School plant managers reveal top school pest control problems of 2012.

A survey at the 2012 National School Plant Management Association Annual Meeting held in Myrtle Beach, SC indicated that cockroaches were 2012’s number one pest challenge in schools—though bed bugs may soon overtake them. Bed bugs in schools, including those in rural areas, increased in the last 12 months as many schools experienced their first bed bug problems. Seventy-four responses were given to the question of which pests are the toughest for school facility managers to handle: Cockroaches (24) Bed bugs (17) Fire ants (9) Ticks (6) Ants; general (5) Flies (5) Bees/wasps (3) Lice (2) Stink bugs (2) Spiders (1) Snakes (1) Mice (1) Gnats (1) Those schools with bed bug problems listed the biggest challenges as: Educating students, parents and faculty Identifying bed bugs before major infestations Finding the budget to inspect and treat bed bugs How to perform continuous bed bug inspection and detection Only a small percentage, 20 percent, perform proactive bed bug inspections. At FMC Professional Solutions, we believe this survey indicates the need for schools to take a proactive approach to bed bugs. A product like the Verifi™ bed bug detector is an easy and affordable way for schools to monitor for bed bugs and provide peace of mind to teachers, parents and students. How do you feel about more proactive school pest control approaches? What is your advice to school administration and parents when it comes to protecting their children from pests in...

FMC Pest Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including a bed bug anatomy graphic and Western subterranean termite treatment recommendations from an Arizona pest professional. 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. Read how @probestpest finds success treating Western subterranean termites: ow.ly/gcogh — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) December 18, 2012 This graph by the University of Kentucky will show you the most common #bedbug hiding places: ow.ly/fZbrC Via @probestpest — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) December 10, 2012 15 gift ideas for #pestcontrol experts: ow.ly/fZa2N — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) December 10, 2012 Adult #bedbug anatomy is broken down and explained in this graphic: ow.ly/g0Jbh — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) December 12, 2012 We’ll deliver weekly #pestcontrol updates right to your inbox just like this. Sign up today! ow.ly/g2zNw — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) December 12, 2012 Jeff White of @bedbugcentral responds to recent reports of #bedbugs in public libraries. ow.ly/g2yu1 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) December 12, 2012 10 fascinating cockroach facts. ow.ly/fV5My Via @pestworld #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) December 7, 2012 Great news New York! Transport Mikron is now labeled for use on mattresses and luggage: ow.ly/gcppm — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) December 18, 2012 A PMP’s run in with a giant centipede lead to this month’s #PestInFocus feature: ow.ly/g6QcP — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) December 17, 2012 Time-lapse #photography captures a #spider weaving a web in just one minute. ow.ly/gcq38 Via @mesapestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) December 18,...

Perform a successful carpenter ant treatment with an aerosol insecticide.

Gary Pietrucha knows the power of small. When he started his own pest management business 25 years ago in the northern Chicago suburbs, his goal was to remain a size where he could easily service his customers. “I never wanted to get so large that I lost sight of who I am,” says Pietrucha, who has worked in the pest management industry for 37 years now. “I’m a boutique company. As such, I provide high quality work to small accounts.” Located in Itasca, Illinois, Envirosafe Pest Management, Inc. serves the greater Chicago metropolitan area. With five technicians, the company handles mostly commercial accounts, but does some residential work, as well. Recently, Pietrucha had a customer with a fairly large carpenter ant problem. In this case, it was a private residence in a heavily wooded area, on the bank of a river. “It was a perfect scenario for carpenter ants, but when I initially talked to these folks, I didn’t realize the magnitude of the problem,” he adds. “They were everywhere!” Pietrucha decided to try new Talstar® insecticide, the industry’s first aerosol bifenthrin product, to solve the problem. He used the aerosol insecticide as both an interior and exterior carpenter ant treatment, spraying around landscape timbers and a wood porch. “The product did a marvelous job of seeking out all the little nooks and crannies and galleries that carpenter ants make,” he explains. “Because of its distribution, it got into all the voids where satellite carpenter ant colonies were living. You can’t get to these places with a regular injection spray.” The initial treatment reduced the problem by at least...

Tame termites in the Wild West with a subterranean termite treatment.

When I bought my pest management business in 2005, the company had done mostly termite treatments up until then. My goal was to continue that work and branch into general pest control work, as well. Due to the decline in the housing market, termite treatments tapered off, but the general household pest market really picked up. The good news is: the housing market is improving and termite work is increasing along with it. Here in Arizona, we have a different species of termite – the Western subterranean termite. One of the most destructive pests in North America, the Western termite causes millions of dollars in damage throughout the Western states. Still, most people don’t purchase a preventive termite job in this area. They usually don’t call until they actually have termites. I’m a premium termiticide user – I don’t normally use generics, and I’ve always been a big fan of Talstar® Professional insecticide. So when FMC Professional Solutions introduced Transport® termiticide that incorporated acetameprid into the mixture with bifenthrin, I was intrigued.I did trials with the new product and found that it works really well. Transport termiticide is one of those products that surprised me. The two active ingredients provide two layers of treatment zones within the soil. The outer zone gives quick results against termites active inside and outside the structure, while the inner zone set us up a long-lasting barrier, preventing future invasions. Now, Transport termiticide is one of my mainstay products for termite work. At this point, termite treatments comprise about 20 percent of our business and we continue to get more calls than we did...

Pest In Focus: A Giant Centipede Photo Snapped by a Pest Professional

This month’s Pest In Focus features a close-up shot of a giant centipede taken by Lawrence Burry, pest professional and co-owner of K-B Pest Management Services in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He encountered this half inch wide, 8 inch long giant hanging out in his garage and snapped this great shot. He fittingly calls this photograph “Predator,” which has won awards in local photography contests in his area. Stay tuned for more great snapshots—and if you have a photo you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCpest or just add the #PestInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a pest management professional, you often come across interesting situations. Infestations that have spread out of control. Pests living in peculiar places. Bugs of unbelievable sizes. Many of you even take pictures to document these encounters, and as pest management enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Pest Wire will be running a monthly feature called In Focus, highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by pest management professionals while out on the...