XTRA CHEMISTRY helps make this granular insecticide fully equipped.

XTRA CHEMISTRY helps make this granular insecticide fully equipped.

If you’re an avid reader of FMC Pest Wire, you’ve already seen our recent features about the XTRA consistency, XTRA versatility and XTRA speed that make Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granular technology a fully-equipped granular insecticide. But it’s the product’s XTRA chemistry that helps Talstar XTRA go above and beyond what a typical granular insecticide can do. Over the years, Talstar has become one of the industry’s most trusted brands of insecticides. Like all Talstar products, Talstar XTRA has been formulated with FMC bifenthrin for dependable performance and up to four months of residual protection. Talstar XTRA also features zeta-cypermethrin which enhances the speed and knockdown of this granular insecticide. The combination of FMC bifenthrin and zeta-cypermethrin enables Talstar XTRA to deliver fast-acting and long-lasting pest control performance against many lawn pests, including chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, mole crickets, earwigs, crane flies and most ants (including fire ants). As you can see from the chart below, Talstar XTRA delivers reliable residual control of fire ants plus unsurpassed speed. Interested in learning more about the many XTRAS that come standard with Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granular technology? Contact your FMC Market Specialist for more on this revolutionary granular...
Infographic: Understanding The Bed Bug Lifecycle

Infographic: Understanding The Bed Bug Lifecycle

We’re usually talking about how the bed bug story ends – with bed bug control products from FMC, of course! But to understand this challenging and cryptic pest, it is important to look at the entire bed bug lifecycle, from egg to adult. Here is an infographic you can use to help your customers better understand the bed bug lifecycle.   We invite you to use this bed bug lifecycle infographic on your own website or blog. Simply copy the embed code in the box below and add it to your website or blog to display the infographic image above. If you found this post interesting, be sure to check out our adult bed bug anatomy infographic...
Pest Management Professionals Sell Substance, Not Sizzle

Pest Management Professionals Sell Substance, Not Sizzle

You might think that the biggest challenge for pest management professionals in New York City is traffic. It can be “tremendous,” said Joel Fagin, who runs Dial-A-Bug Pest Control, Inc., along with his cousin, Lance Gordon. “Sometimes it takes a technician 45 minutes to get a few blocks.” But Fagin says traffic isn’t the worst issue he faces as president of a large regional pest control company headquartered just outside of New York City. Your second guess might be the sheer volume of pests. As a pest professional, Fagin has seen some massive infestations of rats and roaches, especially after 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. But the biggest issue Fagin and his team of pest management professionals face, he jokes, is New Yorkers themselves. “They have a lot of opinions, a lot of personality,” said Fagin, who himself was born and raised in Brooklyn. “Some customers will call us every day leading up to an appointment, and everyone wants it done yesterday.” Fagin and the 50 pest professionals of Dial-a-Bug are unfazed. They treat every customer with respect and consideration, talking bugged-out New Yorkers “down from the ledge” daily. It’s one reason why Fagin recently increased his customer service team to nine full-time employees. “Sometimes we feel more like counselors than pest control professionals,” he said. “But we understand. Having bed bugs or roaches can be devastating. We’re here to walk people through the process, so they feel comfortable in their homes again.” Fagin says they spend a lot of time educating customers, especially if they’ve been led astray by inexperienced pest professionals who didn’t finish the job. “To do it...

Top Tweets: Tiny Bed Bug Shell Shows Difficulty of Detection

Check out the most popular @FMCpest  tweets from the past two weeks, including a photograph of a tiny bedbug shell, why bees make honeycombs hexagonal and what ants know that we don’t. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for pest control industry news, expert advice and the very latest pest product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. #PharaohAnts are difficult to manage AND spread disease. Have any of the PMPs experienced these #pests? http://t.co/NYhLafEDVi — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 11, 2013 “Think like a bug” – great advice for homeowners from @TrulyNolen: http://t.co/WbS1mDeLgK — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 15, 2013 #PestInFocus features a nearly invisible #bedbug shell. Send your #pest pictures for a chance to be in next month’s! http://t.co/sRSxDXM8Zt — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 12, 2013 “Verifi actually showed us how bad visual inspection can be.” Read more reasons why an Iowa PMP swears by #Verifi. http://t.co/bDO7gYHQeZ — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 12, 2013 .@Wired asks, “What Do Ants Know That We Don’t?” http://t.co/u64IEy8ZZY — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 9, 2013 #Pest pros: increase productivity and reduce call-backs during your busy season with these helpful tips. http://t.co/dVoPw7Rg3a — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 15, 2013 Researchers at .@UCRiverside want your live #spiders for a study on #pest control and distribution. http://t.co/GX9Ky2mEuD — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 11, 2013 @EhrlichPest created an extensive and useful guide to #pests. Check it out now: http://t.co/2uMoJQJS7b — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 18, 2013 Why are honeycombs hexagonal? Find out here! http://t.co/hOHgR3xMMS — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) July 18, 2013 Fun fact: the length and height a #flea can jump is equivalent to a human...
Not All Bifenthrin Products are Created Equal: Discover the Talstar® Difference

Not All Bifenthrin Products are Created Equal: Discover the Talstar® Difference

Bifenthrin was first introduced to the pest control industry by FMC Corporation under the Talstar® Brand in 1990. Talstar, from FMC Professional Solutions, is the original bifenthrin brand, and as such it has undergone the most rigorous efficacy and quality assurance testing of any bifenthrin product. From formulation technology to packaging ease of use, Talstar is the number one trusted brand on the market today. Bifenthrin is a fourth generation pyrethroid with several unique characteristics. When looking at the chemical structure of bifenthrin, a few key characteristics stand out versus other pyrethroids. Unlike permethrin, cypermethirn, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin and cyhalothrin, bifenthrin does not have a phenoxy-benzyl bridge that can quickly hydrolyze (break down). This results in bifenthrin’s longer residual activity. Bifenthrin also has a trifluoro group which adds true miticidal activity to this insecticide. Perhaps even more important, bifenthrin does not have an alpha-cyano group, thus making it less irritating to the skin than other pyrethroids such as; cypermethirn, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin, cyhalothrin and others. All pyrethroids are synthetic compounds similar to naturally occurring pyrethrum, an extract from chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium and C. coccineum). Pyrethroids are used widely due to their wide range of pest activity and stability under UV light. Pyrethroids work on insects by keeping the sodium channels open in their neuronal membranes. When the sodium channels are kept in an open state, the nerves rapidly fire and cannot de-excite, leading to paralysis and eventually, death. It’s important to note that not all bifenthrin products are created equal. FMC bifenthrin has a long track record of consistent quality and formulation. Some non-FMC bifenthrin products can vary widely in key...