Keeping Kids Safe from Ticks with Talstar® XTRA Insecticide

Keeping Kids Safe from Ticks with Talstar® XTRA Insecticide

In April of 2013, Gary Pietrucha of Envirosafe Pest Management, Inc. of Chicago, received a call from a local nature center dealing with an “extraordinary” amount of tick complaints. Only five of the center’s 50 acres are accessible by humans, but they are a busy five acres, hosting hundreds of school children, joggers, dog walkers and naturalists daily. The center director told Pietrucha the amount of calls about ticks was worrisome—and escalating. “They were receiving three to five tick complaints every two or three days,” he said. “Folks didn’t know if they were deer ticks or dog ticks, and they were scared.” Pietrucha, a 39-year pest control veteran, has dealt with ticks throughout his career, but never in this abundance. And never on a site that included so many “idiosyncrasies,” he said, referring to the manicured turf, picnic areas, paths and large areas of brush. Gary called his long-time FMC Market Specialist, Arnold Ramsey, who drove out from Ohio to take a look. Together, along with the property manager, they walked the property and discussed a strategy, eventually deciding on Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology as both a broadcast and a perimeter treatment. “What I like about the Verge granule is that it gets down below the grass and dissolves quickly,” he said. “So there’s adhesion, stability and an almost immediate effect on the tick population.” He applied Talstar XTRA with Verge at the labeled rate of 4.6 lbs per acre (for parks) around the walkways and in places where he wanted to exclude ticks. He used the lower rate, 2.3 lbs per acre, in the wide expanses...

Pest In Focus: Invasive Kudzu Bugs Cover a Car

This month’s Pest In Focus was taken by Carolina Pest Management of Monroe, North Carolina. Though it resembles a bed bug, the invasive kudzu bug is a voracious eater of plants rather than people. A native of Asia, the kudzu bug was first spotted in the southeastern United States in 2009 and, as the picture below illustrates, has been thriving ever since. Kudzu bugs on a client’s car pic.twitter.com/6NRp6KtmZD — Carolina Pest (@CarolinaPest) September 24, 2013 Stay tuned for more pest control industry snapshots—if you have a photo as cool as this kudzu bug swarm that 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...
Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags Effectively

Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags Effectively

Our latest social media tip for pest professionals emphasizes the value of hashtags in the world of social media. A hashtag is Twitter’s, and now Facebook’s, way of indicating the overarching topic of a tweet. Hashtags, are words within a tweet or post prefixed with a hash sign (#) which embeds the word as a hyperlink. Hashtags were created to categorize messages in a way that makes it easier for people to communicate about a specific topic. You can monitor activity on hashtags related to the pest industry by typing them into your Twitter discovery bar to see what others are posting. Once you’ve established a few hashtags that you wish to continue tracking, you can save your hashtag search by selecting the “save search” option located in the gear icon. If you are using Hootsuite, you can save your favorite searches as stacks, for easy access and continuous updates. For example, #pestcontrol is a popular hashtag used by those in the pest industry. By searching #pestcontrol, you can see a list of recent tweets featuring that hashtag.At their most basic function, hashtags are easy ways to get more people to view your content. Without using hashtags, the odds of your post quickly fading into obscurity without reaching an audience increases dramatically. Another helpful social media tip is to prudently select the hashtags you use; it is essential to research the types of people using, and content associated with, a specific hashtag before you use it. Words have different connotations and different applications, so it’s important to choose a hashtag that is as relevant to the message you’re trying...