyways, so now you the person, the customer felt shunned by the contractor and calls their lawyer and starts a lawsuit. The lawyer is now going

Using Drones In Wildlife Control Licensing And Certification For Commercial Drone Pilot Exam
Jan 30 2020 20 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant. Giving another episode of Living the Wildlife. Hey, I just recently passed my — drone license. Yeah. I am now eligible to get licensed as a for commercially flying drones, so I thought I would talk a little bit about that today because some wildlife control operators, maybe even pest control operators, or thinking about using drones. These are flight drones, not not the ones that move on the ground. I’m not talking about those. I don’t think those are under FAA rules because they don’t fly. So I’m just referring to the drones that would fly in they’re called small on manned aircraft systems. So UAS is kind of the technical term for them. So you have to have a license to fly drones commercially. So let’s talk a little bit about the process here, I’m not going to talk about what drone you should purchase or whether you should have a drone. I’m just merely saying if you’re looking to use a drone in your business. What’s the process for how to get licensed that’s what I’m talking about here because I’m still learning on the side, but I’m learning it firsthand. And it has undoubtedly been an exciting journey to be sure. So anyways, the Federal Aviation Administration, the FAA, they regulate the airspace in the United States. So, if you’re in Canada, you would need to deal with your Canadian counterpart of that agency up there. I’m only talking about American airspace when we’re talking about drones here, so if you’re listening from outside the U.S., my apologies. What I’m going to talk to you about today doesn’t have much relevance for you. So we’re just talking about people that are looking to fly drones commercially in the United States. The first question you have to ask yourself is, are you going to use your drone commercially or as a hobby? I’ll let you decide how that works out primarily. But the point is if it’s part of your business and you’re getting paid for doing the work even if you’re not explicitly paid for using the drone. But still part of your business, it’s a commercial drone. You just don’t want to play around with this. I mean, if you’re playing with a drone, you know, you’re with the kids, and you’re just out, you know, joyriding around, taking pictures of things, and flying around. That’s a hobby. If you’re using it as a business and it’s part of your business model that’s commercial, you need to have a license. So step number one, if you’re going to get a drone, everyone at least at this time and I’m talking in 2019 everyone who has a drone whether it’s a hobby drone or a commercial drone you need to register your drone with the FAA. It’s for five dollars. I think it lasts for two years. You have to go to the FAA and register your drone, whether it’s a hobby drone or a commercial drone use for commercial use. OK, so that has to be done regardless. I’m sure many people aren’t doing it. But if you’re going to be doing it commercially, you’d better do it. OK. Drone Pilot Certification So now, if you’re looking to become a pilot, you have to pass what is called the 107 certification. Now,

Pesticide Bans California Leads The Way In Both Active Ingredients And City Bans
Jan 30 2020 27 mins  
Hey, welcome back. Welcome back to this edition of the PestGeek podcast. I am Frank Hernandez. You’re pest geek. Hey, we’re going to be discussing pesticide bans. And this has been something that I’ve been talking about since I started this podcast over five years ago and I started talking about this, and when I talked about it, I was ridiculed, I was so chastised, I said you got you’re crazy what you’re saying isn’t going to happen. And I said guys; we’re going the way, OK of Europe and Canada where you’re going to lose the majority of your pesticides, and you’re going to lose a lot of active ingredients. Not only are you going to lose the chemical, but it is not going to be through the legislation of losing the chemical that you’re going to get the restriction it’s going to by bee by cities, passing bans on pesticide use in cities and in communities and in counties and in possibly even states. The state that is leading the way is California. California is banning pesticides, and more cities and counties are putting bans on pesticides like rodenticides. They’re banding all types of organophosphates, even in agriculture, and California is one of the largest agriculture producing states that we have. So they are dealing with this and there is federal registration stuff going on that they’re going to be banned. But look at what I did back in 2015, Let me show you here for a second, go to 2015 here’s the podcast that I did on October 12th a pesticide ban is coming to a city near you. Yet people told me, oh, that’s not going to happen. I said guys, I’m starting to see it. I know what’s coming where this podcast was on one city that banned the application of pesticides to lawns on residential properties. Still, they didn’t exempt themselves from government property or parks and recreation. Yet you were not allowed to apply the pesticide to your lawn because they banned it in that city, and everybody chastised before it when I put this out, and I got more hate mail on this than anything. And if you look now, if you go to non-toxic cities, you would have to see an entire list look at this of, city after city after city after, the county that has banned pesticide use. Over 75 Pesticide Bans Are In Effect In The US Look at this, is not a joke over 75 bans are in here right now, you can count them there over 75 bans. We got a band here in Miami-Dade County on the use of glyphosate roundup because, supposedly, It causes cancer. That has been demonstrated that is not the EPA is finding, and we can have a debate all day long about what the EPA is doing. Let me switch over here so you can get a better look at me on what the EPA does. Reality is that bans are going on everywhere across the country, and it’s not something that is happening in California. This is happening in the northeast, and it just happened in my backyard, where we got banned. I had the privilege and the honor of teaching about 75 Miami-Dade County employees that are going to be using the new herbicide. The new label demonstrates how to properly apply this product and the challenges they’re going to face with the new amount of labor they’re going to need. The effectiveness of this new product. When I asked the question, how many of you have been applying herbicides have been doing ...

List Of All Modes Of Action Active Ingredient Insecticides Available For Pest Control Operators
Jan 21 2020 33 mins  
Out of the 32 Insecticidal Modes of Action on IRAC list only 13 Available For General Household Pests 1 ACETYLCHOLINESTERASE (ACHE) INHIBITORS Carbamates / Organophospate * Acephate Orthane PCO Pellets 2 GABA-GATED CHLORIDE CHANNEL BLOCKERS Fiprols * Fipronil Termidor, Maxforce FC 3 SODIUM CHANNEL MODULATORS Pyrethroids / Pyrethrum- Pyrethrins 16 out of 30 * Allethrin Allethrin, the first synthetic pyrethroid, was introduced in 1949 d-cis-trans Allethrin, stereoisomers ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent * Bifenthrin Talstar* Cyfluthrin Cy-Kick CS* beta-Cyfluthrin Tempo SC Ultra* lambda-Cyhalothrin Demand CS* gamma-Cyhalothrin  Scion* Cypermethrin Demon Max, Cynoff EC* Alpha-cypermethrin Fendona CS* theta-Cypermethrin  Triple Crown T&O Cynoff, Dust Sevin* Deltamethrin Suspend, DeltaGard* Esfenvalerate Onslaught* Etofenprox Zenprox EC* Phenothrin Bedlam Plus Aerosol Precore 2000, Steri-Fab* Prallethrin Onslaught FastCap* Tetramethrin Zenprox Xtend 5 actives* Permethrin Tengard 4 NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTOR (NACHR) COMPETITIVE MODULATORS (NEONICOTINOIDS) 4/6 Acetimedaprid Transport GHP Insecticide EndZone Insecticide Sticker Transport Mikron Insecticide Combination 3/4 bifentrin Clothianidin Crossfire PestXpert Premium Bed Bug Killer Clothianidin 4% Metofluthrin 0.1% Piperonyl butoxide 10% Maxforce Impact Roach Gel Bait Vendetta Nitro Cockroach Gel Bait Imidacloprid Temprid FX Insecticide 3/4 Imidacloprid 21% beta-Cyfluthrin 10.5% Temprid Ready To Spray Imidacloprid 0.05% beta-Cyfluthrin 0.02% Lava-Lor Granular Bait Hydramethylnon 1%, Imidacloprid 0.5% InVict Xpress Granular Bait Imidacloprid 0.5% InVict Blitz Ant Granules Imidacloprid 0.5% Invict Gold Roach Bait Gel Imidacloprid 2.15% Termidor Fipronil 6.6% Imidacloprid 21.4% Premise 2 Termiticide Imidacloprid 21.4% Premise Foam Termiticide Imidacloprid 0.05% Premise Granules Imidacloprid 0.5% Maxforce Granular Fly Bait Imidacloprid 0.5% cis-9-Tricosene 0.1% Maxforce Fly Spot Bait Imidacloprid 10% cis-9-Tricosene 0.1% Maxforce Quantum Ant Bait Imidacloprid 0.03% Bedlam Plus Aerosol Imidacloprid 0.05% MGK 264 1% Phenothrin 0.4% Imidacloprid 0.5G merrit lmidacloprid – 0.5 % Thiamethoxam

Scalability In Wildlife Make More Money With Less Time Stephen Vantassel
Jan 18 2020 20 mins  
Steven Vantassel here Wildlife control consultant bringing another episode of Living the Wildlife Aid today, I wanted to talk about scalability. What is scalability. Well, scalability is the ability or the power to expand your business in a manner that you can earn more money without costing you a great deal more time and effort and expense to harvest that extra income. Yep. Kind of a rough definition there, but that’s the concept of scalability. How scalable is your business? And so let me explain how that would work. If you’re an author, for example, you put in all of these all this effort to produce a book once the book is completed, you as an author do not have to continue pouring energy into that book to sell more of it. I mean, you have some marketing things and stuff like that, but you’re not going to be the one printing it. You simply can now have that book published and submitted to a variety of wholesalers or bookstores or even have it sold online. And it’s not costing you time to have that book sold. You can even have people process the payments, collect the money, package the print, the book, package the books, ship the book and then send you a check that allows you to be scalable. The other words you eat, the more the more books you sell, you’re making more money, but it’s not costing you more time. Here’s the problem with wildlife control and pest control in general, we really only have three ways to increase our revenue stream way. Number one, charge more money. Way number two, reduce your expenses. Way number three. A combination of both. The factor that’s killing this industry, among other things, is that we don’t have the ability to create more time in the day. In other words, you can one of the ways you can earn more money is just simply work more hours. That’s not scalability. That’s just you burning the candle for a longer portion of that day. And that’s all well and good when you’re young and maybe you only have a girlfriend and but you don’t have kids or you’re becoming a workaholic. So there’s a lot you’re paying a price early on. Now, some people are willing to suck that up in the hopes that they’re going to get to a place where they can get stable. But for many people, that doesn’t happen until the divorce and loss of kids and that sort of thing. So this is something that’s serious. How do you or how do we as an industry find scalability? Scaling Up Your Wildlife Control Business How are we able to scale up our business in a manner that we can increase revenue, stream our revenue stream our income, our wealth without breaking the bank in terms of the time and investment and equipment needed to sometimes achieve those skill abilities. So I don’t I’m not coming to you today with like a list of answers. And you know, me walking down from Mt. Sinai, handing you the answer to all of our business problems. That’s not my point today. But what I’m asking, wanting to do is stimulate your thought about how to sit back and evaluate your business. What are you doing? Is it working? And so let’s evaluate. Can we squeeze out more revenue for yourself? Because here’s something that I think a lot of wildlife control operators and I would suspect pest control operators forget. And that is we like to be busy.

How Pest Control Technicians Deliver A Memorable Customer Experience
Jan 17 2020 56 mins  
Hey, welcome back. Welcome back to another edition of the Pest Geek Podcast. I am your host, Frank Hernandez, and we’re discussing all things pest and we’re going to be discussing on this issue of the Pest Geek podcast customer Wow. Being memorable. And we’re going to be talking mostly to the technician here, not the marketing part, not the sales part, but the technician. As a technician, you are the face of the brand. You’re what people see As far as what the company is in, pest control is all by the technician. Yet when I look at the industry and I look at not only this industry, I’m talking about also every other service industry. In Pest Control Customer Satisfaction Is Job #1 I’ve been in several service industries in I.T., lawn care and installation of windows and doors and siding and Decks, pool service, you name it. I’ve been in just about every service industry and I’ve dealt with many, many, many, many different types of technicians throughout my life. And one of the things that I know is how technicians think. They think differently than salespeople. They. They tend to think differently than customer service people. They think differently than anybody else because they’re usually technically minded. Technicians have a. They’re notoriously marketed as or known to be crabby. You know, we did the job, we did the service. You know, we’re out of here. They’re not. They don’t tend to be particularly extroverted. They tend to be more introverted or more in the middle part. So they’re not really very extroverted or very introverted. Most people that are technicians and regardless whether you’re an H však, whether you’re in pest control, whether you’re in plumbing, you know, they don’t tend to have, you know, like most doctors, very good bedside manners and social skills and communication skills. And I want to talk about it because I’ve been having conversations with people, regardless of where the industry is going. Is the industry dying? Are the people who are older in this industry? Basically, what’s left to 50 and 60 year olds who have that? Old school mentality on customer service. You know what is happening, what’s going to happen when we are just focused on now generation? I and most millennials who tend to have a big problem with communication and with with with being able to communicate effectively with an older generation. Pest Control Training In Customer Service And it comes that we’re going to have to do a lot more training. We’re gonna have to if we’ve had this problem in the past and now I’ve been in the service industry for way over thirty five years. I’ve seen a lot of different changes and we’re going to have to do a lot more training. Reality is, we’ve got to do a lot more training in customer experience management than we have to do an actual pest management. You know, somebody mentioned in a group that, you know, the reality is that the most technical skills a technician gets, it’s in his first year and then he really doesn’t really grow much as an average technician for the next 30 years. And that is pretty much true for about every profession. Most of what people need, which is that 80/20 rule to learn about what they’re going to be doing, they’re gonna get it within the first few years. And then by year 6, they really are not learning really anything dramatically new. I mean, we’re always learning something new. People are always growing. You know, we’re learning this little thing here. They’re a new product comes out. We have to train on a new product.

Ekbom’s Syndrome Delusional Parasitosis Delusions of infestation
Jan 08 2020 43 mins  
The Belief that their home and bodies are infested with a bug From 1902 to 1938, case studies describing “parasitophobias” or “dermatological hypochondriasis”It was first methodically described in a case series by Karl-Axel Ekbom in 1938 where a delusion of parasitic infestations associated with tactile hallucinations as well as skin manifestations were present in postmenopausal women Ekbom KA. The Pre-Senile Delusion of Infestation. History of Psychiatry. 2003;14:232–256. doi: 10.1177/0957154X030142008. Is it a medical condition it is not an entomological or pest management condition an thus it cannot be treated by a pest control person. Diseases that have been confused for a pest bite or infestation Morgellons Disease erupting skin fiber condition reemerged in 2002. The name “Morgellons” comes from a letter written in 1674 by Sir Thomas Browne, an English physician. The letter contains a brief description of a skin disease in French children: Hairs which have most amused me have not been in the face or head, but on the back, and not in men but children, as I long ago observed in that endemial distemper of little children in Languedock, called the Morgellons, wherein they critically break out with harsh hairs on their backs, which takes off the unquiet symptoms of the disease, and delivers them from coughs and convulsions. History of Morgellons disease: from delusion to definition Is it a phycological or psychiatric condition Clinical, Epidemiologic, Histopathologic and Molecular Features of an Unexplained Dermopathy Delusional Infestation Delusions of parasitosis is more common in Caucasians and tend to occur in females 2:1 over males. Infestation vs bites vs Scabs Young Man Young Woman Entomological knowledge is very lacking in the general public but its also lacking in the medical profession. The Importance of having a positive ID Formication, creeping and crawling sensations. stinging, biting. There are no invisible pests There are microscopic pest Pests that bite * Mosquitoes* Bedbugs* Ticks * Fleas* Midges no-see-ums outdoor * Spiders Mites That Attack Humans * Bird Mites* Rodent Mites Scabies Mites * The human itch (scabies) mite burrows into the skin, causing intense itching and irritation. * Skin between the fingers, at the bend of the elbow or knee, and at the shoulder blades are areas most often affected. * The intense itching is accompanied by a rash. * Scabies is a medical problem and is readily diagnosed and treated ...

Making The Most of Your Inspection
Dec 31 2019 16 mins  
They wanted to talk today about inspections, about making the most of your inspection. Let’s face it. As I said so many times before, wildlife control is time intensive. It takes a lot of time to do the work. It’s. And time is your most valuable commodity and you can’t make more of it. So you’ve got when you get to the client, you’ve got to try to get as much value out of the client as possible. And you, in fairness, need to be giving that client as much value to them, to him or her as possible so that you’re a mutually beneficial relationship. You’re earning more money, your client is getting more protection, a greater level of service. Think of it. Think of an inspection like when you go to the doctor for your annual physical. It’s a little checkup. So the problem is your clients called you about a particular problem, but you shouldn’t get tunnel vision and just worry about that particular problem. So let’s just say, for example, your client says they have bats or they think they have bats. When you’re doing your inspection for those bats, you need to be obviously looking for whether they confirming or denying whether they have bats, but take the time to see what else they may have. And this is where you want to focus on. Are there any other active issues that they’re struggling with? And this is where people who have both insect experience, pest control and wildlife control have an advantage because they can look for a greater variety. Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE Lewistown, MT 59457 402-489-1042 Mtn Time Helping people responsibly and effectively resolve wildlife conflicts by teaching, writing, research & consultation

Control of Tree Squirrels In Wildlife Control With Wildlife Consultant Stephen Vantassel.
Dec 23 2019 31 mins  
Steven Van Tassel here wildlife control consultant bringing you in another episode of Living the Wild Life, he took a couple of weeks off from talking about tree squirrels. So I promised that I would talk about the control of tree squirrels because already talked about some of their biology to get you up to speed on that. Just sort of refresh your memory. Most of you are already quite familiar tree squirrels. Just a little refresher. So I want to talk a little about control techniques. So I’m not going to talk about all of them. But I wanted to highlight a couple of things, particularly for those of you who are looking to get into some wildlife control, maybe to expand your business out, particularly during the slower months that may occur in the winter, although I’m told that some guys there isn’t no slow month. It’s just a matter of, you know, there’s chaos and then managed chaos. So but anyway, if you’re not one of those and you’re looking to do a little work on wildlife control and you haven’t maybe purchased any products, let’s talk about some of those. Using baited sets to control tree squirrels So I’m going to refer primarily to using baited sets to control tree squirrels because most people would they’re starting off in the business.  That’s how they begin. They begin with a baited set,  It said nothing wrong with that. You know, I think that with the technology we have today, we you can certainly move faster to positive sets. So for those of you who haven’t aren’t familiar, again, with those types of sets, I did a podcast earlier on Nespoli. It’s just sort of highlight what those three sets are. So you have a baited set. That’s your typical cage trap or box trap with bait that lures the animal into the location. So it’s your baited set. Then you have what’s called a blind set. The blind says where you are placing the trap along the trail or it directly in front of the hole so that whatever moves in or out of that location is going to get caught, sort of like a two dauber trap. So you place it on the trail, there’s no bait whatsoever. The animals just simply mosey along and it’s Thorold business way and it gets caught. And then the third type of set, which in my opinion is really the holy grail of wildlife control and that is a positive set. Now, you can’t always use it, so I need to be careful what I say here. But so but a positive set is you are placing a device over the whole opening and the only animal you’re catching is what’s coming out of the hole where a blind set you could catch an animal coming in or going out with a positive set you’re only catching. I don’t like using this language all the time, but it gets the point across. The guilty animal, the animal that is simply involved in living in that house or living in that den would be a positive set. One way to remember it is you’re positively certain you caught the guilty animal, because in fairness, that is a concern when you’re dealing with clients, especially if you’re charging by the visit or you’re charging by the animal that if you’re putting baited traps up there or even blind sets, the blinds sets are a little less attractive. You know, sometimes squirrels will travel a little ways to get there, particularly during mating season. So if you’ve got a you know, a pregnant, you know, a estrus female and she’s ready to mate. Man, those males are going to come from all over the place.

10 Characteristics of The Work Ethic Of Great Pest Control Field Service Technician
Dec 18 2019 37 mins  
So, you know, we’re going to be covering 10 characteristics of the work ethic of great pest control field service technicians. And this is based on my own personal things that I’ve observed, that I’ve experienced and that I’ve been talking to people about and figuring out field service technicians are a different job. No matter if you’re HVAC tech, if you’re an I.T. tech, if you’re a pest control tech, if you’re an electrical engineer in the field, if you’re doing cabling and wiring, these are pretty much across the board characteristic because all of these fields have similar and the type of person that can do this job and not everyone can do this type of job. What is takes to be a Pest Control Field Service Technician Not everyone is wired. To work unsupervised in the field and be, work autonomous and have the responsibility that field service technicians have, I mean, field service technicians pretty much have to have management experience or management capabilities. They are managing. Think about this. I mean, the average tech does anywhere between 150 and 300 thousand a year somewhere. The average is gonna be somewhere around two hundred and fifty three hundred thousand for a field service technician and revenue that he’s producing. And that’s the equivalent of most small businesses. So he’s got to be a manager to be a good field tech He’s got to have. These attributes are characteristics that are not technical, the technical part is the training, but this stuff has to be either learned or be part of their character. In order for them to be successful. And when I’m interviewing people, you know, we have a three step initial phase interview process that we use to determine if the person is going to have a chance of making it. Ninety nine percent of the people that apply will never have a chance of making it as of a pest control technician. They’re coming into this with the view of how hard can it be to spray something? And, you know, because they they live in an apartment and they see the guy coming in who’s charging a dollar fifty to three dollars a unit, spraying the floor in the kitchen, in the bathroom while he still has roaches. And he’s telling him he has roaches. Yeah, yeah. This will solve it. And he thinks, well, that must be what being a pest control technician is like. And they don’t understand that. It requires a lot of personal character. To be a great pest control technician. It doesn’t matter if you can kill a roach or not, is can you have the right soft skills? Let’s call them soft skills, which is what they are. In order to work in an environment that your ethics. Have to be above. Reproach in most times because. You’re going to be looked at if something happens as the guy who caused it because you’re dealing with chemicals, we don’t realize that you’re handing a mobile chemical factory to somebody and you’re telling them you got to drive carefully and be responsible. And it’s about the branding and the image that you represent when you’re out there and that they are the face of your company. And how they drive and how they behave and how they talk to people and how they interact, and we covered a lot of this in the last podcast. Your first job builds work ethic So we’re talking about work ethic and the problem that we’re

Top 5 Pest Control Field Service Technician Skills Needed To Be Successful
Dec 12 2019 53 mins  
Hey, we’re going to be discussing the top five pest control field service technician skills needed to be successful and the generational challenge that we’re facing now. If if you’re a small solo operator and you’ve been a solo operator for a couple of years now and you find yourself that you either need to hire a part-time technician, a full-time technician, you want to grow, you just simply need help on the route. You’re not looking to turn over the business. You are basically the face of the brand and you’re just needing help to get the work done because you’re basically you’re overworked and you can’t take any days off and maybe you’d like to take a week off. And if you’re in the south, you never get to take a week off. But if you’re in the north, you might get snowed in for a couple of months. And, you know, you’ve got a little vacation time, you know, wherever you’re at. The situation is different for everyone based on their goals and their vision and mission for their company. You might decide you want to be a solo operator for life and all you need really are assistance. And that’s a bit easier to accomplish than having full-blown technicians that you’re going to train, that you’re going to send out. You’re going to start building routes and you’re going to basically start teaching and training pest control technicians. Or maybe you’re looking for just add water technicians where you already hire technicians that come with experience from another company that somebody else has trained. Hey, we’re going to be discussing the top five pest control field service technician skills needed to be successful and the generational challenge that we’re facing now. If if you’re a small solo operator and you’ve been a solo operator for a couple of years now and you find yourself that you either need to hire a part time technician, a full time technician, you want to grow, you just simply need help on the route. You’re not looking to turn over the business. You are basically the face of the brand and you’re just needing help to get the work done because you’re basically you’re overworked and you can’t take any days off and maybe you’d like to take a week off. And if you’re in the south, you never get to take a week off. But if you’re in the north, you might get snowed in for a couple of months. And, you know, you’ve got a little vacation time, you know, wherever you’re at. The situation is different for everyone based on their goals and their vision and mission for their company. You might decide you want to be a solo operator for life and all you need really are assistance. And that’s a bit easier to accomplish than having full blown technicians that you’re going to train, that you’re going to send out. You’re going to start building routes and you’re going to basically start teaching and training pest control technicians. Or maybe you’re looking for just add water technicians where you already hire technicians that come with experience from another company that somebody else has trained. Either way, you have challenges. We all have challenges. There isn’t one system, one way of doing it. One method that’s going to work for everybody everywhere. Because the problem that you have, especially with independent operators, solo operators and small companies, is that your needs are different than eight, you know, 12,

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Devices In Wildlife Control of Gophers, Moles & Ground Squirrels.
Oct 01 2019 30 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here, wildlife control consultant, giving you another episode of Living the Wildlife. Wanted to talk today about some relatively new devices on the market when I mean relatively new, I mean, they’re not like new as of yesterday, but they’ve only been in the history of wildlife control. They’re relatively recent. We don’t have a lot of dramatic changes within the wildlife control field. You guys over in the pest management professional side with your pesticides certainly undergo a lot more changes. In a shorter period of time than those of us in the wildlife control area. But it’s all relative, of course. I want to talk today a little bit about carbon monoxide devices. Yeah, you’ve heard that right. Carbon monoxide, not dioxide, this is C O carbon with one oxygen, carbon monoxide devices, as you should know. Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas. It is extraordinarily toxic. So if your hemoglobin. That’s the part of your blood that captures oxygen to bring oxygen to the various parts of your body. If your hemoglobin has a choice between bonding with carbon monoxide, in bonding with oxygen, It’ll choose carbon monoxide. The chemical affinity between hemoglobin and carbon monoxide is significantly higher. I mean, orders of magnitude higher than the hemoglobin is attract the attraction to oxygen. And so there’s chemical and I’m sure electrical reasons for why your hemoglobin is more interested in bonding with carbon monoxide than it is with oxygen. So this is why we have to be careful when you’re running that automobile inside of a garage or when you’re having a gas powered heater inside of a garage because that combustion is burning off. Is burning up your oxygen on one level, but it’s also producing a very toxic gas. When things are not being burned completely, it creates carbon monoxide gas. So you you have heard me speak about carbon dioxide, which is used at C O two to oxygen’s combining with the carbon carbon dioxide used as a euthanasia euthanizing agent when we want to put down a particular animal. But carbon monoxide is not only used as a euthanizing agent, which it is, although there’s some concerns with it, but it’s also used as a control method. You may have heard about, you know, grandpa or relative or maybe you try to yourself who get angry at a particular random one, a burrow, they’re like nothing works. And then they hook up a hose to the back. The old Cadillac or the tractor and on the exhaust and then pump turn the engine on and pump that gas into the burrow. And they would tell you how it works. And the family laughs and whatever you. So this is the idea behind these devices. So there are a lot more sophisticated than your old grandpa’s Cadillac or the family tractor or whatever those devices might be. These are devices with that are much more efficient, much more user friendly than pulling out the old automobile. So we have to remember with modern automobiles, catalytic converters, they burn more efficiently. They’re you know, they’re still putting out toxic gas, to be sure. But it’s not the same as your 1975 Chevy. So don’t use your modern vehicles. All right. So don’t do that. Use one of these devices. But let’s take a few minutes and talk about these particular products.

Proper Selection of Exterior Tier 1 Tamper Resistant Rodent Bait Stations Myths & Facts
Sep 04 2019 38 mins  
Hey, welcome back. Welcome back to another edition of the Pest Geek Podcast. I am your host, Frank Hernandez. Hey, we’re gonna be discussing proper selection of exterior tier one, tamper resistant rodent bait stations. And we’re going to be tackling the law and some myth and facts on this podcast. So this is one of those that is a thorn in the side of a lot of people, both in the professional pest control industry and also those of us who are looking out for our customers, looking out for the environment, looking out to do what is right. And the things that are going on in our industry are unprecedented, like any other time in history of the amount of problems that we have to encounter as professionals and a lot of it that is caused not by us, that we have nothing to do with lot of regulation coming out of California, that they’re wanting to get rid of the use of second generation rodenticides. And a lot of it has to do with the misuse and misapplication of a lot of these products. It has nothing really to do with a lot of professionals. Yes, there are professionals that we’re encountering that are doing things that are wrong, that are doing things that aren’t legal. There aren’t kosher, there aren’t ethical. They aren’t moral because they’re trying to cut costs or they’re trying to cheat. But that is not the majority of the industry. That is just a couple of people. Top 3 Myths About Exterior Rodent Stations Myth #1 Exterior Bait Stations Must Contain A Weight! Fact No, Myth #2 it must be of a certain weight like 8 lb Fact, No Myth #3 There are standards for testing Tamper Resistant Station Fact, No The biggest problems I have with rodenticides has to do that. They’re being sold over the counter to individuals, homeowners. You know, managers, anybody who wants to get a rodenticide get it without having to comply with the federal requirements and the label. I mean, I’ve seen this in apartment buildings where apartment managers are giving their staff rodenticides to go put out and put out rodent station and put out bait packs and throw them in homes, in storage units, storage facilities where managers are going out and putting bait packs out in the open. And the corners of storage facility, storage rooms, with no regard to what the fact that that label says that it must be kept out of reach of children. My biggest scare is the use of and a non anticoagulant, which is actually a neurotoxin being used and being available too non-professional when there is no antidote for this product, and you can easily buy it, you can’t buy it in stores, but you can buy it online. And that is a major concern. One of the biggest myths that I’ve challenged people on this week and all groups I’ve been out there and I said, you know, what is the weight requirement for a tier one station outside? So that a child can not get into it. And the reality is there’s mixing answers. Nobody has the real answer, but the answer is actually in the EPA, its own Web site. Here’s the myth, number one. An exterior bait station must contain a wait. No, it doesn’t. There is nothing on the law that says it must contain a weight. I can’t find it. I’ve asked people who are professionals that deal their distributors in manufacturers. This question. Nobody has the answer. There isn’t any.

Advantages Of Using Trail Cameras In Pest Control & Wildlife Control To Identify Problems
Sep 03 2019 21 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here, wildlife control consultant, bringing you another episode of Living the Wild Life for All You Pest Geek Fans out there. So thanks so much for listening. Hey, today I wanted to talk a little bit about trail cameras, trail cameras, now that they’re now that the prices dropped on a lot of them, as well as the size of the cameras and the quality has certainly gone up and certainly undergone a technological revolution. It’s certainly something that you may want to consider when you’re doing your work with pest control, particularly in my field of wildlife control that you may want to add to your arsenal. Trail cameras can do a lot for use. Advantages of using tail cameras in Wildlife Control Let’s talk a little about some of the advantages that they can do. Wonder taken cameras, they can pictures for you when you can’t be there. One of the things that’s so true about dealing with wildlife or pests in general is that they’re never doing what you want them to do when you’re all prepared for them doing. Who has time to be sitting in the blind all day waiting for an animal to do certain things? So in that regard, there are some advantages with using trail cameras because they can take pictures during the day and take pictures at night in their motion activated in some of the quality of the photograph. Photos can be quite good. If you want to spend the money for that level of quality in, you have good placement where there’s good action. But even on a lower level, they can be very helpful to identify. Problems that those small number of cases where you’re just not sure what the heck is going on with that particular site. One of the challenges we have with wildlife control and I’m sure with pest control to look to a lesser extent is that customers lie. I mean, let’s be honest about it. They just lie in sometimes. You were hired by one person, let’s say the manager of a company, and he wants Animal X removed, but the workers underneath him or her don’t because they’re treating it like a corporate pet. This is certainly the case when it comes to things like cats. And so this is a dilemma that we can have where there may be free range cats or feral cats inside of inside of a facility and the manager doesn’t want them there. No one owns them or they brought him from home or you know how these things are. No one really wants take responsibility, but no one wants to get rid of them either. Manager wants them gone. Year hires your company to remove them. You’re setting up cage traps to remove the cats and someone’s and you just can’t seem to catch one. And you know, the baits gone or the traps close, the trap gets moved in and no one really at no one knows who’s doing it. And so what you can do is set up some trail cameras and find that individual or individuals who are messin with your traps because most states have laws against the disturbance of traps. Now, when it comes to feral cats, as you may remember, a podcast I did earlier about this. You may want to go back to it, but I’m just using that as an illustration of when you have people manipulating your travels. This could be raccoons could have the same problem with raccoons where people are feeding the animals and aren’t wanting you to remove them. If you’re doing with apartment area and the owner landlord wants the raccoons removed, but the residents don’t know where some of the residences don’t. And all of a sudden, your traps are being destroyed, they’re being moved, they’re being

Ant Colony Multiplication Through Both Budding and Mating Flights
Aug 28 2019 22 mins  
Welcome back. Welcome back to another edition of the Pest Geek Podcast. I am your host, Frank Hernandez, and we’re going to be discussing the colony multiplication through both budding and mating flights of ants. And before I do that, I want to remind everybody we’ve got a couple of new things on the Web site, that One of them is an automatic. If you want to be a guest on our show and you would like to be interviewed on any subject that you are an expert on that you know about, be more than glad to go to our Web site and click on a guest and be our guest. There is a form there that tells you the data available. You basically fill out that form, choose the date you want and on there and we will get you interviewed for the podcast. There is a registration form that you can put in your bio, all of your information that you want, whatever it is you want to talk about, and we’ll get you automatically on the podcast. And the other one is for those of you who don’t talk, who are afraid of the microphone. I get a lot of people who call me and tell me I know what can I do? I want to be on the podcast, but I just can’t talk. I’m just not a talker. I’m afraid of the microphone. I get nerves. I’m just that’s just not for me. But I can write. Well, we’ve got for those people that want to be a guest writer, put do a guest post. You can. There is a guest post on our website and And there you can just basically write an article on whatever subject you think the pest geek society is really going to benefit from. And we will post it in our blog. And it will be published. You get a backlink on it. You will also, you know, your information will be on there. So, you know, guys, hey, look, you know, chances of you getting published anywhere on the articles you write is gonna be slim to none. We have a place for people that can write, but they can’t talk. And a lot of you are introverted and you’re just not going to be behind a microphone. It’s very uncomfortable for you, but you’re better off writing an article. Well, if you want to write a good article, hey, there’s a spot for you there. Also, we’re looking to create an image sharing function on our Web site because a lot of people are looking for images to do on their blog post, on their Web site, but they can’t find any really good relevant images regarding what they want to write about. A lot of them are just very generic. So if you’ve got images and you want to share them and I’m gonna be posting, I think I’ve got something like 13000 images of different things on my computer in a file that I’ve taken for the last twelve years. I take pictures of everything. So we’re thinking about sharing all of those images and creating kind of a gallery where you can just basically upload an image and share it with people, but you can also download images for free. And we’re looking at doing that on our site. So be part of what’s going on. Go to the Web site, check out what’s there. There’s a lot of things that we’re doing that we’re going to be putting on. But in today’s topic of understanding the difference of how ants multiply, the colonies are how they actually become make colonies or make mounds in some cases, some make colonies, some make mounds. We’re gonna be discussing the difference between budding and mating flights. And a lot I get a lot of calls during the year, especially during a termite swarm season where we get calls from people saying, hey, I’ve got termites in my house and I start to talk ...

Getting Into Wildlife Control With Gerrod Walker Of When Nature Calls Pest Control Florissant Colorado
Aug 26 2019 26 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here. Wildlife control consultant. Another episode of Living the Wild Life. Hey, I’m here with Gerrod Walker of oh, what was the name when nature calls pest control out here in Colorado? Welcome to Pest Geek Podcast, Gerrod. Say hello to the crew. It’s a pleasure to be here. Hello. All right. Well, I’ve been out spending some time. Gerrod been good enough to let me hang around with him for a few days, was doing some work, learning some stuff, seeing his methods and getting a bunch of facial photos. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to interview him and have him talk a little about his business and how he got started in this. And so hope you all find it interesting. So a little bio, a little bit of information that you could maybe learn something from his experience. So certainly he’s had some big challenges and big successes within this industry. So when we get started. 20190719-GerrodWalker-vantassel.mp3 So my first question for you, Joe, is what made you get into this business a wildlife control? You know, believe it or not, I. I started out in social services early on. I worked as a case manager and a counselor for a mental health organization. And I got kind of burned out. I needed a change. Pay was low and the results were oftentimes even lower. I got an opportunity to study through a correspondence course. Purdue University study got my license in the state of Illinois and quickly took a contract working overseas for the U.S. Army. I was back in 2004. I worked for them for two years, killing, killing pests in and a lot of rodent work, lot of insect work and a little bit of feral dog and cat control in the desert of Kuwait. When did you when did you start? Doing wildlife control, wildlife control started in Kuwait. My had the opportunity to two to meet a challenge that other operators had been unable to resolve. I had the opportunity to be tasked with catching feral cats on Camp Doha in Kuwait. And when was that? That was back in June of 2004. Four through. I worked on Camp Doha for about three months, trapped over 200 cats in that time. Wow. So I guess you’d know some how to catch some cats. No kidding. All right. So you’ve been in the biz in the industry now. So is 2019 started since 2004. So it’s really about 15 years you’ve been involved in this. So you started your business. What was your biggest challenge? Starting your business? You got back to the States? Yeah. So I came back from from the government contract and I opened I actually worked for Winnebago County Animal Control in Illinois for a little while. Got some experience there. And then realized the great need for wildlife control in the state of Illinois. The demand for wildlife services was was incredible in my area. Lots of calls that the government couldn’t handle. And so in the beginning, you know, it’s just a challenge as far as getting customer base to getting your word out. Back then, the Yellow Pages were my my go to. And so that’s where I started my advertising. I mean, I actually work quite well back then. When you started your company, now that you look back. What do you wish you knew then that you knew now that you know now? Yeah. You know, it was a huge learning curve. Back then, there wasn’t, you know, it wasn’t as much involvement on a state or a national level as far as training and so. It was a whole learning curve. You know, you had to

Help I can’t find good people to work
Aug 20 2019 60 mins  
We’re going to be discussing in a series of podcasts that I’m going to be doing on the realities of hiring in the 21st century and the realities of hiring in 2019 and beyond what we’re dealing with. What I’m personally dealing with, this is a challenge for me. So if you are a solo operator, if you are a business owner, I got people listening to us from across all kinds of platforms in many types of fieldwork, looking at pest control. And I think we need to make pest control sexy again, you know. And so, you know, we have to look at what the reality is. And there is there seems to be a disconnect. Between the reality. And the grass on the other side. From both parts. From from the employee side and from the ownership side, and those of you who have ever listened to me understand that I am pretty fair and equitable. I look at I try to look at both sides. I look at my situation. I have empathy. I try to put myself in the other person’s shoes. And as a public speaker, as a person who’s done counseling, I have to put myself in the other person and try to understand the other person’s point of view. I give you an example. I just had to fire one of my employees two weeks ago. And, you know, we’re looking now for a new replacement for that. And. You know, we did nothing wrong in this situation. We supported that person, made sure they had everything they needed, gave them all the encouragement we could give them, was there for them. You know, did whatever we had to do that the person chose that they were going to violate company policies, not show up to work clock in and not work. And not be where they were supposed to be at the time they were supposed to be those places. And this went on for only a little bit longer than I would like to admit. But when we got wind of it, I immediately started digging in, building a case. Took me about a week to build my case. And then I. Brought them in on a Thursday and basically terminated. However, the reality of what I have to go through to find another person is painful. The reality of what I had to do as an employee and employer was painful. It was painful because. I have a conscience, and my conscience, sometimes to my detriment, controls me and on what I have to do. And regardless of whether this person was completely wrong, they were stealing. They were completely wrong in the process. I still have empathy for people and I had to put myself in for two days. I had to prepare myself emotionally and mentally for this because I was livid at first that how can the person do this? I was in disbelief. You know, it’s kind of like you go through this process of I cannot believe this. I’m in disbelief. Second, after being in disbelief, I was enraged. Then after I was enraged, I was worried. And then after I was worried, I was just depressed about it because I had to terminate somebody who at the end of the day has to go home, is a father, has to take care of his children. But even though this wasn’t on me. Is still weighed heavily on me and being an employer. Is going to weigh heavy on you if you’ve never done it and I’ve done it for a while. I mean, this is probably tech number nine and twelve years guy. We’re growing now at a pace where it’s becoming very difficult and we’re gonna be discussing why it’s so difficult to grow and why, you know, the majority of people in the pest control industry are solo operators, 50 percent probably are solo. One man, two men shows a wife at home and maybe a second help. And that’s it.

Preparing For And Maximizing Your Down Time To Survive and Thrive.
Jul 13 2019 20 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant talking. Give me another episode of The Wildlife wanted to talk today about preparing for downtime. I know it’s on a very wildlife-related topic but the real but the fact of the matter is is that there are going to be as busy as people are. Life happens when you find yourself in a situation where you’re not out making money but you have been. Sometimes it’s things outside of your control. But you sit stuck somewhere and you can’t turn that into cash because something happened. Help I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up Let me give you some illustrations for example. What are you prepared for when your. Vehicle goes down. You may be on the road. And all of a sudden the transmission blows. That’s not something you’re just going to pull out of screwdriver. or a lug ranch and fix you’re gonna be stuck there for a little bit. And as these things often happen. you can’t just simply the you know the triple A or whatever organization you’re using to take pick up your vehicle. They’re not going to be just waiting for your particular call. They’re doing other things. All of a sudden you may be waiting half an hour. 40 minutes two hours waiting for that vehicle to come out and tow you back to the repair shop. What about other issues such as when you’re bringing in the vehicle in for service. When I was running my business I was putting on about 3000 miles a month and so I followed the policy of getting oil changes every. Basically every month because I was putting on 3000 miles and. What are you doing during that time. Now if you are in a situation where you need to sort of mentally decompress then you would want to use that time to mentally decompress. But I’m going to suggest for you that you should be thinking about using that time to improve yourself. If you’re on the clock and I would encourage people to think about their if they’re self-employed. Guard your time. Make sure that when you’re on the job you’re on the job and when you’re off the job you try to get off the job. I know that’s easier said than done and I certainly am no. Great example of how to accomplish that. When I was starting my business. but you need to do it. Learn from my mistake. Make sure that you. Work hard during the period of time that you’re working and when the end of the work day is done you transition and be husband wife spouse father friend. and have a life. Don’t. Live to work. Work to live in so I’ll leave that as it is. So if you’re during working the job and you have to take part of your job part of what you need to be charging for is these periods of downtime when you’re not able to make money because you have to do maintenance right. This is what a lot of people don’t understand when they hear about that two hundred and fifty dollars setup fee or consultation fear whatever the case may be. they’re paying for your time when you’re sitting in a building getting the oil change for your truck. Or when you’re getting it cleaned or you’re getting a detailed or you’re pulling traps out and you’re getting equipment and you’re filling out paperwork that’s what they’re paying for. But when you’re in situations where you’re not where you can’t be actively busy on your vehicle or

Using Strychnine For The Control Of Pocket Gophers
Jun 29 2019 18 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant bringing you another episode of The Wildlife one to talk today about particular rodenticide it’s not going to be very well known to most of you because if you’re flushing if you’re dealing with pest control because this particular pesticide is only allowed now for use in below ground applications for the specific target pest of pocket gophers. So the product I’m talking about here is Using strychnine for the control of pocket gophers below ground yeah strychnine still around and it’s only allowed in the United States for use on pocket gophers in a below ground application. So but let’s talk a little about strychnine because strychnine is one of the non anticoagulant rodenticides. The use of non anticoagulant rodenticides for Pocket Gopher Control There are others out there they’re are not anticoagulant like Bromethalin. zinc phosphide those are active ingredients that are also non anticoagulant. So there is board of the world in anticoagulants although certainly for our industry anticoagulants are going to be the most common rodent aside category that’s going to be used to control pest rodents. So I want to just talk a little about strychnine because while this pest geek podcast in we want to be geeky and we want to learn about things that aren’t there and sometimes outside of our regular everyday activity and it’s not outside of my world because I’m a vertebrate pest specialist. The Dangers using Strychnine Rodenticide But anyways I thought it might be interesting because there’s a number of people that get injured by strychnine every year least the least between in the 1980s and 90s and a third of those individuals were actually deliberate consumptions Believe it or not. So people trying to harm themselves which is quite sad. So it just brings to the forefront the importance of making sure that your pesticides are secure because people sometimes want to do bad things with them sometimes to themselves sometimes to other people. So make sure you know where your pesticides are and that they’re secure. And so let’s talk a little little bit about strychnine today. Well as I mentioned it’s a non anticoagulant so that doesn’t cause bleeding in the end. In fact it’s a powerful convalescent which is just sort of a fancy word meaning that it causes the individual or animal that consumes it to Twitch violently so their muscles they lose control of their muscle activity and they begin to. It’s like they’re having a seizure in there. Seizing violently and that sort of activity is interrupting their ability to breathe. I think you can interrupt their ability their heart activity and so you have this steered their muscles firing all over the place because it’s actually disrupting the normal process of how your nerves are communicating in your body at the chemical level. And so you basically can like asphyxiate because you’re not able to breathe properly and you’re consuming all of this energy and so it’s it’s a pretty ugly way to die. I believe I remember a picture where an individual that was that consumed strychnine he’ll actually their muscles will. You have the muscles that actually can pull like your bicep and then your triceps. So what happens is they’re extending muscles actually froze in so they were actually arched their body was arched on the ground from a head to the toe with the re...

All About Foam Foamers and Foaming
Jun 26 2019 12 mins  
This is Jeff McGovern the past coach and I was just out in the field with a PMP from north Florida and we were working with a new foamer and I got to thinking you know maybe I need to talk a little bit about foam. There are different types of equipment we can do it with. And you know we have so many new tools to use fault with right now that it really needs to become part of everything we do particularly with restaurant type work because there’s so many problems we can solve if we have a different method of putting a product into the zones that the insects are inhabiting. Foaming Equipment So to look at the units themselves to look at foamers I think the most expensive for the most premium farm unit that’s commonly available right now would probably be the nisus unit the power cart 2000 the power cart. The 2000 is a beautiful foaming  system. You’ve got a two gallon tank. It’s on a cart. It has a motor hooked up to it it’s electrically powered and it keeps the unit pressurized all the time so that you can power it up. you’ve got it full of foaming agent and the type of mixture that you may want to use on that particular account and you can hit the switch and as soon as the pressure starts to drop in the tank below where it can push the foam properly it’ll turn on it’ll run and will pump that unit back up so you can work continuously within the length of the hose. ­until you actually run out of product. and you look at all the different situations you can treat with this because everybody thinks the foam is just a drain a hole in the floor. Yeah that’s fine. You can put foaming agent down in there with the appropriate additives and you can kill insects you can dissolve grease and crud you can keep things cleaned out you can also use that same type of equipment maybe on the back of the dish line in a restaurant where you get all the grease and crud on the wall go ahead and fall mat down and all that grease and crud and garbage will start to dissolve provided you have the right mix and that foamer the other place you can use it is up behind those three parts sinks where they stand out a little bit from the wall you can foam those zones you can foam the underside of stainless steel equipment you can foam the wheel housings around equipment and take all the grease and the crowd out of there you can get backup behind that nasty ice machine. There’s just so many places that have foam application makes sense but that power car to thousands of pretty good size unit and some people may say well gosh I don’t have that much real estate available on my truck maybe I’ve got a smaller vehicle or maybe you’re going. You know I I don’t use a former on my business a lot but I need to have one for the few accounts that I have that I may want to try it. So you could step down and go to something like Gardener’s new foamer because Gardner corporation the people that make the flying machines for us also have a wonderful little manually powered Fulmer and it’s got a gauge on it so you can pump it up the whole power and it works beautifully as long as you keep it pressurized and you can pick it up and carry it around wherever you want to. And it’s a handy little piece of equipment with a hose on it got a wand you can guide it up underneath things and you can use it much in the way as a power cart but you’re doing it in a far less expensive unit.

Walter Salazar From Walter Salazar Pest Control In Lehigh Acres Florida
Jun 24 2019 60 mins  
All right. So I’ve got Walter Salazar from Walter Salazar pest control and you’re right. Walter you’re in Naples. Are you really in Naples Florida.We are in Lehigh Acres Florida. OK. So that’s like what are you What are you do you cover. We run from Marco Island to Port Charlotte. So we do almost the entire south southwest coast. The following is an imperfect transcription of the interview with Walter Salazar Frank and Walter Should Swap Vacations Gotcha. OK so that’s one of my favorite Walter. One of my favorite places to go and get away because I’m in Miami. So you’re only two hours from me and I could get away for a weekend I could go to Marco Island Sanibel Naples totally unwind because unlike Miami that’s like being in a whole different state. Absolutely. So we’re in Miami bro I love going to Naples man I’ve done it for like like twelve or thirteen years where I would go every three months and spend three or four days over there just chillax because there’s nothing to do. Pretty much I mean you go to the beach you go eat you go to eat you go back to the hotel you sleep and you go out to eat and then at night I smoke a cigar and died and I told him I totally unwind Walter I totally get into a whole different zone bro. So so that’s my one of my favorite places in the whole world the other place I love to go which I it’s just too far for me but I love it is St. Augustine and I love God man I love going out to St. Augustine and St. Pete anywhere out of Miami bro is awesome. Miami is like Dude it’s headache it’s a nightmare here. But anyway. You you you want to get into some noise because you’re in the choir right. Well I we go to dinner. We like to dance a little bit. You know we don’t have that stuff down here. So really there’s not a whole lot many dance clubs. There’s not a lot of thousand salsa clubs down there. Salsa there’s a lot of you know rap hip hop country bars. But you know we like Latin music right. And we used to do that all the time here. So we go to Miami and it’s like we wish we could live there and it’s just like it was anytime you want to switch roles I’m having switched to the. I think we’re going to do that bro. I’m I’m I’m like we’re going to head up over there and you head down here. But let me ask you this what how how how did you get. Because one of the things that I’m always fascinated by is how people get in pest control. Nobody gets into pest control I think by choice. And it’s always intrigues me to see where how you got in because you look like a young guy. I mean I’m proud I’m probably old enough to be your dad. You’re good. Yeah I’m forty nine so I’m just I just turned 49. How Walter Got Into The Pest Control Industry So but how did you get into pest control Walter? Well it was completely by mistake. I was in hurricane shelters right after high school. And you know I used to lift weights in high school always play football wrestling so I used to be a jock and it was just one of those things I thought I had to beat my body up every day to make a living.

Handling Canada Geese In Wildlife Control Being A Protected Species
Jun 15 2019 28 mins  
Handling Canada Geese In Wildlife Control Being A Protected Species Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant giving you a little other update for the wildlife. I wanted to talk today. Well now that spring is getting closer to us. Want to talk a little bit about Canada geese Canada geese are becoming a large problem in many parts of the eastern U.S. But they are beginning to be an issue in some Western states and even in the Midwestern states as well by Midwest. They’re already an issue places like Ohio and Indiana. I’m referring to the true Midwest which would be in Nebraska incense states of the Central State Central Plains. Canada geese are federally protected A very large bird and they are federally protected. So what can be done with them is limited. Now you may think well they’re hunted. Yes that’s certainly true. But those are hunting regulations that occur during the hunting season. And so those numbers are established. But like a pigeon or a House special you just can’t go out and whack Canada Goose just because you feel like it. So it has to be done either during the hunting season which typically is not the time when many people are having trouble with Canada geese or you have to get a permit. But there are some strategies to handle Canada geese. But before we get too far into the weeds here one to give a little bit of background on some of their basic biology. First let’s talk about how they’re to be named. It’s Canada geese not Canadian geese I got rebuked on that from my one of my employers when I use the word Canadian geese. No no no it’s Canada geese and so that’s going to be important. Typically their scientific name is Branta canadensis. That’s B R T A N T A. Canada Geese The Giant Variety Dangers Branta canadensis there are various subspecies but most of us are going to be dealing with Canada geese like the giant variety. So they are a large bird. Typically when you get to the ones that we’re normally seeing around urban areas. black and white with grey course they have that white throat patch that is they’re famous for their very elegant bird but they are big 3 to 15 pounds and they can cause a great deal of challenges for people not. just because they’re they can be noisy their theses of course you know the phrase crap through a goose is not is obviously there for a reason because geese. Put out a lot of excrement. There is no doubt about it. So they’ll eat a lot of green grass and then they’ll leave you these Tootsie Roll sized droppings that come out in various places and they can be actually a slip hazard when they’re on various surfaces. And so people have fallen and slipped on that feces ever. Now there is a small concern about disease with those feces. I mean certainly people that are walking through heavily contaminated areas can have. They’ll get it on their shoes or what have you and that can be a potential problem. But the evidence for actual infections is low. There is some association of large numbers of Canada geese contaminating water particularly when reserve windier when they’re flocking over or floating in the areas of the reservoir where the where the water intake is that’s where it’s going out to be consumed by the public. So but the evidence is weak. You kind of think it makes sense that a lot of Canada geese on your grass and people walking through it and the...

Natures Defense Rodent Repellent Update
Jun 14 2019 11 mins  
Good morning Frank. This is Jeff McGovern the pest COACH. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME for yet another appearance if you will. on the pest geek podcast. up what I wanted to discuss. briefly today. is the success rate that we’ve been having with the natures defense rodent repellent. Natures Defense Rodent Repellent Update Natures Defense Rodent Repellent System And of course we interviewed Mark Wiser R A year ago this January in reference to the product. And since then we have done a tremendous amount of work with it. And I just wanted to share that. with some of the folks out there because I think what’s happening here. is we’re seeing a serious change. in the way that rodent control can be done. And the way it can be done with a far more aggressive posture from the PMP. Because if we’re depending upon bait stations. and traps. and glue boards. essentially what we’re doing. Is a passive process. In other words we put something out and we sit back and wait. Now if we’re doing rodent exclusion maybe that’s a nudge toward something more aggressive because we’re slamming a door. But with the natures defense product what you’re doing is punching them in the face. It’s extremely effective for causing a change in the activity of a rodent population. Virtually immediately and with the PMP as we have in the field right now actually all over the United States using the product. One single thing seems to stand out and that’s the fact that once they make the application of the natures defense material they notice an immediate change. In the way the rodent population is reacting. And what I’m talking about here is sometimes they shift to a different area within the site. Other times they leave the site completely. Other times they apparently just disappear and don’t come back and other times they make repeated attempts to get back into the site. And we have to go back and punch him in the face again because the site is so incredibly attractive has a history of attracting rodents. But you know what. the material is always effective. And the other thing that you can do is take your trapping device is your glue boards and your bait stations and put those in the designated zones that you set up. With your professional PMP experience and take the population down because nature’s defense doesn’t reduce it. Nature’s defense shifts it. So in other words it allows us to be in control rather than us bowing to the control of the rodent populations as a whole. It’s an extremely effective way to deal with rodents. Now one of the other changes that’s occurred is originally. We had the material in four ounce packets and these are packets wrapped in a permeable plastic. They come in a pouch. Well normally and you open the pouch and remove the packet and the packet is your placement device. In other words it’s perfect on one end. You can hang it if you care to. And we usually say for example in an attic. you’re going to put it. maybe a foot or so off that back to the. attic. all the way around. the product. That’ll allow it to move within the space and affect the rodent. The other thing you may want to consider doing is putting it into a housing box. And traditionally the ones we’ve been using are the IBS

Capturing Contextual Information By Developing A Note Taking System In Pest Control and Wildlife Training.
Jun 03 2019 18 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant giving another episode of The Wild Life for pest geek podcast. Thank you for listening. Hey today I want to talk a little about the importance of note taking and how you can organize your notes so that you have. a continuous resource that you can build and then refer back to. one of the things that. pest control operators and even some wildlife control operators have to do is they have to go through continuing training in order to maintain their license. Or they go to training just to improve their quality of their professionalism. One of the challenges of course is is you’re inundated with so much information. How are you able to process that information. And one of the things that I find troubling. as an educator and someone who is a you know travels around giving instruction is how often people are sitting in the audience and they’re learning and sometimes are attentive but they don’t take notes. It always strikes me as a little odd if I think about it for a while and that’s why are people taking notes. And we basically it’s because we believe that everything’s Google. We are. We think that every answer to life’s problems. can be answered by Google and Google is a very powerful search engine. We could be sure but the reality is. is that Google doesn’t give you gives you information but it doesn’t give you. Filtered information and by that I mean it doesn’t do a good job providing you. context. So if you need to know how many people are in the United States today. I mean Google’s a great place to go. It’s just sort of a brute fact. But if you’re trying to figure out whether you should use a particular pesticide. For someone in an allergic situation or a high risk situation. that becomes much more difficult for you to extract with a couple click click clicks on your computer or your cell phone. And what we’re missing is when we’re going to training a lot of times the contextual information. that we get from a quality training course that you’re going to. Needs to be captured so that you can refer back to it if you’re training a new colleague. If it’s an obscure issue that you don’t normally deal with that you have that information sourced somewhere. but there’s also another reason not just historical but some of the research seems to suggest that. taking the time to write. down notes. actually helps in bed that information deeper into your consciousness and into your memory. One research program project that I’ve heard about was as it tried to compare students that took handwritten notes and compared it with those who took a computer typed notes. If you go to colleges today they’re often filled with students who were typing up their notes and part of that is because typing is so much faster. than handwriting and what they are and what they found. If my entries remembering recollections because I didn’t read that particular article I was looking at a post from someone who looks at. learning is that they found that students that were hand writing down their notes actually had better comprehension and better retention than students who were typing things down and I know just anecdotally in my own life. That’s certainly been true. I when I’m typing something I don’t necessarily have that same engagement. It seems to be that there’s a relationship with the. neural networks of your hand moving across the page and the amount of effort involved to do that embeds information better into your system. So enough about that.

Deer Mice White-footed Mice The Relationship With Ticks Lyme Disease And Hantavirus
May 25 2019 21 mins  
00:00:01] Stephen Vantassel here for living the wildlife on the talk today about deer mice because deer mice are a species of animal that are frequently ignored in the conversations about commensal rodents deer mice are more common than people give them credit for and they are rather ubiquitous. So I wondered who thought to give a synopsis of a really fine article by Dr. Gary W. Whitmer and Rachel S. Moulton. They wrote an article deer mice Peromyscus species biology damage and management. A review that was published in The 25th proceedings or I should say the proceedings of the 25th vertebrate pest conference published in 2012. And these were pages 2 13 through to 19 and what they did was a summarize the research up that they were aware of up to this particular point. So it was pretty pretty neat. They did it. So the reality is is that. Deer Mice & Whitefooted Mice Are Far More Common Than People Think [00:01:14] These animals are far more common as I noted than people realize and they’re often ignored in the training and I wanted to sort of fill that gap today so they’re both rodents of course and we want to talk about two different species one of them is called the deer mouse. [00:01:32] Peromyscus maniculatus and then we also have the white footed mouse which is sometimes mistakenly called the white footed deer mouse that would be incorrect. It’s the white footed mouse that’s Peromyscus leucopus both of them have extensive ranges in the United States. The deer mouse has a broader range. But for our purposes today we’re going to combine them and treat them as a unit because they both share similar characteristics. I mean they’re not identical obviously but they’re for our purposes for pest control. They’re close enough and so on want to talk to them about some of their biology in this regard. Deer Mice & Whitefooted Mice Biology So I wanted to begin discussing some of their biology and we’re going to talk about how how big they are. And that sort of thing. So let’s get started with that. So deer mice grow vary in size according this particular article and they can be anywhere between 15 and 30 grams which is for our purposes half an ounce to a little more than downside weight their total length. Now whenever you read the literature that says total length they mean from the tip of the nose all the way to the tip of the tail it’s total length. If they talk about body length then it would just be the tip of the nose to the you know basically to their butt. It’s how they would measure the animals. This is total length and we’re looking at about 130 to 200 millimeters which would be five about five inches to little over seven and a half inches and I’m sort of you know rounding off those numbers there a little bit to make it more memorable. [00:03:19] So you identify deer mice separate from house mice by looking at their eyes the deer mice eyes are bigger than the house mouse. These are nocturnal animals just like house mice but deer mice are spending their time of course outdoors typically although they can do pretty well in structures as well. And they also have larger ears than than house mice. And then they also have most characteristically a a sharp bifurcation between the stomach for which typically white and the back for called the door salary which is typically like deer like coloration or tarnish coloration where the h...

Culex mosquitoes quinquefasciatus and pipiens the hybrid is pipiens-molestus.
May 20 2019 19 mins  
[00:00:02] Hey welcome back. Welcome back to another edition of the pestgeek podcast. I am your host Frank Hernandez and we’re gonna be discussing culex mosquitoes. That’s right. It’s mosquito season soon as those temperatures rise above 70 degrees they start coming out and they start populating and we’re going to be covering culex mosquitoes today and culex mosquitoes are probably the most prevalent in the U.S. they’re around the world there’s about a thousand species of culex mosquitoes in the U.S. We get about 12 of them about a dozen in Florida alone. We have nine out of the twelve available in the U.S. So it is one of the big problematic mosquitoes here that we have to deal with. And Culex is known as the common house mosquito. OK It is common in the U.S. because there is at least one type of collect mosquito found in every state. Culex mosquitoes Culex quinquefasciatus and Culex pipiens The Culex pipiens complexThe hybrid is pipiens-molestus Culex Mosquito [00:01:04] You know it has a metamorphosis of egg larva pupa and adult it doesn’t have. It does have a complete metamorphosis. egg larva pupa and adult They usually feed at night. Typically it’s gonna be a night feeding mosquito so if you’ve got a customer saying they’re getting bitten in the afternoon they’re getting bit in the morning. Most likely they don’t have culex mosquitoes. They could have aedes maybe anopheles but not culex mosquitoes. They also the pregnant or gravid females take flight at night especially right at about Twilight. So whenever that sun starts to Crescent out and over the horizon it’s pretty much gone. And that twilight period is when they start to go out and look for places to oviposition their eggs and bite so that they’re going to spend most of the night doing that you know finding places to lay their eggs in that’s what they’re doing there. They prefer the tropics. So they’re very very common in the tropics. Like I said Florida has a 9 out of the of the 12 culex species in the US that are most common. They survive overwintering in the north by hibernating. I mean you can have them pretty much if we had like the last you know 5 7 years where we temperatures never dropped below the 60s. This year we’ve had a couple of drops into the 50s but pretty much the temperature started going out about 75 and 85 degrees and you’re going to have them breeding. [00:02:50] Culex mosquitoes like to hide during the day in sheltered areas. You know there’s boxes outside you know things that they can you know hide in. That’s what they’re going to do. They believe it or not they prefer to bite birds and livestock than people. But when the populations become really heavy they’re gonna bite people. And that’s how we get the transmission of diseases is by them biting birds that have infections and then becoming a vector and transmitting it to us. culex mosquitoes life cycle The the the entire lifecycle of this mosquito on average no matter which species you’re looking about 10 to 14 days you know from egg larva to pupa an adult you’re looking at you know 5 7 10 days they don’t live that long. And so you’re you know you’re looking at an entire cycle of two weeks. culex mosquito disease

Choosing Rodenticides Wisely Anticoagulant Vs Non Anticoagulant, First Generation Vs Second Generation.
May 14 2019 34 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here So those are the two main categories of rodenticides we have the anticoagulant non-anticoagulant and then underneath the anticoagulant rodenticides we have first generation anticoagulant rodenticides and we have second-generation anticoagulants rodenticides and Il talk a little bit about LD 50 and then some of the pros and cons of first generation and second generation anticoagulants. Choosing Rodenticides Wisely Anticoagulant Vs Non Anticoagulant, First Generation Vs Second Generation. Rodent Pest Control [00:00:01] Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant bringing you another episode the wildlife one to talk today a little bit about toxicants. Toxicant are basically poisons that are used to control various types of past organisms. So because I am my specialty as vertebrates of course. So we’re going to talk about rodenticides primarily because rodents are a significant source of pests. That Affect impact human health and Structures and safety and sometimes are just a nuisance but they can be a significant problem. [00:00:45] We’ll talk about understanding rodenticides. So we’re going to take a little bit of time and do a little bit of overview and then in future podcasts I want to drill down into specific active ingredients so that we have a better understanding of what we’re using. And in how sometimes we’re not using it really the way we should be using them. So hopefully this will help you become a better PCO or wildlife control operator. A lot of wildlife control operators don’t have pesticide licenses. I think that’s a mistake even if you don’t plan on using toxicants right now as a part of your business. I encourage all wildlife control operators take take time take the effort get your pesticide license so at least you can do use rodenticides around structures because you never know there are going to be situations where rodenticides can help your business I have a colleague who makes a significant portion of his income in the wintertime when things are slow where he lives he lives in kind of the frozen. Frozen North there’s tons of snow and he keeps his business going just money just for refilling bait stations during the wintertime for clients who are having issues with voles and other another rodents that are around structures so it can be a way to help your business and in a different to generate revenue without always having to trap or exclude. Two Main Types Of Rodenticides Baits In Rodent Pest Control [00:02:21] So let’s talk a little about rodenticides. So a rodenticides of course are toxicants pesticides that kill rodents so rodent. When knows what that word means and cide means to kill. So these are products they’re designed to kill. Rodents. So let’s talk about the major categories of rodenticides. So when we’re talking about baits these are things that are consumed by rodents. They fall into two major categories anticoagulants and non anticoagulants. So anticoagulants as the name suggests fights the coagulation of our blood. So these are products that cause the capillaries and the coagulated factors in blood to break down and no longer work so that the rodents are suffering from hemorrhaging which is a fancy word for bleeding and they’re often bleeding internally at the at the vascular level. Occasionally you will see blood coming out in their stool or through their orifices like their nose although that’s not th...

Getting Control Of Anopheles The Useless Mosquito With A Snorkel
May 04 2019 30 mins  
[00:00:03] Hey welcome back to this edition of the pest geek podcast. I am your host Frank Hernandez and we’re going to be discussing and Anopheles mosquitoes on this edition. So the Anopheles mosquito is a very common mosquito in the U.S. there’s several species of them in the U.S. basically they almost divide the country in about half. One we have the western mosquito the Anopheles mosquito. And then we have the eastern Anopheles mosquito. Those are the basic two that we have in the country Now the word Anopheles in the Greek it means useless. And so the Anopheles mosquito is basically a useless small fly. So we haven’t found a use for it yet but then we have about it around the world about 430 species of Anopheles mosquitoes. OK. And we’ve got about a half a dozen here in the U.S. and the like you know like all mosquitoes in this case you can really say all I believe nobody is going to find an exception. The the the mosquito is it since it’s an insect. And it is a fly it is a true fly. It belongs to the order of diptera. You’re gonna have a three section body head thorax and an abdomen and you’re going to have three pairs of legs basically six legs and two wings attached to the thorax. Now the the Anopheline or the Anopheles it’s different than other mosquitoes. Is that it lacks an air tube and hangs basically parallel to the surface water. So if it dives for food it eventually has to come up for air. [00:02:06] Okay. And that’s what the why its an Anopheline or an Anopheles mosquito it is known as the the malaria mosquito because of the. It is an important vector of malaria around the world in the U.S. there’s about fifteen hundred cases annually reported to the CDC. But most of those were actually contracted outside of the U.S. but it’s still a major epidemic around the world. You know people coming down with malaria all over the world the most the most common Anopheles in the eastern United States is the quadrimaculatus sensu lato  is the most common one and in the end if you take the country and you go like half of Texas and you start at the bottom about half of Texas and you draw a line straight up basically everything east of there is Anopheles. And if you take right at the end of Texas probably where Arizona is and you draw a line straight up from there and you go west you’re going to have the the the other Anopheles wich is freeborni which is known as the Western malaria mosquito which is found all Western Canada and the United States. So you know no matter where you are in the world you’re pretty much going to have a mosquito problem. Now out of the four hundred and thirty Anopheles species 30 to 40 are known to transmit malaria or malaria I’m sorry. Now this mosquito doesn’t feed only on humans it does large mammals. [00:04:04] So horses cows goats rabbits and dogs are subject to getting bitten by the Anopheles mosquito. OK. So it’s not just a human mosquito. Now there are another mosquito in the U.S. which is lesser known the of the Anopheles species which is is Anopheles punctipennis. That is right. You in the spelling is correct. And there’s also it’s also under another name of. I believe anopheles pseudopunctipennis which is in the US also. OK.

Poo Is Bad Don’t Touch That Dealing With Baylisascaris Procyonis Round Worm Of The Raccoon Feces
May 02 2019 37 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant talking about the wildlife for you all of you out there and pesky world. This week I wanted to talk about another disease namely raccoon roundworm is also known as Baylisascaris procyonis sounds like a pretty fancy word but all that means is the roundworm of the raccoon. So Baylisascaris roundworm is a common genre of worms and Baylisascaris certainly a specific one and then procyonis means raccoon. So this particular roundworm is associated with raccoons because raccoons are the primary host or a carrier or a reservoir might be a better way to host. Probably is not quite the perfect word for it because Raccoons don’t seem to be harmed by this particular worm that they’re carrying so they’re more of a reservoir but they’re the primary carrier of this particular worm and given how common raccoons are in the United States this roundworm is pretty common and so the research shows in turn when they’ve done surveys that it occurs pretty much throughout the United States a little less prevalent in the south. Dealing With Baylisascaris Procyonis Round Worm Of The Raccoon Feces As A Precaution you want to assume that all raccoon droppings are likely infected [00:01:28] But again this data is a little bit old so I’m not sure how much I would particularly trusted. I mean whenever you’re looking at surveys people like to think of themselves as not being part of that survey. [00:01:42] But the reality is how do you know that your particular feces is not infected. So for all practical purposes if you want to just assume that all raccoon droppings are likely infected with raccoon round worm. So. Let me talk a little bit about this particular round worm and the infection it causes for for humans. And I’m getting my information primarily from William J. Murray and Kevin R. Kazacos their article entitled Raccoon Roundworm Encephalitis is a inflammation of the brain. And so that’s one of the side effects that is caused by infection with raccoon round raccoon round worm is the worm though as it’s moving through your body gets up into your brain tissue and then your body’s immune response causes a violent inflammation that can cause brain damage and of course the worm itself can do its damage as it’s chewing its way through your body. This particular article was published in 2004 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on November 15th [00:02:55] And the page numbers are fourteen eighty four through fourteen ninety two and I believe this journal article if you care to read it will be available on Google Scholar or through a regular web search because I believe it’s a government publication so it’s available at no additional cost for download. Again you know what. Those of you listen to me regularly know that I hate the word free when we’re dealing with the government because it’s paid for by our taxes so it’s not free. You just don’t have to pay for it again. So Kazacos if those of you have been doing any work in the field of raccoon round where is the premier researcher on raccoon round where he’s been. He’s retired now but when he was working he was early pioneer in this particular area and did a trim almost of the publications on this particular worm have his name on it.

Aedes Mosquitoes Why Are Aedes Aegypti Mosquitos So Difficult To Control
Apr 27 2019 28 mins  
[00:00:02] Welcome back to this edition of the pest geek podcast. I am your host Frank Hernandez and we’re going to be discussing Aedes mosquitoes particularly Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and why they are so difficult to control. Now the word mosquito is formed from two words in the Spanish language mosca meaning fly and Ito the diminutive of small meaning small so actually the word mosquito comes and the term means a little fly. Aedes Mosquito Biology Now we’re gonna go and get into some insect biology here and discussing this. And one of the things we’re going to be discussing is the order that they’re in and they belong to the order. What is known as taxonomy in the animal kingdom and it belongs to the order of diptera. Now diptera means a two winged fly. So that’s where most real flies belong to. It comes from two Greek words di meaning two and a pteron meaning wings so diptera means a two winged fly. Now it becomes it b also belongs to the super order of what is known as Culicoidea the a which where we get mosquitoes and midges belong to the same family and there are a couple of other midges in there that that belong to that family or that super order but that they belong together and they belong to the family of Culicidae a which is the mosquito. Coming from the Latin word culex meaning gnat. So that’s how we get that the term mosquito and the taxonomy of where they belong. Now the idea Aedes genus has more than nine hundred and fifty species of mosquitoes in it. Most Common Aedes Mosquitoes The Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus [00:02:01] We’re only familiar with really two or three of them. The Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus because these are the ones that do the biting and transmit the majority of the diseases or viruses they’re vectors of different viruses. All right so in the United States the Aedes   aegypti is found in about twenty three states right now including the southeastern U.S. on the East Coast from New York all the way to Indiana and Kentucky. So Texas and the southern part here in Florida. It is a major mosquito problem. You know they also been found you know like I said in west all the way west to Indiana. Now how can they survive in cold environments. Well that’s the reason why they’re so difficult to control because Aedes mosquitoes the eggs can stay dormant in the south up to up to six to eight months after there is no rain and in cold weather and then all of a sudden we get a rain. And these eggs hatch and this is what people don’t understand that just because it’s cool and it’s not raining does not mean that we don’t have Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and you overly you know have the over wintering of the mosquitoes in the Northeast where you get the snow. But in the southern part of the United States we can have them all year round and they’re just unless if the temperatures drop really low where there are the eggs don’t incubate. That’s a different matter but in most of the country where this mosquito is alive it the eggs are very resistant to drought and all of the sudden they laid the eggs and it didn’t rain or there is no water in the containers where they laid those eggs and all of the sudden the sprinklers come on because you turned them on two weeks later and the eggs hatch or all of a sudden it hasn’t rained for a month and it rains and the eggs will hatch and this is why it’s such a difficult mosq...

Bat Rabies How Most Humans Are Exposed To The Rabies Virus How To Deal With It As A Wildlife Expert
Apr 25 2019 40 mins  
[00:00:02] Thanks Frank. Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant with another episode for on living the wild life. For the geek fans out there. We’re going. Today I want to talk about rabies. Specifically bat rabies. Because [00:00:19] The fact of the matter is is bat rabies is perhaps the most common way that most humans are exposed to the rabies virus. Sure we can be exposed by skunks or raccoons or other rabies vector species. But the most common one for humans in the least in the United States actually is from bats. And so I wanted to give a little bit of insight for those of you we’re looking to get into wildlife control because if you screw up this pipe process with how to handle potential rabies exposure to the bats you can end up costing your client tens of thousands of dollars in wasted medical expenses or you can kill your client. The Actions Of A Wildlife Operator Are Clearly Tied To Health And Safety [00:01:08] And so clear this is one of the few areas in wildlife control where the actions of a wildlife control operator are clearly tied to health and safety in a surprisingly large amount of money depending on if the person needs to get rabies shots and that sort of things to prevent the contractions. Let’s talk a little about bat rabies here first of all a bat rabies. Like all rabies is a list of virus it’s part of the family of the rhabdovirus families. Let me unpack that for you a little bit. The rhabdovirus  family means it’s a rod. So if you’ve ever had Oh [00:01:53] The the rounded type licorice candy back in the day or something like that the spill or a vitamin that’s that’s more oblong. That’s a rhabdovirus shape it looks like a rod or a small rod. And so that’s where the. And so under electron microscope the rabies virus looks like a rod and it’s a Lyssavirus  which is a subcategory of the rhabdovirus. Lyssa comes from a word meaning rage. And so this is where you get the notion where a rabid animal is is a violent and angry and attacking thing. So this is a term from history where the the furious form of rabies is being accentuated here now typically what makes rabies such a dangerous disease is that it leads to death. There have been a couple of cases where people have quote unquote survived. I think there was one out of Wisconsin where they treated the patient with large amounts of steroids I believe in the person recovered and by recovery I mean my understanding is is that the patient was able to walk out of the hospital which is pretty impressive given that typically rabies is 100 percent lethal but obviously that’s not true anymore. So we’re really looking at like ninety nine point nine nine nine percent likely to die. [00:03:19] So we want to be sure we’re careful with rabies because if we get it wrong really bad things happen for us. And so. What we find is historically when we’ve put this little bit historical perspective rabies is not a new disease it’s been around for thousands of years in fact the ancient Greeks talked about animals displaying symptoms that were believed to be rabies in more specifically in the 10th century a  Persian physician now Persia is modern day Iran and his name was Razi. His name was Razi and he said he who eats the tongue or heart of a bat shell flee from water and die. [00:04:08] And so those

Certified Training Available Through National Wildlife Control Operators Association.
Apr 17 2019 28 mins  
[00:00:02] Stephen Vantassel here. Wildlife Control consultant talking about the wildlife. Wanted to talk a bit about wildlife training, Hey, I just came back from the National Wildlife Control Operators Association National Meeting the wildlife Expo being held in Myrtle Beach. I was there from February 4 through the 9th and wow what a what an expo it was. [00:00:28] And so let’s talk a little about training so I’m biased. [00:00:32] So case study of you out there are wondering what my biases put my cards on the table here I am a board member director of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association I’m the western director. So basically that means everything west of like Missouri of the United States is sort of my territory if you want to call it that I represent the wildlife control operators in that part of the country for our association. So the National Wildlife Control Operators Association is a trade association that’s nonprofit that advocates for the interests of wildlife control operators by providing training by advocating for proper legislation among among governors state governments and the federal government as well. And we work with the National Pest Management Association which we sort of cooperate with. They are a joint sponsor of our wildlife Expo and we are trying to raise the professionalism and publicity of the work the important work that wildlife control operators do across the country. [00:01:50] Those of you who are dealing primarily with the bugs have a little bit better than us because you guys are more regulated now you may hate regulations it may scream at the government or whatever. [00:02:04] But the reality is is that the government protects what the government regulates. And when you have regulation then at least there’s some industry standards and so you have some protection against sort of the willy nilly things that happen in the you know the people that are always racing to the bottom financially and I understand it’s not perfect and there are a lot of problems in the pest control industry as well and I and I appreciate that. But in terms of wildlife control many many parts of the country it’s basically the Wild West to sort of use an old statement there. The reality is is that there is a lot of things that are just being done poorly. And unfortunately if you go on Facebook you see a lot of sometimes shoddy workmanship and I’m not talking about things that aren’t necessarily pretty. I mean reality is the truth was I was never a great repair man and if you look at some of my work back in the day it was certainly not pretty. The difference is is that I wasn’t necessarily charging hundreds and hundreds of dollars for some the aluminum flashing I was putting up to try to close a squirrel hole. And so there’s people that are just sort of not doing the right thing in any ways the National Wildlife Control Operators Association is endeavoring to provide training opportunities and advocacy for those in the wildlife control field. And so we had a great a great convention this time. So let me talk a little bit about that convention because some of you may be interested in getting some of the training was Al I missed it. [00:03:39] I couldn’t make it. Relax there’s can be plenty of other opportunities for you. But let me kind of go over a little bit of what happened during this expo. So what the

Mar 20 2019 4 mins  
It is is Frank the pest geek and we’re going to be discussing class 15 inhibitors of biosynthesis on this edition of the pest geek podcast. Now, what is chitin inhibition? Well, it is what we use a product what is known as a chitin inhibitor which is an insect growth regulator also known as an IGR. Now what is chitin. Well Chitin is actually an amino sugar that is used by insects as an element for building that exoskeleton. It’s basically a cellulose sugar product that they make is that crunchy exoskeleton that they have in different colors. And what happens is it’s produces what is through what is known as bio synthesis. It is the coming together or mixing of different elements to create a product. And that’s what happens with the exoskeleton it is a hormonal product that happens in their body to create those exoskeleton so they’re born sometimes without an actual skeleton sometimes they go through a molting process and they change exoskeletons but if they don’t have bones so they have to create this product. And what the IGR does is it inhibits the ability for them to make an exoskeleton so a product like Novaluron on aids in that inhibition and what it also does is it causes the damage in the larval stage when they’re young but it also causes damage in the egg stage and especially like in roaches or mosquitoes where it damages the larvae. [00:01:52] Now chitin metabolism and insect through a product like the Novaluron works mostly by ingestion it does have some contact capabilities but mostly it is through inject and ingestion, so using a class 15 Chitin inhibitor will aid in pest control because it is part of a long-term strategy and every IPM program. So what it does is it could damage the wings of the insect. It could damage part of the antenna. It could damage an eye in the molting process and then they don’t grow up to be reproductive adults so usually it dies in infancy. The advantage of using an IGR it it is considered a low risk low impact product because it is a synthetic hormone that mimics the one they would naturally lose and it keeps it active in the area. Other IGRS in the class Bistrifluron, Chlorfluazuron, Diflubenzuron, Flucycloxuron, Flufenoxuron, Hexaflumuron, Lufenuron, Novaluron, Noviflumuron, Teflubenzuron, Triflumuron Remember that insects have to lose hormone in order to grow by keeping it present. It constantly is in the area and therefore it controls usually all stages of growth in an insect.

A Little Girl Born To Write and Fascinated by Nature Created a Worldwide Environmental Movement
Mar 19 2019 8 mins  
[00:00:04] A little girl born to right and fascinated by nature created a worldwide environmental movement. she was first published at the age of 10 years old in a children’s magazine called The Saint Nicholas dedicated to the work of young writers in which the likes of William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald also wrote in. As a matter of fact the magazine has an article in The American Heritage called the magazine that talked Faulkner Fitzgerald and Millay how to write in one of her writings in the article on July of 1922 she wrote. The writer is now 14 years old and told the league about the day of birdwatching that ended with a resounding sunset. And this is what she writes. “The cool of approaching night settled. The wood thrushes trilled their golden melody. The setting sun transformed the sky into a sea of blue and gold. A vesper sparrow sung his evening lullaby. We turned homeward, gloriously tired, gloriously happy!. [00:01:30] You’ll see in 1925 she entered Pennsylvania College for Women as an English major determined to become a writer but midway through these switched to biology and graduated from what is known today as Chatham University now upon graduation from Pennsylvania college she was awarded a scholarship to complete graduate work in biology at John Hopkins University in Maryland and there she received her master’s in zoology from John Hopkins University, in 1932 now understand that you are in the middle of a depression and you’re going to college as a very young student and graduating and getting a master’s degree for a woman. This was virtually unheard of in 1932 a woman with a master’s degree in the middle of a depression. What is she going to do. Well she was hired by the year the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries what is known today as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And she was hired to write scripts during the depression for a seven minute radio spot called romance under the waters on a miniscule nineteen dollars and 25 cents a week and this began her 15 year career. In the federal service as a scientist and an editor of which she rose through the ranks to become editor in chief of a publication from the same Bureau and she’s always supplementing her income by writing feature articles on natural history for the Baltimore Sun now understand she wrote pamphlets on conservation Natural Resources, edited scientific articles she was the editor in chief in 1937 she wrote an article for The Atlantic Monthly called Undersea in 1941 a book titled Under the Sea was a New York Times bestseller. [00:04:16] For eighty one weeks and it was eventually published and translated into 32 languages in 1952 she published her award winning study of the ocean called the Sea Around Us. In 1955 the Edge Of The Sea. Now these books all constituted a biography of an ocean and made her a famous naturalist and science writer in the public eye. She was already loved and respected for the writings that she wrote in basically story form. In 1956 she wrote a book called Help Your Child to Wonder and in 1957 Our Ever Changing Shore. By this time she is an accomplished writer though depression is now over. The economy is improving and she’s had a 15 year career in government as a scientist as a writer an accomplished writer. And she is now In 1963 she is testifying before Congress and she calls for new policies to

Wildlife Inspections, Identification Is The Backbone Wildlife Control
Mar 19 2019 22 mins  
Stephen Vantassel Wanted to talk today about how to handle difficult jobs, you know jobs where you’re just not sure what exactly is going on at that particular situation that you’ve been hired for, I’m taking presently I’m studying for the ACE exam that’s the associate certified entomologist, and so one of the things that they said there was they said that the inspection is the backbone of integrated pest management. I couldn’t agree more because I love inspection. You know I’m a big fan of learning how to identify sign because if you don’t know what you’re dealing with you could be spending a lot of time wasting a lot of time unnecessarily to try to resolve the client’s problem and so those of you deal with bugs of course know this is important you know if you don’t identify that aren’t properly you might be baiting for an ant putting bait out for that for an ant that that is not going to eat it because you identified that particularly ants so inspection is critical. Important I think it’s even more critical for people involved in wildlife control because Wildlife Control automatically is such a time labor intensive job because we don’t have many pesticides are able to do work away while we’re away and plus we have to come back and check traps and when we doors and the repairs it’s a much higher intensity job in terms of time. And so getting the inspection done correctly in identifying what is causing the problem is absolutely critical but no matter how much you know. There’s always going to be situations that are going to be go and giving you that what is going on here that in with this particular job. So I want to give you some strategies and how to move forward with that. But let me give you a story about the importance of inspection terms of some of my own experience. I was early in my wildlife control My wildlife control work Back in Springfield Massachusetts and I was coming out to a client and the client kept hearing saying you heard scratching sounds or noises above his walk in closet. And so he had a cedar closet there and so he was hearing noises and I’m inspecting the house. I didn’t do a big inspection of the property but I am looking at the house and I noticed there’s a large opening at the attic. And I figured oh it’s got to be squirrels so I’m you know I’m setting my traps up and I said I’ll be back the next day I lived in a state where you couldn’t let the client check the trap you had to your eyeballs had to check it every day. So you know that adds up if you’re seeing empty traps because at the time I was charging by the animal. So I come back the next day fully anticipating that I wouldn’t be catching some squirrels and lo and behold the traps are empty. And so I go the next day the first day no big deal so I come back next day and sure enough there’s still nothing called That well this is kind of weird so I’m checking my trash making sure everything’s working right. So I come back the next day and. Still nothing and I ask the client are you still hearing noise out there. And the Clancy guy. Yeah. No you’re I’m hearing it all the time and so fast as well. If I don’t catch something by this date then I’m going to have to get up to that closet and take a closer look. So this was before the time I understood about the importance of closing that whole adult putting a movement indicator over the

Nuisance Wildlife Control Laws Protected Species
Mar 12 2019 26 mins  
Steven Vantassel wanted to talk today a little about understanding nuisance wildlife control laws. This is probably one of the bigger issues for pest controllers becouse it is not generally covered in most pest control training. Because it is confusing. And I want to try to unpack some of this for you. Now of course we have to throw those traditional caveats out there that is you know you always have to check your particular state. But as a rule some of these principles will at least help you navigate and understand some of the terminology that may be used in your particular location. So why don’t we get started here a little bit. All wildlife and by wildlife I’m only going to be referring to vertebrate animals. Now this could be confusing as well as well because you know an insect as is an animal. Right. So it’s but when we’re talking about you know a lot of these legal protections it’s typically we’re talking about animals that are vertebrates. And so that’s so understand that my conversation with you today is about vertebrate animals and understanding what we would call traditionally wildlife even though on a biological level wildlife would include you know insects and and other invertebrates and that sort of thing. Governed Vertebrate Wildlife Laws But I just want to talk today about vertebrate wildlife. So understanding that wildlife is governed has basically falls into two main categories in terms of classifications and those two umbrella categories are what we call protected species. An unprotected species. So let’s talk about protected species first. What protected species means is that there are legal protection. Or legal restrictions or legal governance managing what we can do and not do with certain vertebrate species. Perhaps the easiest one to talk about is the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Now this is an international treaty that’s been around since the early 20th century I think it was 1911 somewhere around there that America made with Canada and Mexico. Today we’ve added in I believe Russia is a signatory I believe. Japan’s a signatory. But the point is that these are birds that cross international boundaries when they’re migrating in so the countries got together and did a really smart thing actually they said look when we’re we don’t want to be you know blasting each other’s species We want to protect these animals that cross our international boundaries so that we manage them appropriately so that they don’t go extinct that we can continue continue to harvest them and they have rules governing their control. The point is is those animals those birds are protected even if you’re allowed to shoot them. There are restrictions about when and where and how you can do that. So that’s what’s called a protected species so when we talk about a protected species it doesn’t mean you can never kill it. Or ever harass it or something like that. It means excuse me. It means that there are certain rules governing what you can do that animal either restricts when you can kill it how you can kill it how many you can kill There’s rules somewhere. And so the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a federal legislation federal treaty international that trumps any of your state rules. In other words we’re the federal system here in America and that’s basically I’m assuming our audience I think things are similar in Canada don’t know enough about Mexico but when we look at these laws we have to

Alate Insect Pest That Have Wings and Others The Grow Wings
Mar 07 2019 6 mins  
We’re going to be discussing alates now what are alates. Well alates are basically insects that have wings. So it’s a winged insect. You know like flies, bees, wasps, even ladybugs have wings. But what happens is there are some insects that have wings and don’t fly. Other insects grow wings and then lose them. And these are the ones that freak out a lot of people out. Alate Insect Pest That Have Wings For instance German roaches have wings but they don’t fly. Now the your close cousin the Asian cockroach which looks almost identical has wings and does fly and they can live outside the German Roach doesn’t live outside. They’re primarily a domestic pest. Now you have the American cockroach which is known as a palmetto bug. Well that one has wings and that one does fly. And if you’ve ever come in contact with one of them and they start flying you start freaking out. Insects That Become Alate or Grow Wings But we have to understand that there are also insects like ants that produce wings and these are known as alates and they will produce these wings when they’re ready to mate. They will leave the nest and they will fly away to mate with other queens so male and females will mate knowing what are known sometimes as nuptial flights. Well guess what. Termites also have this ability. They’re known as termite swarms. And if you’re different times of the year there’s gonna be different swarms in different parts of the country depending upon the termite that’s there. Flying Ant Alates Vs Termites Now a lot of people get freaked out because what happens is they think they have termites when they actually have ants that are just performing nuptial flights. And here in South Florida we have a lot of these ants that at different times of the year will do this crazy and we’ll do it. We will have carpenter ants that will do it. We have a go stance that we’ll do it and people think they’re calling us and saying we have gnats we have fungus gnats. And what they have is an actual just flight a nuptial flight of these alates. So there’s a lot of people that are calling and they’re confused and they don’t know. Well guess what. The best thing to do is take a picture of it and send it to your local pest control company or send it to your local university or entomology program and they can quickly I.D. this for you. But most of the time we’re getting calls like out with crazy ant and they’re flying around and they’re getting in through the windows. And what can you do about alates. Well actually you can do very little because you can’t control them when they’re in this flying mode because they’re technically right now a flying in seconds like trying to control flies outside when they’re flying all over the place very very difficult to do. So what you’ve got to understand is get a get a good id know that you have an ant versus having a termite and know what time of the year the termites swarm.Now there are basically four termites around the country. You have the foremost in termite the subterranean termite. The dry wood termite and the damp wood termite. Now here in Florida we have an exception where we have a high bred termite which is a combination of the Asian subterranean termite and the foremost and termite which was discovered I believe in 2012. And there’s very good information on that online by the University of Florida and IFAS which will give you the details on that but knowing this and knowing that there certain types of insects that will get wings and then they will drop them once they’re done mating will help you determine if you have one or the other. The other thing that we want to discuss is that a lot of these insects when they drop their wings those wings are used by the col...

The DIY Do It Yourself Pest Control Craze Why Are Independents Pest Control Operators Up In Arms
Mar 05 2019 44 mins  
Hey welcome back to this edition of the pestgeek podcast. I am your host Frank Hernandez and I wanted to address the issue on this podcast about the DIY pest control Craze that is happening in America with distributors who are specifically positioned to sell directly to homeowners and the abundance of pest control people that are really up in arms about the ability for homeowners with no Pesticide training, no PPE training, no taxonomy education, no insect biology, no chemical understanding of the fate of these pesticides in the environment, no understanding of bees and pollinators and how it affects them how it contaminates soil water streams air. The Legality of Misusing Pesticides By Homeowners How they are putting these products in their homes who are designed for to be put only outside and they’re putting them in their home. And if we would do as pest control operators the things that most homeowners do We would end up in jail period. We would be fined convicted and then up in jail. How many homes do I walk into in my business where there is the roach powder in the corner All over the place all over the cabinets Roach tablets thrown everywhere where a kid can pick it up and eat it the station thrown on top of that and there is the bottle of the over-the-counter spray that they’ve been spraying all over their counters and everywhere contaminating every surface in that home and then they asked me is the product that I’m gonna put toxic. The Marketing Of Pest Control Vs The Ability Of Capable Technicians The idea is that if you can buy it over the counter in people’s minds the product has to be safe. See the marketing is phenomenal and this is what the small pest control operator doesn’t understand about marketing. He is a capable technician able to solve pretty much any problem and he is totally dependent in his mind that the ability the knowledge that he has is more important. Then the marketing and what people think pest control is and this is where the industry has been a problem. For decades is that everyone thinks that what we do is so easy they can do it themselves. People That Hire Professional Pest Control Companies Don’t Do it Themselves As a matter of fact most people will hire me to clean up the mess to clean up the big pest control problem they have. And then when they realize that all we’re doing is an exterior service preventing most of the problems they say well I can do that myself. I don’t need you after this. And they don’t realize that they’re dealing with major major insect problems that the pest pressure is so high that unless they actually know what that pest biology is they’re going to end up in the same situation within the next three to four months and they’ll call us back but here’s another reality that pest control people fail to understand. I was trying to look up the article and I couldn’t find it but basically two or three years ago I looked up the numbers and ORKIN in published an article I believe it was in PCT magazine where they said hey look we’ve got the data for the last 50 years. I mean you’re talking about the world’s largest pest control company OK. And they’ve got more data than you and I will ever compile in the next hundred years on human behavior

Using The USDA Technical Bulletins To Educate Your Employees and Customers
Mar 04 2019 14 mins  
Steven Vantassel here wildlife control consultant with another episode of living the wildlife. Today I want to talk about where you could find some helpful resources that would assist you in training your workers or training yourself even the management of various species of wild in the wildlife damage management field. In the beauty of it is it’s that it’s no additional cost. No I say no additional cost because some of these items have been paid for already by your tax dollars. These USDA Bulletins Paid For By Tax Dollars Get The Best Return On Your Investment It’s one of my pet peeves when people think that something that the government does and people call it free it’s not free. Americans have a really naive notion about what the government actually does and what it costs to talk about what the government does we think the government does things for free it doesn’t do things for free. It’s paid for by taxpayers. The point is is that we treat it like it’s free even though it’s not because we don’t have to pay for it again because we’re already paying for it. And so nothing my little conservative diatribe there but I think it’s an important point whenever a politician tells you that this is free. They’re lying to you. And that needs to speak about they’re either A they’re intelligence or b their integrity or c both. In any event this particular item is part of the. Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Let me talk about what this source of information is. It’s the wildlife damage management technical series. And it’s produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and specifically Wildlife Services. Now if you’re not familiar with that organization or that agency Wildlife Services is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And their job is to assist in the management of wildlife species that are in conflict with human interests or are threatening endangered species or are posing a potential health and disease threat. So they’re also involved in like for example protecting aircraft from bird strikes from animal strikes. They’re involved in various forms of studies involving a zoo not Nordic diseases like rabies and they’re also controlling feral hogs and chi Oates and prairie dogs depending on what state you’re in and what they’re involved with. Animal Rights Activists At Odds With Wildlife Control Operators So without getting too much into some of the political side of things there a hated organization because a lot of animal rights protest groups course like to be beat up on them. And of course some of our wildlife control operators as well are not happy with Wildlife Services because some of them see wildlife services as a competitor to private industry. So they are certainly an organization under siege. So whether you love them or hate them you should understand that a portion of wildlife service is about 10 percent of their budget. From what I understand is dedicated to research and so that is the NAF part of that is part of the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins Colorado. Now they do some fine work at that at that agency. So if you decide to hate Wildlife Services for whatever reason understand that you would if you’re going to cast a stone you might...

Rescuing Flooded Homes From Disease Contamination, Mold, Wood Rot and Termite Damage with Jim Gorman of Nisus
Mar 02 2019 49 mins  
And now for today’s topic I got on the phone Jim Gorman corporate V.P. of Marketing for Nisus Corp.. Hey welcome to the podcast. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me. Yeah man. So I understand a lot of things are going on. You guys are getting hit with the floods and a lot of homes are getting damaged. And you know we talk you know you’ve got you’ve contacted us about discussing what you guys could do to help. And a lot of guys are going to probably be hurting and you know being on hold for some of this stuff and what you guys can do for them. So I think it’s an awesome opportunity. Just tell us a little bit about you and a little bit about your company. Nisus Corporations is Americas Premier New Home Pre Treatment Solution That way people who don’t know about you can know well Nisus corporations has been around since 1989 and our first product was born here and more care was developed as a log home preservative and then the inventor by Dietrich found that it killed insects and killed termites and so he registered it as pesticide. And as you know today Boracare is the number one termite pre treatment in the nation. We’ve probably got about a 45 percent market share of new construction homes that are treated using Boracare. And so far it’s been a great right. Now we have a full line of products for pest control. We have a division that sells chemicals into the wood preservation industry. So we have copper naphtha Nate that is a replacement for Creosote and pentacle or a phenol. And so we have that and we’re starting hopefully we’ll start another division this year. So that’s kind of exciting. Nisus has been part of the flood recovery effort So but Nisuss has been part of the flood work really since Katrina. And our company was on the ground after the Ninth Ward flooded and training pest companies how to go in and disinfect because as you know when there’s flood waters those flood waters are not just nice clean water that it’s they’ve got a lot of toxic elements in you know grudges flood all sorts of things that you know release things into that flood water. And you also have a high level of E. coli and things like that. So one of the things that we saw is that people didn’t understand that they really needed to protect themselves when they were doing clean out and they needed to disinfect the structure. So we talked pest control companies to do that. Then we showed them how to apply borer care with mold care which kills mold and helps prevent mold from growing back to the structure to the wood in the structure. And then of course whenever there’s a flood termite treatments have to be reapplied as well. So we we have gone down into these areas and you know starting with Katrina there was a number of companies down there who’s really lost the majority of their customers and they didn’t have things for their employees to do. And so by getting this program setting up and helping them help their community rebuild we were able to help these companies put their employees back to work and we’ve had a couple of guys tell us that you know we really saved their companies. So but then as the you know more floods came. Baton Rouge was another one and we were down there in Houston we were down there and Knoxville has had some flooding in the last week or so just from a heavy rain event. We’ve got a small number of house is flooded compared you know like maybe 800 homes that have been flooded. But it was you know we probably had one hundred

Why you are not getting fungus control in your lawn and garden especially St Augustine Lawn
Feb 27 2019 24 mins  
We’re going to go ahead and discover why most people are having trouble getting disease control or why others aren’t giving control at all. Let’s look at this. We have to look at the science. This is purely about science and facts. There are two things in the pest control marketplace science, facts and marketing. And the problem is that most people are given to marketing and believing what they read versus doing the actual reading about what the pesticide product really does. Now let’s take a look at this. What do we need to have a disease in a garden. We need three things. Basically you need the plant to be present. You also need the host of the pathogen that attacks to host the plant that’s present to be there and then you need an environmental trigger that causes the disease to become active. But the disease is already there. This happens in two different methods. One of them is what is known as a soil borne disease meaning the disease is always in the soil. It is always present. You can’t inoculate it and you can’t eradicate it. It’s always there. It’s always going to be there. The way you have to think about this is a disease that when the right triggers happen it becomes alive. But it’s always there. So there is no such thing as anybody who is going to eradicate them. All right. So what do we got to look at. Now we have three things that needed for the plant. And there’s two things the soil borne and the disease becomes either active or inactive. All right. So now we’ve got to look at understanding what type of control can you get. And there is two things that you need to understand that are technical terms but there are also legal terms and that is control and suppression and you might be thinking for yourself. I don’t want to get suppression. I want to get control for my client. The client is thinking I didn’t hire you to suppress it or to bring it down or reduce it. I hired you to control it. And the reality is that in some cases you will have no choice but to only offer suppression. We’re going to discuss what are the things that causes us to not get control. Well the number one thing is cultural practice. What is cultural practice. It is your mowing your mowing height mowing frequency is the mowing with a sharp blade. Does the person doing the mowing understand how to properly treat that machine to prevent it from spreading a disease to other gardens and then also irrigation. Are you irrigating at the right amount at the right time of day and in the right frequency to not cause the disease to see the wrong mowing waiting too long is gonna help get disease cutting that lawn to short is going to cause it to get a disease because they get stressed it makes it more susceptible. And if you don’t have a sharp blade and you’re shredding the lawn Well it makes it more susceptible if the disease is present. What we talk about in professional pest control is professional integrated pest management without integrated pest management. We can’t do our job. Think of it this way. You go to your doctor and you tell your doctor tells you you’ve got diabetes. Well you’re eating fast food out.

Understanding The LD50 Lethal Dose 50
Feb 26 2019 18 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant. Wanted to talk today about L.D. 50 and understanding LD 50 as motive. Many of you know I’m involved in vertebrate control so the role of pesticides to control vertebrates raises a lot of issues and concerns about the relative toxicity of some of these toxic loans fume against that are being used to control unwanted pest vertebrates. So let’s back up a little bit and talk about the relationship between notions of risk and harm. Now on another podcast I would kind of been deep in the notion of risk here, I’m not gonna go as far deep into that as before but I do want to give you concept to help you understand the difference between understanding risk and understanding what harm is. Because these are two different concepts. Risk is the probability or the potential for a negative event or the probability of harm that something bad is going to happen harm. The concept of harm is what is the actual effect of that negative event so risk is the potential. The likelihood that something bad is going to happen harm is it is an analysis or discussion of what that actual negative event actually is. So when we’re talking about LD 50. We really focusing in we’re drilling down on this notion of harm. What is this. What is the harmful Effects of this particular toxic and or fumigate or many of your cases because many of you deal with bugs of this particular pesticide. So let’s kind of drill into that a little bit now if you’re heard by other podcast you would have heard me talk about how hazard or risk is exposure times toxicity. And so we’re going to be focusing not on the exposures side but we’re going to be focusing on the toxicity side. That’s that that harm element of this particular toxicity. How lethal is this particular element. And even under toxicity we have to be breaking it down a little bit more. Our focus is going to be on its lethality not the toxicity in terms of its persistence. That’s a different question. We’re looking at the acute effects of the problem not the long term effects. Now acute effects are typically defined in pesticide use as what the effect of a pesticide is that occurs within twenty four hours Long. The long term effects are beyond 24 hours in some cases some pesticides may have effects for years. But when we’re dealing with LV 50s we’re looking at acute toxic effects. All right so let’s kind of talk about Understanding relative toxicity. Now L.D. 50 which stands for Lethal Dose 50 percent it’s symbolized as capital L capital D with a subscript number of 50 Five 0. That’s typically how it sits it’s so we call it L.D. 50 Lethal Dose 50 percent. Now what it is it’s a a formulaic way to give a number to how potentially lethal this particular product is and it’s often given in the sense of milligrams per kilogram. How much is needed to kill 50 percent of the test subject. So if you have 20 animals how many how much of the dose at a 50 milligram per kilogram rate do you need to kill 50 percent of those animals which would be in this case 10 so let’s talk about milligrams and kg so a milligram is one millionth Of a kilogram. Now if you’re trying to we know we’re not we don’t really use metric much in the United States but I think that’s probably changing over time.

How To Develop A Pest Control Employee Recruiting And Hiring System
Feb 25 2019 58 mins  
Hey folks this is Frank and I’m back. That’s right I’m back on the pest geek podcast,  And in case you’ve been wondering a lot of people been wondering where I’ve been. Well I’ve been right here. I just haven’t been there and I don’t have any of you remember this show for kids. It was called Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. Yeah. I mean where have I been. Well I’ve been building my company learning to recruit and hire people and it would have been a ride for the last three years four years since I started this new company, And I’ll do a little recap for those of you who don’t know who I am because a lot of you don’t listen way back. I mean we’ve got over two hundred and twenty episodes now of the pest geek podcast and a lot of you have no idea who I am or where I come from but I’ve been silent for a year. The podcast has been going thank you to Jeff McGovern and Stephen Vantassel and Adam Malanga for helping out and contributing what they have. They’ve done a phenomenal job and they will continue to do this. And I really do appreciate all of the work they’ve put into this to make sure and they you know they they’ve captured the vision of what I want to do where I want to go with this. They have embraced the vision have supported me have consulted me have given me great advice. They’ve been there for me so I am surrounded by excellent people who actually have been doing this all of them probably longer than I have and have in their own right their own expertise. And that’s why I appreciate that they’re totally different from me. They’re not me. They’re a totally different people with different backgrounds different skill sets different abilities and I think that’s what makes a very very successful team. His not having people who are a copy of me but experts in their own right. So I am so grateful for that. But yes I took a year off from the doing an actual producing a podcast. I’ve been just behind the scenes doing the the distribution and production work but not doing the actual content creation for the podcast because my business blew up and I could not handle it anymore to the point where I had my wife for a year doing preventive service while I was managing the business doing sales marketing and doing initials and doing the lawn and garden work that is very extensive. And I went from working six hours a day in the field to eight hours a day in the field to 10 hours a day in the field to 12 and 14 hours. I mean I would be out at 7 o’clock in the morning and I’d still be doing a restaurant at 12:00 midnight. That’s how crazy it got and I had to build a buffer in order for me to start hiring because it requires a lot of preparation and knowing that the numbers are gonna be there so that you can make payroll and for so I you know I took on everything else and put all the GHB preventive maintenance which is our growing part of our business and handed that over to her and had her in the field for about six hours a day doing that until I building a business to start recruiting.The problem here I had was Listen guys. I didn’t know how to recruit and the way I had done it in the past In my previous part of this business which you know this is this is a brand new rebrand of my old company where we were a landscape company we were a pull service company we were a property maintenance company we did anything that the customer needed us to do on that p...

Understanding How Pests Use Trophallaxis To Share Food Will Help You Get Better Control
Feb 21 2019 8 mins  
On this edition we’re going to be discussing Trophallaxis. Now what is Trophallaxis? Well Trophallaxis is actually kind of a little sick deal that insects have going on. It’s kind of a their own little secret and well it’s basically when insects take food and they regurgitated back and feed it to their young or share it among nest mates. Yeah. And there’s two types of Trophallaxis. It gets worse because there’s mouth to mouth Trophallaxis and then there’s mouth to anus Trophallaxis. One is known as stomadeal. The other is well procodeal the term where we get proctologist which is another interesting career by itself. But anyway most eusocial insects are gonna do this habit they’re going to perform this. Ants roaches bees wasps termites they all practice this. And this is why it’s more effective sometimes to use baits rather than sprays to control a lot of these insects. Let’s look at roaches. Well they transmit it and they regurgitated back to their nymps. If you use a product like within indoxocarb. It’s great because it’ll transmit through the entire system including their feces for up to about four different stages. So this is what helps control roaches by knowing this behavior and have a little bit of different practice but they also practice Trophallaxis and they also practice Trophallaxis by spreading a scent throughout your trail known as a pheromon trail that helps him also identify their mates. So this is one of the ways they also use truffle axes. In the case of termites,  termites use Trophallaxis to feed it to their nymphs or their larvae throughout basically the entire colony. And this is why base stations in the ground to control subterranean termites is so effective. Now we have bees and wasps. Well not all wasps are bad, but wasps use Trophallaxis to share pollen that they collect because a lot of wasps are pollinators and they also have this behavior. Bees do the same thing bees do it when they bring a load back of pollen they can use it to transfer from worker to work or mouth to mouth to transport the pollen. Well this is a problem because if you’re using sprays in a landscape where there are bees present you could be contaminating all of the pollen that’s in the flower and when they’re taken it back they are collapsing the colony. Most modern products have label restrictions against spraying for bees when they are present. Let’s take a look at this. So here on the EPA Web site this is a law that was passed that basically all manufacturers had to comply with this and put this under label if they could prove that the insecticide when there was sprayed could be transferred back to the colony and kill it in the case of neonicotinoids. They’ve been under fire for many years,  including most big box stores have removed them completely from their shelves. And this is why we do not use in our practice any spraying with any neonicotinoids because of these challenges. Can you imagine we go to somebodies lawn or yard and say we can’t spray your yard today you have bees present. Well people would lose their mind. So we have to have sound practices in place to control this. But in this case the label says that new

Explaining Risk To Your Clients is The Most Difficult Task A PMP Faces
Feb 20 2019 29 mins  
Steven Vantassel I want to talk to you little about understanding risk. How do we talk about risk. How do you explain the chances of something going wrong to your clients who are afraid of what you’re going to be doing. I think this is one of the most difficult concepts. For pest control operators or wildlife control operators to discuss with their clients because the fact is we tend to exalt. The chances of something going wrong when we’re dealing with something we’re not familiar with. Take for example driving why does it that people think that driving is safer. Than flying. Even though we’ve all heard the statistics on since driving is infinitely more dangerous than flying. But people would rather drive than fly. Why is that. Well part of that is because. People are more familiar. With driving. Than they are with flying and so therefore there’s a sense of a loss of control. You have to trust the pilots up in the front of that plane. And when you don’t understand something you tend to exaggerate. And exalt the risk. But I also think there’s another element to it and that is people intuitively understand that when something goes wrong with a plane. The results tend to be rather catastrophic. You can have a lot of fender benders and cars and no one’s getting killed. But with a plane when something goes wrong it can go really wrong. We have to understand risk as the potential For how serious the effects are going to be even if those risks are are my Newt or extraordinarily rare people tend to take less risk when the consequences are severe. So there’s a psychological component. Let me back up a little bit and let’s talk about risk. Many of you have probably had risk explained to you as. Rich as a formula. Sort of like risk equals. The toxicity times exposure. And that was your understanding of risk and that’s really a good. Thumbnail way of understanding. What risk is in terms of explaining to your client that is clearly if you’re using. You know an herbicide. That’s going to pose possibly less toxic ingredients to a human that PSA. Then let’s say using a rodent aside or a fume again that may be killing rodents. And then you’d have to just calculate. What level of exposure is this person going to have. So we could obviously reduce the risk by making sure the client’s not home. The item is dry before the client comes back. The reentry interval and that sort of thing. But there’s more to risk than simply that because giving some of those concepts of risk no toxicity. Does your client really understand. Toxicity. Mean look at all the stuff that’s on the internet now that we’re poisoning ourselves. You know people are looking at well they found one billionth. Of a of a percentage of ingredients in something and therefore it’s contaminated make because the public doesn’t understand that there’s a difference between Presence of something and the significance of that presence. We have chemicals that were exposed to all over the place. The question is not just whether they’re there but is there. An actual effect or harm that we can measure. And the reality is a lot of these things is yeah we could find it we have testing equipment today they can find things down to the billionth. Part Which is an extremely small amount could. The question is all right just because we found it. Is it significant. Well that’s like asking

Preparing Yourself For The Termite Inspection Season
Feb 19 2019 14 mins  
Jeff McGovern the pest coach talks about getting into termite inspection shape for termite season. With the warm weather hopefully on the way. I see the weather reports up north and well it doesn’t look like it’s quite there yet. The ice and snow is still around but I guess as time passes the next few months everybody will have the joy of doing termite investigations once again. Course living here in Florida. That’s kind of stuff goes on all year round. But I don’t normally spend a lot of time in the termite arena. But I thought I’d make a few comments about that, and about that type of work in and of itself because it’s physically extremely demanding. When your older your body doesn’t cooperate very well And when you’re working in pest control, You know it doesn’t work well if the body doesn’t cooperate and when you’re involved in doing assessments and evaluations for termites or what some people call a termite inspections it beats the living daylights out of the body. But let’s let’s take a moment and look at this from a far more practical point of view. As we age we are not as mobile. We are not as supple. Oh yeah there’s some people that are but you know they all we’re all jealous of them. But the reality is we don’t work as well. We don’t move as well. And we’re a little bit slower. So let’s. Just imagine for a moment you’re in your living room or in your family room and you’ve got work coming up next week and you know it’s gonna be the first time you crawled around since maybe late last fall. It’s been a few months. You’ve been sedentary. Yeah. You’ve been doing some pest control work but the down and dirty grungy crawl under buildings and scaling through attics and such hasn’t been done for a little while because it’s just been too cold and too icy. Are you truly in shape for that and how can we tell. And how can we tell what type of protective equipment we really should have. You know there was a time. Back in the mid 1970s when I was just getting started in pest control that I could have crawled under the house and T-shirt and shorts that would’ve been fine. I was indestructible and could do anything that is not the case anymore and I have to be far more careful. We all do. But let’s say you know we’re in the living room in the family room this weekend and we want to find out just what kind of shape for it. Well hey good carpeting on the floor. You know it’s a it’s a nice nice afternoon. I’m going to try crawling around the living room crawling around family room cutout in your hands and knees and try that. How comfortable is that. Can you move all right. The thing is hurt because if they do it’s going to be far more magnified under the building. Now to find out how good a shape we’re really in. Maybe we should add a level of difficulty to this task. So most of us have kids and grandkids they have Legos. So maybe we should go get a bucket of legos randomly scattered those around the middle of the floor where we’re going to be crawling THEN LET’S TURN THE LIGHTS OUT. AND LET’S GET A FLASHLIGHT AND NOW LET’S TRY crawling through that room on our hands and knees and belly crawling with the Legos and the flashlight. We’re going to find out how good a shape we’re really in because nothing is more painful than coming down on a lego and you know what.

When Should You Call A WildLife Control Professional Noticing Sick or Diseased Animal
Feb 13 2019 24 mins  
Steven Vantassel I will talk today about helping your clients understand when they should you call a wildlife control professional and how to know if the animal is possibly sick or diseased? When is the trigger point on when we as professionals need to act? Home Owner Pay For Wildlife Control Not The City Sometimes when clunk customers call and they’re wondering know they see a raccoon in the backyard and they’re worried about the safety of the children. Well I used to get a lot of these types of calls when I was doing fieldwork back in Massachusetts people would call about a raccoon they saw go through the yard and they were worried about the children so I would give them. Price the all of the sudden they would say well the children. Why isn’t the city taking care of this now. Sometimes I ask them you know aren’t your taxes high enough. And then once they realized that they had to pay personally for this type of work. The children became magically safe. So the reality is sometimes that people think something’s a danger if they think they can get a service done for free. But once they have to pay for it they realized they didn’t need it. After all. Animal Are on Your Property All The Time And the reality is they didn’t that people have to realize that there are raccoons cruising through their yard. On a probably a regular basis and they just happen to see one. So just because an animal is out during the day it’s typically nocturnal doesn’t necessarily mean. That the raccoon or skunk is necessarily disease could be. But there’s no guarantee of that because there’s a lot of particular reasons why any animal may be moving around. For example Female raccoons during the summer sometimes they get tired of the young and they get hot and they’ll actually come out onto a tree branch and just hang out. Maybe the female needs to. Go to a new area to move her young. And sometimes you don’t know if an animal has been disturbed from its den and its leaving that location in broad daylight not because it wants to but simply because the conditions that it was under were too intolerable It felt threatened and it needed to move on. So the point is this how do you help people understand when they need to act when is it appropriate to call a wildlife control professional to come and remove An animal. This is where we have to get into the issue of animal behavior. And so a lot of people tend to think that well it’s out during It’s a nocturnal animal like a raccoon. It’s out during the daytime therefore it must be rabid not true. And certainly I hope none of the listeners of this particular podcast. Try to. Exploit that concept that mythology because it’s simply not true. Now it could be true but there’s no guarantee of that. And again I gave you some illustrations earlier as to why that would be the case. Some Clues An Animal Could Be Sick Or Diseased But there is a situation when an animal is looks like it’s trembling shaking. Walking in circles. Disoriented. It looks unhealthy by the way it’s limping perhaps. Excuse me. It may also be a situation where the raccoon is or the skunk. Is it simply looks like it has crusty Nissen its eyes. Those are examples of when an animal needs to be removed. By a professional because it’s probably it’s acting it’s a...

Thigmotactic Insect Pests
Feb 12 2019 6 mins  
And now for today’s topic a welcome to the pest geek podcast. I am Frank Hernandez your pest geek. And we’re going to be discussing Thigmotactic Insects and what are Thigmotactic Insects? These are insects that like to have their body touching something they’re touchy feely insects they like to feel protected and just like two thirds of their body touching things. Now there are many insects that are Thigmotactic. Thigmotaxis is the act of touching. Now these insects include roaches, silverfish firebrats, rodents even thrips in your landscape will hide in the bark of trees during the winter to survive. Also these insects will do as in during winter months they will huddle together to stay warm. So these are many defense mechanism that insects use one to protect themselves and where they like to live. Understanding this behavior is going to help you control insects in a better way than trying to use broadcast methods. For instance if you know that a German Roach is a Thigmotatic pest and it likes to hide in places like cracks and crevices. Now think of your kitchen. You have thousands of cracks and crevices in those cabinets. That’s where they are. And by putting foggers and using aerosols you’re not going to control that problem because they’re hiding and protecting themselves even from those pesticides even if they’re up in the air. So what you need to do is locate nesting this is why gell bait putting them directly in the areas where they are finding those locations getting a flashlight looking for where the roaches are hiding and putting the product right there in front of their faces is going to be very effective if you understand this also about roaches. Where do people go to go get boxes to move when they want to move. They go dumpster diving or they go to the local store. Well what happens is since those insects have those habits cardboard has those little notches which are the corrugate  and in between those two layers of paper there’s a corrogate and they love hiding in there so to silverfish so to firebrats and what happens is they go hide in there you come home you pack all your stuff you move and you’re moving roaches. So by not doing that you’re going to go ahead and prevent a possible roach infestation in your home. Do yourself a favor buy the boxes from a reputable vendor. All right. So now what silverfish why is this important to understand this about silverfish. Well silverfish have this habit too and they’re these little packets that they’re called Dekko packs which have boric acid in them. And what happens is since the fish loves to go in that little cardboard they go in there and they encounter the boric acid. Well if you’ve got silverfish in your cabinets in your drawers and you’re storing your clothes and you’re finding them in there you put the little silver fish packs you’re going to eliminate a major problem with silver fish in those drawers because they’re gonna find it. Caulk and Sealing to Prevent Thigmotactic Pests Also if you understand about caulking and sealing if you call can then you prevent those pests from having to go in there it’s much easier to caulk seal your baseboards one time in your life than to constantly have to apply a pesticide or run those areas because they’re hiding there.

The Most Difficult Ants To Control In The World Tramp Ants
Feb 11 2019 20 mins  
Ok so in this training we’re discussing tramp ants and what is so important about tramp ants. The fact that these guys are the seven most common invaders of homes in the U.S. and they have six characteristics that are primary to understanding why they’re so difficult to control and why it is that most people fail at it. Why are they called Tramp ants. So let’s take a look at this. Why are they called Tramp ants? Well, tramp ants are ants that are going on ships, cargos, and trucks and they move into continents by basically hitchhiking. Because they invade properties and they invade structures so easily they easily hitchhike onboard anything they can find and then they come into our country and they’re known as an exotic invasive. Now what happens is that most people don’t understand insect biology. They don’t understand that these insects all have different behaviors but they got six common characteristics and we’re going to start looking at each and the most common ones that we find in homes so that you can understand if you have one of these ants you’re better be prepared for a different type of tactic. 7 Tramp Ant Species The first one is the Argentine ant now this and is one of the most difficult I mean these are the seven most difficult and to controlling the world. They tend to like more of a Mediterranean climate. So you’re going to find these in an abundance in places like California. So that’s going to be a big issue of you’re in California and you’re dealing with these ants. You’ve got to be prepared that your traditional quarterly service might not be adequate to control these types of species. Now we’ve got big head ant now over here if you look on the side you see there’s a big headed and most people don’t see this one. They think they got like fire ants or something that they’re going to get bitten, minor worker are the abundant ones little tiny ones. The major workers are not always out and what happens is when you start being effective and collapsing this entire colony what happens is that these little guys go away you start finding them dead everywhere and then you start seeing these big headed ones more and more. That’s how you know the colonies collapsing because you start seeing the major workers having to come out and work for a living. So go figure. Now the crazy ant well the crazy ant is known for being crazy because of its sporadic movement, what it does is it walks all over the place really fast into really quick and very sporadic very rarely will you see trails. And it’s also known as the Longhorn crazy ant because of its type of antenna. That’s one of the ways to identify it that you have also a crazy ant. Most people confuse it with the white footed ant because they’re black they tend to look black but the white footed and is a more robust and it’s a very slow moving and it tends to move up and down it doesn’t move across trails on the ground you’re usually going to see it moving up a wall or across a soffitt or fascia board because you have them in the attic and they love to go up they love to go up palm trees up trees everywhere there’s trees they’re going to want to go there they’re, crazy ant doesn’t do that it pretty much goes everywhere crazy and it’s a very difficult and to control. All right. So we’ve got the ghost ant now and this is a little tiny sucker that’s probably the smallest of them al...

The Amazing Physical Abilities Of House Mice
Feb 08 2019 18 mins  
Stephen Vantassel is going to talk today about. House mice. A lot of you are probably dealing with house mice But maybe you’re having situations where you’re just not getting the level of control that you want. And my suspicion is a part of this is due to the fact that we don’t have a full appreciation of all of the aspects and abilities capable of house mice. House mice are amazing creatures. And so what I found when I give presentations is that a lot of people don’t really know or don’t really fully appreciate how much physical abilities. Mouse actually have. Getting Reacquainted With What House Mice Can Do So I wanted to give you a little bit of data here. Maybe some of this will be a refresher for those of you but if that’s the case it’s never hurts to read get reacquainted with what this mouse can do as well as for those of you don’t know. And this will be a good start for you to understand what the mice can do and often what it can’t do. First let’s talk about climbing abilities they are exceptional climbers essentially they can climb up any rough surface. So a lot of times and buildings that have brick exteriors mice are just going to climb the brick and then where the boards that usually at the top near the soft area of overlaying the break. You’ll notice that a little gap those gaps caused by the mortar joint. That that does use to see you put two bricks together but there’s usually a gap there because it’s usually indented in and the board doesn’t fill that gap. So a mouse just has to climb the brick squeeze right underneath that board and voila it’s inside the attic and has its run of the home. In that situation a commonly overlooked way for mice to get in. I had a lady from Colorado once give me a ring and said she had a brand new house. And she said she had mice and called an exterminator the exterminator came out and did exclusion along the foundation and I said Well didn’t they tell you that mice climb. And she her answer was mice climb. And the answer was Absolutely because the exclusion around foundation was definitely important definitely helped her. But she still had mouse problems. Why. Because mice climb. Don’t forget that if you’re going to do a true mouse exclusion and yes, it is possible. It Is Possible To Do Mouse Exclusion It is possible if we repeat that it is possible to do a full mouse exclusion on the structure. Didn’t say it was easy. Just telling you it’s possible it can be done. You need to go from the peak of the roof all the way to the ground. So that’s how you got to look at that. So mice can climb any rough surface. Second what can we call it rope climbing. But they can climb a 10 gauge wire. So that’s a wire. That’s the theory the thinnest wire they’re going to be able to climb. How good are they at swimming well unlike the Norway rat the mouse mouth is a very poor swimmer. So you’ve probably heard many of the stories where people have created little ramps over buckets full of water and they put some peanut butter on it and when the mouse gets on it the mouse falls off and falls into the water in the course and he’s swimming for a while and can’t and can’t get back out because he drowns. So they are very poor poor swimmers were rats on the other hand are rather good swimmers for themselves.

Preventive BedBug Program For Hotels
Feb 08 2019 13 mins  
Let’s kick around a little bit about bedbugs. You know I’ve been to a lot of training classes over the last year pretty consistently. And bedbugs come up all the time because let’s face the reality they’re gonna be with us for a long long long time. And we’re always looking for solutions we’re trying to find ways to deal with them. And what I want to talk about today is maybe a different perspective. On dealing with the situation. Because as I’ve said in many of my other sessions what we have to bring our clients if we’re going to hold on to them is peace of mind. And the reality with bedbugs is really something. And there were some discussions in one of the classes we had at Baltimore last week at the interstate conference and one of the individuals on stage that I actually shared the same stage with on altering classes was Dini Miller and Dini brought up something that I’ve heard many times before but I’m so glad she said it. Because it’s the reality of what we’re dealing with and what she said was. Imagine you’re in a restaurant and a fly buzzes across a table maybe lands on the edge of your plate. You’re going to wave your hand and make it go away. Let’s say you’re sitting in that same restaurant and a cockroach is seen on the wall. Oh my goodness that’s gross and disgusting you’re gonna call the manager and fuss and maybe get a free meal out of it. However if there’s a bedbug that maybe crawls across the booth or seen on a person in the building. Oh my goodness. They’re gonna shut the restaurant down. It’s gonna be on the news at 6:00. It’s gonna be on the Internet. It’s gonna blow up like crazy and it’s gonna be nuts. And the reality is which one of those insects is most likely to kill you. The fly. Why The Pest Control Does Very Little To Prevent Pest Introduction? So maybe what we need to do is educate people a little bit better on the realities of this creature. This is not the format for that. What I want to try and do here is just give you a different way to look at things that may help you. You have to understand you have to get this what our industry does is prevent infestation. This industry does very little to prevent introduction And that’s just the reality because pest pressure is constant. Oh I know we can rodent proof a building or something like that. But the reality is we’re structural folks we deal with human habitat we deal with buildings we deal with transport devices we deal with things that people occupy. And so what we have to do is make sure pest populations can not infest those zones. Can we prevent introduction. Well especially with something like bedbugs how. The next person walking in with all good intention may have just come from a movie theater and they had their backpack with them and maybe they got bedbugs in the backpack at the movie theater or in the cube farm that they work in or at the kid’s daycare center or at the school or they were trying on clothes at the local department store. Heaven only knows we can’t prevent introduction. So what we have to do is prepare our clients so they will not get an infestation. And the way you do that is informing yourself about the way these insects work. Now let’s take a look at a treatment scenario. Teaching Quick And Dirty Bedbug Inspection

How To Properly Price Your Wildlife Control Services
Feb 01 2019 34 mins  
Stephen Vantassel here wildlife control consultant bringing you another podcast here about doing wildlife control as part of your pest control business. Wanted to talk today about pricing. This is one of the most difficult elements for people getting involved in wildlife control. And I also think in terms of business in general particularly when you’re in a service business what do you charge and how do you price yourselves that you’re not out of the market but that you make sure you’re not hurting yourself in the long run because one of the things that a lot of people who are starting a business or don’t understand is that. Running Pest Control Wildlife Business Is Expensive How expensive it is to run a business. A lot of people think oh you’re a business owner you’re making all this money and people really don’t understand until they do it. How much it cost to run a company that’s legitimate. I mean there’s a lot of illegitimate companies out there that want things on the table. I’m talking about a legitimate company where you are abiding by the laws and regulations of the land and. Paying your taxes. All right so let’s talk about how do you go about structuring your pricing schedule so let me give you some principles here and how to move forward with this. Number one you need to kind of figure out what you think you’re worth on an hourly basis. So if you think you’re worth twenty five dollars an hour then you’re going to be earning a 40 hour week basis 50 weeks a year you’re going to be making around 50000 dollars a year. But understand that that’s a that’s your hourly rage after taxes and expenses not how much you need to charge. So the rule of thumb that I give people when you factor in. Your your benefits your retirement your you know your insurances you’re going to need to be charging a lot more than that. My rule of thumb is 50 percent 50 percent more. So you would need to charge at a rate of around 50 dollars an hour to achieve a twenty five dollar an hour rate because there’s if there’s some overhead involved. So when you’re when your employer pays you twenty five dollars an hour or 15 dollars an hour or whatever it is.Understand it it’s costing your employer social security tax yes to pay half of that. He has to pay for the liability insurance for you he has to pay. Sometimes you pay for licenses you have to pay for equipment advertising costs yada yada yada all that all that ultimately is paid by you. You just don’t think it’s paid by you because you just see your salary. But he’s actually built in building all that in to his pricing of the customers. You have to do the same thing. So again the rule of thumb and you can tweak this a little bit more when you start getting to more competitive areas. But your rule of thumb should be whatever hourly rate you want to make double it. And that’s what you need to kind of. Your operating charge for a customer. So that’s all that gives us an hourly rate. The problem is when we’re in the service business people really get scared when you charge an hourly rate it’s not like hiring a plumber. People want to get a price of what it’s going to cost because they don’t they don’t want to be paying forever. So how do you do that. So here’s what you have to do. Once

German Roaches in Residential
Jan 10 2019 21 mins  
Find out why German roach residential control is not that much different than in commercial accounts, I had a request about talking regarding German cockroaches in residential accounts and how we can deal with those and possibly a small commercial and frankly it’s not that much different than what you would do with a commercial account because you still have human habitation with food and water and habitat going on dearly. And. You also have to deal with an insect that absolutely loves to live with us because we provide everything that they need. So when I’ve got a residential German Cockroach account Let’s say it’s a brand-new service I’m going in for German cockroaches and this is something I’ve done or haven’t. It seems like a million times in my career. Starting in the early 1970s and when I go inside one of the things, I learned very very early on is to interview the people involved in the process the resident whether it’s an apartment or a home to find out where the insects really are. And oddly enough some of the most observant individuals in a residential situation are the kids and you have to remember that question the most important question you ask a client when you’re doing the investigative process. And it’s a question that was taught to me. Good Lord. Now probably 35 years ago for Austin Frishman that is in regards to the question where is the last place you saw and fill in the blanks in the past. So with regard to roaches. Where was the last place you saw Rosie and the clients going to think about that for a minute. Maybe you’re standing in the kitchen the living room or someplace else in the home. You’re going to see their eyes light up and they’re gonna go oh yes. Yes they were in the kitchen or they were in the bathroom or they were wherever. And the best thing you could do with that client at that moment in time is look at them and say please show me because when you go to that place you truly welcome their solution. They want you to help them. They’re trying to show you where they’re seeing things. So pay attention to what they’re telling you and go into that area and take a look at this maybe a place where you want to put a monitor to now. It’s no different than doing the forest monitoring process on a restaurant or personal account. It’s just in most cases monitors. That’s what you want to do is with the client’s cooperation it’s their home. It’s their castle is their palace. It’s where they have the most peace of mind with their family. You want to monitor that area. So you have to pay attention big time to the distribution of children and pets in that environment. So go ahead and get that monitor plate make sure it’s secure in such a fashion that nobody is going to bother it. As far as the type of monitor I prefer a brand style monitor that’s easy to put in action. And in my particular case I prefer the process monitor because when I take him out of the little plastic sleeve that they’re in and unwrap them they’re wrapped in a packet of time I can pop that thing into shape in a moment. I don’t have to fiddle around trying to mold it or anything else. I just pop it open positive together done tear off the release paper of course but I can place that out where I need to. So I can make observations. Now you don’t necessarily have to leave these in place for months or weeks particularly if it’s an active situation. What you’re trying to do is to figure out the distribution of the roaches in that space and keep in mind as a professional you may not be the first exterminator in...

Understanding baits, lures and attractants in Wildlife Control.
Dec 22 2018 27 mins  
Categories of baits and lures for capturing vertebrate pests. Understanding visual, taste, odor, audible, territorial, sexual, food and curiosity attractants. PestGeek fans Stephen Vantassel wildlife control consultant bringing you another podcast here on some items related to wildlife control. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about understanding baits you know the food that you often throw in the back of a cage trap or a box trap. To lure that animal into it so you can capture it. So baits are kind of an interesting thing within Wildlife Control. Kind of has that sort of alchemy. Secretive hocus pocus element. People are always wondering what is that magic bait and sort of like a quest for the Holy Grail or something from Alchemy where you’re trying to transition the mundane metals into gold and that’s kind of taken on a mysterious element to it. Well you know the old trapper inside of his lab. You know concocting some magical bait or lure to draw that and we’ll just sort of magically works. Well I’m here to tell you flat out that while there are better baits than others to be sure the reality of the reality of the situation is is that baits are often used as an excuse for poor trapping but that’s for another topic. But we’re going to be discussing today an overview of baiting theory and concepts that you can understand how to categorize baits so that when you’re working in the field you are knowing when you can transition from one bait to another because you should be keeping a record something more than just simply your own had something on paper to determine what works in your area and you have to have a way of understanding how to categorize baits. To do that. So let’s get into some of the details because I’m really big on definitions because professionals use professional language and that means professionals need terms and concepts that are precise so that we’re all communicating the same way. I mean if your doctor talk to you and said Yeah I know you have a bump. On that thingamabob over there on that part of your limb you’d look at him and you’d say hoo hoo by hiring here. Is that what kind of a quack is by dealing with. So I think sometimes wildlife control operators I can’t speak as much for PCOS but WCCO sometimes have an attitude to that if we’re using Highfalutin language we’re sort of above it all and I’m saying no professionals use technical language so that we’re all speaking the same way. And so that’s one of my pet one of my pet peeves one of my pet desires is for people when we talk about things in our industry that we begin to talk with precision that doesn’t mean you overwhelm your client with this information but that you need to know this information so that when we communicate with one another we’re talking with the same with the same meaning rather than just saying you know gopher I don’t know what a gopher is I don’t go for could be a woodchuck it could be a ground squirrel. It could be a prairie dog hole could be a pocket gopher could be a host of things. I don’t know what a gopher is so but if you tell me I’m dealing with a northern pocket gopher. Well then I know what you’re talking about it’s technical language so that we make sure we’re talking the same thing. But this also works for Baits as well and so I wanted to go over some bait concepts with you so that we are using language in the same way.

Carcass Disposal
Sep 26 2018 19 mins  
Stephen M. Vantassel discuses ethical Carcass Disposal Bio for Stephen M. Vantassel Business Stephen began his work in the wildlife control industry before entering college in the early 1980s. In 1994, he founded Wildlife Removal Service, Inc. (sold in 1998) servicing clients in western Massachusetts. Later, he spent 10 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln managing the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management ( Stephen has published scores of articles, many available at and several books on wildlife control He recently finished publishing a revision of Being Kind to Animal Pests, a book on how to use cage and box traps humanely. He is the Western Director for the National Wildlife Control Operators Association ( He also is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional® Today, Stephen runs Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. where he discusses vertebrate pest control on his blog. Stephen is available for training events, lectures, writing, consulting, and defending wildlife damage management activities against the criticisms of the animal rights protest industry. He lives in Lewistown, MT. Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC 402-489-1042 Western Director, National Wildlife Control Operators Assoc. Helping people resolve conflicts with wildlife through teaching, training, writing, and research

Valerie Rosas With XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus No Tent Drywood Termite Treatment
Jul 23 2018 39 mins  
Valerie Rosas is a strong advocate for Integrated Pest Management because she realized that pesticides and herbicides have been and are being overused due to lack of training and education. she is in charge of their free training program that certifies pest control companies to use XT-2000, attending tradeshows and creating content to help educate the public about our product. Intro – company & product bio/history We recently expanded to Florida, while maintaining our success in California, Hawaii, and Texas. We have 15 certified companies so far in Florida (we launched last year), and +50 in the US western region. Over 500k homes have been successfully treated with XT-2000 Orange Oil for the past 19 years, and we expect to reach a half a million end of this year. I’m here to share with everyone about XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus, how unique our product is to the pest industry, and why you should consider us for your termite issues. The high demand from eco-friendly homeowners has contributed to our success and it stems from the positive impact XT-2000 will have on the people, environment and future generations. In 1998, Michael Folkins (or as we like to call him, the Godfather of Orange OIl) was working for a company called Tallon Pest Control in San Diego, CA. Someone from Georgia came out with a product, d-limonene and offered it to Jay Tallon (the owner) and he said no, people weren’t ready for eco-friendly solutions yet. Michael requested to have it and Jay said yes. In the year 2000, as part of the EPA registration process, we hired Dr. Rudolph Shaffron from the University of Florida for our efficacy study and he gave us a 98% mortality rate. What is XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus? Our product is 95% pure d-limonene, made from orange rinds, is an effective primary treatment for drywood termites, carpenter ants, wood-boring beetles and kills their eggs/larvae on contact thanks to its capillary effect. XT-2000 is a biodegradable, GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by US FDA, one day treatment that does not require you/your family or pets to leave your home. Twenty years ago homeowners didn’t have many treatment alternatives, and tent fumigation was the standard extermination method for termites, but with XT-2000 you get a least toxic option that gets the kill if treated properly. No need to worry about exposure to harsh chemicals, which is why XT-2000 is great for sensitive use areas (particularly elderly homes, clinics, schools, hospitals) and for commercial jobs (complexes, apartments, restaurants). An array of articles have been published highlighting the health benefits of d-limonene. It has been found that d-Limonene has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer properties, lowers cholesterol and helps with weight management. Companies love to use us for condominium complexes, apartments, and restaurants due to the financial convenience, businesses can remain open during treatment, and customers/tenants do not need to be evicted. How is XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus Made? XT-2000 is 95% pure d-limonene with 5% terpenes (terpenes being the organic compounds that remain, think of that slight misty ring that forms at the bottom of a glass of orange juice). Orange rinds go through a mechanical process that includes steam distillation, extracting 95% pure technical grade d-limonene. It is a capillary transparent byproduct that will not stain natural wood because it evaporates and leaves an orange citrus fragrance in your home for 4-5 days. You may be more familiar with Food Grade d-Limonene, which is obtained by extracting the juice, cold pressing it into orange oil and then putting it through vacuum distillation for orange flavorings and additives ...

Andrej Branc Pelgar USA World Wide Rodent Problem and Rodent Stop
Jun 19 2018 80 mins  
Andrej Branc discuses his experience managing rodent in Europe, North, Central and South America working for Pelgar USA and how Rodent Stop is a great eclusion tool. Rodent Stop Video Andej was the President and founder of pest control importer and manufacturing partner AB Bait Co. Helped develop several rodenticide products for the US pest control industry including a cast wax block and soft bait. Work extensively with distributors and users in the pest control industry to promote, enhance use of and further rodenticide bait and baiting techniques. He is currently the North American Business Manager head the N.A. division of PelGar International Ltd., heading up the units sales, registration and expansion. Working as the sales manager of a growing sales team I am involved on both the sales and day to day operations of the division. He also works with regulatory and R&D to develop and bring new products to market. He has registered several rodent control products and derivatives both in the US federal system, as well as the US individual states and the Caribbean and South American countries. As part of the continuing registration process, I have kept up to date on new registration rules and laws as well as their application to the final users limitations on use. Ancrej works extensively with pest control operators throughout the US in order to train them on proper use and application of rodenticide products. As part of that training, he spends a majority of time focused on new bait systems and continually improving application methods of pest control operators. As part of continuous training done by both pest control companies and state associations, he has spoken on several topics pertaining to rodenticides, including: Methods of use, Product application, new products coming to market, Regulatory changes to the industry, Active ingredient specifications and Product differentiation. Andrej holds Bachelor of Science in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA in International Business from Schiller International University- American College of Switzerland. Pelgar USA has a very innovative product called Rodent Stop Animal-Friendly Barrier Paste, Rather than killing rodents, RodentStop is an exclusion product working by blocking rodent access with an innovative formulation. Rodent Stop is an eco friendly approach deal for use as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. It helps PMP’s to effectively and humanely manage rodent problem without having to resort to the use of chemicals.

Ethan Vickery of VM Products Talks Large Glue Board Traps and Wifi Snap Traps.
Apr 19 2018 54 mins  
Ethan talks about integrated snap traps. Integrated snap traps allow for the full force of the spring to be used during the kill. Because there’s no recoil, the trap provides maximum power as opposed to free standing snap traps. VM Products’ EZ Snap Line features integrated snap traps and includes a brand-new product, The EZ Seeker. VM Products Company Bio Texas-based VM Products is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of innovative rodent control solutions for the pest control industry. Founded in 2003, VM Products was born out of a need to provide innovative solutions that didn’t exist in the pest control market. Founders Ethan Vickery and Danny Myers are longtime colleagues in the industry – Vickery was a sales representative in the field with extensive industry knowledge of rodent control and Myers as the owner of a booming pest control business. The two industry professionals noticed a need for a better rodent station in the market after hearing many PMPs complain about how stations were not easy to clean, and the securing mechanisms were difficult. They started developing their own station and soon they were redefining the category of rodent management. “It’s not our job to be right, it’s our job to get the customer the right product,” Vickery said. “Too many companies invent a product and then try to figure out how to sell it. We spend more on R&D because we want VM Products to be a company where innovation flourishes with every new product we develop.” VM Products has separated itself from the entire market by its ability to do things other companies are unable to do: VM Products can go from conversation to real product in hand faster than anyone else. The VM Products line is made in the USA in Arlington, TX and includes EZ Klean/EZ Secured Rodent Bait Station, the EZ Snap line (EZ Snap Rat, EZ Snap Mouse, and EZ Snap Seeker) EZ Force, Mouse Bait Station (MBS) EZ Versa, FBS (Fly Bait Station) Ethan Vickery Bio Ethan Vickery, President and Founder VM Products Originally from Lubbock, TX, Ethan graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington in 1995. He has been in the pest control industry for the past 18 years. He lives with his wife and two children in Colleyville, TX. The science behind VM Products’ patented concrete block design sed in the EZ Secured and EZ Snap Rat. We did an absorption rate study on the EZ Secured rodent station working with our belief that the block on the outside of the station is a superior product. The lab results show that the block has a 7.3% absorbent rate thus pulling more moisture from the earth to create a familiar smell for the rodent. The moisture stays on the block, not on the inside of the station. The EZ Secured can be deployed on gravel, concrete, asphalt, sand, dirt, and grass with equal success For more information visit our website Intro by Andy Otero OneWay Pest Solutions 20 Astor St, Lynn, MA 01905 (617) 516-7486

Having Perfect 5 Star Reviews Is Causing You To Lose Business
Mar 27 2018 25 mins  
A Spiegel Research Center study reveals that having perfect 5-star reviews is causing you to lose business, how reviews influence buying behavior, but at what point does it influence and how much? As products or services begin displaying reviews, conversion rates tend to escalate rapidly. The purchase likelihood for a product or service with five reviews is 270% greater than the purchase likelihood of a product or service with no reviews. On Product purchases having more reviews isn’t necessarily better, after a point. The marginal benefit of additional reviews begins diminishing rapidly after the first five reviews. Reviews tend to have a greater impact on purchases for higher-priced items than for cheaper ones. The research found that when reviews they’re displayed for lower-priced products, the conversion rate increased 190%. However, for higher-priced products, the conversion rate increased 380%. Are five stars “too good to be true”? According to the research, it is. Across many product categories, they found that purchase likelihood typically peaks at ratings in the 4.0 – 4.7 range, and then began to decrease as ratings approached 5.0. Reviews from “verified buyers” are significantly more encouraging than reviews written by an anonymous source. They found that verified buyers are more likely to give 4 or 5 star ratings than anonymous ones. Conversely, anonymous buyers are significantly more likely to give 1 and 2-star reviews. Based on Spiegel’s extensive research into how online reviews influences purchasing decisions, they recommend that you follow these six principles when creating an online review strategy: 1. Display reviews and ratings on your product website: Businesses that choose not to show ratings and reviews risk losing customers to a website that does. 2. Embrace negative reviews, nobody is perfect: While it may seem counterintuitive, negative reviews can have a positive impact because they establish credibility and authenticity. 3. Prioritize generating reviews for with a low volume of reviews: Businesses should focus their efforts on making sure all products have at least a handful of reviews. 4. Additionally, prioritize generating reviews for higher-priced products: Retailers can help consumers overcome the risk of buying expensive or unfamiliar items by sharing additional reviews for these products. 5. Overcome the selection bias to improve the value of reviews: A larger pool of reviewer is not always more representative, particularly if it includes a large number of anonymous reviews. 6. Identify reviews from “verified buyers:” Identifying purchasers with “verified buyer badges” enhances the credibility of a review and improves the odds of purchase by 15%.

Why 80% Of Americans Are Poisoning Themselves And Everyone Is Blaming Pesticides
Mar 01 2018 44 mins  
Why 80% of Americans are poisoning themselves by doing their own pest control violating federal law and everyone is blaming pesticides. “The Label Is The Law” But it does not apply to 80% of Americans “It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.” RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE FOR RETAIL SALE TO AND USE ONLY BY CERTIFIED APPLICATORS OR PERSONS UNDER THEIR DIRECT SUPERVISION AND ONLY FOR THOSE USES COVERED BY THE CERTIFIED APPLICATOR’S CERTIFICATION Urinary Pyrethroid and Chlorpyrifos Metabolite Concentrations in Northern California Families and Their Relationship to Indoor Residential Insecticide Levels, Part of the Study of Use of Products and Exposure-Related Behavior (SUPERB) Abstract: Since the 2001 U.S. federally mandated phase-out of residential uses of organophosphates (OPs), use of and potential for human exposure to pyrethroids in the indoor residential environment has increased. We report concentrations of common pyrethroids, pyrethroid metabolites, and chlorpyrifos in floor wipes, and urinary concentrations of pyrethroid metabolites and 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol (TCPy) in samples collected in 2007–2009 from 90 northern California families as part of the Study of Use of Products and Exposure Related Behavior (SUPERB). Correlation and regression analyses examined associations between floor wipe and urine sample concentrations. The most frequently detected urinary metabolites were TCPy (64.7%, median concentration of 1.47 ng/mL) and 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (3PBA) (62.4%, 0.79 ng/mL). Compared to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001–2002 general U.S. population, this population had substantially higher pyrethroid metabolite and lower TCPy urinary concentrations. This may be related to the increased residential use of pyrethroids after the phase-out of OPs. Chlorpyrifos (98.7%), cis- and trans-permethrin (97.5%), bifenthrin (59.3%), and 3PBA (98.7%) were frequently detected in the floor wipes. Floor wipe concentrations for pyrethroid insecticides were found to be significant predictors of child creatinine-adjusted urinary metabolite concentrations (log–log regression coefficients ranging from 0.26 to 0.29; p < 0.05) suggesting that indoor residential exposure to pyrethroid insecticides is an important exposure route for children.

Top 10 Concerns Coming for 25b’s with Dr. Janet Kintz-Early PhD of JAK Consulting
Feb 20 2018 69 mins  
Dr. Janet Kintz Early discusses the concerns coming for 25’s from EPA Fifra to individual state registration requirements and limits and liabilities of product performance.Biography for Dr. Janet Kintz-Early. JAK Consulting Services Dr. Kintz-Early received her B.S. in Biology from Ursinus College in 1993. She studied the behavior of azalea lace bugs in nursery settings while earning her M.S. in Entomology from Clemson University in 1998. In 2003, Dr. Kintz-Early received her Ph. D. in Entomology Clemson University. Her Ph. D. research involved fire ant colony movement behavior with respect to mowing frequency and golf courses. Prior to owning her own consulting firm, Janet spent 12 years working with Nisus Corporation as an R&D Scientist and Regulatory Affairs Manager. During that time, Janet was responsible for technical support calls, quality assurance, continuing education classes, MSDS to SDS conversions, GLP research, competitor intelligence, data compensation, product development and EPA compliance. Janet also worked as a paid intern in the horticultural industry. She spent 13 months at Longwood Gardens and 3 months at Villanova University Arboretum, where she provided IPM education and implementation support to horticulturalists and fellow interns. Dr. Kintz-Early and her best friend and business partner, Dr. Kristen van den Meiracker, BCE, bring a unique combination of experience to JAK Consulting Services and the pest control industry. An Easton PA native, Janet currently lives in Knoxville TN with her husband, daughter and three furry children. She is a member and former scholarship recipient of Pi Chi Omega and the Entomological Society of America. Top 10 Concerns Coming for 25b’s * History of 25bs * FIFRA – Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (1947) * EPA – Environmental Protection Agency (1970) * Evaluates risk, not safety * Pesticide Definition -Anything that prevents, destroys repels or mitigates a pest. * FIFRA 25b – (1996) – creation of “Minimal Risk Pesticides” * Active and inert ingredients * Reduces costs and regulatory burdens * Allows more focus on pesticides that pose greater risk   * Federal/ State Requirements * Do not require Federal registration * Must comply with six Code Federal Regulations requirements: * Limited choices of active ingredients * Limited choices of inert ingredients * Must display all ingredients on label * Company & producer information on label * No health-related claims * No false or misleading claims   * Toxicity of 25b’s * How is risk assessed? * Is natural really natural? * What is safe? * What is non-toxic? * What is a chemical?   * Federal/ State Registration Requirements * Only 10 states do not require state registration * Some states require efficacy data: * South Dakota, Mississippi, Indiana, & Mew Mexico * New Mexico – double-blind study and two independent peer reviews for claims * States want EPA to be more involved in registration of 25b’s * Challenge to create a product label to be used in all states * Long registration lead times * Regulation of marketing claims such as natural   * Can they be used in conjunction with or instead of traditional pesticides? Contact Janet at: [email protected] 865-360‐1988

25b Essential Oil Sugar Baits To Control Mosquitoes
Feb 15 2018 16 mins  
25b essential oil sugar baits to control mosquitoes known as Attractant Toxic Sugar Baits (ATSB) have been studied extensively throughout the world with surprisingly good results. Evaluation of attractive toxic sugar bait (ATSB)—Barrier for control of vector and nuisance mosquitoes and its effect on non-target organisms in sub-tropical environments in Florida Abstract The efficacy of attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSB) with the active ingredient eugenol, an Environmental Protection Agency exempt compound, was evaluated against vector and nuisance mosquitoes in both laboratory and field studies. In the laboratory, eugenol combined in attractive sugar bait (ASB) solution provided high levels of mortality for Aedes aegypti, Culex quinquefasciatus, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus. Field studies demonstrated significant control: >70% reduction for Aedes atlanticus, Aedes. infirmatus, and Culex nigripalpus and >50% reduction for Anopheles crucians, Uranotaenia sapphirina, Culiseta melanura, and Culex erraticus three weeks post ATSB application. Furthermore, non-target feeding of six insect orders, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, and Orthoptera, was evaluated in the field after application of a dyed-ASB to flowering and non-flowering vegetation. ASB feeding (staining) was determined by dissecting the guts and searching for food dye with a dissecting microscope. The potential impact of ATSB on non-targets, applied on green non-flowering vegetation was low for all non-target groups (0.9%). However, application of the ASB to flowering vegetation resulted in significant staining of the non-target insect orders.! Different methods of using attractive sugar baits (ATSB) for the control of Phlebotomus papatasi ABSTRACT: We have previously shown that fermented ripe fruit is a strong attractant for several mosquito species, and when mixed with oral insecticide these attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSB) were highly effective for local mosquito control. In the present study, we compared the effects of ATSB presented in different ways on isolated populations of Phlebotomus papatasi Scopoli. Experiments were carried out in the arid habitat of the Jordan valley, Israel where the effectiveness of three methods was compared: ATSB sprayed on patches of vegetation, net fence coated with ATSB, and bait stations soaked with ATSB. Spraying ATSB reduced the population to about 5% of the control area population. Barrier ATSB coated fences, had a similar effect decreasing the population to about 12% of the concurrent catch in the control site. The effect of ATSB presented on bait stations was much smaller and compared to the control, only caused the population to be reduced to 40%. In the control areas where only food dye marker was used, the solution presented on bait stations only marked an average of 22.3% of female sand flies while spraying vegetation and using barrier fences in the two other experiments marked about 60% of the females. Our experiments show that ATSB either sprayed on the vegetation or on barrier fences is an effective means against sand flies at least in arid areas where attractive plants are scarce or absent. Bait solution was prepared as described by Müller et al. (2008). For the control sites, it consisted of 95% juice of over-ripe nectarines, 5% wine, 10% w/v brown sugar 0.5% w/v red food dye for marking the fed sand flies (Schlein 1987) and 10% of a mixture of slow-release substances and preservatives The solution was ripened for 48 hrs, in covered buckets,

Why I Love QuickBooks And Why I Won’t Switch
Feb 11 2018 22 mins  
I love Quickbooks, there are several products that I love in our business and QuickBooks is one of them, I have been using it for more than 10 years. I stick with Quickbooks because time is more than money I’ve been using accounting software since the late 80’s early 90’s, Since my college days where I took several accounting classes and went from the leader in those days was Peachtree accounting which is now Sage 50 Accounting. Now you Fresh Books. Peachtree Accounting was founded in 1978 by Ben Dyer, in 1984 Peachtree was the 7th largest microcomputer-software company in the world, with an estimated 22 million in sales. Peachtree was acquired by the Sage Group in 1998 for a 145 million. Peachtree was the first business software introduced for microcomputers and the oldest microcomputer computer program for business in current use. The Sage Group today does about 2.3 billion in sales Intuit founded in 1983 with the original product Quicken for personal financial management. Grew revenue to $842 million, up 12 percent year-over-year. Finished the year with 2.3 million QuickBooks Online subscribers. Intuit serves 42 million customers. 80% of the small business accounting software market. Integrated Merchant Account Intuit Payments Integrated Banking Integrated Route Scheduling Integrated Email Marketing with Constant Contact Integrated Branch Financial Reporting Qvinci Integrated Mailing Service DocuSend Mailing Solution

Using 25b Essential Oils Attractants For Monitoring And Pests Control
Feb 08 2018 9 mins  
The studies of using 25b essential oils as attractants for monitoring and control of pests has been going on for decades as a matter of fact since the 70’s. Studies show that methyl eugenol has been used effectively for the monitoring and control of several species of fruit flies but methyl eugenol is not as safe as you mihgt think, it has been identified as a carcinogen. Methyl eugenol: Its occurrence, distribution, and role in nature, especially in relation to insect behavior and pollination Abstract This review discusses the occurrence and distribution (within a plant) of methyl eugenol in different plant species (> 450) from 80 families spanning many plant orders, as well as various roles this chemical plays in nature, especially in the interactions between tephritid fruit flies and plants. Candidate Substitutes for Methyl Eugenol as Attractants for the Area-wide Monitoring and Control of the Oriental Fruitfly, Dacus dorsalis Hendel (Diptera: Tephritidae) Abstract The recent finding that methyl eugenol, a widely used lure for the oriental fruitfly, is a liver carcinogen for the mouse suggested developing substitute lures for monitoring and controlling of this insect that are not susceptible to in vivo metabolism to active carcinogens. Study of the molecular requirements for maximum attraction of the oriental fruitfly and for minimal likelihood of metabolism to active carcinogens suggested several methyl eugenol isosteres that might be useful replacements. Three compounds were selected on the basis of laboratory and preliminary field evaluation as promising replacements: 3,4-dimethoxypropylbenzene, 3,4-dimethoxyethoxybenzene, and 3,4-dimethoxymethoxymethylbenzene. Attraction of Female and Male Bactrocera papayae to Conspecific Males Fed with Methyl Eugenol and Attraction of Females to Male Sex Pheromone Components. Abstract The attraction of female and male Bactrocera papayae to conspecific males fed with methyl eugenol (ME) and female attraction to male synthetic sex pheromone, trans-coniferyl alcohol (CF), were evaluated in a wind tunnel. Earlier and greater attraction were exhibited by both females and males to ME-fed than to non-ME-fed males as dusk approaches. Methyl Eugenol and Cue-Lure Traps for Suppression of Male Oriental Fruit Flies and Melon Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Hawaii: Effects of Lure Mixtures and Weathering Abstract Methyl eugenol (4-allyl-1,2-dimethoxybenzene-carboxylate) and cue-lure [4-(p-acetoxyphenyl)-2-butanone] are highly attractive kairomone lures to oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), and melon fly, B. cucurbitae (Coquillett), respectively. Plastic bucket traps were evaluated as dispensers for methyl eugenol and cue-lure for suppression of the 2 fruit flies in Hawaii. Methyl eugenol and cue-lure mixtures were compared with pure methyl eugenol or cue-lure over 4 seasons. B. dorsalis captures differed significantly with treatment and season. B. dorsalis captures with 100% methyl-eugenol were significantly greater than all other treatments (25, 50, and 75%). B. cucurbitae captures also differed significantly with treatment but not with sea...

Dave Johnson The Creator Of Exterminator Gourmet Hot Sauce
Feb 05 2018 26 mins  
From Exterminator to Exterminator Gourmet Hot Sauce Exterminator Gourmet Hot Sauce the first product J&K Specialty Foods. This hot sauce is dedicated to the professional pest management industry, for all those hard-working men and women. When out in the field you can exterminate bland foods with Exterminator Gourmet Hot Sauce has just the right amount of heat and spices. Dave Johnson talks about his early days in pest control, then later in distribution and now as a regional representative for Catchmaster. The newest addition to the Catchmaster product line is the: 32AGO – AGO Trap Replacement Glue Boards Specially formulated adhesive is designed to catch the mosquito during the breeding cycle. Proven successful in testing, the Catchmaster® AGO Trap Replacement Glue Boards are actively used in numerous mosquito monitoring and population reduction programs. For best results, install the replacement glue board into the Catchmaster Ovi-Catch™ Mosquito Trap. Ideal for outdoor use where mosquito populations may be prevalent. Compatible with Catchmaster Ovi-Catch™ Mosquito Trap, CDC-AGO Trap and other similar traps. Studies show that the use of AGO style traps are effective in controlling mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, which are known carriers of chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. CDC Mosquito Trap for Control and Surveillance of Mosquitoes Including Carriers of Zika & Other Viruses Excerpt: Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading many viruses that can make people sick, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new autocidal gravid ovitrap (AGO) mosquito trap is an inexpensive, simple-to-assemble, and easy-to-maintain trap that targets female mosquitoes looking for a place to lay eggs. The current trap model stands 18 inches (45cm) tall and is made of a 5-gallon (10L) bucket. The AGO trap’s unique design lures mosquitoes by using water and an all-natural, organic hay attractant. Once inside, female mosquitoes are captured on a nontoxic, sticky glue adhesive placed inside the capture chamber. The AGO trap has been successfully used by mosquito control programs for mosquito surveillance and control. Field trials in which the AGO trap has been installed in most homes in a community have shown it not only reduces mosquito populations but also rates of infection. This means that, in the community where AGO traps were installed, fewer people become sick from mosquito bites. Smaller scale field trials were so successful that CDC and the Puerto Rico Department of Health are implementing large-scale installation of AGO traps throughout several communities to help reduce mosquito populations and the viruses they spread.  

Monthly Every Door Apartment Pest Control Does It Work
Feb 03 2018 24 mins  
Is a monthly every door apartment pest control service required to achieve roach control in an apartment building? The answer is both yes and no. To answer that question you have to define what an apartment pest control service is. If you ask the tenant, maintenance manager or property manager what a pest control service is most would tell you spray. If I asked what they want in a pest control service they would all say to come and spray monthly. My number one request buy a customer calling on the phone is “I need you to come and spray my house for bugs”. My question is how is that working for you? Apartment Pest Control Studies An every door monthly baseboard spray service in a multi-unit is not going to prevent nor control any pest problem, especially a German or American roach infestation. The fact that every study ever performed shows that a monthly every door spray service does little to control pests. This is backed by every major university study by every entomologist, manufacturer and experienced professional pest control technician. Cost and Efficacy Comparison of Integrated Pest Management Strategies with Monthly Spray Insecticide Applications for German Cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae) Control in Public Housing. Abstract The long-term costs and efficacy of two treatment methodologies for German cockroach, Blattella germanica (L.), control were compared in the public housing environment. The “traditional” treatment for German cockroaches consisted of monthly baseboard and crack and crevice treatment (TBCC) by using spray and dust formulation insecticides. Cost and Effectiveness of Community-Wide Integrated Pest Management for German Cockroach, Cockroach Allergen, and Insecticide Use Reduction in Low-Income Housing Abstract ABSTRACT Many low-income housing units in the United States continue to have chronic German cockroach, Blattella germanica (L.), infestations and high prevalence of cockroach allergens despite the availability of highly effective cockroach control products. Several studies have demonstrated the greater effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) compared with routine chemical interventions in apartment buildings and the beneÞt of cockroach allergen reduction using IPM.   Unless you are treating where they are actually living, cracks crevices and voids. The question then becomes if you are treating every unit how much time can you invest in or how much are they paying or willing to pay for you to take the time it really requires to inspect and perform the right type of service. Are they paying for 1 minute of work per unit or 15. What is the labor rate in your are $65 or $165 per hour Are they paying $1 per unit or $8 What does the monthly service include? Inspection of the unit this may be 1 to 5 minutes, depending upon if you have to just inspect with a light or inspect just the monitors. If you see evidence of roaches in an outlet are you going to open 5 outlets and inspect them and treat them all or will you have to ignore it. Is it spray only? Or does it include gel, dusts, granular baits, insect growth regulators. Will this include exclusion is exclusion already in place, will maintenance perform the exclusion sealing with foam all the kitchen and baths to stop...

Top 20 Pest Control Facebook Groups To Join
Feb 02 2018 13 mins  
The top 20 Pest Control Facebook Groups To Join in 2018 * Integrated Pest Management and Identification 2.6K * Entomology 107K * Pest Control Training And Education UK 1K * Pest & Wildlife Pros 960 * PESTPRENEURS 1.4K * S. Pest Management Professionals 1.9K * Pest & Wildlife Control Experts Forum 2.1K * Pest Control Fraternity 1.4K * Wildlife Control Business Builders 1.2K * Pest Control Professionals 5.1K * LawnCare/Landscape Marketing/Business Chat 1K * UKPestcontrollers 1.4K * Pest World News Group 2.1K * Pest Control Products 930 * Pest Control Marketing Gold 590K * Life Of CritterMcCool 3.9K * Women in Pest Control 70 * Pest Cemetary 6.1K * Christian Pest Control * Pest Control Jobs UK

New Bedbug Biological Control Pesticide Aprehend
Jan 27 2018 14 mins  
New Bedbug Biological Control Pesticide Aprehend that dramatically reduces the cost of performing bed bug control which is more effective at a lower cost. The Cost of Doing Bed Bug Work Time Prepping Service The Research of Bio Pesticide The researchers in ecological entomology at Penn State, have worked on creating bio pesticides for more than 30 years. Both were part of a multinational team that created Green Muscle and Green Guard a bioinsecticide to control locusts and grasshoppers in Africa and Australia . These researcher where trying to take their knowledge about formulating fungal biopesticides and apply it to other target pests and they found that the technique works for controlling mosquitos and flies so why not try it on bed beg bugs. How The Bio Pesticide Aprehend works The Bio Pesticide exposes is a formulation containing Beauveria bassiana, a natural and indigenous fungus that causes disease in insects but is harmless to humans. In The research, they found that exposure to Beauveria bassiana caused the bedbugs to become infected and die within 4 to 7 days. When the bedbugs walk across a sprayed surface they pick up the spores of the fungus, Once the bed bugs are covered in the spores they spread them around by grooming themselves. The spores then germinate and colonize the body within 20 hours of exposure.  

GPS & Dash Cams Protecting Your Assets
Jan 26 2018 21 mins  
Installing GPS & Dash Cams Protecting Your Assets Here is a new segment called Harry Says Motivational, Inspirational Though Provoking Quotes By Harry Dott Bryan. Harry Says You’ll never be GREAT, if you’re… G – Going through the motions R – Resisting change E – Easily distracted A – Avoiding the difficult T – Taking more than giving! All company vehicles are equipped with driver performance monitoring devices which include: * GPS Location Tracking * Speed Monitoring * Driving and Braking * Breadcrumbs * Travel Time * Time At Location * Fuel Usage * Engine Idling Road Haulage Association (RHA) 50% of fleets are now using dash cams with another 30% were actively considering them. Protecting yourself from ‘cash for crash’ scams. Vehicular Voyeurism is a serious problem all video footage must be protected to avoid a potentially damaging video to be uploaded to youtube or plastered on social media. Dash cams are a measure of protection against robbery and vandalism. You can even record a 360-degree perspective. Recording video in public is a right protected by the First Amendment. Recording Audio inside your car is a different matter: In many states, it is illegal to record a conversation without informing all parties that they are being recorded. <a href=””></a>

The Power of Fate What An Environmental Fate Study Reveals
Jan 24 2018 25 mins  
The Environmental Fate Study hydrolysis half-life of imidacloprid in water of a pH 7 can range from 33–44 days at and 77ºF. The aqueous photolysis half-life of imidacloprid is less than 3 hours. Environmental Fate Study of Imidacloprid Revealed Half-lives of Imidacloprid ranged from 40 days with no organic fertilizers used to 124 days when cow manure was added. The hydrolysis half-life of imidacloprid in water of a pH 7 can range from 33–44 days at and 77ºF. The aqueous photolysis half-life of imidacloprid is less than 3 hours. The Effect of temperature on decay Imidacloprid degradation Half-lives decreased from 547 to 153 days and to 85 days at incubation temperatures of 41, 59, and 77 °F,. How Does The Active Ingredient Behave In The Whole Environment Volatility (air) Sorption to soil particles (soil) Solubility (water) Effect of temperature on decay Hydrolysis half-life Aqueous photolysis half-life Anaerobic half-life Aerobic half-life Soil photolysis half-life Field dissipation half-life Imidacloprid Technical Fact Sheet Environmental fate and exposure; neonicotinoids and fipronil Evidence for the microbial degradation of imidacloprid in soils of Cameron Highlands

How To Properly Price Educate A Customer
Jan 19 2018 32 mins  
In order to effectively price educate a customer, you have to take them through a process of discovery and awareness where they can see, hear and feel the quality of your product or service. In order to price educate a customer, you need a beginning a middle and an end. Pricing begins in the marketing phase. What does your marketing look like? Does it look like it was done by your 13-year-old, what does it say about you price cheap, expensive, affordable. Is your branding across the board consistent the first impression people get about your marketing will set the expectation of what it costs? Pricing is prepared in the sales process. Most soloprenours do not have a sales process, they have a sales puzzle a bunch of pieces of things they are doing but they are not clicking together. Sales is all about a process, not tactics and technicians we are all about tactics. An effective sales process walks the potential client through a process of acknowledgment recognizing you exist to deciding to call you. Effective marketers and salespeople know how to help the customer navigate through your system in order to be educated about what it is that you offer and help them decide if your offering is a fit for them. Pricing is presented before you close. If you do not have an effective process that helps your client understand why your pest control service costs what it does then your price will always seem high. Pricing has to be presented when you have satisfied your clients need to understand appreciate what they are buying. Its value has to be higher than what they are paying for it. 3 Things A Customer Needs To Buy Product They have to Want or Need It. Customers will tend to buy what they want versus what they need as needing something is the result of a problem, wanting something is the result of having a longing for it that will not be satisfied until it is owned. They have to be able to afford it. We all at one point wanted something we could not afford, the fact is people want all kinds of things in life they cannot afford a 747 is out of my price range and for that matter, a Leer jet is too a single-engine Cessna is more of what I can afford. It doesn’t matter how good the offer I still can’t afford a jet at 95% off. If the customer cannot afford it no amount sales pressure can get them to own it. Part of our job as salespeople is to determine who can afford our services. They have to be willing to pay for it. Just because you need something and can afford it does not mean you are willing to pay for it, there are plenty of millionaires living in the same homes and driving the same cars as middle and upper-class families.

Chemical Extraction and Composition Analysis of 25b Essential Oils For Pest Control
Jan 18 2018 25 mins  
Essential oils composition is very complex, in order to identify what chemical component actually control the pest with what mode of action requires an individual extraction and testing on a specific pest. Answering which component has what mode of action Insecticidal, Antifeedant, Repellent, Oviposition Deterrent, Growth Regulatory And Antivector Activities on which pest still can not get answered. Chemical Extraction and Composition Analysis of 25b Essential Oils * Chemical Extraction and Composition Analysis Methods * Capillary gas chromatography (GC) * Gas Chromatography * Mass Spectrometry (MS) * Chemometric resolution * Olfactometry and multidimensional gas chromatography * Enantioselective capillary gas chromatography * Stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry * Hydrodistillation * Purity Standards of 25b Essential Oils Adulteration of Essential Oils * Total ion chromatogram essential oils Extraction Methods of 25b Essential Oils * Hydro-distillation * Microwave extraction * CSE Cold solvent extraction * ASE accelerated solvent extraction * SFE supercritical fluid extraction * SPME solid-phase microextraction Chemical Extraction and Composition Analysis Studies of 25b Essential Oils The Extraction and Quantification of Limonene from Citrus Rinds Using GC/MS Introduction to Gas Chromatography Essential Oil GC/MS Testing with Dr. P Application of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography (GC6GC) to the Qualitative Analysis of Essential Oils This paper investigates the separation of moderately complex samples by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC6GC). The analysis of spearmint (Mentha spicata) and peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil components, including acetates, alcohols, furans, ketones, sesquiterpenes, and terpenes, was achieved by one-dimensional gas chromatography with quadrupole mass spectrometry detection (GC/MSD) and GC6GC with flame ionization detection. Peppermint essential oil was found to contain 89 identifiable peaks by GC6GC compared to 30 peaks in the GC/MSD chromatogram. Likewise, 68 peaks were found in the GC6GC chromatogram of spearmint (compared to 28 in GC/MSD). Plots of the first dimension versus second dimension retention times provided a fingerprint of the two essential oils, which revealed 52 similar compounds between the two essential oils as opposed to 18 matches by 1D GC. Computer-aided identification of individual components of essential oils using carbon-13 NMR spe...

Dealing with the DIY Do it Yourself Pest Control Craze
Jan 17 2018 35 mins  
With the DIY Do it Yourself Pest Control Craze, any in the pest control industry is concerned and alarmed about the fact that homeowners can buy the same chemicals we use. The fact is most of the over the counter OTC pesticides are sold at Ready to Use RTU at about the same rates we apply them at, with the same active ingredient we use. The reality of now being able to buy and apply concentrates online and being able to apply them at any rate they choose without pest control training, oversight, licensing and certification is a serious cause for concern and federal and state regulators do not seem to be overly concerned. Tha fact that pesticides today are safer than they were 50 years ago and that most homeowners think that the insecticides we use to control their pests are harsher and more toxic than over the counter products simply isn’t so. All chemical products have EPA Registered labels with the same instructions and limits as we do yet homeowners do not seem to know that they must read labels and understand them before they can apply them. We have to spend years training and take numerous courses voluntary and mandated CEU continuous education units in order to comply with state and federal mandates. This is in addition to all the licenses and insurances we must carry to be allowed to apply a product to your property in accordance with label directions. The cost to start, own and operate a pest control business is very high when compared to other home services such as landscaping, pool service, appliance repairs, fencing, roofing, painting, floor and carpet, carpet cleaning, and yes the do it all handyman. Things you must know just be able to apply a pesticide in non site states where the pest must be present to legally apply a pesticide, positively identify the pest, know which active ingredients will actually control that pest, report the amount of chemical used, the site it was applied to and how often can you reapply it before you legally have to switch to another product, how many times per year can you legally apply it and thus just a few of dozens of insecticide we have to memorize.

Apartment Bed Bug Control and Prevention
Jan 15 2018 25 mins  
The biggest problem we have with apartment bed bug control is not which control method to use chemical, heat or vacuum. It all comes down to lack of knowledge from those that are responsible for preventing it before it becomes an epidemic. Apartment Bed Bug Control Problem #1 Who to blame Finger pointing between tenant and landlord. Management we have a bed bug Addendum. You must confirm the unit has no bed bugs We confirmed the unit has no bed bugs. Was the inspection done by a pest control pro that can certify it. You Must Report No one wants to admit they have them. I am ashamed. If I report it I could be responsible to pay for it. If the surrounding unit is the cause, they won’t let you because they don’t want to be responsible for the charges to fix the entire problem. Apartment managers often refuse to let you inspect surrounding units unless the occupants pay for it. charge fees for those not reporting or not cooperating. That furniture will have to be thrown away for sure. Apartment Bed Bug Control Problem #1 Proper Treatment The biggest challenge is convincing owners of the need for proper treatment In multi-units? Land Lord or CM would say we have monthly or quarterly spraying to prevent it? Mandatory Housekeeping checks, Our maintenance manager does an inspection of every unit every quarter or 6 months. With 20 to 60 work orders per week they have to do how much time are they spending in a unit are they pulling back the sheets. How do you know they didn’t perform a service in one unit and then transferred it to another. We used to check furniture on move-ins in the hi-rise. Here is the problem with that the average Apartment building is paying between $1 to $3 per unit per month the average service is 1 to 3 minutes for spray. Apartment Bed Bug Control Problem #3 Self Treatment I get at least 1-bed bug call per week all telling me the same thing I have bought and tried everything to fix this problem myself and its getting worse. That manager paid for a spray and nothing. Tenants can leave with bed bugs on themselves. Community areas barber shops, dining halls, lounge and activity rooms just a few issues to point out. Community Laundromats. Check the lint traps and you’ll know if someone has bed bugs. Tenants doing curbside recycling bringing infested items in from other’s apartments.

German Roach Biology Blattella germanica (Linnaeus)
Jan 11 2018 16 mins  
German Roach Biology Blattella germanica (Linnaeus) Adult German cockroaches are between 1/2 to 5/8 inch long. They love tight spaces (Thigmotropic) It favors warm, humid atmospheres, areas with temperatures are between 70° to 75° F. It has an incomplete metamorphosis. Three life stages the egg, nymph, and adult. The entire life cycle is complete in about 100 days. A typical egg case can contain up to 48 eggs typically somewhere between 30 to 40 eggs. Adult females usually produce from 4 to 8 egg capsules during her lifetime. At room temperature, one capsule is produced about every 6 weeks. It usually takes 28 days for the capsule to hatch from the time it begins to form. Formation of the next egg capsule usually begins within a couple of weeks. The length of the egg stage varies from 14 to 35 days. six to seven nymphal stages (instars) occurring over a period of 6 to 31 weeks. The lifespan of the adult female varies from 20 to 30 weeks. In one year over 10,000 descendants can be produced, assuming two generations per year. The stage between molts is called an instar. At room, temperature nymphs complete development in about 60 days. Typical Adult females can live about 200 days. The German cockroach is omnivorous they will eat just about anything table scraps, pet food, and even book bindings. They will eat their own feces! (oprophagy) They eat their own vomit! (Emetophagy) They eat their own kind (Cannibalism) There are distinct difference between male and female (Dioecious) They produce eggs that hatch outside the body. (Oviparous) Some roaches deposit the eggs and others carry the eggs along with them until they hatch. German Roach Taxonomy Kingdom: Animalia – Animal, animaux, animals Subkingdom: Bilateria Infrakingdom: Protostomia Superphylum: Ecdysozoa Phylum: Arthropoda – Artrópode, arthropodes, arthropods Subphylum: Hexapoda – hexapods Class: Insecta – insects, hexapoda, inseto, insectes Subclass: Pterygota – insects ailés, winged insects Infraclass: Neoptera – modern, wing-folding insects Superorder: Polyneoptera Order: Blattodea – cockroaches, termites Superfamily: Blaberoidea Family: Blattellidae – wood cockroaches Subfamily: Blattellinae Genus: Blattella Caudell, 1903 Species: Blattella germanica (Linnaeus, 1767) – German cockroach, blatte germanique German Cockroach Sources German Cockroach Control Equipment Vacuum Air Compressor Crack and Crevice Devices like an AccuSpray or Airofog German Cockroach Control Products Roach Gel Baits Roach Dust Baits Roach Granular Liquids Non-Repellant IGRs Insect Growth Regulators Pheromone Monitors Borate Dust Silica Gel Dust

German Roach Control Commercial Food Service Accounts
Jan 08 2018 35 mins  
German Roach Control Commercial Food Service Accounts Controlling German roaches in food service in restaurants, food trucks, cafeterias, lunch rooms, gas stations can prove to be more challenging than it seems especially to a GHP Technician. By Special Request From Brad Gamble Inspection is the NUMBER #1 thing. Sanitation is #2 Exclusion #3 Monitoring is #4 Without these 4, chemical as a control method is an illusion. What am I inspecting for I already know what I’m looking for? I’m inspecting for how they got in. I have been in the food service business in one or another for several years as a manager, distributor, supplier I’ve seen more things in food service than I care to remember. I’m looking at who are the suppliers and what chain of custody they have. I have restaurants say they have had milk cartons with roaches coming out of them when they picked it up at the suppliers. I’m looking at what type of structure this is who are the other tenants in the building. Is it in a strip mall or a standalone building? How many feet from the dumpster is it more than 25 or 5? Is it dry or is their standing water overnight. I want to id every condition that is conducive to breeding roaches and have a discussion with the owner or manager and see what the attitude is are they willing to modify and work to fix it or are they expecting a chemical to solve the problem. Is their clutter in every corner or is stuff a foot off the floor. Label Requirements: For food service areas Is must since most products have a label restriction of crack and crevice or spot in areas where food is stored, prepared, or served. Monitor some hate them some love them. Monitors are difficult sometimes to maintain in a busy wet environment. You can’t develop a treatment and service protocol unless you have assessed the difficulty and dynamics of service. Restaurant Pest Control Equipment * Vacuum * Air Compressor * Crack and Crevice Devices like an AccuSpray or Airofog * Monitors Restaurant Pest Control Products * Roach Gel Baits * Liquids * IGRs * Monitors * Borates

The Worst Product I Ever Used Selecting the Right Pest Control Product
Jan 01 2018 16 mins  
Selecting the Right Pest Control Product How do most of us select a product? Mostly we ask what are you using to control blank. That has proven to be hit and miss. Mostly because I’m in niche that very few people have experience in, second because most people have made a selection based on the same question. The worst product I ever purchased was the one I did no real research on that didn’t work for the target pest, sat in my truck for a year and used it up just to get rid of it or found another use for it, or gave it away. The truth is there is a scientific way to select a product, I will discuss the 3 steps I use to make a product selection. 1. Identification: A positive ID is 90% of the cure 2. Once I have positively id the pest I now get the scientific name no not the common name I.E. “ghost ant” Tapinoma melanocephalum. I want To know 5 things Order Suborder Family Genus Species I know pull a sheet on that pest from multiple sources my first is IFAS University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences I learn everything about that pest. Nesting Harborage Reproduction Feeding Foraging After that I will go to Google Scholar or “ghost ant” Tapinoma melanocephalum I will pull 3 to 10 studies on the studies on that pest and Active Ingredients tested on the target pests Once I’ve narrowed down the best actives I pull an environmental fate study on each active. I want to know how that product is going to behave PH Solubility In water Hydrolysis In Sun Photo-degradation In Soil Degradation On Concrete Once I have narrowed it down to 2 or 3 active ingredients I will speak to a Manufactures Rep about the best use of that product based on the research. How, where and when to apply it.

Biology and Ghost Ant Control Tapinoma melanocephalum
Dec 25 2017 25 mins  
Ghost Ant Control Basics Ghost ant control has been proven to be very difficult in highly suburbanized areas almost as difficult as its close relative the odorous house ant. Ghost Ant Taxonomy Family: Formicidae Subfamily: Dolichoderinae Tribe: Dolichoderini Genus: Tapinoma Species: melanocephalum Ghost Ant Biology Ghost ants have polygyne and unicolonial colonies. New colonies are generally formed by budding. Budding occurs when one or more females, accompanied by several workers and possibly some brood (larvae and pupae) leave an established colony for a new nesting site. The development of workers from egg to adult lasted 16-52 Ghost ants have 4 Nymphal Stages The highest egg production was 5.3 eggs a day. The colonies are broken into sub-colonies that occupy multiple nest sites and exchange individuals back and forth along odor trails. Ghost ants are opportunistic nesters in places that sometimes remain habitable for only a few days or weeks meaning they move the nests. Ghost Ant Feeding Habits The ants have an omnivorous diet typical of many tramp and pest ant species. Worker ants have observed destroying eggs and first-stage larvae of the common housefly Musca domestica. Diamondback moth larvae. Two-spotted spider mites. Aphids in glasshouses. Western flower thrips. They are frequently observed tending honeydew producing homopteran pests. Dispersing a grass root mealybug on the roots of sugarcane. Ghost Ant Colonies Colonies occupy several local sites that are too small or unstable to support the entire colony. Nests will exchange workers along pheromone trails. Ghost ants colonies individual nests contain between 100–1000 individuals. They primarily nest outdoors in small protected areas such as in a dead tree, in palm fronds, under potted plants, in limbs, under stones, and in organic debris. Ghost Ant Eggs & Egg Laying Queens lay large number of eggs which will hatch between 2 to 4 weeks into larvae. Queens have a lifespan of only a few weeks in tropical environments. Ghost Ant Control Based on this pest biology it is not possible to control permanently with one service, 1 to 2 follow up services may be required within 30 days to achieve control indoors and a minimum of a bimonthly exterior preventive service to maintain control. In certain areas this can be monthly or bimonthly. Using sprays can repel them causing more budding and movement. Ghost Ant Control Products Exterior Perimeter Fipronil Termidor, Taurus or Fuse Indoor Crack & Crevice with Alpine WSG Baits with Optiguard, Maxforce Quantum, Intice Thiquid in Maxforce Buffet Stations and Cracks and Crevices. Ghost Ant Studies Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Effects of Boric Acid, Fipronil, Hydramethylnon, and Diflubenzuron Baits on Colonies of Ghost Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Elimination of a Tapinoma melanocephalum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) infestation using imidacloprid bait. Interactions between Ghost Ants and Invasive Mealybugs: The Case of Tapinoma melanocephalum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Phenacoccus solenopsis (Hemiptera: Pseudococ...

American Cockroach Control & Biology Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus)
Dec 18 2017 28 mins  
American Cockroach Control Can Be Much Easier Than It Seams Also known as large roaches the palmetto bug, palmetto roach and waterbug. Mating and Egg Laying Egg casings called ootheca are like mahogany brown shaped like a hand purse. At the peak of her reproductive period, a female can form approximately 2 oothecae or egg casing per week 1 week after mating. Typically in 3 – 7 days. On average a female can produce one egg case, capsule or ootheca a month for 10 months. A female can produce between 15 – 90 egg capsules. Averaging 12-16 eggs per egg case. The length of the egg stage can vary between 29 – 58 days. At room temperature hatching occurs in 50 – 55 days. They prefer temperatures somewhere between 70°F and 85°F. They can survive if temperatures remain above 15°F. Generally, they deposit the egg casing or ootheca near a food source, gluing it to a surface with an oral secretion. The laid ootheca will contain enough water for the eggs to develop without having to receive any water from the female. The egg case is brown when deposited and turns black in a day or two. It is about 1/3 long and less than a ¼ high. Molts or stages of growth can vary from 6 to 14. In the first instars, roaches are white becoming a grayish brown, subsequent instars the go from white to reddish-brown. Wings are not present in the nymphal stages. Wing pads do not become noticeable until the third or fourth instar. From egg to adult is approximately 600 days. As little 160 days to as long as 971 days. The nymphs, as well as the adults, actively forage for food and water. The number of offspring per year can average 800. Under ideal conditions, an adult female can live up to 15 months. Males live somewhat shorter live. Go figure! Habitat They are known as a “peridomestic species.” meaning they generally live outdoors. However, they can move and populate indoors. They love humid, moist, and warm, environments they can survive in drier areas but they need access to water. Inside common areas will be kitchens where food, water and hiding places are plentiful. Outside in leaf and wood piles anywhere there is decaying organic matter, hollow tree trunks, mulch beds. They avoid extreme weather conditions so dry and then wet drives them inside. Feeding They will almost anything eat sugar, paper, glue, excrement, meat, milk. Exclusion #1 American Cockroach Control Method Seal all exterior vents in basements, crawl space, soffits, dryer vents. Caulk around holes and cracks Foam all pipes under sinks, ac closets Make sure all electrical boxes are in good working order with caps on. American Cockroach Control Products Niban Intice 10 Maxforce Complete Bibor D Cimexa Intice Roach Gel Magnetic Roach Gel Sources: American Cockroach Rachael C. Perrott, Graduate Student, Entomology, Virginia Tech Dini M. Miller, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Entomology, Virginia Tech American Cockroaches http://ento.psu.

The Brutal Truth About 25b Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent
Dec 04 2017 42 mins  
“Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth.” Dr. Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister of the Third Reich. Go to google scholar see if you find a single study on the effectiveness and repelancy of cedar oil “cedar oil” “cedrol” “cedrene” Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent 38 essential oils tested for comparative repellency against mosquito bites 38 essential oils from plants at 3 concentrations were screened for mosquito repellent activity on human subjects against the Aedes aegypti mosquito under laboratory conditions. Applied to volunteer’s forearm at 0.1 mL of oil was applied per 30 cm2 of exposed skin. The oils were applied at a 10% or 50% and 100% concentrations. None of the 38 oils prevented mosquito bites for as long as two hours. However the undiluted oils of • Cymbopogon nardus (citronella) • Pogostemon cablin (patchuli) • Syzygium aromaticum (clove) • Zanthoxylum limonella (Thai name: makaen) Provided two hours of complete repellency. From these initial results then the 3 concentrations of 10%, 50% and undiluted of citronella, patchouli, clove and makaen were tested for repellency tests against: • Culex quinquefasciatus • Anopheles dirus. As expected, the undiluted oil showed the highest protection in each case. Clove oil gave the longest duration of 100% repellency (2–4 h) against all three species of mosquito. The Repellency Of 18 Essential Oils Extracted From Thailandies Plants Against 4 Mosquito Vectors In this study the evaluation of the reported repellency effects of essential oils from plants in Thailand where evaluated against 4 mosquito vectors: Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Anopheles dirus Anopheles Culex With human volunteers, under laboratory conditions using under laboratory conditions essential oils that were extracted plant which belonging to 11 plant families, and the oils were then prepared as a 10% solution in absolute ethanol with additives. 2 repellents deet and IR3535 were also prepared in the same formulation as the essential oils and tested for repellency as controls. The essential oils were also evaluated for oviposition deterrent effects against Ae. aegypti under laboratory conditions. The results showed that night-biting mosquitoes Anopheles dirus and Anopheles Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes albopictus were more sensitive to all the essential oils with repellency lasting 4.5 – 8 hours than was Aedes aegypti with repellency lasting 0.3 – 2.8 hours. Deet and IR3535 provided repellency against all four mosquito for 6.7- 8 hours. All the essential oils had oviposition deterrent activity against Aedes aegypti with various degrees of repellency ranging from 16.6% to 94.7%. Repellency effect of 41 essential oils against Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex mosquitoes The five most effective oils were those of Litsea (Litsea cubeba), Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron), Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Violet (Viola odorata), Catnip (Nepeta cataria), which induced a protection time of 8 hour at the maximum and a 100% repellency against all three species.

Bed Bug Control With IGR Insect Growth Regulators
Nov 20 2017 11 mins  
Bed Bug Control With IGR Insect Growth Regulators Juvenile Hormones and chitin synthesis inhibitor. What works, what dosnt work and what shows promise. Krüppel homolog 1 and E93 mediate Juvenile hormone methoprene regulation of metamorphosis in the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius We studied the regulation of molting and metamorphosis in bed bugs with a goal to identify key players involved. Methoprene induced Kr-h1 and suppressed E93 and induced formation of the supernumerary nymph. These data show interactions between Kr-h1, E93 and JH in the regulation of metamorphosis in the bed bugs. The Occurrence of the Holometabolous Pupal Stage Requires the Interaction between E93, Krüppel-Homolog 1 and Broad-Complex Efficacy of (S)-methoprene against Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). A dose of 30 mg/m2 has been shown to interrupt the development of susceptible bed bugs in laboratory experiments. The efficacy of (S)-methoprene was assessed against both a laboratory susceptible strain and a field strain resistant to pyrethroid and carbamate insecticides. Effects of juvenile hormone analog formulations on development and reproduction in the bed bug Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) RESULTS: At 1× and 2× the label rate, Precor® [active ingredient (S)-methoprene] had no significant effect on the development or the ability to produce an abundance of offspring or new growth; of bed bugs. At 2× the label rate, confinement to residues of Gentrol® [active ingredient (S)-hydroprene] had no significant effect, but residues at 3× and 10× the label rate caused a reduction in fecundity and impaired development. Locomotion Inhibition of Cimex lectularius L. Following Topical, Sublethal Dose Application of the Chitin Synthesis Inhibitor Lufenuron. The chitin synthesis inhibitor lufenuron had a significant effect on the ecdysis of fifth instar bed bugs to adult. The effective dose that resulted in 50% malformations and mortality (ED50) There is no product labeled for bed bug use it’s the active ingredient in the dog chew in the veterinary flea control medication. Juvenile hormone regulation of female reproduction in the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius To begin studies on reproduction in common bed bug we identified 3 genes coding for a protein required for the reproductive success of insects and studied their hormonal regulation. Genome assembly and geospatial phylogenomics of the bed bug Cimex lectularius

The Liability of Bed Bugs Who Is Responsible And Who Pays
Nov 13 2017 15 mins  
The Liability of Bed Bugs who is Responsible and who pays Who is responsible if a unit gets bedbugs? A furniture moving company delivers bed bugs. A used furniture store sells infested bunk beds. Are there any bed bug protocols? You just did a bed bug inspection with no PPE and you go perform a pest control service to hotel and brought bed bugs in? good luck proving it you say? You rent your condo to AirBnB Do you have an ironclad bed bug contract? Lipca Client they have a free bed bug contract written by lawyers of an insurance company Andy McGinty A Call if you need a free quote 800-893-9887 $2.5 MILLION TO BE AWARDED IN CLASS-ACTION BED BUG LAWSUIT $2.5 million to be awarded in class-action bed bug lawsuit The settlement that is currently pending agreement will be paid mostly by the insurance company covering the former owners of the affected properties. A portion of the settlement will also be paid by the new owners, as well as the insurer of the pest control company that formerly serviced the buildings. $125,000 BED BUG LAWYERS SETTLE MARYLAND LAWSUIT PEST CONTROL COMPANY MADE THE BED BUG INFESTATION WORSE Bed Bug Heat Treatment causes millions in Fire damage Offering Bed Bug Protection: “if you are our client and you ever get a bed bug we will treat for free”

Hiring Green Vs Hiring Experienced Technitians
Nov 06 2017 14 mins  
Hiring Green Vs Hiring Experienced Technicians Working for the wrong company can limit your career options. Hiring techs with experienced technicians can seem to be the easy button especially for technicians turned solo-preneurs with no previous management or human resource experience. But it’s a mixed bag experience can come with Bad Habits Re-trainability Superiority Complexes Attitudes Management by Abdication vs Delegation I don’t have time to train I’m growing too fast I need people I can put in a truck and go. Suffering from (CFS) Control Freak Syndrome I have to find someone I can train to do all I do the same way I do it. Either way, you have to dump your knowledge on paper and develop however simple a program in writing. When a tech sees a program on paper their attitudes about training or retraining will become apparent. Here are some tips for hiring. Have a discovery days offer to buy them lunch for 3 days see if they like the work or they are just interested in a paycheck. Hire attitude, character, good habits these are things you cant teach. Look for attitude and body language. It says more than a resume! How do they feel about self-education? Ask what was the last great book they read, what they listen to in the car if the answer is only music well you may not have a person that invests in themselves. Hire people with previous customer service experience. If you find one or two good candidates pay for a DISC Personality Test.

No PPE and the PPE Police
Oct 16 2017 7 mins  
No PPE and the PPE Police You see a tech making a pesticide application in short sleeves and shorts and you say how can he legally do that. If you carry products that require PPE like long sleeve shirt you may carry it in the vehicle and wear it when required Most Rockwell Lab Products Have limited or no PPE Intice 10 Requires shoes plus socks Cimexa No PPE Blitz And Express There are no specific requirements for applicators or other handlers, however, the following is recommended at a minimum: -Short-sleeved shirt and long pants -Shoes plus socks Invict Gold No PPE EcoVia Protective eyewear and nitrile or other chemical resistant gloves are recommended EcoVia Dust Dust mask, eye protection and nitrile or other chemical resistant gloves are recommended Maxforce Complete Applicators and handlers must wear: Shoes plus socks. Talstar PL NO PPE Advion Roach Gel No PPE Demand CS No PPE

The Repellency Myth Are Pyrethroids Really Repellant?
Oct 02 2017 10 mins  
The Repellency Myth Are Pyrethroids Really Repellant? For years we have been hearing from manufacturers and studies that pyrethroids are repellent yet where are the studies to prove it. I even talked about it in a previous podcast on repellency. I have spoken to many manufactures reps tell me that pyrethroids by nature are repellents and have sat though ceu classes where this is mentioned, read dozens of studies where they mention this and yet I can’t find any studies where a specific pyrethroid was used on a specific species and showed repellency. Daniel Dey III brought this up on a post in the pest cemetery and it has good validity I have come to a point in my life where I need to be a Berean, for those who do not know what a Berean is it was a group of Greek Jewish people at the time of Christ that Paul claims they were more noble meaning of higher thinking because they listened to what he taught without arguing and went back to look at the Torah to confirm everything. Laboratory Evaluations of Insecticide Product Efficacy for Control of Cimex lectularius “This study also determined that pyrethroid products were not repellent to bed bugs and would not cause bed bug aggregations to scatter or avoid treated surfaces.” EXCITO-REPELLENCY OF DELTAMETHRIN ON THE MALARIA VECTORS, ANOPHELES MINIMUS, ANOPHELES DIRUS, ANOPHELES SWADIWONGPORNI, AND ANOPHELES MACULAZUS, IN THAILAND Irritability and repellency of synthetic pyrethroids on an Aedes aegypti population from Thailand It was found that cyphenothrin had a stronger repellent effect than the other pyrethroids, while the contact irritant effect was similar among compounds tested. Lambda-cyhalothrin (Technical Fact Sheet) Lambda-cyhalothrin has repellent properties. REPELLENCY, LETHAL TIME, AND TRANSFERENCE OF RESIDUAL INSECTICIDES USED FOR PHARAOH ANT CONTROL by DAVID ANTHONY MELIUS Both fipronil and lambda-cyhalothrin effectively killed pharaoh ant workers and queens when they were exposed to the treatment. No degree of repellency was found for either insecticide. Comparative Toxicity and Repellency of Microencapsulated and Other Liquid Insecticide Formulations to the German Cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae) These data demonstrate the difficulty in making generalizations about the relative performance of ME compared with EC or RTU formulations.

So I want a website I want to be on facebook and have a YouTube channel what will that cost.
Sep 25 2017 21 mins  
So I want a website I want to be on facebook and have a YouTube channel what will that cost. For additional info see our first podcast on website development In order to go online, you must have a clear strategy what is it that you want to accomplish. I want a website to give us credibility. I want new business from online. I want to be able to sell our services online. In order to understand this read the Book 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. This deals with 99% of the BS in order to succeed online you will have to do something’s that you might struggle with. Outsourcing work to India or the Philippines. Is your site a: • Niche Sites • Sales Site • Authority Site Most online SEO teaching focuses on niche sites or affiliate marketing aka passive income. Very little is actually taught for the brick and mortar or service industry. • Aggressive spamming tactics • Backlinking buying and farming • These products or sites have a short lifespan of 1 to 2 years • Article spinning 300 article in a month farmed out to India or China for pennies an article. How can they be successful They find a keyword that has little competition and low ppc cost like 0.13 per click for a product or topic that could be trendy. Build 100 sites selling one product that makes 100 per month each and you have 10,000 per month Now what do you do Get a local company to do what Set up Google my business account and manage it for $99 month big deal you can do that in 15 minutes and once it’s optimized it runs itself. All you need is reviews to boots it. Don’t create bogus locations with the addresses of friends and families, that is a black hat it’s a house of cards that google will bring down with an algorithm. If you competitors figure it out and report google will knock it down flag you and close your account down.

Synergize Your Pesticides Synergist PBO & MGk 264
Sep 18 2017 10 mins  
A Synergist work by increasing the lethality and effectiveness of natural and synthetic pesticides. Synergists have been used commercially for about 50 years By themselves, synergists are considered nontoxic. However, that is debatable. The mode of action of the majority of synergists is to block the metabolic systems that would otherwise break down insecticide molecules. They interfere with the detoxication of insecticides through their action on polysubstrate monooxygenases (PSMOs) and other enzyme systems. The role of synergists in resistance management is an enzyme-inhibiting action. Synergists are tools for overcoming metabolic resistance, and can also delay the manifestation of resistance. Synergist prevent the breakdown of insecticides by the insect’s mixed function oxidase (MFO) system so that the toxic action of the insecticide will be more effective. Terminal enzyme is cytochrome P-450 Type of Synetrgists PBO (piperonyl butoxide) discovered in 1947 using naturally-occurring safrole as a key raw material. MGK 264 (n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide) prevent the breakdown of insecticides by the insect’s mixed function oxidase (MFO) system so that the toxic action of the insecticide will be more effective. Terminal enzyme is cytochrome P-450 Roles of mixed-function oxidases in insect herbivory Studies seem to sudgest once there is a resistance to the active ingredient the synergistic activity is marginal. Mode of Action of Insecticide Synergists Evaluation of Piperonyl Butoxide as a Deltamethrin Synergist for Pyrethroid-Resistant Bed Bugs In Scabies the result is substantion The Effect of Insecticide Synergists on the Response of Scabies Mites to Pyrethroid Acaricides Kicker & ExciteR Pyrethrin 6% PBO 60% Areosol CB 80 0.50% Pyrethrins – 4% Piperonyl Butoxide Misting Systems¬ The use of piperonyl butoxide and MGK-264 to improve the efficacy of some plant-derived molluscicides;2-3/full Synergism of azadirachtin piperonyl butoxide and MGK-264 enhanced the toxicity. Health and safety. Mode of action of piperonyl butoxide as herbicide synergist of atrazine and terbutryn in maize PBO releases histamine in humans Pyrethroids and piperonyl-butoxide affect human T-lymphocytes in vitro These findings demonstrate the immuno- and allergo-toxicological properties of the synthetic pyrethroid combined with the synergistic PBO.

ECO Friendly Pest Control Dealing with the 25B Hype
Sep 11 2017 25 mins  
There less than a handful of studies on 25b exempt study to prove residual. The majority of 25b products on the market are not manufactured by chemists but by marketers. There are no real efficacy studies in the field with multiple pest species almost all studies are performed in vitro. Only one product on the market EcoRaider has documented testing. Efficacy of an Essential Oil-Based Pesticide for Controlling Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius) Infestations in Apartment Buildings Potential of Essential Oil-Based Pesticides and Detergents for Bed Bug Control Long-Term Efficacy of Various Natural or “Green” Insecticides against Bed Bugs: A Double-Blind Study Posttreatment Feeding Affects Mortality of Bed Bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Exposed to Insecticides Evaluating the Effect of Minimal Risk Natural Products for Control of the Tick, Ixodes scapularis The fact that most manufacturers have little to no pest control experience, with no real testing in the real world and with specific pest and products have been targeted to over the counter consumers which have no experience in pest control creating a demand for professional products with no training and no experience.

Penetration Adherence Spreadability Using An Adjuvant To Get Better Pest Control.
Feb 28 2017 35 mins  
Penetration Adherence Spreadability Using An Adjuvant To Get Better Pest Control. Adjuvant Behavior Water droplet size Adherence Improved droplet coverage Reduces droplet surface tension droplet stays on the leaf Improve distribution on leaf surface Enhances penetration through cuticle Ajuvants Enhances Performance Herbicide Weed Control Fungicides Disease Control Insecticides Insect Control Fertilizer Absorption Shout Out Nicholas Vasquez Tech Sprague Pest Solutions Tacoma WA Stephen Taylor works at Jay Taylor Exterminating Co., Inc. Delta Pest Solutions @deltapestsol Nick Lampert @AZNickLampert Operations Manager University Termite & Pest Control Tucson, AZ Surfactants Work By Overcoming Surface Tension In order to understand how adjuvants work, we need to understand how water works. Each droplet of water has a negative and a positive charge. Water droplets act a lot like a magnet. If you put several water molecules together the positive and negative forces attract each other creating surface tension. The components of a Adjuvans molecule help break water surface tension, allowing the pesticide to be more evenly dispersed on a surface and to reach its target. When water molecules come into contact with unlike substances two thing happen. If the substances have a similar charge, the two forces repel each others. If they have different charges, the two forces will attract each other. Anionic Surfactant Anionic surfactants possess a negative charge on their hydrophilic end. Anionic Surfactants are negatively charged, and enhance foaming and other spreading properties. Sodium Laurel Sulfate Outlast Pro Non-Ionic Surfactant Nonionics have no charge on their hydrophilic end. Kenetic Organosilicone For Carpets indoor Wick Cannabis Conventions Sprouting UP Cannabis 2017 Oakland Ca. NCIAS Seed To Sale Show

Mimic Antagonize or Inhibit IGR Insect Growth Regulators Modes of Action
Feb 20 2017 37 mins  
Mimic Antagonize or Inhibit IGR Insect Growth Regulators Modes of Action Mimic Antagonize or Inhibit IGR Insect Growth Regulators Modes of Action Insect growth regulators IGR are not insecticides they do not kill the insects directly. IGRs focuses on the endocrine system. They mimic the action of hormones to disrupt the molting process and modify growth of insect or mite pests interfering with the development The insect can die within 3 to14 days depending on the active ingredient, mode of action, target pest, and the life stage. Insect growth regulators decrease populations over time. IGR Can have antifeeding action Others affect egg, larval, nymphal, or pupal development. While others inhibit metamorphosis and may negatively affect reproduction and egg viability. IGR as potential insect control goes back to the 1956 IGRs generally control insects either through regulation of metamorphosis or interference with reproduction. Compounds developed to disrupt metamorphosis ensure that no reproductive adults are formed. Survivor adults may not be able to fly due to abnormal development in the wing Larvae completed development within that instar but die the next instar due inadequate cuticle synthesis. IGRs Interfere with reproduction may include the development of adults with certain morphogenetic abnormalities that reduce their reproductive potential. Adults may be sterile or possess abnormally developed genitalia which hinders the mating process or the capacity to produce fertile offspring. IGR are considered a third generation pesticide because its limited effects on humans animals and wildlife. Environmental Concerns of IGRs Chitin is a very important constituent of the cell walls of fungi and green algae Crustaceans and a few other aquatic species are the endangered organisms sensitive to chitin synthesis inhibitor applications. This is because insects and crustaceans contain the same molting hormones. Shout Out Michael Brinkman Pest Control Technician at Orkin Pest Control John Macaluso III Nick Madero Madero Pest Control Robert J Gonzalez @rjgonzalez70 Kingsville, TX Todd Fuller @TFull00 Sales Executive at Gregory Pest Solutions Bugs by Brian-MO @BugsByBrian St. Louis area. B&G Alleges Airofog of Trade Make Infringement Is B&G being violated of simply being a bully becouse they now a have a serious competitor.,_Inc_v_Airofog_USA# IGR Types and Uses 1)Juvenile hormone analogs & Mimics Pyriproxyfen: Pivot and Tekko Distance for green houses Methoprene: Altosid, Precoor does effects Arachnid In Aedes aegypti, Methoprene blocks midgut metamorphosis and death during pupal stage. Hydroprene Gentrol adversely affect Aphids These IGR do not work on ticks becouse of the absence of insect juvenile hormones in the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis. See Chitin synthesis inhibitors and Ecdysone antagonists. Juvenile hormone anolog are more effective At the beginning stage of metamorphosis and embryogenesis when eggs are being formed. In insects freshly ecdysed when during instars where they shed their old skins.

Pre Paid Pest Control Service Does It Make Sense For You
Feb 15 2017 47 mins  
Pre Paid Pest Control Service Does It Make Sense For You. With customers becoming increasingly busy and the cost of performing billing and collection taking a chunk of your profits more companies and customers are choosing to prepay for services, why not prepaid pest control? We prepay for web hosting, insurance and a host of other services. When it comes down to it’s a matter of trust on behalf of the customer. It has to be part of your USP. Think like a marketer. It’s also a matter of your ability to manage and performs. Shout Out Josh Alpert David Ward Rentokil Pest Control Ireland Jay Best PestControl @jaybest05 Itunes review Do you want a real world example of how to sell conferences Check out Sales 3.0 Reach Out to NPMA Conferences. You will get a lot of loyal followers You will increase membership. You will get better attendance at conferences. M&A Rentokil Buys Allgood Pest Solutions out of Atlanta Allgood Pest Solutions is a $27 million company it was #29 on PCT Top 100 list Last Year. Last year Rentokil Initial acquired 17 businesses in The U.S. Univar Inc. (NYSE:UNVR announced public offering of 15,000,000 shares of Univar’s common stock at a price to the public of $29.00 per share. Now Let’s discuss the pros and cons of prepaid pest control. I like the monthly cash flow. After a couple of months I feel I’m working for free. Reduced cost by not having to create invoice, stamps, paper, envelope, check processing costs. It can cost up to $5 per transaction or more. Pass the savings on to the client. Accounts receivable exposure. Have an escrow account. Customers may abuse by thinking they are entitled to a free service whenever they want it. The fear of renewals Hate to give discounts. 5% to 10%. Card on file vs annual every time you run that card without a swipe you incurred a much higher rate and a per transaction fee. Fear of non renewals because they might not want to stay

Marketing Makes The Phone Ring Sales Makes The Cash Register Ring
Feb 06 2017 55 mins  
Marketing Makes The Phone Ring Sales Makes The Cash Register Ring Wiley Hamilton ABC Bugs and Critters pest control Northport AL Alex Johnson Tech at the Big T Fairborn OH. Danny Mulligan, Firefighter East Moriches Hook and Ladder Co. #1 High Caliber Wildlife Control Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator Eastport, New York Southampton Town Police Department Matt Butler @ButlersPest Owner at Butlers Pest Solutions JG Pest Control @JGPest England, United Kingdom Itunes review Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 And join the society at Tech Tip Rand McNally Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide City Data Book Purple Cow by Seth Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable M&A Massey Services aquires Insight Pest Solutions of Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and Charleston, S.C., Tera Solutions Expo Marketing Makes The Phone Ring Sales Makes The Cash Register Ring Marketing: “Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.“ (Approved July 2013) Marketing Terms Advertising is the placement of adds. Publicity is mention in the media. Public relations is what is the public image. Branding is the image your company has in the mind of the customer. In 85% of pest control companies you are the brand. Here is the problem in Branding, Marketing, Advertising and Sales you are all 4. Hang ups in Marketing I don’t want to be like the other companies. I compete on quality. I use quality products. Duh, no one advertizes lousy service. What is your USP Unique Selling Proposition, what makes you different than the other? In your market How do you stand out in a crowded market place. I don’t want to: Advertizing Prices Discounts Specials Initial Specials Waiving Initial Want Contracts Call to action I don’t want to use a four letter word Free I don’t want to offer any guarantees What you want is a homogoginized pasteurized steril as surgical room and more honest than jesus message that converts so you are never in an uncomfortable position you want it safe. You have a hard time advertizing something that you have to explain and feel like you are being deceptive, bait and switch. You have a problem doing it but you have no problem taking advantage of it. No woman has ever tuned down a 50% off sale at Macy’s When cell phone, satellite, alarm companies all gave away the equipment for a 2 year agreement many of you signed up. When the carpet cleaning company offers 3 rooms for $99 or AC duct cleaning for $99. When the local dealer puts sign and drive deal their you go. People are people everyone likes offers, deals, discounts. No one likes paying full price if not everything we buy would not say made in china. I and a local small business owner and everyone buys from me. That was true until they built a Walmart 15 miles away, Home Depot came to town, Office Max.

RRAC IRAC HRAC WT FRAC Resistance Action Committees
Feb 01 2017 56 mins  
Everyone Likes A Nice RRAC IRAC HRAC WT FRAC Resistance Action Committees Michael Benton knockout pest & Termite Michael Young Pest Pro Exterminators April Newby Tennessee Valley Pest Control Pest/[email protected]_uk Durham, England Lavery Pest Control @LaverySonsPest Connecticut Tech Tip Climb Ups VS Lights Out which bed bug monitor is better. Study suggest that bed bugs may preferre black Behavioral Responses of Nymph and Adult Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) to Colored Harborages climbup interceptor Lights out How Zika Virus and Other Pathogens are Researched. Based on new federal documents By Johanna Elsensohn. Great links to good science on this article ICUP 2017 International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) in Birmingham UK starts on – 9-12 July 2017 M&A Bug Out in Jacksonville, Fla. merged with All Safe Termite & Pest Control, out of Ocala, Fla. Arrow Environmental Services buys E-Rad Pest Control in Lake Wales and A Plus Pest & Termite Control out of Sarasota. State Pest Clinton, N.C. acquired Coastal Exterminating Co., Rose Hill, N.C., and Cooper Pest Control, Raleigh, N.C. Terms Resistance Action Committees Rodenticide Resistance Action Committee Chairman: Stefan Endepols, Bayer CropScience Second Chairman: Alan Buckle, Syngenta Treasurer & Secretary: Andy Brigham, Rentokil 2016 second issue of RRAC Guidelines on Anticoagulant Rodenticide Resistance Management 1-Bromadiolone – Hydroxycoumarin single feed anticoagulant Maki –Liphatech J.T. Eaton Bait Block, Nectus Bell Labs Contrac 2-Difethialone – Hydroxycoumarin single feed anticoagulant Blue Max, Generation, FirstStrike-Liphatech J.T. Eaton Bait Block® Apple 3-Diphacinone First Generation Indandione multiple fee Anticoagulant Bell Labs Ditrac, LIQUA-TOX II, PCQ Pro 4-Bromethalin- diphenylamine single feed Neurotoxin Take Down, Resolve –Liphatech FASTRAC – Bell Labs 5-Brodifacoum Hydroxycoumarin single feed anticoagulant FINAL-Bell Labs FORMUS – Bell Labs focus on mice smaller 15 grams 5-Vitamin D3 TERAD3 BLOX – Bell Labs Bell Labs Final Detex Contrac has Lumitrack causes rodent droppings to brightly glow under UV or black light. Soft Baits withstand dont freeze, melt or mold. Both Liphatech and Bell has them. htt...

Just Got Back From FPMA Expo In Orlando And Some Things That Piss Me Off
Jan 18 2017 62 mins  
Just Got Back From FPMA Expo In Orlando And Some Things That Piss Me Off Patti Witten Witten Pest Control in San Antonio Rose Pest Solutions @RosePest Rose Pest Solutions proudly provides pest control services to six states including Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania Cool Products Biopren BFS 6 EC Closest Thing The Hartz® UltraGuard® Precor 2625 New Pests New World Screwworm in Florida Products Pump Tech Tool Effects of Water on Pesticide Efficacy Book Level The Field By Kemp Anderson My First UBER Experience A Local Breakfast place had roaches I got home and found two large bedbugs in my bed Pros and Cons FMPMA Expo If you are new to pest control. If you have never been to a pest control conference. If you are a tech thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. If you own a pest control business but you cant get any answers from anyone. Great Performances by Name Branding and Marketing Tim Holcomb, T Creative SEO and Web Marketing Bob Heid and Bruce Jordon, Mailtropolis Sales Training Eric Sandler, Sandler Training GHP CEU’s University of Florida Entomology Department Taking Your Business to the Next Level Kemp Anderson, Kemp Anderson Consulting Wage & Hour/Litigation Avoidance Scott Hudson, Stovash, Case & Tingley, P.A. Non of the distributors ever promoted it. So only those in Orlando ft Myers, Tampa one Ocala. Rooms for 100 people had 25. Cost to attend is about 1000 plus per person. Did not like the speed dating. The half sandwiches were like a ¼ sandwich. But the chocolate chip cookies where to die for.

What it takes to be an ACE with Chris Stelzig Entomological Society Of America
Jan 10 2017 51 mins  
What it takes to be an ACE with Chris Stelzig Entomological Society Of America Shamus Breau Pacific Pest Solutions Aldergrove, British Columbia Mom versus bug @Momversusbug Based in Urban Suburbia, California, Mom Versus Bug explores that most modern yet timeless of fights, the war against bugs. Bed bugs, to be exact. Cool Products Biopren BFS 6 EC BedBugs & Fleas 6,74 % (60 g/l) S-methoprene 4,81 % (27 g/l) Pyrethrines 10,17 % (91 g/l) Piperonyl Butoxide 16,07 % (143 g/l) MGK 264 in BedLam Hungarian Study EFFICACY OF (S)-METHOPRENE AGAINST CIMEX LECTULARIUS (HEMIPTERA: CIMICIDAE) (S)-methoprene was as effective CONCLUSIONS The data presented here indicate that exposure of bed bug nymphs to appropriate doses of (S)-methoprene will completely prevent the development of fertile adult insects. Chris Stelzig has been working at ESA for about 17 years now, starting as the marketing and public affairs manager back in the year 2000. Over the years I’ve been the database manager, membership and marketing director, certification manager, and even a contractor for a few years when I left and started my own database management company. I’ve been back full time with ESA for about 5 years now and my current portfolio includes running the certification programs, the Entomological Foundation, our Grand Challenges initiative, and our science policy/government advocacy outreach. I live here in Annapolis, MD where the Society HQ is located with my wife and three boys. Prior to working for ESA, I worked in the newspaper industry. If you need more than that, we can talk it through.

Top 10 Things about Rodents With James Rodriguez of JT Eaton
Jan 02 2017 87 mins  
Top 10 Things about Rodents With James Rodriguez of JT Eaton Joe Gavorek Massey Services @MasseyServices Cool Tools Ratwall is a stainless steel unit that fits securely within any clay or pvc pipe manhole chamber outlet or inlet and stops rodents from entering a property. Book Recommended by James Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss M&A Bug Out Service and All Safe Termite & Pest Control merge to adds $500,000 in annual revenues. Servivng the Ocala area. Our Guest James Rodriguez, ACE Technical Director JT Eaton Co., Inc 1393 East Highland Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087 Contact phone number: (330) 840-8606 Technical Director for JT Eaton: Offering opinions and recommendations on rodent and insect control, as requested, to public and private entities; in-house training of employees and sales teams; continuing education provider to Pest Management Professionals; evaluation of new and existing products for JT Eaton; Liaison for Social Marketing and Networking National Marketing Manager: Marketing and distribution of pest control products produced by JT Eaton in the US for the professional division. Territory Manager of the Western US for professional distributors Current State Licenses: California Structural Pest Control Operator California Structural Termite Control Operator California Structural Fumigation Operator California Department of Pesticide Regulation Industrial Pest Control California Department of Pesticide Regulation Right of Way Pest Con. Certification: Entomological Society of America, Associate Certified Entomologist Additional Programs and Training: Hazardous material coordinator, duties included: shipping, receiving, transportation, usage, safety and storage of hazardous material Manage OSHA, State and Standard Industry Practices, Worker Health and Safety Programs Emergency First Responder for accidental release of pesticides or fumigants Held and managed employees’ Commercial Driver licenses, training and California Highway Patrol vehicle inspection program (BIT Program) Managed Respiratory Protection Program, Heat and Illness Preventions Program Professional Associations: Pest Control Operators of CA; Affiliate Member: Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada State Associations; PI CHI OMEGA- A Professional Fraternity Devoted to the Advancement of Structural Pest Control; Entomological Society of America; Executive Board Member of Pesticide Applicators Professional Association (PAPA) Top 10 Things about Rodents With James Rodriguez of JT Eaton 1.The Emotional aspect of Rodent Control and building trust 2.Where to start your inspection; focusing on residential customers 3.Common Mistakes made during inspections 4.Setting expectations with your customers 5.Rat and mouse traps; placement, trap types, issues with trapping and the human factor 6.Tiered level of IPM; reducing how much bait is being put out 7.Bait station placement and what the label says 8.Why Changing out your rodent baits is good 9.Upselling for peace of mind 10.You’re done, now What?; how to leave a job to prevent false call-backs

Being Superfly With Harry Bryan Jr of Nisus BBQ Borates & Bugs
Dec 20 2016 102 mins  
Being Superfly With Harry Bryan Jr of Nisus BBQ Borates & Bugs Doug Foster Owner Burt’s Termite & Pest Control in Columbus, Indiana Camilo Parada @chparadaNCSU Camilo H. Parada-Rojas. MSc student researching Phytophthora capsici pathogen that causes blight and fruit rot of peppers at @QuesadaLabNCSU. Born in Colombia. Itunes review Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 or send [email protected] And join the society at Tech Tip The Bed Bugs and Book Bags Curriculum Book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win Jocko Willink , Leif Babin Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. In The News New Report: U.K. and Germany Bed Bug Market to Reach $ 29.1 Million by 2026 The Bayer Monsanto Merger Approved by Shareholders Monsanto shareholders have approved the merger with Bayer AG. Monsanto shareholders will receive $128 per share in cash at the closing of the merger. The merger is expected to close by the end of 2017 Bayer will pay $57 billion and assume $9 billion in Monsanto debt. To Know More About Nisus visit

What the Heck Is IPM and How Come My Customers Don’t Know Either
Dec 12 2016 76 mins  
What the Heck Is IPM and How Come My Customers Don’t Know Either I ask what the heck is IPM at all my training classes and to all my potential clients and I never really get a clear answer. It seems like every call I get from a prospect sound something like this “I need you to come and spray for…” this is usually followed by have you been to my website and let me explain what we do. David Morgan DMo in Arizona Pro Pest Control Sydney Austrailia @propestcontrols Tech Tip How to convert a plastic sprayer to a Crack and crevice device for free see the member section for this Book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter Liz Wiseman , Greg McKeown Mergers & Acquisitions American Pest acquires GreenStar The Mariland based American Pest, part of Anticimex Group acquired GreenStar Termite & Pest Control out of Manassas, Va. Main Topic WTH Is IPM Anyway and How Come My Customers Have No Clue IPM is The Standard In Public Schools Government Buildings LEED Buildings Hospitals High End Hotels Airports And yet most people have never heard of it. By most people that include pest management professionals. The problem with IPM is that it has Principals That work but they mean different thins to different people. To the Farmer it means one thing, Crop Rotation, Inspections, Monitoring To the nursary It means another, sanitation practices sterilizing trays, To Lawn and Ornamemntal another cultural practices mower height frequency, watering In General Household pest yet another simple thie cleaning. Air BandB And I have no clue what it would be in Termite World. I guess monitoring stations. The problem with Implementing IPM strategies is that IPM requires three things. Training Inspect Identify Develop A Control Protocol Monitoring Cooperation Your Client is A Collaborator Proper Sanitation Cooperation to most people pest control is one sided, I hired you to control my pests. If it requires me to do something different than what I’m doing ill hire somebody more competent. Unless the customer can understand that pest control is really their responsibility and their problem. The restaurant employee that dosent close the dumpster and leaves the door open. The business owner that dosent understand the chain of custody and brings in products. The hotel cleaning crew that cant identify a bedbug and doesn’t see her job as pest control. The building manager that wont seal holes because that’s why we have rodent stations. And we don’t have the personnel. The landscaper that installs the wrong plant in the wrong place. Cant you add fertilizer to make it look better. Most customers and even some technicians have no clue on what it really takes to control a pest much less prevent it. Bait, Pills, Powders, Sprays, Stations ive used everything and nothing works. What are you going to do? I have to figure out how bad have they screwd this up to figure out how to fix it. Powders, baits, Sprays and stations. Just the right ones in the right places. Exclusion is too expensive, chemical is cheaper than labor. Inspections and Monitoring are a waste of time if you are going to spray anyway. Insect Biology is for Entomologists habits and lifecycles are useless. Chemical Rotation is IPM Reducing Chemical Exposure is another way of saying we will apply less chemical to screw the customer....

4 Modes Of Action For The Best Pesticide Spray Rotation Program
Nov 28 2016 41 mins  
4 Modes Of Action For The Best Pesticide Spray Rotation Program Rotating brands is not proper rotation unless you are rotating the mode of action here are 4 Modes Of Action For The Best Pesticide Spray Rotation Program. Beau Morley [email protected] Book FREE: The Future of a Radical Price By: Chris Anderson Products from UK we don’t have here. Racumin is an anticoagulant contact rodenticide foam for indoor use against rats and house mice. Signal word: Danger Flammable: butane Coumatetralyl 0,4 % Events Parasitec The French pest management event was held in Paris November 16 to 18. It attracted some 3,000 attendees, it one of the busiest such events ever held in the city. the Paris Event Center, near Porte de La Villette. FLORIDA PEST MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION BUSINESS & OPERATIONS EXPO Thursday January 12- Saturday, January 14, 2017 Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, a Walt Disney World Resort Full event $400 Education only Friday and Saturday $150 Amazing Facts: Deliberate self-poisoning with insecticides is a very common issue globally and accounts for 300,000 deaths in a year. The global distribution of fatal pesticide self-poisoning: Systematic review Main Topic 4 Modes Of Action For The Best Pesticide Spray Rotation Program Rotating Chemicals Correctly by Mode of Action The insecticides in these categories are Neurotoxins Class 2 Gaba-Gated Chloride Channel Blockers Bphenylpyrazoles (Fiproles) Fipronil Fipronil blocks the (g-aminobutyric acid- (GABA) regulated chloride channel in neurons, thus antagonizing the “calming” effects of GABA, similar to the action of the Cyclodienes Blockage of the GABA-gated chloride channel reduces neuronal inhibition, which leads to hyperexcitation of the central nervous system, convulsions, and death. Class 3 Sodium Channel Modulators Apyrethroids, Pyrethrins Acrinathrin, Allethrin, Bifenthrin, Bioallethrin, Bioallethrin S-Cyclopentenyl, Bioresmethrin, Cycloprothrin, Cyfluthrin, Cyhalothrin, Cypermethrin, Cyphenothrin [(1r)-Trans- Isomers], Deltamethrin, Empenthrin [(Ez)- (1r)- Isomers], Esfenvalerate, Etofenprox, Fenpropathrin, Fenvalerate, Flucythrinate, Flumethrin, Halfenprox, Kadathrin, Permethrin, Phenothrin [(1r)-Trans- Isomer], Prallethrin, Pyrethrins (Pyrethrum), Resmethrin, Silafluofen, Tefluthrin, Tetramethrin, Tetramethrin [(1r)- Isomers], Tralomethrin, Transfluthrin, Alpha-Cypermethrin, Beta-Cyfluthrin, Beta-Cypermethrin, D-Cis-Trans Allethrin, D-Trans Allethrin, Gamma-Cyhalothrin, Lambda-Cyhalothrin, Tau-Fluvalinate, Theta-Cypermethrin, Zeta-Cypermethrin

Should Pest Control Companies Share Profits With Employees
Nov 21 2016 55 mins  
Should Pest Control Companies Share Profits With Employees There are many ways of rewarding employees with good salaries, commissions, bonuses and even share profits. Ben Chamblee Prime Pest [email protected] Itunes review Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 And join the society at Book Ownership Thinking by Brad Hams News Rudy Ayala is the ACE 1000 he is the owner and operator of Spearhead Pest Control in Ventura, CA, Main Topic Should Pest Control Companies Share Profits With Employees. There are some that believe that company owners are greedy and should share in the profits. Think real hard before you answer. Everyone gets paid from the top sales and service. Owners get paid off the bottom line after everyone else is paid. As an employee what do you do every day that specifically contributes to the bottom line so that you can take a piece of it? Most of the answers went along this line Employees don’t deserve to get profits. This is the result of an entitlement mentality. Employees get paid salaries owners get profits. They can sell more To make more money. They prefer commission over salary. Pay your people well so you can retain them. Company made 5 million in profit and all I got was a $35 check. Owners are investors, sowers and tenders, took a risk when they started with 90% chance of failing and overcame obstacles that you are not willing to hurdle. For the most part employees are reapers, they invested nothing in the most difficult part of a business which is the startup. But only two owners answered the question correctly except I didn’t ask owners I asked employees surprisingly no employee could answer the question. The question was “As an employee what do you do everyday that specifically contributes to the bottom line so that you can take a piece of it?” This is the hard reality that employees don’t have the faintest clue of what or how they contribute to the profitability of a business and most don’t care. By this some believe they should get Christmas and year end bonuses, bonuses are discretionary and not earned. No one is entitled to a bunus unless the bunus is tied to a production incentive. If a business or owner decides to share profits it’s at its own discretion. Profit sharing ESOP Employee stock ownership Year end bonuses Turkeys and Hams Sports Tickets But they expect raises, bonuses including Christmas bonuses. Yet they have no idea on what it takes to have enough gross profit to pay everyone nor net profit before taxes to pay investors mainly the owner. I have a different view on this primarily because I’ve been an employee, manager and owner. I’ve been previ to the financials of most business. Employees don’t participate in the business of the business they are only concerned or trained in the that tasks within the business. In other words they have no clue of what it takes to run a business, when someone quits their job to start a business most will fail within the first year and go back to working for somebody else again or say I had no clue it was going to be this hard. The problem is I come from big corporate where financials are disclosed, in a mom and pop shops the employees see what comes in but don’t know what goes out and most own...

Creating YouTube Videos To Grow Pest Control Business.
Nov 14 2016 48 mins  
Creating YouTube Videos To Grow Pest Control Business. Creating videos is easier than ever with the right tool and advise with a little effort you can create youtube videos to grow pest control business. A shout out to: John Purcell Co-Owner at Superior Pest Management Green and Gone @Green_and_Gone @PMP_magazine Tech Tip James Rodriguez November 12 at 10:16am • Spring Valley, NV • Good Morning! I’m gonna share how I eliminate stress, not in any order and not absolute: 1. Watch very little TV 2. Exercise 3. Encourage others to be positive 4. Avoid negative people 5. Be thankful 6. Find ways to better myself 7. Take advice from people who are smarter than me 8. Listen to happy people and their stories 9. Appreciate success of others 10. Believe in my Higher Power What ways do you eliminate stress? Ask your friends, you might learn something. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Pest News New Species of Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park A new article by Michael Ferro and John Plakidas describes a new species of fly that was collected in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Neostenoptera appalachiensis is a gall midge, and it is the first record of the genus Neostenoptera in the New World. The specific name, appalachiensis, means “from the Appalachians” in Latin, in reference to the collection site of the type series from Tennessee, which is located along the western flank of the Appalachian Mountains. “I collected this 10 years ago and couldn’t figure out what it was,” Ferro said. “I put it on and finally John D. Plakidas recognized it as something he might be able to recognize. Tue October 24 2017 NPMA PestWorld 2017 – Baltimore, MD NPMA PestWorld 2018 – Orlando, FL NPMA PestWorld 2020 Nashville, TN Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. M&A Arrow Exterminators Aquires Whitco Pest Management in Rocky Mount, NC Massey Services acquires ECOSHIELD in Oklahoma City. SCG Partners acquires three Florida landscape maintenance companies Rentokil Acquires Isotech Pest Management “The Verminators” Book The Buying Brain: Secrets for Selling to the Subconscious Mind by: A. K. Pradeep As much as 95% of our decisions are made by the subconscious mind. As a result, the world’s largest and most sophisticated companies are applying the latest advances in neuro...

Top 20 things you need to have in your pest control contract
Oct 24 2016 32 mins  
Top 20 things you need to have in your pest control contract On this podcast we will discuss the top 20 things you need to have in your pest control contract that are commonly over looked. Patricia Jason Kirkley at Classic Pest Control Operators, Inc. Nature-Cide @naturecide Residex @ResidexLLC Green and Gone @Green_and_Gone Hitmen Pest Control @HitmenPestCtrl SterlingPestControl @sterlingpcs Wildlife X Team @WildlifeXTeam Please leave us an itunes review. Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. #pestworlditunes Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 And join the society at Tech Tip AirOFog Pest News EAB has begun to attack native (Chionanthus virginicus) White fringetree these trees grows wild from New Jersey south to Florida and west to Oklahoma and Texas. Book of the week Made to Stick why some ideas die and others survive by: Chip Heath , Dan Heath Main Topic NATUREPEST TERMS, CONDITIONS, EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS 1. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY 2. SERVICE: 3. TERM: 4. LATE PAYMENT: 5. INTERIOR SERVICE: 6. EXTERIOR SERVICE: 7. LAWNS, SHRUB, PALM & TREE 8. MOSQUITO REDUCTION: 9. INSPECTION AND EXISTING DAMAGE. 10. ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS. 11. PLANT REPLACEMENT 12. CUSTOMER OBLIGATIONS: 13. CHEMICAL INFORMATION WARNING: 14. SERVICE EXCLUSION: 15. WAVIER: 16. ACTS OF GOD AND OTHER EVENTS. 17. MEDIATION/ARBITRATION: 18. ENTIRE AGREEMENT. 19. NOTICE TO

From Pest Control Trainee to Qualified Certified Pest Control Technician
Oct 17 2016 42 mins  
From Pest Control Trainee to Qualified Certified Pest Control Technician Having a self directed pest control trainng, compensation and promotion program to take a new hore from Pest Control Trainee to Qualified Certified Pest Control Technician in three years or less. Earle Readett Owner at Stingers Hornet, Wasp and Yellow Jacket Control, Wildlife Wrangler of the Lakelands Shannon Barnett @ShannonBarnet19 Shannon Pest Control Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 And join the society at Get into the pest control industry a state by state directory Go Fund Ryan Ridgley’s TecTip 16oz Reusable Refillable Multipurpose Aerosol Spray Bottle And Spray Tip Set Book Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content By Mark Levy Freewriting Fulfilling our promise the vision and mission. News The tropical bed bug (Cimex hemipterus) had been documented in several counties in Florida in the late 1930s and early 1940s. However, there have been no documentations of this species in Florida in over 60 years until a recent documentation that was published in Florida Entomologist. Main Topic Going From Pest Control Trainee to Qualified Certified Pest Control Technician It takes both the right aptitude and aptitude to be a great technician. The same could be said for the owner or manager. Hiring the right person is vital to achieving the vision and mission you have for your business. Perdue Pest Control Training Pest Control Trainee 40 Hours of Initial Training Starting Pay $10 90 Day Probation Pest Control Technician I Introduction to Industrial and Urban IPM cost $399.00 Upon completion of this course NaturePest will reimburse you the full tuition of this course and you will receive a $1 per hour raise. Advanced Industrial and Urban IPM cost $265 Upon completion of this course I will reimburse you the full tuition of this course and you will receive a $1 per hour raise with a promotion to Pest Control Technician 1 Pest Control Technician II Bed Bug Mini Course Cost $165 Upon completion of this course I will reimburse you the full tuition of this course and you will receive a $1 per hour raise an a promotion to pest control technician II Pest Control Technician III Food Plant IPM Course Cost $278 Upon completion of this course NaturePest will reimburse you the full tuition of this course and you will receive a $1 per hour raise.

Pest Control Training Your First 40 Hours
Oct 10 2016 59 mins  
Pest Control Training your first 40 hours. Ian Maguire reviewed Pestgeekpodcast 5 star Preach the Knowledge! I look forward to your podcast every week. Robert M Corrigan @cityrats Austin Frishman Bobby Corrigan Paul Bello PMP Magazine @PMP_magazine Reach Out to NPMA Pest World to put the 2016 Conference on Itunes. Go Fund Ryan Ridgley’s United States Military Veteran, Ryan Ridgley is a young man currently residing in Kentucky with his wife, Kandace. Ryan is a highly energetic pest control professional, who loves the pest control industry and only wants to better it. Earlier this year Ryan and Kandace relocated to Kentucky from Minnesota for a better career opportunity for Ryan. All Ryan wanted was an employer to give him creative freedom to better the company. Ryan and Kandace gave up everything and went deeply into debt, because of empty promises made by Ryan’s most recent employer. Through a variety of very serious, extraordinary circumstances in the work place, Ryan recently separated from the company he uprooted his life for. Ryan and Kandace now find themselves unemployed, struggling more than ever and are in the process of figuring out how to open up their own pest control business, which they have come up with a name for, “Orion Pest Management Solutions”. Many people in the pest control industry are not lucky enough to work for honest owners. That is why many pest control technicians become self-employed. I am asking anyone who believes in Ryan and his situation to donate whatever you can to give Ryan and Kandace the head start and security they need to succeed. Please donate whatever you can afford to. Thank you! The 2016-2017 Fleet Manager’s Almanac What you need to know about fleet trends in a changing landscape Smart Selling on the Phone and Online: Inside Sales That Gets Results Written by: Josiane Chriqui Feigon Attitudes about training. You cant teach anything in 40 hours. We Don’t have 40 hours to train. Why don’t you have a training program? You don’t know how to train. You have never trained anyone. It’s all in your head and people don’t read minds. The difference between simplicity and being simplistic. Simplicity is about reducing things to the most important tasks. Keep you menu simple and short. Requirements and Job Description Pest Control Training your first 40 hours. How to properly read and understand a pesticide label 6 hours “It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.” * Signal Word “Caution” * Active Ingredient * Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) * Spot 2×2 area no more than 20% of the total area * Crack and Crevice * Void * Surface Spray * Perimeter * Food Area * Non Food Area * Restrictions * Target Pest Pest Control State Law * Restrictions * Wind Speed * Bodies of Water Federal Pest Control law Fifra

Hiring your first pest control technician and where I screwed up
Oct 03 2016 68 mins  
Hiring your first pest control technician and where I screwed up. Thank you! Christian-Kristin Fears Hi Frank from upstate NY. My name is Christian and I’ve been in the pest control industry for four years now with a local owned company. I’m always striving to make myself a better technician and better person in general. Thank you for providing us with the information, insight, book/product recommendations and everything else you bring fourth. Keep up the good work! I am looking forward to future podcasts. Take care, hope you and your family get well soon! Brent Towle Kenny Guzman Amazing show. Invaluable info. Whether you agree or not, you will get an honest, informed opinion. Keep it up!!! David Anders OnPoint Pest Control @Onpointpest PCT Magazine @PCTMagazine Shannon Pest Control @PestShannon Please give us an Itunes review. Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 And join the society at Tech Tip Pest Control Professionals Pest Cemetery US Pest Management Professionals Pest Control Experts Worldwide News Podcast from the 2016 International Congress of Entomology Morgan Jackson and Jonathan Larson, two entomology podcasters, Morgan’s show, Breaking Bio, can be found at Jonathan’s show, Arthro-Pod, is at Main Topic Hiring you first pest control technician and where I screwed up Hiring your first pest control technician can be a nightmare here is what I learned along the way and where I screwed up. In my experience this is the hardest part of growing a pest control business and why so few ever grow past two people. IBISWorld’s Pest Control market research report Pest Control Market Research Report | NAICS 56171 | Mar 2016 The pest control industry is 14 Billion dollar a year industry with 107,209 employees with 23,940 companies. 4.47 employees per company SoutheastThe Southeast region has the greatest share of industry establishments, estimated to hold 38.3% of the total in 2016. Florida has 14.3% of total industry establishments. 154,500 SERVICE TECHNICIANS $3.16 billion RESIDENTIAL SERVICE REVENUE $2.89 billion COMMERCIAL SERVICE REVENUE $1.41 billion in total TERMITE REVENUE $7.466 BILLION in total SERVICE REVENUE A GROWING MARKET 19,675 PEST CONTROL COMPANIES 7.85 techs per company A Strategic Analysis of the U.S.

Why Certified Pest Control Training Should Be The Standard
Sep 27 2016 54 mins  
Why Certified Pest Control Training Should Be The Standard Certified pest control training would professionalize the industry, attract higher skilled people with better aptitudes. Tech Tip The STIHL SR 430 liquid only 20% greater spraying range Book of The Week The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work Written by: Shawn Achor Events SW Florida Pest Management Conference, Oct. 7, 2016 9:30 AM one day conference Free GHP, Lawn and WDO News Pest Control Services Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016 – 2026 offers a 10-year forecast of the global pest control services market for the forecast period 2016-2026. In terms of value, the market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% through 2026. 174 pages its $5000 Wish I was at ICE Zika Symposium at 2016 International Congress of Entomology Eight New Stiletto Fly Species Discovered in Australia The first new genus is called Sidarena, which “is derived from the Greek Sideros, meaning iron, New genera of Australian stiletto flies (Diptera, Therevidae) Researchers Discover Four New Mite Species Living Inside Ibis and Spoonbill Feathers Skoracki notes that recent studies have shown that syringophilid mites may be vectors for the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum, a pathogen that can cause symptoms that are similar to Lyme disease. So far, syringophilid mites have been found in more than 480 species of birds across 24 of the 30 orders of birds. And most species of mites in this family were first described only very recently. First Records of the Syringophilid Mites (Acariformes: Prostigmata) Parasitizing Ibises and Spoonbills (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae), With Description of Four New Species Main Topic Why Certified Pest Control Training Should Be The Standard. To become a real estate sales Associate requires 63 hour course An Insurance Agent requires 2-20 General Lines online course $625 and 4-40 for Customer Service Reps. Plus License exam fee, finger printed.A Nail Technician has more initial training than most pest control techs * Hiv/Aids 4 Hours * Professional Image 25 Hours

Are You Breeding Competitors?
Sep 20 2016 69 mins  
Are You Breeding Competitors? David Ward — 5 star Best podcast out there by miles, loads of information and feel like I’m learning alot, eagerly await each new episode. Cheers for the shoutout on the latest. Empire Pest Control @EmpireControl Empire Pest Control Helping London and Home Counties to become pest free. [email protected] Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 Book of The Week 5 levels of leadership by John Maxwell Good to Great by Jim Collins News Bayer Monsanto Merger is a done deal Main Topic Are you breeding competition or developing leaders. “Give enough people what they want and you will have what you want” Zig Ziglar Why we got in TO PEST CONTROL Pest control is not considered a career. It’s a job people stumble upon. Pest control as a vocation that can only be learned through an apprenticeship. Unlike an electrician, plumber or hvac, mechanic there are no schools churning out pest control techs. Most people in pest control have little more than a high school degree, if you are not going to get an MD or Ph.D. Then you want a career that will allow you to grow personally. Most of us got into pest control because we needed a job. The top three things most pest control techs want. They want quality training. Top level to make them the best. They want support. Management exists to serve them not the other way around. They want to be listened too. They are on the front lines they hear things. They want to work for an organization with a vision to do something great in the world that gives them passion, prestige, purpose. Support staff are they self serving thinking nothing happens until they ok it, support staff are there to support the front lines, in order to serve the customer best, most support people behave as if systems, protocols and procedures are in place to satisfy their desire for control instead of empowering others to be successful billing gets their panties in a twist because a customer calls because they don’t understand the bill, accounts payable feels that vendors should design billing around them. Hostile and toxic environments Owners tolerate toxic people because they feel they can’t replace them, allow employees to get away with murder because of fear and destroy moral. Reward the behavior you want If you want reduced call backs then train on the best procedures, provide customer support, monitor and qualify then reward the everyone that achieves, work with those that need improvement and fire slackers who make everybody else look bad and drag down the moral. Are you investing in top level training compensating people on achieving new skills Everyone claims to have professional technicians but can they back it up and prove it again their contemporaries. Do you have a training program in place if not here is a good one. Perdue courses Every time they pass a class you reimburse them for the tuition and give them a raise, send an email to all your customers informing them on their techs success. Build up your people’s in the eyes of the client. Level 1 Tech Level 2 Tech Level 3 Tech Master Technician Upon completion of the course through a graduation party for them. Encouraging, acknowledging , Celebrating and rewarding achievements. Or are you stifling it because of your own fears and insecurities.

Hiring a pest control sales representative what you should know
Sep 11 2016 55 mins  
Hiring a pest control sales representative what you should know. David Ward Technician at Rentokil Initial Green Pest Services @GreenPestServ Responsible Pest Control Port St Lucie, FL Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 Tech Tip The Exacticide by Book of The Week Sales Magic: The New Technology of Power Selling by: Kerry L. Johnson Zig Ziglar on Selling is a classic by himself to me he was like the Mr Rogers of selling Pest Alerts Zika Mosquitoes have been found in Miami Fl, News But bees are now the focus of areal spraying Main Topic Hiring your first pest control sales representative what you should know. One thing you will have to accept there is no such thing as the perfect compensation plan for salespeople. What is your goal, well duh Frank to make more money sell more, what about your company culture, vision, mission. You can’t build these things with mercenaries. Are you willing to sacrifice the long term health of your business for short term gains. On average a pest control sales person makes 30 to 50 percent more than techs. You will have to deal with that. Sales people are among the highest paid people in most companies and with good reason. The hiring of an associate is a serious matter. Things to consider before you hire. If what you do is so specialized that you would have to perform the services and the training of a tech would be too time consuming then hiring a sales person might make sense. If your techs cannot sell or are not willing to sell Either because there route is so full they can’t stop to talk to anyone, then you might consider adding a route to allow them to sell and part of their income would be from sales or add one. This will allow you to add new customers. Cons to this is they get a temporary pay cut until they build their routs up this can lead to low moral. At minimum techs should be clover leafing 3 homes on every stop that takes 1 minutes extra per stop and offer a commission for every call on their route. Everywhere they stop they should be dropping off marketing materials, when pumping gas or eating at a restaurant. Your techs should be your biggest fans if they are not you have a more serious problem on your hands. It’s called unbelief. And it’s your job to change it. What are you selling One time roach services for 125 x 25% is 31.25 to 100 sales per month make $3000 One tentless termite at 1600 services at 25% commission is $400 per sale you only need 8 sales. Or 5,000 mosquito misting systems at 10%. That’s $500 per sale. Is your pricing adequate to hire a sales person If you have a $65 product in order to pay a 25% commission you might have to mark it up 35% $87 in order to cover the cost of selling it. You might need to start raising your prices now to afford a staff in the future. Will you be paying Straight commission 20% to 30% Salary plus commission 36,000 per year plus 3% Hourly plus commission 8 to 9 plus 6% and pay overtime plus bonuses. Paying a bonus of $500 for every one that exceeds quotas. If they are selling PC only contracts at 25% an the quota is 75 contacts per month one more could mean a big pay day. Setting quotas. Will it be on total sales $30 to $50k.

Top reasons for call backs and how to avoid them
Sep 04 2016 46 mins  
Top reasons for call backs and how to avoid them James Rodriguez reviewed Pestgeekpodcast — 5 star Good stuff! The value of this podcast can help improve your pest and lawn business in all aspects. I applaud you for bringing this to the industry. Nick Wigle Owner at Nick the Beekeeper Owner-operator at Super Bee Rescue and Removal Studied Economics/Business Management and Administration at California State University, Northridge Lives in Carpinteria, California Joe Smith works at Gregory Pest Tech Tip Strap one on SEO Be picky who’s links you accept High spam score, to many links, has not been crawled by google, or has nothing to do with you business, to many no follows can hurt your rankings. Book of The Week The Art of Closing the Sale: The Key to Making More Money Faster in the World of Professional Selling by: Brian Tracy Pest Alerts M&A Arrow acquires Florida Pest Management Inc., Jacksonville, Fl. Orkin Canada acquires Lloyd Pest Control Services of Ontario Canada Rollins acquires Scientific Pest Management of Australia. News In Poland Ants Survive in Nuclear Weapons Bunker The ants had little or no food sources, and they had no access to the outside world. On top of that, the temperature inside the bunker was very low — just 10 °C (50 °F). These conditions made it seemingly impossible to produce offspring, and the scientists were unable to find ant larvae, pupae, queens, or males. Supplier Day with Bell Labs Location: CA, US – JOIN US !!Dan Schlegel of Bell Labs will give an informative class “Rodenticide Regulatory Update”Attendees will earn 1 hour of Rules & RegsThursday, September 29, 201611:00am – 12:00pmWhere you ask ? Your Sacramento ProCenter 198 Opportunity Street #4 Sacramento, CA 95838Lunch provided after classPlease RSVP WITH YOUR LOCAL SALES REPOR CALL (800) 888-4897 Top Reasons For Call Backs and how to avoid them Unrealistic expectations I don’t want to see a single insect. Will the roaches be gone by tomorrow I have a party. Salesperson over sold the control No exclusion performed. Used the wrong protocols One Chemical only No Follow ups Follow up inspection Follow up calls Improper service frequency Performing a quarterly service when the property needs a monthly service. Selling a monthly service when the facility needs a...

How to close more sales and get more customers
Aug 28 2016 66 mins  
How to close more sales and get more customers. Glenn Laney reviewed Pestgeekpodcast — 5 star I’ve listens t about 5 episodes now and don’t have a single negative thing to say. Pestgeekpodcast provides GREAT information while entertaining and engaging the audience . . . all without being the comedy hour that some other podcasts lean in the direction of. Not that I don’t like comedy, but the stuff you provide here can be shared with technicians as useful training time when they are stuck behind the windshield. Nicholas Vasquez husband, father, pest control specialist with Sprague Pest Solutions, coach of many sports Email Bag Hello Frank! Just wanted to thank you for your contributions to the pest control industry with the podcasts you provide. I have been listening for over a year now and as a small family owned mom and pop company, the insights and advice you give is invaluable. Having been in business for over 15 years and little contact with other companies or technicians it is very valuable to have a fresh set of eyes and opinions to listen to on how I run things. I’ts great to hear how things I have done and learned over the years are some of the things suggested by you, and even better, it gets me thinking on how I can do things to provide a better service to my customers and my bottom line. The day to day work can get repetitive, but the podcasts remind me not to take things for granted and always try to look at things as a professional, business owner and a technician. Keep up the great job and keep the podcast coming! Gratefully, Mike Mannering Tech Tip Dr Austin Frishman SEO Back Links SEM Rush Moz Majestic Seo Monitor Backlinks Book of The Week Made to Stick Written by: Chip Heath, Dan Heath Pest Alerts APHIS Declares Eradication of European Grapevine Moth (Lobesia botrana) and Eliminates All Quarantine Areas in California EGVM is a significant pest of grapes and other specialty crops. In October 2009, APHIS confirmed the first detection of EGVM in the United States in major grape production areas of Northern California. In June 2010, APHIS issued Federal Order DA-2010-25 which established the requirements of the regulatory actions and quarantine boundaries. Since then, a series of Federal Orders and Letters to State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials (SPRO Letters) have refined the program. APHIS has partnered with CDFA and the affected counties to work closely with industry, the University of California, and other stakeholders to eradicate this pest within California. Consequently, APHIS is rescinding those Federal Orders and SPRO Letters that regulated the outbreak of EGVM in the United States. Under IPPC standards, Lobesia botrana is considered to be a pest that is abscent: eradicated from California and the United States.

The great bait debate which is the best insect bait
Aug 10 2016 51 mins  
The great bait debate which is the best Insect bait Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 Tech Tip VIEVU body worn video Book of The Week Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide to Opening Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, Email, Text, and Cold Calling by Jeff Blunt Pest Alerts Light Brown Apple Moth The light brown apple moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana (Tortricidae), is a native pest of Australia and is now widely distributed in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Caledonia. Although it was reported in Hawaii in the late 1800s, LBAM was detected in in Alameda County, California on March 22, 2007. Ventura County to the Regulated Area in California Emerald Ash Borer Federal Regulations and Quarantine Notices July 8, 2016, APHIS Adds Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties in Nebraska to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area July 8, 2016, APHIS Adds Harrison County in Texas to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area July 8, 2016, APHIS Adds Union Parish in Louisiana to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area July 5, 2016, APHIS Adds Wabasha County in Minnesota to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area News ESA Announces Finalists for the 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest Since 2009, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has held a contest called “YouTube Your Entomology,” which invites entomologists to showcase their talents and creativity through video. A winner and a runner-up will be announced in September at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida. All finalists will receive a Stinger Award. In addition, the winner will receive $400 and the runner-up will receive $200. Main Topic I get asked a lot what is the best bait to use just like I hear what the best product to use. I got a call last week from an owner wanting to know what natural spray I was using to replace what he is using now for clients who want an alternative. That lead to a 2 hour converasation. The reality unlike pyrethroid or neonictenoid sprays baits are much more difficult to use. A year a ago I decided I did not want spray exteriors anymore we had had great success with baits for 6 years in the interiors and wanted have the same success outside. All the decisions we make are result of our Vision & Mission What ant are you dealing with Glucose Feeding Ant Protein Feeding Ant Flow of Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Protein Among Colonies of Polygyne Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

The 12 Key Factors with Jeff McGovern Big Secrets of Pest Management
Aug 02 2016 94 mins  
The 12 Key Factors with Jeff McGovern Big Secrets of Pest Management Susan Broadbent @Bug_Education This podcast is very helpful. I find it to be supplemental to my CEU’s, textbook readings, and current informative newsletter from the University of Florida. Keep up the great work! Regards, Luke E. Hall, President Certified Pest Control of Naples, LLC. Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 Book of The Week FREE: The Future of a Radical Price by: Chris Anderson Pest Alerts Hemlock Woolly Adelgids Hitchhiking on Birds Experimental Evidence for Branch-to-Bird Transfer as a Mechanism for Avian Dispersal of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) News Aptive Environmental is suing the city of Macedonia because of an ordinance that forbids door-to-door sales in Macedonia OH claiming the ordinance is unconstitutional because it violates the free-speech and due process rights. Rollins, Inc. Reports Second Quarter and Six Months 2016 Financial Results The Company recorded second quarter revenues of $411.1 million and a net income increased 6.0% to $47.8 million.{F1C19D4C-A723-4AEB-930C-2E0D1C3B97E2} Main Topic The 12 Key Factors for Pest Management There are tens of thousands of different species of pests (rodents, insects, etc.). Add to this information all the chemicals, supplies, and products that you, a Pest Management Professional (PMP) or exterminator might use, and pest control can become confusing. Maybe this is why many people think that Pest Management is difficult to understand. After hearing about all of the parts of pest control and the many names for pests and solutions, some people think that the simplest answer is to hire a PMP and forget about the whole thing. “Let them worry about it.” That is really not the best way to react. If you really want effective pest control, it needs to be a partnership between the PMP and the client. Everyone has responsibilities and, in most cases, the client has far more opportunities for success than you think. There are several key factors THE BIG SECRETS of pest management. Once these are understood and used properly, a facility that is well protected from pests can become a reality. To say that a facility is ‘totally pest free’ means– at that moment in time– no pests were found. Any facility can come under pest invasion at any time. It’s how the situation is managed that measures the success. To help you understand them, the 12 key factors for pest control are grouped in sets of four. The first group of four lists the basic needs for a pest: ACCESS –– A way into your facility FOOD –– Something to eat once access is gained WATER –– Something to drink once access is gained HARBORAGE OR HOME – A place to live inside your facility A fairly simple group of words, but they are truly what anything needs to become a pest or unwante...

Top 10 Pest Control Pricing Strategies
Jul 25 2016 50 mins  
Top 10 Pest Control Pricing Strategies EntoMarket @EntoMarket EntoMarket has Edible Bugs For Sale! William Anzueto Book of The Week The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferris Utah Person Gets Zika Elements of the pricing mix What does it cost to deliver your service. What does I cost to sell your service. What will it cost to perform a one time service. What will it cost to perform a preventive service. What will a call back cost. What does it cost to promote your service Analize your marketing costs Analyse your advertising costs Analize your branding costs In order to arrive a pricing strategy you have to know the following Know your Costs Cost of Goods Sold PPE Materials Service Fleet Expenses Corporate Vehicles Fuel License Tags Tolls Insurance Maintenance Notes Charitable Contribution Liability Insurance Interest Expense Finance Charge Rent Repair Expenses Equipment Repairs Janitorial Exp Travel & Entertainment Expense Utilities Telephone Cellular Phone Internet Access Payroll Expenses Taxes Administrative Expenses Bank Service Charges Licenses and Permits Postage and Delivery Professional Fees Accounting Office Supplies Online Software QuickBooks Online Advertising & Marketing Internet Marketing Medical Insurance Podcasting QuickBooks Payments Fees Technical Trainning Expenses Business Training Things to know for a pricing model Know your Competition Know your Objectives Know your Positioning Strategy Know your Target Market Ten Pest Control Pricing Models 1. The Competitive Pricing Model Tthis is an apples to apples comparison and price matching, this is the easiest way to set up pricing but it usually stagnates prices and commoditized services. 2. The Penetration Pricing Model You set a low price to increase sales and market share, once you have captured the market share then you increase your price. Do have the branding and deep pockets to wage a price war. 3. The Skimming Pricing Model You set an initial high price and then slowly lower your price to make your service available to more customers. In order skim profits of the market layer by layer similar to the diffusion of innovation. 4. The Service Line Pricing Model Is your good better best type of pricing strategy Good is general pests ants and roaches Better adds rodents Best adds fleas, ticks and mosquitoes 5. The Bundle Pricing Model All inclusive in bundles a group of products at a reduced price. You might bundle GHP, L&O and add mosquito control and save 15%. 6. The Premium Pricing Model Is high set to indicate that the product is “exclusive” I.e Bentley, Rolex and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. 7. The Psychological Pricing Model The best example of this is wallmart with its .97 and .88 versus .99 or 1.00 8. The Option Pricing Model This is similar to service line pricing, but very difficult to use in pest control, who wants a particular pest excluded. Now includes bed bug service. 9. The Cost Plus Pricing Model Is simple you mark up you service based on simple costs like labor and materials,

Asian hornet threatens honey bees, NYC Council Gets Bedbugs, GMO Mosquitoes
Jul 18 2016 36 mins  
Asian hornet threatens honey bees, NYC Council Gets Bedbugs, GMO Mosquitoes, Entero Services @EnteroAZ Pest | Turf | Weeds | Mosquito Robert Gregorio Director of K9 Operations Round The Clock Pest Control Formally worked at Isotech Pest Management the Verminators Discovery Channel show guy Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 [email protected] Tech Tip Border Control Border Control is a thin paper-backed glue board that comes in a 60-foot roll. It is easy to carry, simple to deploy, and can fence off crawling insects or mice quickly and easily. Border Control can be cut to fit almost any situation. SEO Content is still king and long form content ranks better a 1500 to 2000 words even in short attention span society. Book of The Week The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work By Shawn Achor US Pest Alerts Emerald Ash Borer Harrison County in Texas Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties in Nebraska Citrus Canker St. Bernard Parish and Portions of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Charles, and Lafourche Parishes in Louisiana Cameron County, Texas. Limited movement of citrus plants and plant parts. EU Pest Alerts The invasive Asian hornet Vespa velutina has been identified for the first time in Alderney, of the Channel Islands, posing a major threat to honey bee health. Alderney is the most Northern of the Channel Islands and due to the locality of this finding the UK is alerted to a potentially increased risk of Vespa velutina reaching shore. The places it is most likely to be found are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) Asian Hornet resources: Alert Poster for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet) Risk assessment for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet) Identification Sheet for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet) Information sheet for Vespa veultina (Asian Hornet) Response plan for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet) News The City Council offices at 250 Broadway in lower Manhattan are the latest municipal building to be infested with the itch-inducing critters, the Daily News has learned. Suppression of a Field Population of Aedes aegyp...

New DeltaGard for vector control, How Pyrethroids Work, Near Infrared Imaging
Jul 11 2016 27 mins  
New DeltaGard for vector control, How Pyrethroids Work, Near Infrared Imaging Sandhoff Services @sandhoffpest Peachtree Pest Control Suwanee, Georgia Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 SEO Free IPM Images Book of The Week Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose By Tony Hsieh Pest Alerts Near Infrared Imaging As a Method of Studying Tsetse Fly (Diptera: Glossinidae) Pupal Development News Rodenticide products with the new stewardship labels starting to appear Anticoagulant rodenticide products carrying the new, legally-binding stewardship labels are starting to appear on distributors’ shelves. Thinking this was an easy task, Pest set-out to discover which ‘new’ products were already in stock. 30 September 2016 is the last day that old pre-stewardship label stocks can be sold. 31 March 2017 is the last day that users can use pre-stewardship labelled products. Stewardship M&A News PCT Magazine Reports Arrow Exterminators buys 40-year-old C&H Pest Control out of in Picayune, Miss. They will operate Stark Exterminators. Rollins, Inc. that parent company of Orkin expands to the UK purchased the stock of Safeguard Pest Control and Environmental Services Limited, in greater London and Southeastern England. Texas-based the developers of pest works acquires Lynn Pest Control Events Seminar – Sacramento,CA Zika & Mosquito Control Location: CA, US – Learn about the latest news on Zika Virus and what it takes to start offering mosquito control to your customers. Speakers: Sandra Torry, Univar Scott Harris, Zoecon Class provides 1 hour of Branch II Tech credits- Donuts and coffee provided When: Wednesday, July 13th,2016Time:Registration – 7:30 amClass 8:00 am – 9:00 am Where:198 Opportunity Street #4Sacramento, CA 95838RSVP Today! 916-371-7600 / 800-888-4897 Seminar – Fresno, CA Zika & Mosquito Control Location: CA, US – Learn about the latest news on Zika Virus and what it takes to start offering mosquito control to your customers. Speakers:Sandra Torry, UnivarScott Harris, Zoecon Class provides 1 hour of Branch II Tech credits- Donuts and coffee provided When: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016Time:Registration – 7:30 am Class 8:00 am – 9:00 am Where:2893 N. Miami Ave. Fresno, Ca RSVP Today! 559-346-1271 / 800-888-4897 Seminar – Concord,

36 years after Hydramethylnon, Diffusion of Innovation, Baiting Strategies
Jul 04 2016 33 mins  
36 years after Hydramethylnon, Diffusion of Innovation, Baiting Strategies Modesto Maidique @ModestoMaidique Leadership Expert, Speaker, Author, Dancer. Former faculty: Harvard, MIT and Stanford. President Emeritus, FIU. Cofounder, CEO, Analog Devices Semiconductor. wood [email protected] Woodbury NY. David Charlton from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania Join The Conversation 707-395-7378 Tech Tip Tech-Reach Bait Pro Bait Gun & Extension SEO Article Writing made easier by free writing and not editing while your writing. Book of The Week Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content by: Mark Levy Pest Alerts News The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week from June 26 to July 2, 2016. “The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.” The Bacterium Wolbachia Prevents Mosquitoes from Transmitting Zika “They found that mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia were less likely to become infected with Zika virus after feeding on viral blood, and those that were infected were not capable of transmitting the virus in their saliva.” This approach is now being tested in theses 5 countries Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The wMel strain of Wolbachia Reduces Transmission of Zika virus by Aedes aegypti Oxford Journal of Medicine Collection of 6 Studies Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus Aedes albopictus can tolerate colder weather and it is found as far north as New York and New Jersey, it has the ability to transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Upcoming Events What’s Bugging South Florida Second Thursday of every month July 14, 2016 Breakfast and prizes Miami Dade Extension Service in Homestead Fl Hydramethylnon Chemical Family: amidinohydrazone Class 20 is a slow acting toxicant Mitochondrial Complex III Electron Transport Inhibitors which causes a decrease in physical activity, as well as a decrease in respiration Non Repellent Its not a class 2 Phenylpyrazoles Fipronil 3 pyrethroid Bifenthrin 4 neonicatonoid Imidacloprid Hydramethylnon is used in turf for control of fire ants Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) Hydramethylnon

CEPA, GMO, Varroa Mites Study, Bayer Sells Home & Garden Pesticide Business
Jun 27 2016 49 mins  
CEPA, GMO, Varroa Mite Study, Bayer Sells Home & Garden Pesticide Business Tech Tip MQ Green Thumb light meter Book of The Week Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant Pest Alerts by W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne Upcoming Events 2016 South Florida and Caribbean Bee College The UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is combining the 4th annual South Florida Bee College Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM – Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center – 3205 College Ave, Davie, FL 33314 Cost $196.17 Biocontrol in the Landscape, Does it really work? June 30, 2016 from 8 am to 2 pm cost $15 Miami Dade County Extension Service Homestead Florida What’s Bugging South Florida Second Thursday of every month July 14, 2016 Breakfast and prizes Miami Dade Extension Service in Homestead Fl Pest Control News National Pollinator Week June 20-26, EPA encourages you to celebrate Pollinator Protection Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of bees, bats, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Bayer sells home and garden product lines SBN Development a French crop protection group buys it for $268 million Bayer claims it will focus on its professional clients. Combination Products Selling as New BASF Has New Mode Of Action For Deeper Disease Control called Orkestra part of its Intrinsic line which contains two classes of chemistry: pyraclostrobin and Xemium for the Nursary grower market. Reformulation or combination products are the trend, you get no new products get used to it. One Word “GMO” Why bayer wants to aquire Monsanto. On average, GM technology adoption has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%. Yield gains and pesticide reductions are larger for insect-resistant crops than for herbicide-tolerant crops. Yield and profit gains are higher in developing countries than in developed countries. A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops

Q BioType Whiteflies, Biological Insecticides, Subcontracting.
Jun 21 2016 37 mins  
Q BioType Whiteflies, Biological Insecticides, Subcontracting Matt Frye @MateoFrye Urban Entomologist at NYS IPM Program, Cornell University Alabama Professional Services Irondale, Alabama Adam Hall up in Panama City Beach asks a question about subcontracting and franchising Hand Pruners to trim off shrubs and hedges with proper sterilization Internal links for SEO are just as important as external links and back-linking Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else a book by: Geoff Colvin Turf Magazine Tweet Fighting For Growth: 2016 Lawn Care Industry Outlook Events Biocontrol in the Landscape, Does it really work? June 30, 2016 from 8 am to 2 pm cost $15 Miami Dade County Extension Service Homestead Florida Dr. Lance Osborne, Professor at the University of Florida, Mid-Florida Research and Extension Center in Apopka, Florida. What’s Bugging South Florida Second Thursday of every month July 14, 2016 Breakfast and prizes, and reps will be there Miami Dade Extension Service in Homestead Fl Pest Alerts Detection of Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) ‘Q’ biotype in southern Florida Bemisia tabaci atacks over 900 host species with approximately 300 recorded species in Florida Common ornamental and vegetable plants in Florida it is also a vector for the transmission of diseases. News Fungi’s To Controls Houseflies and Filthflies In a study the researchers from the University of Florida tested 4 commercial formulations of commercially available biological fungi of Beauveria bassiana Oviposition Deterrence and Immature Survival of Filth Flies (Diptera: Muscidae) When Exposed to Commercial Fungal Products BotaniGard ES Mycotrol-O balEnce™ Met52® EC

Essential Oils Work, Apple Maggots In Canada, UC Davis Zika Symposium
Jun 07 2016 44 mins  
How Essential Oils Work, Apple Maggots In Canada, UC Davis Zika Symposium Thanks to our listeners Josh Culver Thebugman Owner at The Bug Man Lumberton Texas Pest Management Inc. @PestMgmt Pest control in Texas Call or Comments 707-395-7378 Tech Tip Backpack sprayer extension wand Solo telescoping carbon fiber wand provides extra reach for spraying high shrubs, trees, eves, Telescopes from 4 feet to 8 feet. SEO NAP Name Address Phone Is on your footer or in one of the widget areas Book of The Week Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by: Simon Sinek Pest Alerts The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a revised directive, (D-00-07) Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the introduction and spread of apple maggot, Rhagoletis pomonella. News UC Davis Zika Virus Public Awareness Symposium Video 2:39:36 How Essential Oils Work To Control Insects And Arachnids though multiple actions. Adulticidal Antifeeding Feeding Deterrent Action Ovicidal Oviposition Deterent Egg Hatching Inhibitor Repellent Progony Prodcution Injibitor Neurotoxin Larvicidal Insect Order or Biology Coleoptera Beetles Neuroptera Lacewings Hymenoptera Ants Essential Oil Studies Antifungal activity of eugenol Essential oils as a source of natural insecticide agent The potential of botanical essential oils for insect pest control Deterrent effects of some Sri Lankan essential oils on oviposition and progeny production Antifungal activity of eugenol against Botrytis cinerea Insecticidal Activity of Plant Essential Oils Against Pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura: Pediculidae) Professional Essential oils that do work Essentria Ic3 EcoVia EC

Bee Colony Health, 30 New Sawflies, USDA Releases Russian Wasps
May 30 2016 34 mins  
Bee Colony Health, 30 New Sawflies, USDA Releases Russian Wasps Charles Osborne Owner-operator, Entomologist at Osborne Pest Management Ltd. Colorado Springs Co. The Grounds Guys @GroundsGuysCA. SEO Requesting reviews from satisfied clients by having a link ready Book of The Week The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Sean Covey. Pest Alerts 30 New Species of Sawfly in Arkanasa Dr. Michael Skvarla collected 47 species 30 of which had not been found in Arkansas before. Terrestrial arthropods of Steel Creek, Buffalo National River, Arkansas. II. Sawflies (Insecta: Hymenoptera: “Symphyta”) Pest News The USDA will Release Russian Wasps Spathius galinae Against the Emerald Ash Borer in the study Reproductive and developmental biology of the emerald ash borer parasitoid Spathius galinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) as affected by temperature Newspaper Headlines read “More Than 40 Percent of Bee Hives Died in Past Year” A Study Reports Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16 More than 5,700 beekeepers from 48 states responded to this year’s survey. Collectively the beekeepers managed 389,083 colonies in October 2015. The survey, which asked both the commercial and small-scale beekeepers to track the health and survival rates of their honey bee colonies. This is the 10 year of the winter loss survey, and the 6 year to include summer and annual losses in addition to winter loss data. The beekeepers surveyed are responsible for about 15 percent of the nation’s estimated 2.66 million managed honey bee colonies. A clear culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder is the varroa mite “Varroa is a particularly challenging problem among backyard beekeepers (defined as those who manage fewer than 50 colonies). “Many backyard beekeepers don’t have any varroa control strategies in place.” Bee Informed Classification of a beekeeper Backyard (less than 50 colonies) Sideline (50-500 colonies) Commercial (500 or more colonies) USDA Classification of a beekeeper 5 or less colonies 5 or more colonies In a more recent post “Interpreting and Understanding the Differences in Honey Bee Colony Loss Numbers From Different National Surveys.” All migratory commercial operations were sampled, in addition to a representative sample of the small scale beekeepers (less than 5 colonies) that qualify as farms. As The Bee Informed Partnership BIP does not possess a list of registered beekeepers in the US, we performed a sample of convenience, trying to reach a maximum numbers of beekeepers through different means (bee journals, internet, paper survey) and inviting participants to forward the invitation to their peers. The only requirement to be part of the BIP survey was to have colonies located in (at least) one US state o...

Glyphosate, Pest control worst job, Illegal Pesticide Application
May 23 2016 39 mins  
Glyphosate Carcinogens and banning, Pest control worst jobs, Illegal Pesticide Application The official registration date of Glyphosate was February 16, 1994 and has become the most applied pesticide in the world not only in agriculture but also in residential and commercial landscapes and nurseries if you use a non selective weed killer chances are you use glyphosate. Bite Back Boulder @BiteBackBoulder Boulder, CO Eco-friendly, affordable #bedbug removal utilizing #heat through steam for Boulder county and beyond. Geoffrey Earl Floresville, Texas Tech Tip The FL60 Headlamp is one of our new front loaded headlamps. Equipped with our Wide Angle Flood Beam, this headlamp is perfect for illuminating large areas with its circular beam. A conveniently located button on the front of the headlamp allows the user to swiftly change between high, medium and low light outputs. $29.97 SEO Moz Open Site Explorer Book of The Week Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin Pest Alerts Texas Mexican Fruit Fly 5 Quarantine areas in Texas Brownsville, Cameron County Encantada, Cameron County 5/23 Granejo/Hargill/Harlingen Rio Hondo, Cameron and Willacy Counties 5/23 Zapata, Zapata County 5/3 New Carrear cast 28th annual carrears report pest control as one of the worst jobs in the country based on Environment, Income, Outlook and Stress. The Jobs Rated report’s methodology analyzes each job’s environment (emotional, physical and hours worked), income (growth potential and salary), outlook (employment growth, income growth potential and unemployment), and 11 stress factors to determine which professions are among the least desirable. 1 Newspaper Reporter 2 Logger 3 Broadcaster 4 Disc Jockey 5 Enlisted Military Personnel 6 Pest Control Worker 7 Retail Sales Person 8 Advertising Sales Person 9 Taxi Driver 10 Firefighter Possible carcinogenicity of Glyphosate triggers public outcry for bans On March 17, 2015, experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France to assess the carcinogenicity 5 organophosphate pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate. The evidence in human cancer sites is Limited to (nonHodgkin lymphoma) and in animals is Sufficient.

Mosquito Misting Systems, Pyrethrins, Synergists, Bayer Monsanto
May 16 2016 42 mins  
Mosquito Misting Systems, Pyrethrins, Synergists, Bayer Monsanto Toronto Exterminator @BedBugsToronto Jj Purdom Service Technician at Byrd Pest Management From Newman, California I love this podcast and feel like I am better at my job because of listening to it daily. Thanks Frank and keep up the awesome work you do brother! Tech Tip Mosquito and zika virus posters SEO Fix your 404 Google webmaster yoast seo Book of The Week The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential John C. Maxwell Pest Alerts Viruses detected in Swedish mosquito larvae [2016-05-11] After an outbreak of Ockelbo disease in northern Sweden in 2013, researchers at Umeå University were able to trace the virus to mosquitos in an area of Lövånger. In a new study, researchers have shown that mosquito larvae in the Västerbotten region also carry virus that can cause infectious disease. These include the Sindbis virus, which causes Ockelbo disease, which is associated with fever, rashes and prolonged joint pain. M&A News Bayer is making a move for Monsanto Mosquito Misting Systems The misting system original market is primarily for Horses, Barns, and livestock for fly and odor control known as AUTOMATIC ULV SPRAYING SYSTEMS but in recent years the residential mosquito control market is starting to take off for these types of units. But these systems with the ugly 55 gallon blue or black drum did not sit well with the affluent clients that buy them. Mist Away USA Mist Good, Bad and the ugly of Misting Systems, they are not set it and forget it systems. Tank, lines and valves get mold and clog most require a once a year service. Water needs to filtered to eliminate minerals that can build up. Using them near bodies of water or ponds is a problem 75 to 100 feet. The active ingredients in most misting system concentrates are Permathrin or Pirethrums Sector Permathrin with PBO Vampyre Pyrethrins with PBO Pyrethrin fact sheet Low toxicity to humans. mammals and birds. Highly toxic to bees, pollinators and fish, aquatic vertebrates. PBO Piperonyl Butoxide Piperonyl butoxide Derived from naturally-occurring safrole which is in many natural products like cinnamon

New Bed Bug Study, New Scorpion in CA, EAB In GA, Bed Bug Service
May 09 2016 50 mins  
New Bed Bug Study, New Scorpion in CA, EAB In GA, Bed Bug Service Rove Pest Control @RovePestControl Minnesota even tough guys need Rove PestX Bakersfield Termite & Pest Control Bakersfield, CA Tech Tip Coast HL5 6 Chip LED Headlamp SEO Tips Info graphics posting 1 to 3 months fivrr for like $20 Audible Book of The Week The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less Written by: Richard Koch It is based on the Principle discovered In 1906, by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who created a mathematical formula describing the unequal distribution of wealth in Italy and discovering how 20% of the people owned 80% percent of the wealth. And how most thing in the universe have the same tributes. Pest Alerts 05/03/2016 Giant African Snail Quaranteen Areas Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica (Giant African Snail) – APHIS Establishes Additional Regulated Area in Florida. 05/03/2016 Anastrepha ludens (Mexican fruit fly) – APHIS Establishes Quarantine Area in the Zapata Area of Zapata County, Texas Emerald Ash Borer – Georgia Emerald ash borer was introduced in 2002 Detroit. New Pests in California New Scorpion Species Discovered in California Warren Savary and Rob Bryson discovered a new species of scorpion in northeastern California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Pseudouroctonus maidu, a new species of scorpion from northern California (Scorpiones, Vaejovidae) New Study Examines NJ Bed Bug Infestations in Multi Unit Dwelling Researchers have found that they were able to detect about 75 percent of bed bug infestations in juts 10 minutes or less per apartment unit, which would cost about $12 per apartment or less. Dr. Changlu Wang and colleagues from Rutgers University have examined 43 low-income apartment buildings with a total of 2,372 individual units and found that about 12% of the apartment units had bed bug infestations. Out of the 193 residents who had existing bed bugs 47% were aware they had bed bugs, 49% were unaware they had bed bugs and 4% unsure if they had bed bugs. Lets break down the cost 2,372 X $12 $28,464 to perform an inspesction devide that by 43 building of 55 units each that’s $661.95 per building labor is $8.5, monitors $3.5 per unit. The majority of the 291 units infested were unknown to the housing authority personnel in Hackensack, Irvington, and Paterson.

Bee Killing Viruses, Forum Posting, Good To Great, Bee Removal
May 03 2016 38 mins  
Bee Killing Viruses, Forum Posting, Good To Great, Bee Removal Akim Pest Control @akimpestcontrol Niagara Region, ON, Canada Keith M. Parrish works at NW Pest Control Waltham, MA thank you for the 5 stars Tech Tip Hootsuite Pro Free Trial to help you manage all your social media from one place. SEO Forum Postings Book of The Week Good To Great by Jim Colins Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t Bee Viral Studies Disease Associated Honey Bee Diseases Transmitted by Varroa Mites is More Severe than Previously Thought. The study looked at two major organisms that affect honey bees, the Varroa mite and the fungal parasite Nosema, which disrupts the bee’s digestive system. This study found clear trends accruing annually with both the Varroa infestations peaking late the summer or early fall and the Nosema fungi peaking in late winter. The study also found very notable differences in the prevalence of Varroa mites and Nosema fungi between migratory and stationary hives. Migratory beekeepers reported lower levels of Varroa mites compared with stationary hives that stay put all year-round and the reverse was true for Nosema fungi with a lower relative incidence of infections reported in stationary hives. There was detected a strong positive relationships between Vaora destructor and Varroa-transmitted viruses, such as Nosema and Lake Sinai virus 2, and a positive relationship across msny viral pathogens of bees. Theses results provide a disease baseline to help identify the drivers of poor bee health. There are about 24 viruses that have been identified in honey bees but because several of the viruses are so closely related and are arguably members of a single-species complexes we have reduce the total number of distinct viruses to about 16 to 18. “Our biggest surprise was the high level of Varroa, especially in fall, and in well-managed colonies cared for by beekeepers who have taken steps to control the mites,” Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae. Though more attention must be paid to to determine how honey bees are exposed to pesticides outside of the fields in which they are placed in. They have detected 35 different pesticides in pollen samples and have found high fungicide loads in those samples. Lake Sinai viruses There is no one single factor that is responsible that contribute Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), samples from honey bee CCD affected colonies have had a higher pathogen viruses and Nosema. Sequence analysis has resulted in the extension of the LSV1 and LSV2 genomes, and the first detection of the LSV4 in the US, and the discovery of LSV6 and LSV7. With the detection of the LSV1 and LSV2 in the Varroa mite, and have been able to determine that a large proportion of LSV2 is found in the bee’s gut.

Classified Submissions, 12 New Phorid Fly’s, Zika Telebriefing, Thielaviopsis Trunk Rot of Palm
Apr 26 2016 22 mins  
Classified Submissions, 12 New Phorid Fly’s, Zika Telebriefing, Thielaviopsis Trunk Rot of Palm Hersh Exterminating @hershfirst Alex McEachern Tech Tip Need to transfer large files over email SEO Classified Submissions CRAIGSLIST.ORG EBAYCLASSIFIEDS.COM OODLE.COM Book of The Week The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less M&A ServiceMaster acquires Catseye Pest Control’s Northeast Operations, headquartered in Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Not included in the sale was Catseye’s of Florida or Catseye USA. Read more CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS; Director of the Division of Public Health Information and Dissemination, and Editor-in-Chief of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, CAPT, USPHS; Co-Lead, Pregnancy and Birth Defects Team, CDC Zika Virus Response Team Margaret A. Honein, PhD MPH; Chief, Birth Defects Branch, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Lyle R. Petersen, MD, MPH; Director, Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infections Listen Here Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update – 4-13-2016 Bedbugs Have Color Preferences Behavioral Responses of Nymph and Adult Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) to Colored Harborages The study indicate that red and black are optimal harborage choices for bed bugs. While Yellow and green harborages appear to repel bed bugs. Female bed bugs prefer harborages with shorter wavelengths lilac and violet Males prefer harborages with longer wavelengths red and black compared with females. The preference for orange and violet harborages is stronger when bed bugs are fed as opposed to when they are starved. Lone bed bugs prefer to be in black harborages while red harborages appear to be the optimum harborage color for bed bugs in more natural mixed aggregations. First instars showed no significant preference for any colored harborage soon after hatching. By the fifth instar nymphs preferred red and black harborages. Pest Alerts Effective February 9, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or mexfly) quarantine area in the Granjeno area of Hidalgo County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area. On February 9,

L&O, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Kentucky, Orkins buying, Ovillanta
Apr 12 2016 36 mins  
L&O, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Kentucky, Orkin’s buying, Ovillanta Shout out Green Center of the Americas @GCAIGC America’s only association dedicated to the needs of Independent Garden Centers. Will White works at Nexus Pest Solutions in Milwaukee, WI on facebook Tech Tip Acu Rite portable lightning detector detects lightning for up to 25 miles away. Book Of the Week To sell is human by Daniel Pink Pest Alerts Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Found in Kentucky A small devastating insect has been found in eastern Kentucky infesting hemlocks. Dr. John Obrycki, Department of Entomology chair and State Entomologist, has confirmed that the hemlock woolly adelgid has come to Kentucky. More details are contained in this news release from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. A new factsheet outlines options to manage the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Business News Orkin buys 7 pest control companies in the first quarter of 2016 Orange County Pest Control, and its sister company Riverside County Pest Control in Southern California. Prime Pest Control, Spokane, Wash., serves customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Edge Pest Control Austin LLC. Texas R.P. Lee Termite and Pest Control in College Station, Texas. ABC Home & Commercial Services of Houston the Atlanta branch “Bugs” Burger Bug Killers. Based in Miami New Discoveries Ovillanta Used Tire Mosquito Trap with Pyriproxyfen Liquid attractant is drained, filtered, and put back in the tire, and is designed to concentrate mosquito pheromones, making the traps progessively more attractive with each use, according to the report. Researchers had used a similar device to battle a West Nile virus outbreak in northern Ontario. Pyriproxyfen Myths Pivot 10, Distance IGR, and Tekko Pro Pyriproxyfen has gained false notoriety through reports by people who claim that it caused microcephaly. However, that claim has been debunked by the Entomological Society of America. The Brazilian government also stated that their is no scientific basis for the association between the use of pyriproxyfen and microcephaly. World News Aedes mosquito summit of the Americas The one-day conference brought together more tha...

Boric Ant Bait, Terminix Fined, Maryland ban, New Guinea Flatworm
Apr 04 2016 29 mins  
Boric Ant Baits, Terminix Fined $10 million, Maryland to ban NEONICS, New Guinea Flatworm in Florida A Shout out to Rob Thebugman Hebbard liked us on facebook TOTAL Pest Control @total_pest Total Pest Control offers pest control…. marking a difference in the Rio Grande Valley. Tech Tip We are working to bring the industry together in south Florida so on April 21 2016 9:00 am to 11:00 am We have partnered with the Miami Dade County Extension Service to provide training and CEU’s plus a open mic Discussion about issues that affect our industry here to help bridge the gap between Academia, Operators and manufactures and distributors breakfast is sponsored by Victor Gonzales of Helena Chemical. Book Of the Week Acres of Diamonds are two close to the Forrest you cant see the trees, this is a great little book that can help you step back and refocus on whats in front of you, there are opportunities all around you if you learn to look. Business Resources Wharten school of business as a great broadcast on Serious XM called Business RadioBusiness Talk Powered By Wharton In The News Terminix Gets a 10 million dollars in fines for illegally using methyl bromide “After the government began its investigation, TERMINIX LP voluntarily ceased its use of methyl bromide in the U.S. and in U.S. territories, except for one remaining supervised government contract.” Maryland may be the first State to ban NeoNics for homeowners New Pest In South Florida New Guinea Flatworm The primary concern is ecological due to the feeding habits The New Guinea land planaria. They also pose a threat to native snails including endemic tree snails of Florida. The New Guinea land planaria has caused the decline of some Hawaiian tree snails in Oahu. The health concern with the New Guinea land planarian comes from its potential to act as a mechanical transport vector of rat lungworm, If a human eats J3 infective stage rat lungworm larvae, it could result in an infection causing human eosinophilic meningitis. If you have areas where fruits or vegetables are grown, like tomatues, avocado, basil you could contract the infection. There are no pesticides registered for land planarian control. Limiting their food supply by controlling pest snails would be the most effective measure at the moment. Rat control would also help reduce the risk of rat lungworm accidental infection. Ther are two basic types of ant gel baits on the market neonicotonoid, non repelent or Boric acid baits ok thats 3. Maxforce FC Maxforce Quantum Ant Bait Imidacloprid .03% Alpine Ant Gel Bait Dinotefuran 0.0005% Advion Ant Bait Gel Indoxacarb 0.05% Optigard Ant Bait Gel Thiamethoxam – .010% Boric Acid Ant Gel Bait Wars Ant Gourmet Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate 6% Terro Sodium Tertaborate Decahydrate 5.40% Thiquid Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate (borax),

Second Generation Rodenticides Under Attack in US and UK
Mar 29 2016 32 mins  
Second Generation Rodenticides Under Attack in US and UK Shout Outs Jeremy H Miller Advanced Services – Pest Control Associate Certified Entomologist/Certified Trainer/Certified HPC & WDO Operator in GA & SC • 2012 to present Baxter Pest Mgmt @BAXTER_PEST FOLLOWS YOU Baxter Pest Management Servicing NYC 5 boroughs and lower westchester. D-Sect Stations From Rockwell Labs Smart Selling on the phone and online Get a free pdf download of the book In The News From the World Green Building Council an article on World green building trends in 2016 what are the Motivators and obstacles to building green. Answer To Questions Lyle from california asked if i recommend using Termodor on an initial treatment? That all depends if Fipronil is the best prodcuct to control the target pest. Controlling Argentine Ants in Residential Settings Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Fipronil Fate technical report Fipronil insecticide: novel application against triatomine insect vectors of Chagas disease. Runoff of Phenylpyrazole Insecticide Fipronil from Concrete Surfaces 2nd Generation Rodenticides Under Attack Worldwide Main Topic The British Pest Control Association The new Rodenticide regulations focus on protecting 1 Wild life 2 Pets 3 People A free online self-study training course on rodent control for farmers un the UK The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) UK, The CRRU UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime CRRU Stewardship Q&A 2016 Follow the Code to protect rodenticides’ future CPD POINTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING CRRU UK CODE OF BEST PRACTICE

Carpenter Ant Control Using Non Repellents and Baits
Mar 21 2016 38 mins  
Carpenter Ant Control Using Non Repellents and Baits Shout Out Bed Bug Solutions @bedbugscincy Bed Bug Solutions Cincinnati OH Reny Rosado Hoboken NY on facebook Tech Tip Dusting tips with Cimexa Book of the week The Greatest Salesman in the World Og Mandino In the News The Department is proposing to update the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees (white collar workers) are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The Department last updated these regulations in 2004, and the current salary threshold for exemption is $455 per week ($23,660 per year). As proposed, this would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week (the equivalent of $23,660 a year) to about $970 a week ($50,440 a year) in 2016. Eric From California weighs in on Fipronil Podcast Questions Richard MacDonald MacDonald Pest Control Sidney Mines Nova Scotia Canada Hi Frank, would love to hear a show about baiting for carpenter ants indoors on an active infestation. Carpenter ants are our biggest summertime pest by far here in Canada. Genus Camponotus know as carpenter ants Locate the nests Have you had leaks is there any water Where do you see them When do you see them at what time of day during the day or night During different times of the year they can change feeding patterns Deal with food competition honey dew. Nutritional Ecology of the Carpenter Ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus (De Geer): Macronutrient Preference and Particle Consumption FORAGING ECOLOGY OF THE APHID-TENDING ANT CAMPONOTUS CRUENTATUS (HYMENOPTERA, FORMICIDAE) IN A SAVANNA-LIKE GRASSLAND Nesting And Foraging Characteristics Of The Black Carpenter Ant Camponotus pennsylvanicus (DeGeer) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Use a non repellent foam or aerosol and inject the area Such as Alpine Foam or Pressurized Insecticide Follow up in one week Exterior bait with Maxforce complete and Intice 10 What is available in Canada Drione http://bayeres.

Sealing Exclusion And Some Other Preventive Techniques
Mar 14 2016 38 mins  
Sealing Exclusion And Some Other Preventive Techniques Greenhouse @buygreenhouse We specially supply plant supports and plant growing caring products and more garden supplies, horticultural supplies and agricultural supplies. Mark Reardon Owner at Critical Care Pest Management Brisbane, Australia. Tech Tip The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Field Guide APP $4.99 In the news TRUGREEN and SCOTTS LAWNSERVICE The Merger. Mail Bag From “listener of the show” Hi Frank, loved your podcast on dusting wall voids. Would you mind talking about issues that you’ve encountered when dusting wall voids and how you’ve overcome them? Such as, what happens when paint seals and electrical outlet and removing it will rip off the paint. Do you treat the plumbing area behind the toilets and if so do you drill and patch? Do customers ever have issues with this? Keep you podcasts up! Would love one on hunting spiders. I can call in with my question but I’d rather be known as a “listener of the show” lol. We are mostly concerned with what the customer thinks if they see razor marks around the outlets as an example or patch marks in their walls. When you say you do plumbing, are you taking about all wall voids that contain a water pipe? If there is no easy way to access the void do you skip it? I’ll call in tomorrow for you. We have questions based on your non-repellent podcast too. We feel like our entire product line needs to be non-repellent now for general pest maintenance. Good stuff! This is a question asked regarding Clear Caulk Alex Plus 10.1 oz. All-Purpose Caulk Clear Excluder Rodent Proofing Sealing Foam Daptex Plus 12 oz. Window and Door Foam Sealant Commercial Door Sweep

Fipronil under scrutiny after being found in water sources
Mar 08 2016 46 mins  
Fipronil under scrutiny after being found in water sources Special Shout Out GregoryPestSolutions @GregoryPest Greenville, SC Scott Ferree jr. Is a Tech at A-1Termite Pest Control in Lenoir, North Carolina Tech Tip Looking for a cool way to take pictures and videos of insects for your blog or training Celestron usb microscope is a great low cost microscope that is easy to use. USB-powered handheld digital microscope Built-in 2MP digital camera for capturing images and videos 10x to 40x magnification (up to 150x on some monitors) 6 LED ring illuminator Use the included Windows software to capture images and video of your discoveries. Measure your specimens with built-in measurement tool. In the News Assistant Researcher Thomas Chouvenc, Distinguished Professor Nan-Yao Su, and Professor Rudy Scheffrahn will publish their new study this summer. 50% South Florida structures could be at risk of subterranean termite infestation by 2040 For their study, the researchers estimated the geographic spread of the two subterranean termite species in South Florida by using records of specimens collected between 1985 and 2015 at the UF Termite Collection at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. For each year of the study period — 1990 to 2015 — the researchers estimated that any structure within a 500-meter radius from any recorded Asian subterranean or Formosan termite would be at risk of infestation. Fipronil is primarily used in WDO Termidor termite treatments and GHP for exterior perimeter for ant control Max force Roach Bait Top Choice granular applications for fire ants and roach control and For with limited application in Agriculture such as Rice seeds Pet products like Frontline. Environmental Fate of Fipronil in California An estimated 119,000 lbs of fipronil was used in California in 2006, primarily for structural pest control (CDPR, 2006). Use of Fipronil continues to rise in California Since its registration for use in the U.S. in 1996, there are currently 109 products registered in California that contain the active ingredient fipronil. fipronil works by interfering with the γ-aminobutyric acid by targeting (GABA)-gated channels; fipronil disrupts normal nerve influx transmission of chloride ions causing excessive neural excitation, severe paralysis, and insect death. Fipronil is not registered for production agricultural use in the state of California. Why is Fipronil so problematic to the environment The dissipation of fipronil to fipronil-sulfide, fipronil-desulfinyl fipronil- sulfone

Scheduling Field Service Software For Pest Control Business
Feb 22 2016 43 mins  
Scheduling Field Service Software For Pest Control Business When is was looking for a field service software for my pest control business I researched 28 field service software’s over a 2 year period and based on my criteria I have come up with the following. If you would like to be part of the pest geek society you can call us at 707-395-7378 Shout out Jane Parsons Dallas TX PestScholar @PestScholar Training and support for Core and More. Tech Tip Crawling in crawl space performing a bedbug job you need to protect yourself from taking home a pest or disease. I highly recommend TYVEK Extra Large Coverall with Hood and Boot $12.97 it’s a small price to pay for great protection. In the News People are not the only ones in danger of getting mosquito borne disease apparently horses in Texas are at great risk. Dr. Terry Hensley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service veterinarian and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory assistant agency director in College Station, “Hensley advises horse owners to work with their veterinarians and vaccinate against the core diseases: West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis and western equine encephalitis. Hensley said the American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends vaccinating for these three diseases along with rabies and tetanus.“ “In 2015 Texas experienced a high number of West Nile cases in the western part of the state as well as the Panhandle and Gulf Coast regions. Cases of eastern equine encephalitis were reported in Southeast Texas, particularly in bayou areas where there are large amounts of standing water that can harbor mosquito populations.” Maybe you can have a ride up clinic where you can get your shots like you do at pharmacies for flu vaccines. Just a reminder the pest geek podcast is sponsored in part by my wallet and Audible if you like good audio content get a free audio book by visiting

Which is the best software to use for running your pest control?
Feb 15 2016 37 mins  
Which is the best software to use for running your pest control Which is the best software to use for running your pest control business, this is probably one of the top 5 questions I get asked from PMP’s both online email and in person. Shawn McGill McGill Pest Management Solutions 06in Kewanee, Illinois Brownyard Group @PCOpro Insurance policy to meet the complex needs of Pest Control Operators (PCO) Tech Tip Are you sensitive to dust and allergens A 3M Particulate Respirator can help providing at least 95% filtration efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain oil. $21.47 /package of 20 Model # 8210PPB1-A My answer is simple the best software to use for invoicing and accounting is quickbooks, I have been using accounting software since the late 80’s I used peachetree for my first business and later switched to quickbooks in the mid 90s now we use quickbooks online. For most people this is not as simple or easy in the age of smartphones and social media there are so many that have resisted using software to automate their business mostly because of several mayor factors. The thought of converting from paper invoices and spreadsheets to learning how to use software intimidate most solopreneur PMP’s. If there is one thing a tech hates is doing paperwork, it’s time consuming and detracts from doing what makes money, serving a client. If you’re a solopreneur meaning you do the sales, service and all the admin stuff like invoicing, deposits, and statements this will get very taxing very quick. A software program like quickbooks online will free up 10 to 15 hours per week that you can invest in more business, yourself or your family. Here is the advantage of software it frees you up to get the only thing you can’t buy, Time. When you do paper invoices in the field and then have to input them into quickbooks desktop you are doing twice the work spending twice the time. If you are lean or have lean thinking what could you do with an extra 5 minutes per customer per day week or month? With my quickbooks online software you can post the invoice in the field mail it to your customers and batch print at the office if the customer wants a paper invoice. Integration with merchant account online payment make it a snap there is no reconciling, the payment is automatically credited to the customers account. Classes are a great feature because you can create a separate pl for each route. Territories can be tracked by city, zip or counties however you decide. If you have multiple branches one online software. It eliminates the need to have an admin for 1 or more route business.

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