Now is the time to share facts about termites and treatment services with customers.

There are very positive signs that the U.S. housing market will continue to improve in 2013, and because a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale, residential termite work will increase along with it. Keith Birkemeyer, owner of ProBest Pest Management in Gilbert, Arizona says that termite treatments comprise about 20 percent of his business and the calls are increasing. Additionally, the National Pest Management Association is focusing on the impact super storm Hurricane Sandy will have on termite populations in hard hit communities. Homes that were treated in the past will need retreatment due to flooding or soil movement. The continuous termiticide barrier would have been most likely disturbed and no longer intact to protect the home from the serious structural damage caused by termites. Widely known as the “silent pest,” termites cause more than $5 billion worth of property damage in the U.S. every year. They’re very good at remaining unnoticed while they do their destructive work within structures of homes primarily feeding on wood, but can also cause damage to paper, books, insulation and even swimming pool liners without the homeowner’s knowledge until significant damage has been done. Although termites are active year round, especially in warmer climates, they become more visible in early spring when they swarm. Spring will be here before we know it, so now is a good time to share facts about termites with your customers, and talk with them about the prevention and control methods your company offers: Termite prevention tips: Keep firewood away from the home. Although keeping firewood right outside the back door during cold weather is...
Talstar® Professional review: The flexibility of Talstar Professional insecticide can’t be beat!

Talstar® Professional review: The flexibility of Talstar Professional insecticide can’t be beat!

Versatility means a lot to Dave Passon, owner of Advanced Termite & Pest Control in Crossville, Tennessee. Finding an insecticide product he can use that is effective for a variety of pests was key to his success in the pest management business. That product is Talstar® Professional insecticide. “I started using Talstar Professional right after I started my own business in 2000,” says Passon. “I began using it for all my outside services. I like it for spiders especially, which are a big problem for us in eastern Tennessee.” A New Jersey native who moved to Tennessee 20 years ago, Passon has grown his business from one truck to 14 trucks in the past 13 years. Managing this high business volume with just 14 technicians and two laborers is often challenging for Passon. But having a reliable cornerstone product like Talstar Professional helps him streamline operations considerably. Passon uses Talstar in all of his residential accounts.“It’s an integral part of our general pest control treatments for general insects like crickets, ants, termites, wasps, spiders and beetles,” he notes. “But it’s also a major factor in our termite program.” Each time Advanced Termite & Pest Control performs a post-construction termite treatment, Passon’s technicians return the next year to do an inspection and renew the contract. “We also give them a courtesy perimeter treatment of Talstar at that time,” he adds. “We’ll spray the eaves and underneath the house for free.” “Offering the courtesy spray really helps secure renewals,” says Passon. “A lot of PMPs just perform the inspection and leave.They don’t even treat anything,” he explains. “But the cost of...

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 a breakdown of the Affordable Care Act. 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. Looking for a good way to explain #bedbug anatomy to customers? Share our graphic on your blog! ow.ly/gSqw3 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) January 16, 2013 One of the hottest topics at @pestworld 2012 was the Affordable Care Act. Find out how it impacts small businesses: ow.ly/gU9is — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) January 17, 2013 We want to make sure families staying at the New Orleans @rmhc never have to deal with #bedbugs. Here’s what we did: ow.ly/gEeLU — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) January 8, 2013 We’re excited to announce new positions at FMC Professional Solutions! Congratulations to @bernardpest and @morapest! ow.ly/gO8FI — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) January 14, 2013 #Bedbug calls have this Canadian PMP’s phone ringing off the hook. See how he manages his #pestcontrol business. ow.ly/gBksW — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) January 7, 2013 What time is it? It’s time to check out this awesome DIY bug clock! ow.ly/gKfaC #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) January 12, 2013 Can two aggressive species live harmoniously side-by-side? Check out this photo and see! #PestInFocus ow.ly/gK0p9 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) January 11, 2013 Key strategies that can help keep #pest populations in check. ow.ly/gGeFh Via @westernpestsrvc — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) January 9, 2013 The truth about #cockroaches and health: ow.ly/gFCFX Via @ehspest —...

Small Business and the Affordable Care Act

Previously, we examined some of the overall objectives of the Affordable Care Act and how the United States government plans to accomplish those objectives in the coming years. While this 900+ page piece of legislation is sure to affect all of us in some way, small business owners are bracing themselves for major changes under the Affordable Care Act. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at small business and the Affordable Care Act to understand just how much impact this legislation will have. Until now, smaller businesses have been less likely to offer health insurance coverage than their larger counterparts. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Focus on Health Reform”, only 57% of businesses with 50 or fewer workers offered coverage compared to 92% of businesses with 51 to 100 employees, and 97% of businesses with a staff of 101 or more. If your business has been offering coverage since before the signing of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, the insurance plan is considered “grandfathered” and is not subject to all of the plan requirements spelled out in the Affordable Care Act. Some requirements will still be made even to grandfathered plans, including extending dependent coverage to the age of 26 and eliminating any lifetime limits on coverage. Under 50 Employees If your business is under 50 employees, you are exempt from any penalties related to not providing health insurance. However, under the Affordable Care Act, small businesses with fewer than 25 full time employees are eligible for tax credits to help offset the cost of health coverage should they opt to...

Pest In Focus: Identify Wasps And Hornets By Their Nests

This month’s Pest In Focus features a hornet nest and a paper wasp nest built side-by-side, taken by Envirosafe Termite & Pest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although similar in appearance, you can identify wasps and hornets by the appearance of their unique nest structures. #hornet nest and paper #wasp nests harmoniously living side by side. #happyneighbors twitter.com/PestCharlotte/… — PestCharlotte (@PestCharlotte) November 20, 2012 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...