The Responsible Care Global Charter Drives Globally Responsible Pest Product Production

The Responsible Care Global Charter Drives Globally Responsible Pest Product Production

A lot of what we do at FMC Professional Solutions involves a great deal of chemistry. We’re continuously researching new and innovative ways to create products that meet the growing needs for the pest control industry. Beyond that, we strive to implement safe production of chemicals as well as promote responsible product stewardship and sustainable development to the pest management community. Among other international companies, former FMC Corporation President and CEO William Walter put his signature on the Declaration of Support to the Responsible Care® Global Charter, one of the driving forces behind the globally responsible and safe production and distribution of our pest control products.Launched publically in 2006 at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1) by the International Council of Chemical Associations, the Responsible Care Global Charter focuses on improving performance, communication and accountability to the companies involved. Responsible Care is a major contribution to the industry in achieving sustainable development by committing companies to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their products and processes. The Responsible Care Global Charter contains nine key elements and employs a system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures to guide the companies involved towards their global commitment. This initiative has driven a transformation in the way that companies operate: from being secretive and defensive about their activities, to being more open, honest and actively seeking dialogue and partnerships with stakeholders. Through Responsible Care, the industry can operate more safely, profitably and with care for future...

Top Tweets: Bed Bug Control Horror Stories

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the last few weeks, including horror stories about bed bug control gone wrong, a Transport Mikron demonstration and fire ants building a living raft. 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. Rachel Bilson stars in new flick: “Bed Bugs: A Love Story.” Do any #pestcontrol pros plan to see it? http://t.co/5Frfk3Wohn — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 9, 2013 A youth group claims to have been badly bitten by #bedbugs and #fireants in hotel. http://t.co/Wz3aUxmklh — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 13, 2013 Video: #fireants make a living raft to escape flood. http://t.co/ibu26X8ydQ Via @NatGeo — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 16, 2013 Did you know that the #bedbug population grows at a rate of 500-1000% a year? http://t.co/5mDQv2EBFb — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 12, 2013 Video: #Pestcontrol pro from @DialABug demos how to use Transport Mikron to treat for #bedbugs: http://t.co/294bILU0M0 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 14, 2013 Video: #Tarantula versus Tarantula Hawk #Wasp. http://t.co/aY7tgyy2Yc — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 20, 2013 Why do #scorpions glow in the dark? http://t.co/gFnP3l8bxb — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 19, 2013 #Pestcontrol pros, can you name all the stages of the #bedbug lifecycle? http://t.co/viCbXH6GwA pic.twitter.com/xiqeqACFVI — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August 19, 2013 Video: The ULV machine with Transport Mikron is an effective #pestcontrol treatment combo for hard-to-reach spaces. http://t.co/S34vbCiwKb — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) August 19, 2013 A #pestcontrol pro from Brooklyn shares #bedbug horror stories. http://t.co/wE3JZnLARu — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) August...
How Pest Professionals Tackle Problem Pests in Texas

How Pest Professionals Tackle Problem Pests in Texas

During his 35 years in the Texas pest management industry, Bill Patterson has seen it all — cockroaches, mosquitoes, scorpions, bed bugs and lots and lots of ants. “Ants are our Number One problem throughout the state of Texas,” says Patterson, technical director and staff entomologist for Worldwide Pest Control in San Antonio. “We have 10 or 11 different species of problematic ants – both outdoor and indoor. Fire ants, carpenter ants, rover ants and tawny crazy ants, just to name a few.” A board-certified entomologist with degrees in botany and zoology from Texas A&M at Commerce, Patterson worked for the state as an urban wildlife expert before turning his attention to urban entomology. He’s been with Worldwide for 11 years. “My role is primarily designing protocols and training, but there is no typical day for me,” notes Patterson, who manages a team of 60 technicians in San Antonio and another 15 at Worldwide’s Austin location. “I am constantly out in the field, diagnosing problems and prescribing solutions. It’s always interesting and different.” In addition to quarterly residential accounts, Worldwide handles a variety of commercial customers, which generally require monthly treatments. “We go from hospitals to restaurants to office buildings to churches and day care centers,” says Patterson. “New problems keep me hopping on a daily basis.”Problem Pests Lately, scorpions have become a major challenge. As urban areas sprawl farther into the countryside, scorpions crawl into more and more houses. “They like rocks and dirt more than the inner city,” Patterson adds. “They sting like a bee and can be hard to control since they hide in recesses. We’re...
Pro Bono Fire Ant Treatment Saves a School from Pests

Pro Bono Fire Ant Treatment Saves a School from Pests

Children in northern Florida are just returning to school and may find something more frightening than homework—fire ants. This summer’s excessive rains have caused fire ant populations to explode, just before the school year begins. But at one school, fire ants have been expelled. That’s because Trad’s Pest Control, a full-service pest control and turf management company in Jacksonville, teamed up with FMC to treat the grounds of San Juan del Rio Church and School in nearby St. John’s, Florida. The school’s fire ant problem has grown significantly over the summer, when turf was untreated and consistent rains caused the red imported fire ant (RIFA) population to boom. Trad’s donated the manpower while Philadelphia-based FMC Professional Solutions donated the ammunition, namely its Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Talstar XTRA is a new type of granular insecticide that controls fire ant mounds in as little as fifteen minutes while generating virtually no dust or odor when applied. “Verge technology is based on the same technology as kitty litter,” explained Denise Wartan, General Manager of Trad’s. “It’s a clay based granule that breaks down and disappears into to the soil quickly and stays there. This is great for schools that need help fast, but also need a solution that lasts.” Wartan adds that Trad’s is certified in ‘integrated pest management’ for schools, so the company uses approved, low-impact products and treats in a manner to limit children’s exposure. Red imported fire ants (RIFA) live in mounds in all types of turf, along driveways and sidewalks and just about anywhere there is ample soil and moisture. When disturbed, fire ants will...
Bed Bug Insecticide Review: Pest Professional Reveals his Weapon of Choice

Bed Bug Insecticide Review: Pest Professional Reveals his Weapon of Choice

Want to hear a pest control professional wax poetic in an insecticide review? Get Rich Ramirez, technical director of Dial-a-Bug Pest Control, Inc. talking about his bed bug insecticide of choice, Transport® Mikron™ from FMC Professional Solutions. “It’s a great all-around product,” Ramirez said. “It gives us fast knockdown and the flexibility to go anywhere. Plus, it’s got a great label… a wide spectrum of pests, several ways to apply and options for food-handling areas.” Ramirez uses Transport Mikron as his go-to bed bug insecticide for several reasons. “With the new labeling, we can treat the room’s perimeter as well as the mattress and the box spring without having to change actives,” he said. “It’s quicker for the technician and quicker for the customer.” Ramirez also likes that the insecticide is non-repellant. “We’ve used to it treat roaches in restaurants that were closed by the Board of Health,” he said. “In a few hours, they were roach free and getting ready to reopen. Amazing.” To begin using Transport Mikron insecticide on bed bugs, roaches, termites and other pests, visit the FMC Professional Solutions website or contact your FMC Market...