Pesticide safety tip: use registered and authorized pesticides.

Pesticide safety tip: use registered and authorized pesticides.

Using registered and authorized pesticides from an authorized supplier or distributor enables you to do your job effectively, maintain pesticide safety and stay in good standing with the law. It also helps eliminate the potential for human and environmental harm associated with illegal or unauthorized products. The Environmental Protection Agency requires registration applicants to submit more than 100 separate scientific studies and tests. Only pesticides that “meet the highest standards of safety to protect human health and the environment” receive EPA approval. Choosing only registered and authorized pesticides and carefully following label directions is essential to protecting your customers and the planet. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in our latest Stewardship...

The clear control of Transport® Mikron™ is now cleared for food-handling use!

Great news for your food service accounts! Transport® Mikron™ insecticide recently received supplemental labeling from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as a spot or crack-and-crevice treatment in both food/feed areas and non-food areas of food/feed handling establishments in all states except New York, Hawaii and California, where registrations are pending. Food/feed handling establishments are defined as places other than private residences in which exposed food or feed is held, processed, prepared or served. Other areas included in the supplemental label are: Receiving Storing Packaging (canning, bottling, wrapping, boxing) Preparing Edible waste storage Enclosed processing systems Serving areas Spot or crack and crevice applications of Transport Mikron may be made while the facility is in operation; however, cover or remove food from area being treated. Since its launch in 2011, many professionals have turned to Transport Mikron insecticide for their general pest control accounts. Featuring a combination of bifenthrin and acetamiprid in an advanced microemulsion formulation, Transport Mikron delivers fast knockdown and long-lasting residual control against over 30 insects. This includes pests common to food-handling establishments, like cockroaches, ants (excluding pharaoh and Argentine ants) and flies. With its uniquely clear formulation, Transport Mikron insecticide won’t leave a messy residue behind. Once mixed, Transport Mikron forms a remarkably stable solution and won’t settle out over time, so it doesn’t require constant agitation. With Transport Mikron, pest management professionals can feel confident that you’re applying the correct amount of active ingredient from the first job to the last. If you want to be the first to know about future label updates from FMC, sign up for our Label Notification Service....

Summer travel has bed bugs checking in.

The kids are out of school and families are packing for summer vacations all across the country. For hotels and resorts, the busy travel season brings with it a higher potential for bed bugs. Now’s the time for pest management professionals to work with their customers in the hospitality industry to create a protocol for bed bug management. Bed bugs are cryptic pests. They can hide in places as small as a screw head, and young instars (or nymphs) are hard to see with the naked eye. Low level infestations can go undetected for long periods of time. Because female bed bugs can lay 1-5 eggs a day, a population can grow fast. And the more bed bugs, the more difficult and expensive it is to achieve complete control of an infestation. That’s why early bed bug detection is absolutely critical for hotel management to be able to address an infestation before it spreads to other rooms and other guests. Educating hotel staff about the signs of an infestation can help them discover a bed bug problem before a guest does. Small red or brown spots on mattresses, upholstery, backs of headboards and walls are a major indicator of bed bug activity. While small, white, sticky eggs can be spotted along the edges of mattresses, box springs and bed frames upon close inspection. Bed bugs will lurk inside cracks and crevices throughout a room, behind picture frames, switch plate covers, loose wallpaper, curtains and baseboards or along the edges of carpets, making it easy to miss visible signs of their activity. Even trained professionals can miss very low level...

Featured Pest: Caribbean Crazy Ants

Florida pest management professionals like Bruce Cook have told us about the massive populations of Caribbean crazy ants they’ve encountered in the last few years. These nuisance pests can take over properties by the millions, with thick foraging trails that create a moving carpet along sidewalks, shrubs and structures. These ants appear to nest in many locations and have multiple queens. While Caribbean crazy ants are predatory and will attack other insects in their path, they also forage for fruits, seeds and will enter a home to see what food or garbage has been left lying around for them. Because of their enormous numbers, a homeowner can very quickly be overwhelmed by a plague-like population of Caribbean crazy ants, resulting in a huge spike in service calls for this pest. Caribbean crazy ants are golden-brown to reddish-brown in color and are named for their quick and erratic movement. They range from 1/16-inch to 1/18-inch in size and are covered in dense hair. While these ants have been a pest in Florida since the 1950’s, their massive population potential has made them a severe nuisance in the past five years. These ants have also recently become a scourge in parts of Texas, where they are known as Rasberry crazy ants. Luckily, these ants do not sting, but have been known to bite. These bites pack a surprising pinch but the pain does not last. But the presence of Caribbean crazy ants can have some unpleasant effects. When masses of crazy ants cover trees and ground, nesting songbirds and wildlife can be affected and forced out of the area. In some...

FMC Pest Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including the announcement of the new Verifi bed bug detector. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for pest control industry news, expert advice and the very latest on general pest control and bed bug management solutions from FMC Professional Solutions. Verifi Bed Bug Detector Now Available: ow.ly/bvArN #Verifi via @PCTmagazine — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) June 11, 2012 Learn how Talstar Professional helped one man transition from hardware to a successful #pest control operation. ow.ly/bwOhy — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) June 12, 2012 Big news! Transport Mikron can now be used as a crack and crevice treatment in food-handling areas! ow.ly/bvuIG — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) June 11, 2012 One-of-a-kind photo of a bee’s sting in process: ow.ly/bBqrg — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) June 15, 2012 FMC Pest Wire talks to a Florida #pestcontrol pro about Caribbean crazy ants. ow.ly/bGMW7 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) June 19, 2012 Got Ticks? There’s an #App for that. ow.ly/bEx5t — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) June 18, 2012 Check out the exciting line-up for the 2012 Bed Bug University North America Summit: ow.ly/bJFVd #bedbugs — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) June 21,...