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Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including step two of the total approach to bed bug management. 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. Want to try Talstar XTRA for FREE? Request your own 3.5 pound sample here: ow.ly/dbayy — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 23, 2012 Read part two in our blog series on the four key steps of a total #bedbug management approach. ow.ly/di18v — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 29, 2012 Caribbean crazy ants are invading a Mississippi neighborhood and making life miserable for residents. ow.ly/d6zCM — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 20, 2012 When property managers don’t get professional help for #bedbugs, tenants try to take matters into their own hands. ow.ly/dhMU3 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 28, 2012 Pest pros: eliminate #mosquitoes and help prevent the spread of the #WestNile virus. #pestcontrol ow.ly/d9rTN — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 22, 2012 VIDEO: a step-by-step demonstration on how to achieve restaurant #pestcontrol. ow.ly/dbJ8F — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 23, 2012 This week on FMC Pest Wire, #Dallas fights back against #WestNile and #bedbug authorities share thoughts about #Verifi: ow.ly/ddfbD — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 25, 2012 Before it hit the shelves, #Verifi was tested and trialed by #bedbug experts. See what they had to say: ow.ly/d7FDt — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 21, 2012 Should the Brooklyn Children’s Museum have warned the public about their #bedbug infestation? ow.ly/dlzr4 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 30,...
Pesticide safety tip: use proper application equipment.

Pesticide safety tip: use proper application equipment.

Even when the appropriate pesticide is applied using the right equipment, applicators will not achieve optimal results if their tools are not prepared properly. To ensure even, effective treatment, only use sprayers and spreaders that have been calibrated to the approved equipment settings for the pesticide being applied. Be sure to take into account application rate, spray pressure and the size of the treatment area to ensure pesticide safety. Accurate calibration helps guarantee that a pesticide is applied at a rate that delivers effective control without endangering humans, plants and animals living nearby. After application, it is just as important to wash equipment and perform any necessary maintenance. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the new FMC Stewardship...
Arrive Alive – The Importance of Safe Driving On the Job.

Arrive Alive – The Importance of Safe Driving On the Job.

With the countless number of ways drivers can be distracted these days, practicing safe driving habits – such as maintaining a clear distance while behind another vehicle and always remaining alert – is as important as ever. One of the biggest steps you can take to ensure overall safety while behind the wheel is staying far enough behind the driver in front of you. Experts suggest allowing at least a three second space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of it, and up to a nine second interval when driving conditions are poor.* You may want to consider allowing even more of a gap while operating a work truck or van filled with chemicals and equipment. Here are some more tips to help ensure you and your fellow pest professionals experience nothing but safe travels: Never drive impaired. This not only includes driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but fatigue as well. Both affect your judgment and slow your reaction time while behind the wheel. Never text and drive. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that texting takes a driver’s focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds – enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph. Pay attention to the weather and adjust your driving habits accordingly. Rain loosens oil drippings on pavement creating potentially slick road surfaces while wind may blow debris into your path. While on the highway, only travel in the left lane while passing another vehicle. Occupying this space outright may cause faster drivers to act aggressively, creating a dangerous situation for...
Step two of a total bed bug approach: Control

Step two of a total bed bug approach: Control

Once you successfully detect bed bugs, a treatment plan must be created. Because bed bugs can and will hide throughout many locations in a room, treatment often requires all the tools in your tool box. FMC offers a variety of solutions to help professionals combat bed bugs from every angle. For baseboards and carpet edges: Bed bugs can hide in gaps between baseboards and walls, as well as in cracks and crevices along carpet edges. FMC recommends a crack and crevice treatment with Transport® Mikron™ insecticide in these areas. Featuring a combination of acetamiprid and FMC bifenthrin, Transport Mikron is proven effective against bed bugs, even pyrethroid-resistant strains. Because it is completely clear once mixed, it won’t leave a messy residue behind. Transport Mikron can also be used as a spot treatment on baseboards for residual control where bed bugs often travel. For cracks and crevices: Every room has a variety of cracks and crevices where bed bugs can hide. Even picture frames and screws in furniture provide excellent harborage for these pests. A crack and crevice treatment with Talstar® insecticide will kill bed bugs and eggs on contact while delivering up to three months of residual control to these tiny hiding places. Talstar insecticide features FMC bifenthrin in a water-based aerosol that won’t stain or produce an unpleasant odor. For sensitive areas: Some of the most common hiding places for bed bugs are sensitive areas that require a specialized solution. CB-40® insecticide is a water-based aerosol formulation that can be applied directly to mattress seams, box springs and wall voids. CB-40 delivers knockdown and rapid control like an oil-based...

Fall Changes, Challenges and Champions.

As the fall season approaches, it will bring many changes. For some, the crisp cool air will be a refreshing end to a blistering hot summer. Others will embark upon “Back-to-School” shopping sprees and all the joy that brings. Even though I hate to admit it, I enjoy the anxiety created by this task. New school schedules, clothing and supply shopping and home room assignments. It signals the promise of a new year with all of its challenges and rewards. Close your eyes and think about your own childhood and the excitement created by this time of year. The opportunity to reconnect with friends, see your teachers, participate in sports or music and, of course, new academic challenges. Setting these memories aside for a moment, the professional pest business will undergo a change this fall. The new Pyrethroid label regulations will usher in a new set of challenges for our industry. Whereas some pest management professionals have embraced the changes, others have expressed anxiety. High volume applications will become a thing of the past as PMPs adopt new strategies and techniques. Although this will cause anxiety for some, it’s an opportunity to embark upon new ways of doing things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of new restrictions and regulations, but when faced with past challenges, our industry has always rebounded. To provide product stewardship and to help educate our industry, FMC Professional Solutions has developed a series of videos. The videos cover the pyrethroid label changes and proper application techniques for liquid, granular and pre-construction termiticide treatments. The videos are available on the FMCpest YouTube Channel,...