Verifi™ bed bug detectors give Alright Pest Solutions dependable confirmation of bed bug detection.

Verifi™ bed bug detectors give Alright Pest Solutions dependable confirmation of bed bug detection.

Despite having 13 years in the pest control business, Jeff O’Brien of Ohio’s Alright Pest Solutions had not been on a bed bug call until December of 2011. It was just a few months after he and his son founded the Lexington, Ohio based company, which serves both commercial and residential accounts. Learning quickly just how tricky bed bug infestations can be, O’Brien began using Verifi™ bed bug detectors to detect bed bugs and nymphs and to confirm treatment success. “Verifi is like a magnet. In one apartment, we caught 36 bugs, while in others we caught just one or two nymphs,” says O’Brien. “We love Verifi because we know for sure if there is an infestation.” O’Brien also loves that Verifi has given him an entree into new markets. He has appointments with the local housing authority and a string of libraries where he will present the capabilities of Verifi. “With Verifi as part of my protocol, I feel confident I’m giving my clients the best bed bug service available, plus peace of mind that they can and will detect bed bug infestations before they get out of hand,” he says. Recently, O’Brien used Verifi in his first school after a student was sent to the nurse with bed bug bites. He discreetly installed Verifi underneath the coat area of the student’s classroom. “The school is smart to move so quickly and be proactive,” says O’Brien. “If bed bugs are there, they will immediately begin their journey to the device… it’s amazing to see.” O’Brien and his son perform all the installations and treatments, using a customized protocol...
Winter pest control safety tips to avoid slipping and falling on snow and ice.

Winter pest control safety tips to avoid slipping and falling on snow and ice.

Slips and falls lead to some of the most common injuries, whether it is on the job or going about daily activities. Now that winter is here, snow and ice can increase risk of slipping and falling while doing winter pest control treatments. Despite sometimes harsh conditions, work and daily life must go on, but it’s important to exercise more caution than usual. Please be alert and follow these winter pest control safety tips: Always Plan Ahead: Know the latest weather conditions by monitoring weather updates. Make sure both your personal and work vehicles are maintained and updated to withstand potential slipping hazards. Pay close attention to tires and grip surfaces. Cover and store all equipment properly after each job to keep them protected from snow and ice for the next day. How To Drive Safely In Winter Conditions: Make sure to winterize your personal and work vehicles. Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room for abrupt stops. During snowy or icy conditions, you should leave three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use lower gears to keep traction, especially on hills and winding roads. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels lock, slowly ease off the brakes. Make sure your lights are turned on and snow is cleared from them so that other motorists can see you. Although winter conditions pose certain driving risks, safe driving is something that should be practiced year round. Here are some tips for safe driving on the job year-round. Use Special Care When Entering or Exiting Vehicles: When getting out of your...
Bed bug detection is easier in Texas with the Verifi™ bed bug detector.

Bed bug detection is easier in Texas with the Verifi™ bed bug detector.

Bed bug detection and control methods have evolved in recent years as the number of infestations continue to grow. For one PMP, trying out new technology, forming a web presence and creating a specific bed bug protocol are just a few ways he’s been able to satisfy customers and keep new ones coming. Patrick Baldwin is hyper-focused on finding bed bugs. As vice president of Bed Bug Butlers, in Waco, Texas, Baldwin provides a much needed service to his housing, property management and facility customers in this mid-size town two hours south of Dallas. “We had our first bed bug call about three years ago,” says Baldwin, who is also a manager at BugsDotCom, a general pest management firm that handles the whole gamut of insects, rodents, snakes and critters. “Bed bugs kept escalating until this year, when we started getting weekly calls.” Bed Bug Butlers rolled out in early 2012 with its own web site, protocol and specially trained technicians. “Bed bugs definitely have more of a stigma than other pests, so Bed Bug Butlers provides a confidential consultation, detailed information and a specialized crew,” adds Baldwin. The Bed Bug Butlers protocol starts with a free inspection. If bed bugs are detected, trained technicians perform four weekly service treatments. “We install mattress encasements, and use a combination of liquid and dust products,” Baldwin adds. “If it’s a really heavy infestation, we vacuum with backpack equipment.” On the fourth week, Bed Bug Butlers install Verifi™ bed bug detectors. Discreet and effective, Verifi detectors use a CO2 booster pack and two separate attractants both to lure bed bugs seeking a...

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Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including reasons to be thankful for pest control and why DIY bed bug treatments are a bad idea. 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. Reasons to be thankful for the #pestcontrol industry, according to FMC Market Specialist @franklin_kyler. ow.ly/ftrCU — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) November 22, 2012 10 reasons why DIY #bedbug treatments are a bad idea. ow.ly/ffRER — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) November 14, 2012 Caribbean crazy ants are making headlines throughout Florida. Here are some control tips for this invasive species: ow.ly/fpVhO — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) November 20, 2012 After testing many #bedbug control products, this PMP swears by Transport Mikron: ow.ly/flGj2 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) November 17, 2012 #Bedbugs aren’t exclusive to sleeping areas, as the staff at Washington D.C’S Metro headquarters discovered. ow.ly/fpvBV — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) November 19, 2012 Despite their name, these pests don’t actually seek out human ears. What are they?ow.ly/fjXaS — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) November 15, 2012 Abate Pest Management Director @jon_abate was called to control this deadly pest for the first time in 24 years: ow.ly/fpuTm — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) November 19, 2012 This year’s top 10 #bedbug cities, according to @asktheorkinman: ow.ly/fpumV — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) November 19, 2012 Residents of an apartment complex reached out to a local news team for help with #bedbug infestations. Watch the video: ow.ly/fmntq — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) November 16, 2012...
I’m thankful for the pest control industry this Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful for the pest control industry this Thanksgiving.

It’s that time of year. We all start foraging our attics for last year’s winter clothes in the hopes that we can get all the buttons to button and the zippers to zip. We look at the calendar and realize that yes, it is already November, and those resolutions we made eleven months ago, if not completed, will be tabled for another eight weeks or so. We start to look forward to some of the most joyous times of year and hopefully, we take the opportunity to be thankful. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday ever, ever, ever. The main events include football, parades and at least one huge meal without the fuss and muss of gift exchanges. Yes, I love Thanksgiving, and one of the main reasons I love it so much, is that, in general, I am a pretty thankful person. This season, I want you to know that I am thankful for pest control. Yep, you read that correctly. I am extremely thankful for the pest control industry and furthermore, I think that you should be too. Never mind the fact that this industry has enabled me to feed my family and pay my bills for the past ten years. I’d like to take a snapshot look at the pest control industry and show you why we all should be thankful for pest control. Here are a few facts on the pest control industry according to the National Pest Management Association and the United States Department of Labor Bureau Labor Statistics: Pest control helps us live longer. Innovations in pest management parallel an increase in life expectancy....