FMC Pest Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including stink bugs facts and bed bug information. 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 in action! If you wonder how it works, Check out this video footage using real live #bedbugs. ow.ly/dOqeA — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) September 19, 2012 New Blog: Don’t Let Stink Bugs Ruin The Party! #pestcontrol ow.ly/dNKHH — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) September 18, 2012   Very informative #bedbug infographic. The percentages might surprise you!ow.ly/dMepN — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) September 17, 2012 From #pestcontrol blogs to leading universities, our blogroll always has something interesting for you to read: ow.ly/dLW1R — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) September 17, 2012 New Blog: How switching products made a big difference in this PMP’s #pestcontrol business. ow.ly/dYHGt — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) September 25, 2012 This unfortunate story is a perfect example of why #bedbug treatments should always be done by professionals. ow.ly/dGBoh — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) September 13, 2012 Hornets and wasps: how to recognize and manage these aggressive #pests.ow.ly/dRFr4 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) September 20, 2012 A North Carolina PMP reduced retreats by almost 20 percent just by switching to another product: ow.ly/e2Lmg Via @fmcpest — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) September 27, 2012 Cooler temperatures can lead to increased stink bug calls from customers. One PMP swears by this product: ow.ly/dNKXQ — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) September 18, 2012   Managing Bed Bugs, an interactive magazine created by @unlextension providing...
Pesticide safety tip: handling for transportation, storage and spills.

Pesticide safety tip: handling for transportation, storage and spills.

Pesticides are powerful substances that must be transferred carefully in order to ensure overall safety. Follow these pesticide safety tips whenever you handle or transport pesticides: Pesticides should be kept in a locked storage container during transport. Absorbent materials such as sand should be kept on hand in case of a spill, along with a shovel, broom and bag. In the event of a spill, avoid contact with the pesticide and keep unprotected persons away from the affected area. Then, follow the instructions provided on the pesticide product label. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the FMC Stewardship Brochure What safety precautions surrounding pesticides do you take on a day-to-day basis? Does your company have pesticide storage or spill protocols? Leave a comment below and let us...
Transport® GHP Testimonial – Half the Volume Use and Lower Retreat Rates.

Transport® GHP Testimonial – Half the Volume Use and Lower Retreat Rates.

Chase Hazelwood is general manager of Go-Forth Pest & Lawn Service. An avid sports fan, he plays soccer all year long and closely follows the Charlotte Panthers. He and his wife, Leah, have two small children. Watch a video of Chase here In 1959, my grandfather, Frank Goforth, started a one-man pest management operation in High Point, N.C., now known as Go-Forth Pest & Lawn Service. My father, Chuck Hazelwood, took over in 1981, and I began running the business in 2008. For years, we handled strictly termite and pest management, but we established the lawn care division in 2011. Most of our business is residential customers within a 75-mile radius of High Point. Our 25 employees include two full-time lawn care specialists, four full-time termite technicians, 12 route technicians and a six-person office staff. We always set up ride-alongs to train our technicians. But it didn’t matter how many times we trained, there were always mistakes. We started using Transport® GHP insecticide in June 2011 as our primary insecticide. It provides excellent control and long residual. But the number one thing I like about it is that there is no measuring. The water-soluble packets make applications so much easier. Plus, it is a wettable powder formulation, which I really like. They seem to hold up better and have less environmental impact. Before Transport GHP, we weren’t happy with our retreat rates. We needed something with a longer residual. We found that Transport GHP stays on the surface longer. Now, we are not getting any spider retreats – and hardly any ant retreats. From 2011 to 2012, our retreat...
Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

Keith Birkemeyer is the owner of ProBest Pest Management in Gilbert, Ariz. An Eagle Scout who loves to hike and geo-cache, Keith is also a Boy Scout merit badge counselor. He has traveled the world speaking to various groups about bugs, termites and comprehensive pest management. An Associate Certified Entomologist, Keith shares stories and facts daily on his blog ProBest Pest Management. Want to increase traffic flow into your pest management operation? Talk to the U.S. Postal Service. Generally speaking, no one ever comes to most pest management business offices. In 2005, the first year I was in business, if two people paid their bills in person that was the only traffic we saw. Then the Post Office of Gilbert sent out a letter asking if anyone wanted to house a U.S. Post Office in their building. I investigated and learned that others who had done this brought a lot of business their way. So in 2006, we contracted with the U.S. Postal Service to set up a post office within our office. The post office provided the whole set-up – walls, computers and furniture. We dedicated one employee to manage it – and we supplied the stamps. When you walk in the door, the post office is on the left and ProBest Pest Control is on the right. Honestly, it’s been amazing! Literally 100 people a day walk into our offices to visit the post office. At Christmas, it’s more like 350 – 500 people a day. I’m all about customer service. The minute people walk in the door, we greet them and call their names, if we...

Featured Pests – Wasps and Hornets.

Wasps and hornets are arguably one of the most feared pests among people. In addition to their painful stings, these insects are equipped with venom that causes serious allergic reactions in an estimated one to two million people in the United States. In some cases, these reactions can be fatal. Both species are dangerous and unpredictable, however hornets have been known to be more aggressive than wasps. Hornets will often sting without much provocation, while wasps will sting if they feel threatened or if their nests are disturbed. Because of this aggressive behavior, hornet and wasp problems often cause customers serious concern and distress. Due to their physical similarities, people often confuse wasps and hornets. The bald-faced hornet, most common in North America, is identified by its black and ivory white markings. The paper wasp is known to display dusty yellow to dark brown or black markings. Despite their visual similarities, their nests are unique in size, shape and location. Wasps tend to build their umbrella-shaped nests in protected spaces, such as attics, soil cavities and eaves. Hornet nests, on the other hand, tend to be larger, pear shaped and can be seen hanging from tree branches as well as eaves. Both adult species are predators and hunt other small insects. They are also attracted to sweet nectars and can often be found near fruit, flowers and on the sap of oak trees. Sweet food left outside by humans will also attract them, which is why they can sometimes become a nuisance at outdoor gatherings where food is near. For fast elimination and residual control of these menacing pests,...