Information and tips to get the most out of insecticide dusts.

Information and tips to get the most out of insecticide dusts.

Probably one of the most underutilized and least appreciated tools for pest management professionals are insecticide dusts. There are numerous reasons why insecticide dusts are probably more effective than their liquid insecticide counterparts. Dusts normally contain more active ingredient than liquid sprays. They are ready for use. No mixing is required. They do a better job coating all surfaces in voids or crack and crevices. Crawling insects such as cockroaches, silverfish, carpenter ants and bed bugs cannot avoid contact – even those hidden deep within walls and cavities. Dust particles adhere to the insect cuticle. The real advantage of dusts cannot be appreciated until you look closely under the microscope. It is amazing how many individual dust particles adhere to the outside surface of the insect body. There really is no escaping exposure after your treatment in voids. Dusts are very economical, costing much less than comparable liquid residuals with similar active ingredients. Dusts, such as Cynoff® insecticide dust have at least three months of residual. Like all pest control products, insecticide dusts have their drawbacks and limitations: Exercise caution when applying dusts. This is especially true indoors. Without such care, surfaces will be covered with a fine layer of dust increasing the chance of exposure to customers if not properly applied. Dusts are generally not approved for use in commercial food preparation areas due to the chance of contaminating surfaces where food is prepared or stored. Technicians have a tendency to over apply insecticide dusts. Current dust delivery systems will apply infinitely more dust than needed if not properly used. NEVER allow the tip to drop below a...

FMC Pest Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including a new Verifi installation option and Bed Bug Week news. 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. We’re now on Facebook! Learn more about the perks of liking the FMC Pest page: ow.ly/knNM3 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 24, 2013 From the Pest Wire Archives: why not to use DIY #bedbug treatments. ow.ly/k0psI — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) April 12, 2013 Next time you need help measuring liquid insecticide formulations, turn to the packaging.ow.ly/kcC0Z #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 18, 2013 You asked and we delivered! Check out the new #Verifi back plate, an optional installation accessory. ow.ly/k82Ke — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) April 17, 2013 Invasive #ants by region: read about the species that have pest management professionals on alert. ow.ly/k0Wk9 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 15, 2013 We created a helpful visual guide to #bedbug anatomy you can share with your customers: ow.ly/kjFZr #BedBugWeek — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) April 22, 2013 These animated diagrams will help you determine where to place #Verifi #bedbug detectors in various settings: ow.ly/k0VEF — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 14, 2013 Take a look at what @gotchabedbugs found during a recent job in Brooklyn. ow.ly/kcVzU #PestInFocus #BedBugs — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) April 22, 2013 If you’ve ever experience drowsy driving, then here’s your wake-up call: ow.ly/kq4Fe — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 25, 2013 Read how a #Florida PMP gives residential and...
Wake up call: Follow these safety tips to avoid drowsy driving.

Wake up call: Follow these safety tips to avoid drowsy driving.

On behalf of The National Sleep Foundation, drowsydriving.org provides facts, statistics and safe driving tips to raise awareness on the sometimes overlooked but dangerous risks of drowsy driving. They highlight specific at-risk groups who are more susceptible to drowsy driving than others. Many pest professionals, manufacturers and distributors spend more time driving than the average person while going from one job to the next, sometimes working more than the average 40-hour weekday. For your safety and the safety of others on the road, it is very important to stay awake and alert when behind the wheel. Here are some safe driving tips, facts and signs to help keep you and fellow pest professionals from driving drowsy: Drowsy driving statistics and facts to consider: 30% of licensed drivers reported driving while so tired they struggled to keep their eyes open in the last 30 days. One in ten licensed drivers confessed to falling asleep while driving in the last year (the number is one in seven for those aged 16-24). One in six deadly crashes involves a drowsy driver. People who are very sleepy behind the wheel behave in similar ways to people who are drunk. If the above serves as a wake-up call, here are some signs you are getting tired behind the wheel: Trouble remembering the last miles driven or missing exits and traffic signs Difficulty keeping your eyes open and focused Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes Drifting from your lane or off the road Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts Recommendations to avoid become drowsy behind the wheel: Get plenty of sleep (at least seven hours)...

A Florida PMP confirms bed bug treatments in restaurants with Verifi®.

A bed bug walks into a bar… Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for Jerry Camp of Best Termite & Pest Control, Inc. in Tampa, bed bugs in restaurants and bars is no laughing matter. Camp, the company’s pest control supervisor, was called to a local sports bar and given a mission — identify the locus of the bed bug infestation, if there was one, and put a stop to it. Just one waitress complained of bites, but if word got out, it could create a public relations nightmare for the bar. “It was very unusual to have bed bugs in a restaurant, even down here in Florida, where there are lots of travelers,” says Camp, a Tampa native with 35 years in the pest control business. Camp and his team visually inspected the booths where bed bugs were suspected, finding bed bugs in four of them. Camp immediately treated the booths and recommended the worst two be taken out of service. “The booths were hard to treat because they were made of open wooden slats covered with cushions, next to tongue and groove walls,” says Camp. “There were lots of places for bed bugs to hide.” After treatment, the bar’s owner needed to know for sure the problem was solved. Camp activated five Verifi® bed bug detectors under and around the booths and along adjoining hallways. He inspected them three days later, and then weekly for a month. Camp uses Verifi to confirm bed bug treatments because it gives his residential and commercial customers peace of mind in the face of Tampa’s recent bed bug...

Pest In Focus: Bed Bugs on a Box Spring in New York

This month’s Pest In Focus was taken by GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors, who service the Greater New York City area. This photo of bed bugs on a box spring was taken during an inspection in Brooklyn. #look #what we #found .#bedbugs evidence underside of boxspring #wow #brooklyn #crazy #bedbugexpert #gotcha twitter.com/GotchABedBugs/… — GotchABedBugs (@GotchABedBugs) February 24, 2013 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...