Pesticide safety tip: wear proper Personal Protective Equipment.

Pesticide safety tip: wear proper Personal Protective Equipment.

Today’s market offers a wide range of pesticide options with various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements to encourage pesticide safety. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that all pesticide product labels contain instructions regarding the necessary PPE to be worn when handling, preparing, mixing and applying pesticides. While pesticides can come into contact with the human body several different ways, most exposure comes via contact with the skin. Wearing the proper PPE for each and every interaction with pesticides not only helps to guarantee individual safety and protection, it’s required by law. At the end of each workday, ensure continued protection by discarding disposable gloves and washing PPE while verifying that it is in good condition. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the new FMC Stewardship...

Product Spotlight: Talstar® XTRA Featuring Verge™ Granular Technology

For years, pest management professionals have trusted Talstar® EZ granular insecticide for lasting protection against outdoor nuisance pests. FMC is proud to announce that the sure-fire dependability of Talstar EZ is now available with the addition of some very exciting benefits without any additional cost. With new Talstar XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology, all of the XTRAs come standard! XTRA SPEED: With the addition of zeta-cypermethrin, Talstar XTRA provides accelerated knockdown and kill of target pests, like chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, crane flies, scorpions, earwigs, mole crickets and even dangerous fire ants. In fact, Talstar XTRA is proven to control fire ants in fifteen minutes or less! Also formulated with bifenthrin, Talstar XTRA featuring Verge delivers the dependable residual the industry has come to expect from the Talstar brand, remaining effective for up to four months. As these results indicate, Talstar XTRA controlled fire ant colonies faster than the competition without having to sacrifice any residual protection.                 XTRA CONSISTENCY: Formulated on the advanced, clay-based Verge granule, Talstar XTRA offers unique application benefits over many other granular solutions. These granules are uniform in size and shape for improved ballistics, so they are distributed from spreading equipment more consistently. This means the active ingredient is more evenly distributed throughout the application area. Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granule technology is virtually odorless and non-staining. The granules disintegrate rapidly without creating an unsightly mess. Talstar XTRA granules also produce significantly less dust — up to 137 times less dust than competitive granules. NO XTRA COST: By achieving impressive results at low application rates, Talstar XTRA...
Customer Q&A: How a Small Pest Control Company Can Achieve Big Success.

Customer Q&A: How a Small Pest Control Company Can Achieve Big Success.

Catherine Bernard of FMC Professional Solutions sat down with Gary Pietrucha, pest professional with Envirosafe Pest Management in Lancaster, Illinois to get his perspective on being a part of a small yet successful pest management company. Q: How would you describe your business? A: Envirosafe is a boutique company, so we can handle smaller accounts. I’d say we provide high quality that’s not “mass produced.” We never want to get to the point where we become so large that we lose sight of our customers. I’ve been with Envirosafe for 25 years and in the business for 37 years. Q: Who are your customers and what areas do you cover? A: We service the northern Illinois area. It’s actually the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area, from the Indiana border to the Wisconsin border. We are 95% commercial, but still connect with residential customers as well. Our commercial accounts are monthly and sometimes weekly, but our residential accounts are quarterly. Q: How does being a smaller company benefit your customers? A: Because of the nature of the company, I’m well aware of all my clients – they can get a hold of me by phone anytime. They like knowing who they’re dealing with each time a technician comes to their home or business. Q: Can you give an example of how Envirosafe can service larger accounts? A: A small company can service larger customers, as long as that company is given specialized areas of concentration. For example, we service several larger companies with our bird deterrent systems, which are architectural in nature. Q: Does your size affect how you work with...
How to Comply with the New Pyrethroid Insecticide Use Guidelines

How to Comply with the New Pyrethroid Insecticide Use Guidelines

By now, you‘ve probably heard about the new EPA guidelines for non-crop uses of pyrethroid products. These new pyrethroid regulations and labeling requirements affect how pest management professionals (PMPs) use liquid, granular and pre-construction termiticide pyrethroid insecticides. FMC Professional Solutions is in full compliance with the EPA guidelines, and we are in the process of making changes to our pyrethroid product labels. Still, we know that determining how to incorporate the changes into your day-to-day operations can be confusing. To make the process easier for you, we have developed “how-to” videos that help explain what the new guidelines mean. The videos – each three to four minutes long – take you step-by-step through the changes, showing you how to interpret the EPA wording and covering the following topics: These videos can be found on the FMC Pest YouTube channel, but the links are provided here for your convenience. At FMC Professional Solutions, we’re dedicated to providing products, services and support that make pest management easier and more effective for our customers. Want to be the first to know when a label has changed? Sign up for the FMC Label Notification Service. It’s fast, simple and totally free! Please call your FMC Market Specialist for further...

Step one of a total bed bug approach: Detect.

Finding bed bugs in the early stages of infestation can make treating them less complicated and less expensive. But finding low-level infestations is a very challenging task in itself — one best left to the professionals. Bed bugs are very small, cryptic insects that can hide in spaces as small as the crevices in a screw head. Bed bug instars, or nymphs, are translucent and virtually invisible to the naked eye. In the past, visual inspections by teams of two technicians have been the most common method of bed bug detection. Usually, a room must be disassembled and reassembled in order to conduct a thorough visual inspection. This is time-consuming and labor intensive for the technicians. When many rooms require inspection (like in a hotel, residence hall or hospital), the process becomes even more cumbersome. Canine inspection is a popular option for accounts that require bed bug inspections in multiple rooms. They work quickly and don’t require the rooms to be taken apart. The cost to buy, train and maintain bed bug canines may be prohibited for many companies and customers, however. Furthermore, they create an opportunity for false positives (indicating bed bugs are present when they are not) which can lead to the expense and environmental implications of unnecessary chemical treatment. FMC Professional Solutions recommends the new Verifi™ bed bug detector for this critical step. Verifi can be installed by a single technician in just minutes without disrupting the room. The industry’s first active device to provide round-the-clock bed bug detection, Verifi can successfully confirm the presence of an infestation within 1 to 7 days after installation. Verifi...